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

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RATINGS: 1063   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (34777) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30908) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2007
Drunk to celebrate my rating number 9600 - a combined brew by two of my favorite breweries. A hazy dark amber beer with a huge bubbly off-white head. The aroma is sweet spicy combined with a medium note of hops - a mixture of Belgian and American inspiration. The flavor is very sweet with notes of malt at first, but soon overwhelmed by notes of spices, especially coriander and cloves, as well as wood, hops, and citrusy hop notes. The alcohol is more felt than tasted, and leads to a dry quite spicy finish. A good beer - but I’ve had better from both breweries - so maybe the clone is a little lost on me?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Clear warm amber golden with a nice, dense and frothy off-white head. A somewhat raw aroma hoppiness with a whiff of caramel. Solid malt based body with hints of yeast and spices an a somewhat brutal bitter finish without any greater refinement. 030608

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20662) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2007
Bottled. Deep hazy orange colour, huge white head. Aroma is really flowery and fruity. Flavour is really hoppy, slightly yeasty and a lot of fruity notes. Kind of APA meets tripel. Really pleasant. Gets even more balanced after the yeast is poured in from the bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19324) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Cloudy amber, rich firm head. Powerful lychee aroma. Fairly sweet with slimmer body than expected. Quite evident Belgian style yeast character and notes of orange, but hops dominate. Alcohol plays a non-negligible part, making it peppery and fruity. The 130 IBUs feels for like 40, as it’s nicely balanced out by malt . Unusual aand excellently made hybrid of saison and double IPA, challenging all concepts (though possibly in a predictable way with these brewers involved). I like everything about it, yet it does not really click.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16583) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle @ Chris_o. Pours a hazy orange color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a spicy malty hoppy grapefruit aroma wit hsome yeasty hints. Sweet malty yeasty hoppy flavor with lots of citrus hints. Has a long hoppy bitter finish with some yeasty hints.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
31st July 2009
Cloudy chocolate brown beer, frothy tan head. Frothy palate, a little dry. Tart fruit, seamlessly blended with creamy malt. Then some serious hops, smooth though. Very well joined up tasty beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2010 2010-01-16, 7-5-9-4-16=41
Beautiful color, hazy amber, with generous creamy head, persistent; sticky lace. The aroma shows malt, mild Belgian yeast and a hint of hops; creamy. Good body strength; very good malt flavor, with some sweetness, a moderate Belgian yeast vein and a very pleasant fruity touch. The final is balanced, malty, with traces of bitter oranges and therefore a light fruitness. Elegant, yet powerful.

2007-11-11, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Beautiful hazy amber color; huge creamy head. Very nice malty aroma, a bit fruity (oranges and apricots, maybe from the yeast), then nice European hops and a touch of spices. Good body strength, with a lean malt flavor, some sweetness, fruitness and spices, and a very strong hopping, but still balanced; the hop is well aromatic, with some hop oils too; but most of the work here is done by a very good Belgian yeast, that gives complexity, fruitness, tartness… Hence, it’s a Strong Belgian Ale in my database, with extra bitterness. Excellent.


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