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


on tap


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RATINGS: 1091   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Behold the second of RateBeer.coms Worldwide Masters Series! This request edition ale is the crafted alchemy of a party of some of Europes finest brewers, Mikkel Bjergs 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12675) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
11.2 oz bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy amber with a large, off-white head, somewhat diminishing with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, nutty), average hops (flowers, herbs), average yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) wit notes of apple, pear, pepper, and coriander. Full bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (930) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Aroma is slightly hoppy, spicy ginger, herbacious, and a little bretty-apple. Taste is acidic, sweet caramel malt, apple, and bitterness. Pours a hazy, conditioned orange with a scant eggshell head. An odd tasting double IPA. Still get a little bit of ginger and herbs, but the hops are starting to shine a little bit here. I think this is more like an Orval than a Double IPA, and for 9 percent, this shit is dangerous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle. Hazy orange pour with a very creamy yellowed off white head. Aroma of resiny hops, light boozey fruits, caramel malt, a bit of spice and cocoa butter. Flavors of light yeast, earthy citrus, citrus rind, boozey light fruit, and dry malt. Medium/thick body with a sharp carbonation...bitter/sweet with a bitter/dry finish. Interesting Belgian IIPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Katboi (16) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2008
bottled. orange copper colour with an enormous bobbly foam. taste of caramel, coriander and lemon. has a moderat bitter finish. listed as a imp/double IPA.... hmm.. cant sense that more like a tripel of a kind. expected more from this beer, but not the last time ill drink this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Bottle from Capones. Lustrous metallic-orange body with a sudsy white head and significant carbonation. Even said, Pffft! when I opened the bottle. Aroma is of sweet stonefruit, grapefruit, minerals, and a wholesome herbal character. Nicely assertive with pleasant hop flavors, moderate honey-like sweetness, stern bitterness, and some notable heat. Enjoyable lacerative qualities. This is a very good, distinct DIPA. Kind of like early Dreadnaught... but different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (15394) - Snderborg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2008
UPDATED: APR 13, 2013 Bottle, 9.0%. Flowery hop aroma, a little elderflower and a good roughness. Sparkling, hazy copper colour, getting chunky at the bottom. Brilliant tan head, very big, creamy, stable. The flavour starts off sweet. Turns hoppy with flowery and bitter notes. Yeasty finish. Good alcohol level and smooth mouthfeel. Quite late cleansing bitterness.

Bottle, 9%. I think this has been in my cellar for five years. Fruity aroma, slightly acidic, some oxidised notes, but still good. Dark red amber colour with some small bits of yeats floating around. Small stable creamy cream-coloured head. The flavour is quite malty, slightly bretty. Good strong and clean bitterness. Creamy finish with some flowery hops still left. Still good. 8 3 8 3 19

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2008
Bottled. Quite murkey and orange coloured with a rather large off-white head. Somewhat strange - notes of pines, soap, spices, peach, yeast, banana, cloves and flowers. Quite confusing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1555) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malts, citrus and pine hops, candied sugar, and some alcohol. Light on the palate with caramel malts up front. Finishes strong with citrus and floral hops, grass tones, and some alcohol warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2008
11.2oz bottle. Poured a medium to deeper and hazy orangish color with huge sized off white head. Poured cloudier as I reached the bottom with some larger floaters. Aromas of citrus / oranges, fruity, some pine, and floral hoppiness. Tastes of citrus, melons, fruity, caramel, and lightly spicy. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (983) - Amager (form. Nrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
Bottle. Orange/copper with a massive, dense off white head. Very nice to look at. Theres a distinct aroma of belgian yeast. Earthly notes along with spices, citrus and a touch of sweet fruit makes up for a balanced aroma reminding me more of a tripel than a double IPA. The touch of tripel stays on in flavour, but is overpowered by the IPA features: a sweet malty base with layers of hoppiness on top. Caramel and brown sugar makes up the sweetness in this beer, while grape is the dominating hop impression. Still has that special belgian touch, that makes this beer a complex and interesting brew. I could see myself drinking this one often.

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