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

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RATINGS: 553   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Black Albert was used in a new barrel aging project. More than a year ago, Carlo was able to get his hands on a stock of Four Roses Bourbon barrels, and we happily filled them up with Batch „0". This unique creation was originally to be named 4 Black Roses in honour of its heritage, but our friends in Kentucky strongly advised us not to do so! What to do? As the disowned offspring of Black Albert, the name Cuvée Delphine imposed itself. Savouring the Belgian irony, we are most honoured to have artwork by Delphine Boël shining on this label. You will not find this ale all over the globe. There is no export program, but we will try to provide stock through our web shop and some specialty beer pubs.


MitchWayne's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, - MAY 28, 2009
Spicy yeasty roasty and vinous smell, some chocolate there too, quite vinous. The bourbon barrel aging is subtle and makes the beer softer. This is quite a bit better than the normal albert, the roasty fruity taste works so much better with the barrel aging, this was a beer that needed some taming. The hops are very present in the end and that is something I really like. Brilliant beer from struise.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3310) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2014
On Draught @ Schera’s
Pours black with a small but well retained head.

The aroma is sweet and rich, it’s chocolaty with some bourbon & a touch of licorice.

The flavor is really nice and everything is woven together just right. It’s chocolaty with some cocoa like bitterness. It’s got some nice light licorice, some dark roasty malt, and a really enjoyable oaky & vanilla forward bourbon character.

Nothing I can put my finger on sets it apart from your typical barrel aged imperial stout other than that the bourbon character is so well finessed & that everything works so harmoniously together. No big dominant flavors, just a lot of well conceived balance in a knock you off yer socks strong stout.
This, in and of it’s self is special... of course, hence the high rating.

chill

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomashall (39) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Tap at Scheras Zwanze day. Pours dark brown minimal head. Not too thick. Smells of bourbon and licorice. Good bourbon taste with some smokey wood flavor. Good beer...not a big stout guy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
darrennelson12 (414) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
In bottle (vintage 2012); quite enjoyed this one. Poured very dark, almost black. Aroma of smoke, and malts along with some fruit. Nice full bodied beer, with notes of smokey malts .. the alcohol is quite well hidden. I definitely enjoyed this one

0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
BMMillsy (1393) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2014
On tap on Kulminator in Antwerp. Pours black with a small khaki head on top. Aroma is--uh oh--more infected BA stout from Struise. These guys have not had a good year with their barrels. Sour apple, funky smokey peat, roast. Flavor follows and is just unbearable. Sour smokey roast and some booze. Nothing else here. Thin body with medium carbonation. After my two infected Black Damnations and now this, I won’t be putting much money into Struise BA stouts in the future. This is a known problem and they keep selling this garbage.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1020) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Draft at the Sybarite Pig. Pours a gorgeous jet black with a thick cola head. Nice lacing in the tulip. Aroma is big with roasted malts, tobacco, cocoa nibs, coffee grounds, vanilla, and prunes. The taste was just as complex with the cocoa nibs and coffee coming out first with the caramel, vanilla, and prunes on the backend. A little bitter finish but the flavors lingered. Full body and boozy. Very very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freretoc (717) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 3, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl, couleur marron, mousse marron et effervescence moyenne, bière avec une attaque sur le grillé assez puissant, café, chocolat et chicoré fin de bouche sur le fruit noir et la vanille. Yummi !

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (973) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Draft to flute Chocolate, vanilla, light toasted malt, bourbon, toffee. Silky dark black with a 3 mm frothy medium dark tan head. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, tarte au sucre, malt, molasses. A huge beer, but too sweet for me.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Atheist_Peace (954) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Black pour with a milk chocolate head that lasts and leaves a lot of lace. Lots of bourbon and chocolate on the nose with some licorice and raisin. More fruit comes out on the palate with a long smooth bourbony finish. Top notch.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft at Churchkey, 7/12/14. Pours a dark brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, raisin, dark chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon. Medium-full bodied, low carbonation, mild heat.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Bourbon-matured version of Black Albert since 2008, with label designed by Delphine Boël, a name familiar enough to anyone living in Belgium. Thick, beige, creamy, cappuccino-like head, black colour without any transparency. Complex and tempting aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, peat, whisky, oak, figues, tobacco, nutmeg, sweet sherry, raisins... Profound dark maltiness in the mouth with a fluffy mouthfeel, very full and rich, bit earthy, bit of iron but not in a disturbing way, from the middle onwards a broad, rich roasted bitterishness unfolds, woodiness too, even some smokiness, ending in a grand finale of vinous, warming, bourbon-like alcohol and spicy hops. A beautiful beer, every sip reveals new things, a true delight to savour this.


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