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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1357   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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This Belgian Royal Stout was brewed as a tribute to one of America’s best pubs. Jennifer and Chris Lively who run the place may be proud of Ebenezer’s Pub. Not only do they have 35 beers on draught, most of these are hard to find Supreme Belgian Ales. Above that, they have one of the most extensive bottle-conditioned beer lists through different bottling dates we have ever seen. Not only can you drink almost any Belgian beer, the worlds best brewery’s are represented. A lot of the guests talk about the American Kulminator, yet with that difference that the Belgian inspired food, is simply great. Black Albert was brewed and crafted with a 100% Belgian ingredients. Pours a blacker than black beer with an inch of dark tan head that lingers as it cascades into itself. Nice aroma of bitter-sweet chocolate, fresh torrified coffee beans, barley, candy sugar, complex fruits, and floral hops. At the front, there is spiced baker’s chocolate, fresh mocha, caramel like barley touches, and underlying hints of dried fruits which marries the back of your palate and features a Top, and well integrated but not overbearing hop flavour. The after-taste is well balanced and shows a panorama of extreme sensations like chocolate and coffee bitters, a plum cake richness that covers the palate, and a crisp impression of hop bitters that brings elegance and freshness into this massive brew. Artwork done by www.beautifulfreaktattoo.com


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Shared by yespr at the RBSG GT.Clear black brew. Thin on the palate but very complex. Like many complex brews, the first sip you get a sense that this is going to be something special. After the second, third sip you realize that you mighjt be on to something here. Fruit for sure, but only because all the other flavors,coffee and some chocolate have not drowned it out. Man, it amazes me that a beer can have so many diffent "tastes". Thanks to Yespr.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6572) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
Dark, black colour. Has a lasting, beige head. Aroma is strong, notes of alcohol, fruit, wine, port. Flavor is excellent, coffee, dark bread, grain. Long duration. Full body. Soft carbonation. Warming alcohol. The 13% abv isn’t unpleasent, only strong.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (2842) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2008
A delicious and easy to drink impy. I would never have guessed this was 13%. Aroma was huge. Strong chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt. Pour was a perfect black with a 2 finger tan head. Taste was great. Strong chocolate, plum and roasted malt with no alcohol burn. As it warms dark chocolate and bitter hops show their head. Very complex and drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Man, I forgot who brought this to the tasting at gumby’s, my bad. Dark, near black pour with sparse white head. Slight roast and licorice on the aroma, very little alcohol detected on the aroma. Roasty and bitter taste, slight spice, a mild cocoa-like presence on the back end. Pretty thin for 13% also. Pretty subtle, and that is itself isn’t bad, but I don’t see what the fuss is about with this one.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Black pour with big tan head that doesn’t move. Smell of espresso coffee, brown sugar, caramel. Flavor is huge of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, some fruit, even a little orange. Wow, one of the best. Bitter aftertaste, great lacing and very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2136) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Thanks to yespr for sharing this at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Poured into my La Chouffe goblet. Darkest brown with a tan head, not much lacing. Aroma is rather weak. Cocoa powder with a bit of dark fruit. Flavor is roasty with some malted chocolate and plum. This really isn’t much different from Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence but somehow this is rated world class. The one outstanding aspect of this beer is that you would never guess that it was 13 percent abv. Literally zero alcohol flavor. Drinkability is insane. Overrated.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2008
11.2oz bottle. Thanks to miketd for sharing. Aroma: Big dose of anise. Chocolate, figs, coffee, light smoke, toasted nuts, candi sugar. Appearance: Dark black and slightly oily looking. Dark tan head was full and creamy with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Roasted malts, coffee, brown sugar, smoke, anise, chocolate, figs and prunes. A bit of alcohol rises to the surface. A slight wintergreen flavor into the finish. Finishes dry with a long, lingering aftertaste. Palate: Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Pleasant alcohol warmth in back of mouth. Overall: Some brewers just put out products that I love, and Struise is one of them. Everything I’ve had from them is great and this is no different. A unique imperial stout that really pushes the boundaries of the style. Complex but approachable. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2008
11.2 oz bottle, obtained in a trade, thanks ’deepsouth’! Well, I’ve cracked open the legendary Black Albert! Pours a red/black, that seems to turn darker once in the glass. Frothy, two-finger light brown head that mostly dissipates and doesn’t leave much lacing. Aroma is coffee, dark bitter chocolate, dark fruit, candied sugar, and slight citrusy hops. Taste is of espresso, dark fruit, a slight alcohol burn, and a bit medicinal. This beer really is a mix of a coffee stout, and a Belgian quadrupel. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Overall, a very good beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (932) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
RBSG ’08. Sampled at the Grand Tasting at Pizza Port Carlsbad. A big thanks to yespr for cracking open a bottle of this. Big developing beige head with a black center. Sweet chocolate, cinnamon and candy sugar aroma. Belgian stout flavor profile of sweet and dry milk chocolate, coffee bean and a light touch of licorice. Smokey cocoa and some dark fruits on the finish. Lasting notes of chocolate. Medium body, not as heavy as expected.

4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nnudd (69) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle. Deep black color with nice brown creamy head. Not so much aroma as expected but what is there, is rather complex: coffee, mocca, chocolate with coffee filling and touch of Rum. It also has some hints of cognac, brandy and dried raisins. The taste is massive with an exelent complexity, with hints of pine, mint, and some hops truly Candy, smoke, burned rope, coffee and black chocolate are just a few taste sensations that comes to mind. In the finish, the hop bitters are adding more complex touches into this world class Belgian Royal Stout. If you look up complex in the dictonary there should be a picture of the Black Albert!


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