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


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RATINGS: 1087   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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.

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tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark amber/gold with a huge bright white head. The last pour yields a ton of yeast and turns the beer a murky cloudy brown/orange. Aroma is perfumy, floral and slightly soapy. Just a bit of citrus zest. Sweeter candy sugar as well. Flavor is a nice balance of sweeter, honeyed malt and bitter, grassy and flowery hops. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. 130 IBU? Not quite, but still rightly bitter. Interesting interpretation of the style for sure.

Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
11.2 oz SM No. 12 pours very hazy amber with a scary looking head and cobweb lace pulling away from the side. The aroma is of resinous hops, peaches, other citrus fruits, sugar malt, and spices. The flavor has quite a malty foundation that is sweet, cheesy yeasty, basswood honey, and Rio Star red grapefruit in January. The palate is rich, not sticky; well carbonated. There is a lingering bitterness, but not so to detract from the overall. This is a good beer. Better as it warms. I tried the yeast pour and this works wonders.

TAR (2781) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Golden rufous. Tightly-packed white head deposits puffy lace with each sip. Vibrant hop aromas of peach, tangerine, aniseed and mango. Very flowery as well. Smidge of dusty yeast and plastlike phenols. Tight carbonation expands into a feathery-soft fluff. Dense lime-accented hoppiness quickly fuses with a cleanly minty alcoholic undertow. Oils soon saturate the palate yet sharply herbal and lightly pinewoody hops attempt to temper them with some poignancy. Hops are fairly polished but oppressively resinous and borderline overbearing in their acidity at the same time. Malt is clean and muted, but possesses just enough strength to allow its honey-drizzled toasted-bread sweetness to gently poke through. Despite the overall well-roundedness, it doesn’t keep the hops from eventually relinquishing what remains of their soft and lustrous character to hints of medicine and a palate-assaulting combination of crushed aspirin and bandage-edged phenols. Bitter resins, grapefruit and tangerine peel linger. While there is some grace to be found here, this, as with so many beers of its ilk, overtires the palate due to its unclean (slightly, in this case) hoppiness all too quickly. Even the most skilled of brewers have such a difficult time with this style, further proving the difficulty of perfecting a hop-centered beer. Enjoyable.

GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Wow! Monster bubbly white head. Smells like a mix between an DIPA and an ABT. Smells sweet overall. Nice dark amber color, good lacing left on the glass. Taste is good amount of hops with a balance of sugar and spices. Nice texture, which is thick but goes down relatively easy. Super smooth for an DIPA. I love the 9 percent, and you can not even taste it. The head is sitll lingering around and I am 1/2 way done! This is a great beer!

jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Bottle. Poured a golden amber body with nice head - huge. Aroma is tropical fruit, sweet malt, and light sour notes. Flavor is fruity, bitter, light citrus, pineapple, sweet malt. Very chewy. Good beer and an interesting IIPA.

goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Poured a hazy light brown color with yeasty chunks and small off-white head. The aroma is mildly phenolic, some spice, hint of chocolate and light citrus hop. The flavor is a mix if caramel and citrus hops. Some fruitiness. Very mild bitterness. Medium bodied wiyh good warmth.

fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2009 Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice rich head. Has a variety of aromas to it mostly made up of citrus grapefruit flavors. Laces very well as you drink it. Has strong flavors of grapefruit malt overtones. The first batch of this beer I had must have sat around a while because it had no hop punch at all. Batch 2 I got direct from the brewer and was super hoppy. Great brew.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2008
(33cl, Batch 1, thanks mj) Murky golden body atop medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, orange, light pineapple. Taste is medium sweet, herbal, orange, light pineapple, alcohol, yeast. Medium-full body, light stickiness.

3fourths (9356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 Batch 1. Doughy, yeast, fruity creamed oranges in the nose, along with some greenish pineapple, lavender honey and some tingling alcohol as well. Prickly and sharp on the tongue, with some acidic yeast that annoys the tongue. I’d prefer this one to be cleaner and not have so much yeast glossing over the hop character. Still, the slightly-boozy honey and pineapple hop flavors are nice; the bitterness is moderately to heavy but not extreme, and the carbonation is fuller than expected, which doesn’t exactly work when the yeast has essentially attenuated most of the hop flavors out of this beer. Still, a good beer, and hopefully batch 2 will be an improvement.
7/4/7/4/15 = 3.7

Rated blind, September 2008. Batch 2 (I think). Clear medium to light copper colored body, big off-white head, fully formed, leaves sticky rings on the glass. Dirty hops in the nose, dirty, dusty, almost aged… seems like some sort of double red/amber. Fusel notes present, some dusty, peppery dry, dirty wood, but there is some cedar, bubble gum and pine hop scents in there as well, seems like it could be old. Body is medium full, a bit of harsness, some booze showing up, what’s with the Belgian yeast character? WTF? Dirty, garage floor dust all over this yeast. Weird sort of lactic sourness, strange, dusty, dirty gravel and fruit. Body is medium to thick, alcohol is present, not overbearing but not something you can ignore. Interesting, not really blowing me away. Aspirin in the aftertaste… ugh. Is that some sticky feet yeast? Hmm. Is that slight sourness on purpose?
6/4/6/4/14 = 3.4

Brix (660) - DENMARK - FEB 20, 2008
Tasted 2008-02-20. Pours semi clear, orange with big, off-white head. Aroma: Hops, caramel. Flavour: Yeasty, moderately bitter. Very nice! Full bodied.

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