Struise Brouwers Elliot Brew (9%)

From a quick look around the internet this is a Mikkeller collaboration but the only thing on the bottle that hints that it might be is the typeface and the blocks of colour across the bottom of the label.
Elliot brew pours a very rich and deep amber with a big pillow of a head that subsides to a deep ring of bubbles.
The aroma here is resinous and woody but doused in sweet caramel, a very nice smell indeed.
Taking a swig the flavours are everything you’d want from a Double IPA.
You get intense toffee soaked in lime juice, massive hits of orange and lychee, the flesh of at least a dozen under ripe grapefruits and the peel from every lime you’ve ever squeezed.
Spinning around all this is a sherbet and candyfloss sweetness along with black pepper and fresh herbs.
The finish is enormous, packed with pine resins and very dry brown crunchy leaves, it makes for the end of a very good beer.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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