Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Struise Mikkeller

From the bottle label:
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



I've been excited to try this one since I picked it up. Here goes:

The bottle pours into my tulip glass a somewhat hazy amber with orange highlights. A big, frothy creamy head rises with the pour and lingers, leaving sticky lacing trails across the side of the glass. Aromas start with a good mix of citric, herbal and earthy hops. There's a nice caramel, somewhat bready malt underneath. Spiciness comes across in the nose and works well with the sweet tinge. Quite fruity as well. An interesting take on the style.

First sip brings a sweet caramel malt upfront followed by a fruitiness. The hops roll in with citric, herbal and earthy tones intermingling. As it flows down a spicy quality emerges along with yeasty tones that's quickly followed up by a solid blast of bitterness that cuts through the sweetness of the brew. The brew finishes with linger hops atop a mix of sugar and spice. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess about it and solid moving carbonation. Goes down rather easily for a 9% brew and lends itself to being quite drinkable. The sweetness does a good job of counterbalancing the bitterness. Overall, I can't say I've had a Imperial IPA from Denmark or Belgium before, but this one hits the spot and is a tasty rendition!

Overall I gave this one a rating of Great. Quite a tasty beer!

Check out more from De Struise Brouwers by surfing over to: http://struise.noordhoek.com/eng/

Check out more from Mikkeller by going to: http://www.mikkeller.dk/

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