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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (867) - Louisiana, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Appearance: pours with a large dense dark beige head, the beer is a darker amber, very hazy, Aroma: faint malt caramel, potpourri spice, lavender, very faint Taste: strong bitterness, very strong malt backbone, strong alcohol finish, Palate: lively carbonation, heavy mouthfeel, very strong bitterness on the aftertaste Overall: very good but such a big beer you can't drink much of this fast, very bitter, very malty at the same time ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2744) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
Tap @ Schooltje. Dark amber color. Big of white head, like whipped cream, goed lacing. Aroma’s: resin, weed, some tropical fruit. Retronasal it seems a bit old, raisins, resinous, fruit. Flavor is moderate to full bitter. Medium bodied. Long & bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - APR 19, 2015
From tap at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Unclear golden color with off white head. Hoppy aroma, citrusy and grassy, light malty. Sweet and heavy bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hogfather (69) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - APR 17, 2015
On tap at The Hoppy Pub: Nice golden colour with good white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, orange, citrus grass. Taste of orange, citrus, bread, grass. Nice aftertaste. Good brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (7889) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - APR 3, 2015
Vintage 2013, SM No. 12 The beer is fruity and fresh. Slightly grainy. Not too deep, nice floral fresh aftertaste with slightly sourish hints. Bitter-fresh aftertaste. Nice, fresh-bitter, for the 9% highly drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
greenmanalishi (519) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
2011 vintage bottling. Struise / Mikkeller Elliot Brew Struise / Mikkeller Elliot Brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
simont1 (575) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015 Very bitter and too much crystal malt, some grapefruit hops and simcoe & centennial feel to it, quite good, but nothing speical.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1359) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Pours a deep amber color. Too hazy to an American IPA. Head is huge and beige, and leasts forever. Incredible retention and tons of lacings left in the glass S: Quite spicy, malty and bready. Again, strong European (Belgian) personality. Definitely not a American Double IPA. It has this bready and yeasty Belgian smell. Also candy, caramel malts, grassy hops and alcohol. Complex and good T: Complex as the nose. Candy, caramel malts, bread, grassy hops. Upfront is very mild sweet, taste is crispy and bitter as it should. End is bitter and grassy. Very well balanced, nevertheless M: Creamy refreshing body. Medium carbonation. Mild sweet upfront. Bitter aftertaste O: Quite interesting beer. At same time that it keeps the characteristics of an American Double IPA, it also have strong characteristics of a Belgian IPA, like the characteristic bready yeasts taste. In the end, a beer with the good Mikkeller-Struise quality. No regret [ BA Review @ 1/28/2012 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber, nose is malty caramel, taste is light fruit, bitter, sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matis (241) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 22, 2014
Hazy. Hoppy with red fruits on nose. Rather weak aroma. Sweet in taste. Malty base, raisiny, caramel, cherries(?) and some sourness. Oily body. Big "wow" on paper, but small disapointment in real.

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