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

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RATINGS: 1068   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!
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (35066) - 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 (1326) - 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 (3251) - 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 I’m 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 it’s that I’ve 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 didn’t 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - OCT 26, 2007
(bottle)So I sit here, my son put to sleep, the wife gone to Amsterdam for at "girlstrip", pulls this from the cellar. "A Mikkeller.Struisse, that´s gotta be a powerhoped-strong-belgian-yeaststed-mofo-with a-nose-full--as-in-Orval-and-a-mouthfull was my thought as I capped that little sucker. And guess what, it was. I´m so grand at guesing beers. And the aroma, like sniffing heaven or at leastt, her sister, mature her e few years, and the wife can stay in Amsterdam, I´m all into this baby.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2007
Old golden color, hazy and amberisch glow. Beautiful white- yellow foam and fantastic aroma. The smell is complex and nicely hopped. This beer has a slight spicey accent and also the fruity caracter of a fine Triple with touches of apricotes, appels, grapefruits and smooth sugars. The taste and mouthfeeling are just perfect. It has a medium to full boddied taste with some complex spice notes, touches of sweet nuts and some refresching fruity ersters well countered by very tastefull grassy hoppes. Afthertaste is crisp and smooth with a great lingering bitterness of the finest possible hops. Another superbe effort of Struise. Tasted at the one and only Kulminator.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle. High creamy off-white and lasting head. Hazy thick looking yellow body. Aroma dominated by the hops plus some citrusy acidity. Strong and hoppy and yet kind of smooth flavor with liminted if not low carbonation and a long bitter aftertaste. On top of it is quite a good deal of alcohol which I do not like.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Defreni (2601) - Husum, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2007
Flaske. Fantastisk hybrid imellem en trippel og en IPA. Kæmpe skum og næsten ingen karbonation, men det gør ikke så forfærdeligt meget når duften er himmelsk. Blomster og humle tyder på en IPA, men når smagen rammer er den sødlig og krydret som en trippel, indtil en meget sen bitterhed træder til. Fantastisk.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3176) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2008 Pours an almost clear amber with a big, rocky lasting, off-white head. Nice lacings. Smells of hops and strawberries. Quite bitter and very hoppy. Trippel-yeasty notes. Tiny hint of dirt and root vegetables. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Gives nice hoppy burbs. Sweet and dry finish with caramel, bittering hops and a hint of bread.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Pours a hazy orange with a big head. Strange aroma of boiled sweets, liqourice, ammonia, rubber, wheat and banana. It has a funky dry IPA taste of mint and grape and at the same time a kind of wild yeast note. To me it was unbalanced, but still quite fascinating because it was so different. I haven’t tasted anything similar before.


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