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


on tap


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RATINGS: 1087   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
RateBeer Special Release:
Behold the second of RateBeer.com’s Worldwide Masters Series! This request edition ale is the crafted alchemy of a party of some of Europe’s finest brewers, Mikkel Bjergsø and Kristian Keller of Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Urbain Coutteau, Carlo Grootaert, Phil Driessens, and Peter Braem of De Struise Brouwers (Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium).
Both breweries have attracted considerable international attention for their artful interpretations of traditional ale styles enlived by a rich sense of invention. And both are also very highly esteemed by the RateBeer.com international community of beer tasters. We hope you enjoy this unique little treasure.
Struise Mikkeller -- the product of master brewing and friendship. Celebrate this sense of camaraderie by sharing this bottle with your good friends!
- Joe Tucker, RateBeer.com

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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2007
Pours hazy golden with huge head. Aroma is light malty and quite hoppy. Flavor is sweet, fruity, malty, hoppy and alcohol is quite heavy. Ends rather bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
Clear deep dark golden body, slightly hazy, with a big white head; Big deep very special nose, grapefruit juice, lemon juice and peel but it also has quite a bit of clear BE yeast aromas and even a malty spicy touch; Big soft very pleasant carbonation in a bit strangely composed body, Belgium tripel-like malty full and sweet, US hoppy-like overly biting bitter, complex but not really well composed; It finishes very long, but this is actually the strangest part of the beer to me, this is where the Belgium tripel (?) yeasts meets the citrus bitter and harsh parts of the hop, are they good friend, I am not really sure, maybe they will become??? the bitterness bits for a long time the yeast gets almost clay like aromas in the constellation. Super special and very interesting beer, most of all an experiment, I dont know, but of cause my 2 favorite breweries should do this instead of something boring and easy, Thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
Cloudy amber colour with a dense off white head. Balanced hoppy fruity, light alcohol sweet aroma with pine bitter notes. Malty, light caramel sweet aroma balanced with a hoppy pine needle bitter note. Light dry and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Poured from a 12 oz. Being the final third of the bottle, the consistency was considerably muddier than the others; fully obscure and of a tanned yellow hue. Rich, nuanced malt and yeasts predominate in the aroma; apples, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla glaze on pastry and caramel. Light, fairly submerged tones of tropical fruits and pine needles. Thick doughy flavor highlights the crisp, sprucy bitterness a bit more generously. Pears, butterscotch, vanilla; sweetness and refined earthy flourishes play nicely in this highly concentrated context. Syrupy cake batter and spicy yeast tones hide the puportedly massive bitterness with relative ease. The thickness of wet blonde brownies in the mouth; sophisticated, bold, and coating. Rich fruit and more doughy dessert in the finish. Of full character, unabashedly decadent in effect; simply delicious in its unique, rich fusion of the two styles, highlighting the finest in each. Thanks for sharing, Ken!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6725) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2007
Bottled. Cloudy orange with a thick, white head. Very sweet and malty aroma with a lot of citric hoppiness. Thick palate; almost oily. Spicy citrus with grapes and pineapple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Thanks, Henrik! Pours a bright, golden-orange color; fluffy, textured yellowish head with gorgeous retention and lacing; foamy lace covering the sides of the glass. Pleasant herbal and mineral hops in the aroma; not intense, but piney and fresh with well-hidden alcohol; Eben’s glass (cloudy as hell) offered doughy and biscuity notes. The hop character in the mouthfeel is more impressive: sticky, resiny pine and mineral hops, integrated beautifully with a sticky candy sugar and warming, thick maple syrup core; strikes a great balance, with a gorgeous Belgian undertow coupled with a piney, fresh hoppiness that just keeps on giving; nothing overly sugary or flabby; well-attenuated, intensely hopped, with a seamless balance between a belgian ale and a double IPA; unlike a lot of the hoppy belgians as of late, this doesn’t taste like a hybrid; it just tastes lovely. Lengthy, doughy and slighty pine and mineral notes in the finish; a bit of dust.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Bottle at Chris o’s Magic Night. Huge thanks to Mes and Sim for this. Hazy amber colour with Belgian yeast. American IIPA aroma as well. Lots of Belgian yeast and American hops. I love this beer. Mouthfeel, the spicy hop finish, but smooth, grassy, stunning. Really grabs my attention. Great candied fruit. And I got to see it being made as well, which just adds to it. Thanks to everyone involved in making this beer. 4.8/5.0 Re-rate So clear and bright amber, with thick lasting beige head. The hop aroma is just the best. The grapefruit is so stunning. Fresh fruit, no over the top resins. Sherberyness is great. Choc limes on finish. There is a definite sweetness to the malts, toffee/caramel/fudge. Tropical fruits. Great balance of malts and hops. Quite hot hop. Just the tropical fruit!!! Passionfruit and mango. It has a Belgian yeast character definitely, nods towards a tripel. This smooth fudge malt sweetness is just adorable. Re-rate again for Batch 3. The beer I drank the most all of Zythos weekend 2009. The aroma is just one the best I’ve had. They have changed the recipe and for the better I think, more obviously a DIPA. I bought I think about 20 bottles of this over the weekend and loved all the samples and bottles I had of it. The one in the Kulminator was probably my favourite, oh no it wasn’t the best I had was the one Urbain mixed with the remainder of the Batch 4 from a magnum bottle which I had from a plastic water bottle at home after the Post Zythos Struise Tasting. Now that was one amazing beer. Glorious and I still have 20 bottles of it to drink......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle. Hazy amber coloured with a huge and lasting creamy white head. Aroma is dominated by hops with notes of grass, pine needles and fruits. Sweet flavour of fruits, caramel, hops, grass and pine needles. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2007
A handsome hazy sunset in the glass and sporting a cloudy layer of luxurious foam, this showcase beer beckons like a Siren of ancient lore. Taken in, the flavor is pleasing, but fails to captivate the soul in the same vein as its looks. It has all the depth and character of a well-crafted IPA, but to my mind fails to bring anything new to the table. I don’t see why this should be endorsed as a featured brew with RB, although I’d be happy to share this with a friend any day -- it sits outstandingly well in your system.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Poured amber with a huge fluffy off white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and pine. Strong hop flavor with some pine hints. Well hopped but has a good amount of sweet malt to balance. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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