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


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RATINGS: 1058   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2007
[Odense-tasting at Scheffel. Bottle from thewolf.] Feel like a wise monk when I sample this brew. A seldom IIPA from Belgium. Cloudy orange look with nice longlasting white head with the aronotes of a seldom mix of fruits and belgo-yeast, grapes and spices. Similar flavornotes added with typical american, belgian and danish notes. Very untypical, but it all finishes up in a great complex beer, which I yeasterday bought another bottle of to my cellar.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (2364) - Waregem, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Yester evening @ ’HOP’-evening Kortrijk. Many thx to Urbain and William ! Hazy darkgolden amber color, with a nice off-white head. Aroma fruity, bit yeast, and meany hops. Full body. Taste have notes of spices and yeast, starts with a bit sweetness, but a very great hopsbitterness. For me this beer is really perfect (also in balance). Aftertaste long nice bitterness. Wonderfull brew !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 A Mes rate: 33cl bottle all to my lucky self at the Struise Farm.
This is like a little patch of heaven for me. For those who don’t know, Carlo and Urbain from Struise are amazing gents, both of them. Strangely enough so are the guys from Mikkeller (guess I must include Jeppe in there too) it just so happens that they are my two favourite brewers right now also. This is a total no brainer. The work of both sets of people are clearly evident and perfectly harmoniuos. It’s like a symphony where one side plays the driving subtle parts and the other plays the top end finesse. Then somewhere they swap and you don’t notice it happen but know that it has. It’s a marriage of world class artisans and, quite simply, excellent. Proper rate to follow, just got so excited at the farm I forgot to make notes so I will attempt to do it more justice next time I have it.

Ok, re-rate time. I thought this was amazing first time I had it. Second time around I upped the score even more. I just couldn’t get enough of it. Such a big shame I can’t get this regularly. Cloudy amber brown with a superb white head and lace. Hoppy, grassy aroma with lots of lychee and a slight caramel sweetness that really makes it. Possibly the best Belgian yesty notes I have experienced. Side by side with the double IPA like hops it is just a stunning smell. Flavour follows on perfectly. Sooooo F**KING good. Well rounded and almost soft for the style. Stunning alcohol notes, the grassy hops are sublime. Mouthfeel is outstanding. Absolute perfection. Spice and bitter hops for the finish are just an incredible encapsulation of a simply awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30734) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2007
33 cL bottle, thanks to Grovlam. Pours hazy orange with a hue white head. Grapefruit aroma. Flavour is fresh hoppy and grapefruity, I sense only a very minor malty sweetness. Dry as a bone. I get a hoppy-overload here - my tastepbuds are burned off - I need to rerate this again hoping that I can better handle this extremely hoppy brew. It is with no doubt a very great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 15, 2007
Bottle. Tasting at yespr. Pours a cloudy orange colour with a nice well alsting head. Sweet fruity and hoppy aroma with citrus. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet and fruity with yeast, hops, citrus, pine and some spices. Good long lasting fruity, dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2007
Very interesting "hoppy trippel". Hoppy nose with dark fruits (black currant) as well. Sweet malty and fruity flavour (candy sugar, reisin). Very bitter indeed but not in the extreme American way. The bitterness is more balanced and overall I think "hoppy trippel" is a more suitable style (than double IPA) due to the clear Belgian characteristics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeranarchist (209) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2007
Bottle. Hazy yellow to orange with nice creamy off-white head. Very interresting aroma (in positive way): piney, citrusy, a hint of coriander and very fruity (oranges?). The flavour is even better, very fruity and has typical belgian yeast notes. Has a hoppy, bitter finish and the flavour lasts very long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2007
Bottle. [Courtesy of faroeviking , tasting @ yespr] Huge and beautiful lasting head with a light beige thick appearance. Cloudy golden colour with an orange glow. Excellent and thick film like lacework. Fine and balanced blend of hops and sweet malty notes. Citrus, perfume and light grapefruit. Yeast, caramel, grain. Some underling fruity feel, with a bitter floral note. Full bodied with a dry texture and a lively carbonation. Moderated bitter and sweet flavour in nice accompanying way. Lingering bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2007
Bottle. Nice copper coloured with a big, firm lasting white head. The aroma is packed with classic Belgian aromas of white and yellow fruits, freshly baked wheat bread and a slight yeasty note. There are plenty of hops (US varieties!) in the nose as well, but the Belgian yeast has the upper hand. On the palate this is the perfect fusion between Belgian Strong Ales and American IPA. Loads of fruity notes, especially pears and peaches, from the Belgian yeast which is balanced perfectly by the citrusy flavours of the American hops. The bitterness is absolutely present, but it isn’t as overpowering as I would’ve expected initially and certainly not as dominating as in most US style ales. In philosophical terms, this is a true Hegelian beer; the Belgian thesis meets the American (Danish) antithesis and results in a synthesis. The result is greater than the sum of its components. A great beer, but with the producers in mind I’m not surprised.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13286) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2007
Bottle at home. Unclear amber/brown - offwhite head. High hoppy aroma... soap-hoppy, citrus, fruity, wood, oak, light yeasty, peach. Taste: Nice malty, some caramel, fruityness, yeasty (a bit too much yeast / aroma and taste - it reminds me a little bit of bakingyeast), peach, some sharpness, light acho-burn, fruity, brown sugar, spices. I can’’t place all of it. Smooth mouthfeeling - light woody dryness. Hold kæft mand det er lækkert ------ og specielt !!!!

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