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


on tap


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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 288   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
An Imperial India Pale Ale with a bitterness of 288 IBU

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Bontus (800) - Flanders, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle, Geers. Pours dark orange, almost brown. Rather clear, head is sticky, with good retention, and more beige than white. Nose is grapefruits and oranges. But it’s not the most floral/C-hoppy IPA nose I have witnessed lately. Aroma is more or less in line with the hoppy nose, add some malty backbone. Taste is bitter, but in good balance as most hoppy Struise brews. Finish is something mandarine peel like. Carbonation medium to low. Palate slick enough for an IPA, but also refreshing enough for a brew.

tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
Pours murky mahogany with a great creamy off white head leaving lace. Aroma is grassy, fruity, malty, bready. Flavor is sweet, malty, fruity, bitter, longlived bitter. Finished as I said longlived bitter. Unbalanced in IBU, more aroma hops would definately help.

Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2012
(Bottle) Pours darkbcopper brown with a creamy off-white head. The aroma holds hoppy notes of wood, pineapples, grapefruit, pine and resin. Undertones of rose water, alcohol, cream, honey, cookies and caramel. The flavour light to medium sweet, heavily bitter and light acidic. Citrus, resinous wood, canned fruits, pine, caramel and bread. The mouthfeel is round, tart, astringent and light sticky with a light carbonation. Super aggressive, mega bitter finish. Medium bodied.

sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2012
([email protected], BBE 30-11-2014) Hazy dark copper-brown with a medium, firm and tanned head. Caramely-malty nose with mushy-dark-fruity hops. Flavor is vegetably-malty, dark-fruity and caramely, with apparently plenty of hops added - but they’re drowned in caramely sweetness, leaving only a somewhat stingy orange-peel-wet-woody bitterness in the palate. Quite full body with lowish CO2. I think this would have been better with 95% less hops. 6646

77ships (9827) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2012
33 cl. bottle purchased @ Struise beer shop / consumed @ home: like most I just adore the label – it is a gorilla wearing a shark as pants, that is just plain genius if you ask me – pours a murky dark brown orange with creamy off-white head – smell is very fruity, earthly hops with some peaches & pine resin, nectar, no regular hop bitterness in the nose, just very fruity – taste is quite sweet upfront, lots of slight caramel malt, lots of fruit, peaches, apricots, hint of pine resin, grapefruit & some earthly hops in the back, touch of yeast, bitterness feels strongly muted by huge presence of malt, slight caramel, touch of spices, Belgian yeast & mandarin in the finish followed by a brief & odd, medicinal bitterness with a slight booziness, so much hops obviously requires a huge amount of malt to back it up, both halves kind of turn out cancelling each other out, resulting in a weird muted mix, demounting the potential amusement of both sides, the fruity earthly peaches are still very pretty nice – body is malt heavy, creamy, slightly above medium carb. /// neither fish nor flesh

oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Thanks travlr. Hazy reddish brown pour with a one finger white head. Lots of resinous pine and citrus rind with hints of nectar fruit. Medium to full body with ample carbonation and a dry resinous, slightly soapy finish.

grunx (367) - - FEB 5, 2012
Molt bona Imperial IPA. Final lleugerament sec i llupolat. Entrada relativament dolça. Complexa. Fàcil de beure.

Defreni (3220) - Husum, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2012
Flaske: Mørkeorange øl med et lille skumhoved. Meget mudret udseende. Duften er gæret og overhovedet ikke som en dobbel IPA. Næsten ingen humle. Smagen er igen gærdomineret, og humlen kan faktisk kun ane på en ubalanceret bitterhed til sidst i smagen. Meget skuffende øl i forhold til hvem der har brygget den. Drikbar men skuffende.

flemmingwillum (1206) - Nysted, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2012
Rating #683, flaske fra Toft Vin

En rødbrun uigennemsigtig øl, med en stor, svulmende, tæt skumkrone, der holder sig stabilt selv op over glassets kant. Der er også kniplingsmønster på glassets kant efterhånden som øllen bliver drukket. En naturligvis meget humlet aroma med jordbær, hindbær, hyldeblomst, citrus, grannåle og lidt fersken. Smagen er ekstremt humlet og ret maltet. Der er smag af karamel, kommen og gammelt opbevaringsskab ved siden af den meget bitre og krydrede humle, hvor de blomstrende elementer fra aromaen kun skinner lidt igennem i form af lidt hyldeblomst og hindbær. Der er en bismag af en form for gummi i baggrunden, dog ikke på den dårlige måde. Eftersmagen er meget bitter som forventet og alkoholen holder sig trods de 9% ret godt i baggrunden. Mundfølelsen er blød og øllens tyngde mere end gennemsnitlig - kulsyreindholdet er ikke for kraftigt. En ret god øl og en smule utraditionel IPA som er mere maltet og knapt så blomstrende frisk som de fleste inden for typen.

thewolf (12594) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
Pours almost clear ruby red with a big, creamy, off-white head. Lovely looks. Aroma is peachy, resiny, some toasted malts, light biscuity, kinda dusty. A bit of red apples. Medium, fairly prickly carbonation (small bubbles). Nicely dry and kinda creamy palate. Flavour has lots of hops (naturally). Fairly peachy and with apricot and pine in the finish. Again some caramel and biscuity notes in the malts. Mild sweetness in the centre. Very bitter and very dry finish with some estery yeasty sweetness as well as resin. Actually surprisingly subdued for the high ABV - and the better for it.

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