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

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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 288   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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An Imperial India Pale Ale with a bitterness of 288 IBU


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holy (833) - GERMANY - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle shared with and courtesy of Crazy Urbain - thanks dude! This is a great IPA - starts slightly sweet with caramel tones then punches you in the mouth with the hops. Hides the 9% well. This was significantly better than the first taste at BBF 2011 - maybe it’s had time to mature?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2012
(330ml bottle) Pours a cloudy deep orangish amber body with a tall cream head and excellent Brussels lacing. Aroma of caramel, spruce, orange, and grapefruit. Flavor of caramel, citrus, toffee, herbs, grass, and earthiness with a dry, bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Swaroga (1247) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2012
33cl bottle. Red/brown with big tanned head. Nose : Very fruity with strong herbal and hoppy aromas. Small notes of coffee. Grapefruit or pomelo zest. Sip ; Oily with a medium density and low but existing carbonation. The taste is like a coffee mixed with grapefruit sorbet. Some grainy notes. Overal it’s a really enjoyable brew and it’s about time we had some IPA’s in Belgium.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilif (23) - zedelgem, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2012
perfect resultaat van ipa brewing, fijne geur, lekkere bittere afdronk, je proeft een vleugje amerika in dit bier een perfect samenwerking tussen een belgische en een amerikaanse brewerij

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1012) - New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Pours brownish amber, dark, with huge rocky head and great retention, lots of sudsy lacing left behind. Familiar Struise yeast on the nose, dried tropical fruits, raisin bread malts, and bitter hop resins more apparent as the beer warms. Taste is sweet caramel orange, pineapple, transitioning to strong bitter grapefruit, and a long, dry, bitter finish. Soft and creamy in the mouth, nice. Must admit I was very confused by this at first, its fruity presence and familiar Struise character made me think they put the wrong label on Pannepot or Tseejees. The hops shine through though as the beer opens up, providing a nice balance between the two extremes, and ultimately quite enjoyable. Interesting take on the style, definitely out of the ordinary.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 33cl bottle. Pours orange with a big white head. Aroma is quite weak with notes of peach, pine and some plastic notes hidden in the back when the concoction gets to room temp. Taste is hop forward on a sweet-ish malty base. Pine, citrus, flowers. Yeasty. Way too much alcohol. Good carbontaion, medium/full bodied. Quite good. Not exceptional though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggirlpanties (177) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Caramel gold color, with huge, dense head with amazing retention. Beautiful lacing. Aroma is honeysuckle and peaches, very much like a spring garden. Taste is much the same with some bitter hoppiness for balance. Quite delicious. Definitely something special.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8163) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
330mL. Pours glowing, minerally amber to orange with an insane near nitro pour tan, porter like head with completely insane retention. About a 4-5 finger tall head lasts with no diminishing for 15 minutes. Completely insane. Could probably place an M&M on the head and it would sit there like Alesmith Wee Heavy’s head. Wow. I guess Belgian yeast plus huge isohumulone and malt protein work well together. Huge, webby lace. Nose is softer, perfumey, herbal, fresh and fruity blood orange, tangy curacao. As it warms and decants it smells a little apple heavy and oxidized so don’t let this sit out too long. Taste is soft, fluffy, dessert like, with fresh melon and fresh lime honey. Honeysuckle, wood, tart lime, sugar, and mild alcohol with muted bitterness. No nuttiness or astringent character. Palate is wildly soft, really pillowy carbonation with no cheesecloth or candy stickness. Feels like homemade marshmallow on the palate. Tart, lactic back end. Sweet honeysuckle and tropical fruit juice. Totally delicious. I was not expecting this one to be so good- what a treat! Doesn’t feel like 300 IBUs or whatever.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5353) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2012
33cl, new exclusive collab. brew Anno 2011, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex bitter brew, bitter/sweet and slightly floral/fruity, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, rocky head, good brew, yet expensive

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tderoeck (4371) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2012
3/I/2012 33cl bottle @ Klaas’ place - BB: 30/XI/12 (2012-7) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!

Cloudy red to rust brown beer, towering huge yellowish head, pretty stable, very adhesive leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: pretty sweet first, some ripe peaches, sweet malts, honey, yeast, cheesy to even stinky feet. MF: light carbon, full body, bit syrupy texture. Taste: citrus start, sugary, sweet, bit cloying, overripe fruits, alcohol and quite some bitter notes. Aftertaste: some ripe fruits turning to a very bitter and dry ending, too bitter and chemical. We split this small bottle in two, but by the end even half a beer of this got boring from the very dry bitter ending. The American influence is clearly noticeable. If I would have had to guess, I would’ve said this is a Struise-Stone collaboration. :p


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