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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: 1093   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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4.1
Alengrin (5382) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2014 Cooperation with the much-revered Mikkeller (and label in the Mikkeller house style), in four versions; this rating concerns batch III (163 IBU). Also tasted under the name "Mikkeller". Very stable, regular, cream white head, colour a brownish amber, hazy with a ’fond’ of protein flakes. Excessively hoppy aroma, spicy, grapefruit, tonic water, orange peel, dried leaves, walnuts, cookies, caramel. Fresh citrussy onset, rounded nutty maltiness, rather light mouthfeel in relation to its strength, sodden in hops from beginning to end, aromatic, peppery, citrussy and grapefruit-like, eventually becoming even more bitter, almost to a medicinal level, sticky and very, very long. A treat for hopheads.

3.9
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!

3.8
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

3.7
mmargarucci (343) - 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!

5
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...

4.3
Bule (2165) - 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.

4.1
adster (817) - HUNGARY - JUL 20, 2014
A különféle főzeteket koronázó sörhab jellemzőinek leírását egészen sokféleképpen meg lehet kísérelni, amennyiben annak állagát, a tartósságot, szilárdságot szeretnénk megfelelően kifejezni. Ebben az esetben azonban szókincsünk egyik eleme sem adná vissza tökéletesen a keletkezett látványt. Egy biztos: ehhez fogható habkoronát korábban még nemigen tapasztaltam. Illatát nagyjából hasonlóképpen képzeltem el előzőleg az üvegen feltüntetett keserűség-mértékegység olvasása közben: természetesen a komló masszív jelenléte uralja azt. Ebbe a komlótoboz rengetegbe vegyül egy ínycsiklandó kandiscukros aroma, mely remekül egyensúlyozza ki és teszi még csábítóbbá az illatot. A címkén szereplő 216 IBU érték alapján mi másra is számíthatnánk aztán beleízlelve, mint egy elsöprő lendülettel támadó komló fenevadra?! Némi grapefruit és citrusos karakter színesíti kissé a metsző keserűséget, mely leginkább az utóízben csúcsosodik ki, és amely hosszú percekig tart, ahogyan szétterjed a szánkban, a nyelvünk tövénél, a garat felé közeledve. A hozzáadott kandiscukor némiképpen tompítja ezt az intenzív keserűséget, valójában mégis egy szénsavmentes komlóléről van szó, mely egy magamfajta komlóimádó számára maga a mennyei manna.

3.7
makenzi (39) - SLOVENIA - JUL 9, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 Tap @ Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà, 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!

2.6
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.

2.5
tcane7 (1674) - 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


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