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94
style
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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Pours a nice hazy orange with thick creamy white head, lots of lacing and head retention. Aroma very nice of an array of hops, lots of citrus, slight malt backbone, and slight bread. Flavor matches well, but the yeast strains in this give it a different character that I find really enjoyable. Very solid beer that I would definitely go back to.


4
martjoobolut (4947) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 22, 2017
2010 vintage, at kulminator. Pours dark amber with whiteish head. Aroma is sweet, malty, grainy. Flavor is sweet and bitter, grains, malt, sugar, caramel. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: great brew.

4.1
gripweed57 (2800) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2017
330 ml bottle. Translucent copper pour has a small bubbly beige head. Earthy, woody, yeasty malt nose is complex and intriguing. Subtle, yet earthy roasted malt flavor. Notes of plum, mushrooms, overly roasted walnuts, currants and herbal hops. The hops are subtle, yet complex. Warming alcohol notes as well. Not your typical DIPA, though very enjoyable.

2.9
Maarten1993 (1348) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2017
Drank during the visit to Struise 28-3-2017 (2013 vintage). Metally, bitter, weird taste. The bourbon removes the typical IPA-hoppyness and the result is quite a neutral taste.

3
murran (685) - - FEB 25, 2017
Pours an amber body with a medium head. Strong hoppy aroma. Taste is bitter hops and not much else. Interesting but very narrow in its spectrum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
Korcz (3389) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Straszliwe ciężkie, bardzo specyficzna goryczka.

3.9
kepano (280) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 16, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2016 I’ll admit that as a designer I’ve never loved Struise’s labels, and Elliot Brew might be the most uninspired of the bunch. Yet, there is something incredibly special for me, when I see the ostrich-adorned crest peering out of that dark shelves of my neighboring liquor store, here in the mean streets of Los Angeles. It’s been ten years since I first visited Carlo and Urbain after the launch of the brewery, at the beginning of my beer-drinking journey. I couldn’t have been luckier to sample some of their first brews, and I am so proud to see their work spread far and wide across the globe. Elliot Brew pours a beautifully muddy orange with a perfectly creamy off-white cap. It bills itself as a double IPA, but the nose can’t fool me. This is a Belgian beer. Between the layers of hops, lots of brown sugar, spices and estery aromas shine through. Bubble gum, blackberries, cinnamon, coffee — this is so much more subtle than the average American hop bomb. The flavor is surprisingly mellow. A smooth, creamy layer of vanilla custard forms the basis for a floral tingle of hops to shine. There is a Heisenbergian quality to the hops in this beer. They seem to only appear when you look for them. If you do, their character is sharp as a knife, and brings a satisfying bitterness that cuts through the mid palate with vigor. Putting your mind off of them, the deeper tones of molasses and cream seem to overtake the experience. Its kaleidoscopic nature makes this a fun beer to drink and explore. In typical fashion, Struise have created a completely original interpretation of the style.

3.9
lukin (663) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2016
bottle, aged for some number of years (3 or 4? Can’t remember). Pours cloudy brownish-orange with fluffy head. Little IPA character left; mostly Belgian, brown sugar, some citrus. Boozy. Nice beer.

3.5
Cybercat (6017) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Pours clear coppery with a fairly thick buff head. Aroma features caramel, fruity and hoppy tones. Fruity flavor has firm woody hop and subtle fresh malt notes. Mouthfeel has average fizz and body. One of my beer pals won this at a HMOG and generously shared it at Alpharetta.

3.8
Christpuncher (3191) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2016
2013 vintage. Aroma is hopps and straw. Flavor is super hoppy, slightly sweet, with a slight bitter bite. Very crushable for the age. Pours dark brown / copper with a thick sticky tan head. Had at home out of a bottle. Awesome IPA

3.8
Christos (5884) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2016
(Struise / Mikkeller Elliot Brew) 330 ml bottle at home, served into a shaker, vintage 2013. Dark orange colour on the body, with lazy activity in it, a bit hazy. Two fingers of thick off-white head on top, with very good retention. Aroma of caramel malts, oranges, biscuit, faint citrus, light tangerine. Taste is quite bitter, with oranges, orange peel, citrus, grapefruit, pine, caramel malts, notable alcohol, grass, biscuit. Medium thick body, good carbonation. Very dry on the palate. Very good.


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