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


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RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
RateBeer Special Release:
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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jur (468) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2014
Draught @ Wildeman, Amsterdam. Incoming from the Western Front! Hop bomb, huge pucker factor, passion fruit. Not very Belgian, love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Tap. Hazy orange with a nice head. Pine, citrus, honey, lemon candy. Medium body. Smooth with slightly sweet bitter finish. Awesome

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmargarucci (340) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JUL 26, 2014
A wonderful new take on the double ipa. The candy sugar adds an interesting balance to the hops. But the lingering bitterness I the hops leaves your mouth happy. The mix of sugar and spice combined with the grapefruit notes of the hops balance perfectly. Well done!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrmoustache (1) - - JUL 24, 2014 does not count
Well-balanced! Great nose... Supreme taste, overal a 9,5, you recognise the 2 breweries I one glass! tasted it at grand cabaret (Nieuwpoort BE) on draft! They tap on Nitrogene, installation perfectionised by Urbain Coutteau ( from Struise Brouwers) himself...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (2083) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2014
12oz bottle at Woodruff's. Pours a hazy pale brown color with some frothy head. Lots of great earthy hop flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (787) - HUNGARY - JUL 20, 2014
A klnfle főzeteket koronz srhab jellemzőinek lerst egszen sokflekppen meg lehet ksrelni, amennyiben annak llagt, a tartssgot, szilrdsgot szeretnnk megfelelően kifejezni. Ebben az esetben azonban szkincsnk egyik eleme sem adn vissza tkletesen a keletkezett ltvnyt. Egy biztos: ehhez foghat habkoront korbban mg nemigen tapasztaltam. Illatt nagyjbl hasonlkppen kpzeltem el előzőleg az vegen feltntetett keserűsg-mrtkegysg olvassa kzben: termszetesen a koml masszv jelenlte uralja azt. Ebbe a komltoboz rengetegbe vegyl egy nycsikland kandiscukros aroma, mely remekl egyenslyozza ki s teszi mg csbtbb az illatot. A cmkn szereplő 216 IBU rtk alapjn mi msra is szmthatnnk aztn belezlelve, mint egy elsprő lendlettel tmad koml fenevadra?! Nmi grapefruit s citrusos karakter sznesti kiss a metsző keserűsget, mely leginkbb az utzben cscsosodik ki, s amely hossz percekig tart, ahogyan sztterjed a sznkban, a nyelvnk tvnl, a garat fel kzeledve. A hozzadott kandiscukor nmikppen tomptja ezt az intenzv keserűsget, valjban mgis egy sznsavmentes komllről van sz, mely egy magamfajta komlimd szmra maga a mennyei manna.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
makenzi (39) - SLOVENIA - JUL 9, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 Tap @ Ma Che Siete Venuti A F, Roma. Pours cloudy amber with of white, rich, good lacing and long lasting head. Nose is sweet caramel, honey, ripe fruit, onion!? yeast, citrus and floral hop aroma. Flavour is rich caramel, candy, dark fruit, sweet at the beginning, but overpowered by strong, harsh hop bitternes. Just a bit to aggressive for my opinion. Despite of 9% ABV the alcohol is well hidden. Medium body, low to moderate carbonation. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
666ale (86) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Amber with white foam. Nose of fruits and hop. Medium bodied. Taste of hops and sweet fruits with flowery hints. Not the best double ipa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tcane7 (1672) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2014
11 bottle courtesy of Steve at Alla Spina. Pours a clean amber with thin white head. Aroma of oxidized hops and malt - sherry , cardboard. Light fruity notes, sweet, with an extremely astringent harsh finish. DPF

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (4332) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Aroma: floral hops, tropical fruits.Appearance: dark hazy amber, medium frothy. Taste: medium bitter. Palate: bitters intensify, getting very pronounced, dry average-finish. Overall: interesting Belgian interpretation of an IIPA. Pint at Cafe Red Rose, Bruges.

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