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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 1074   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Behold the second of RateBeer.comís Worldwide Masters Series! This request edition ale is the crafted alchemy of a party of some of Europeís finest brewers, Mikkel BjergsÝ and Kristian Keller of Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Urbain Coutteau, Carlo Grootaert, Phil Driessens, and Peter Braem of De Struise Brouwers (Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium).
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Struise-Mikkeller is as we said in the past "Best of two worlds". We delivered an IPA with 130 IBU (Batch I), 150 IBU (Batch II), 163 IBU (Batch III), 216 IBU (Batch IV), but a bitterness hidden the Struise way, counter balanced by maltyness, alcohol and rest sugars.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2007
On draught at KBF Poperinge. Pours a cloudy dark orange beer with a superb big and everlasting off-white creamy head. Very hoppy aroma in the nose. The taste has notes of citrus, peach, grass and pine. Very dry, full bodied, excellent lacing. Has a sweet hoppy finish, some alcohol but not overwhelming. Extremely well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3845) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2007
Bottled. Thanks to ekstedt. Cloudy orange colour with rich creamy head. This is indeed a delicate brew in all senses. Not huge, nor subtle but delicate. Fresh citric, rounded hoppiness in aroma with earthy notes. Yeast play in here too. Incredible easy drinking at 9%, with delicate features and a relatively light mouthfeel. Fresh, bit citric and earthy and very gentle. Great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5732) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle (33 cl) from ōlbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark. Cloudy orange with a large creamy white head. Earth, fruity, with citric hops and yeast. Medium bodied and smooth. Very well balanced with a long bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Muddy amber beer with a huge tan head. The aroma is sweet malty, yeast, fruity, and very hoppy, the taste is sweet malty, fruity, yeasty, floral hoppy. Medium body with a sweet dry hoppy finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 An unusual beer... Pours light amber with a nice fluffy head. The aroma is hoppy with notes of citrus and pine. There are some fine esters showing through. The taste is somewhere between a tripel and a duoble ipa.Loads of hops but some esters and a little dry spice thing is in there too. It ends dry and medium bitter. I have tasted more than a few beers trying to marry these two styles. This one is the best! Note: My wife had this beer during her labours on our midwives advice. Worked out fantastic and gave us a wonderfull daughter! I donít know if this expirience makes this a girls beer...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2007
Pours white creamy head. The aroma is wonderful, very hoppy, with notes of grass, citrus - perhaps some candis too - like the Pannepot, but thatís hidden underneath the hops. The flavor is very good full of hops, and like the aroma it has some grassy notes to it. The aftertaste is not that good, itís perhaps a bit of grass or some spicies, but if you burb you get a nice taste again. A wonderful beer even though it has a grassy and not that pleasant aftertaste - the last aftertaste. The first aftertaste is very good, but then the last begins to appear.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle. Unclear medium orange amber color with a large, frothy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy hoppy, grapefruit, lemon, grass, moderate malty, hay, caramel, moderate yeast, yeast, notes of alcohol. Flavor is moderate sweet and modrate to heavy heavy bitter with a average to long duration. Nice dry finish that ends in sweetness. Body is medium to full, texture is oily / syrupy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. ;o)) (111007)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2007
On draught @ Karakterbieren festival te Poperinge. About 80% of the visitors got stuck at the Struise stand, I had to wait almost a half hour in line to get my first beer. Pours a hazy darkgolden amber colored beer with a nice off-white head. Aroma is very fruity, some yeast, and full of hops. The Taste has quit some spices, beginning with that typical Belgian sweetness but following with a very great hoppy Danish bitterness . Aftertaste gives a long nice bitterness. Full bodied and perfectly balanced with mild carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1359) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 31, 2007
On draft @ Karakterbierfest in Poperinge. Cloudy amber beer with a decent, off-white head. Fresh and earthy aroma with some mix of grassy and alpha hop. Bitter and lightly malty, with some citrus and dry-grassy notes. Refreshing. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Not as bitter as I would have thought for a double IPA, but I think that works out for the best. Not my favorite Struise effort, but even their experiments excel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 Bottle from Joris, hand-labelled -- apparently the same batch, but before they put the labels on them. This man has connections. Pour is dark gold brown with a shaggy burnt sugar head. Aggressive hopping really bites at the nose. Taste is more big hops, nectar and pot. Perhaps there is a touch of Belgian yeast, but Iím not really seeing it. Joris is adamant that this is not a normal IIPA -- that the Belgian notes are too strong -- but I have to disagree. Perhaps itís that Iíve spent two weeks drinking nothing but lambic and the occasional Belgian Strong, but this has almost no Belgian character at all to me. But whatever, still is a nice beer, and good to see beers like this being on the Belgian market...

...or are they? I certainly didnít see this at any stores -- hell, I hardly even saw Pannepot. Hopefully it will make a presence and get some of the locals to begin to appreciate hops in a market that really needs growth and diversity.


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