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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1411   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2008
Black beer with a dark beige head. Aroma of dark fruits and some alcohol. Taste: mokka, cofee, liquer, dark fruits... Aftertaste: cofee and alcohol warmth. A very complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 33cl, exclusive brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, balanced, yet heavy, cloudy, good head, very good, top class!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Dark brown, Malty, dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, pepper, slight hop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Man, I hoped to love this one, but I just didn’t. Attractive deep brown pour with a medium sized oatmeal colored head. The nose is a bit spicy to go with the malt and subtle chocolate. The flavor is some port wine, smoke, pepper, plum and a touch of chocolate. A drying, tannic quality present. It doesn’t taste like 13% to me, but others at the table thought it was a touch hot. Just not all that I was hoping it to be. RERATE: had on tap at The Trappist. If you can find it on tap do it. So much better than the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
Bottle.33cl. A really powerful and complex aroma of malt, coffee, roasted bitter chocolate, lots of dark fruits. Long long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 330cl bottle thanks to Jeppe....dark almost black pou with reddish edges at the sides. head was light brown and not too thick.... aroma of spicy dark fruit along the lines of pannepot. candied sugar and a little bit of yeast. a nice belgian stout aroma.... flavor got better as it added a nice roast component to the spicy dark fruits and general sweetness. mouthfeel was nice and as most people have said, quite drinkable. will have to try again once it comes to the states.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10963) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2008
bottle,best before apr 2013. disappointingly faint aroma, but what i get are mostly goodies. vanilla, coffee, chocolate, no alcohol whatsoever. like sniffing a cappuchino without sugar. as it warmed up, more chocolate (86% dark, good one). and a little alc. looks : i poured in a way that usually generates some head with most beers. result was that i had like 10% beer, 90% head, it almost went out of the glass. after settling, pitch black with giant light-brown(nutty-brown) head. looks very promising. 5/5 flavor : This one could easily carry even more alcohol!. oily sweet flavor, sugar, brown sugar, licorice, aftertaste is balanced, but not as bitter as i would prefer, most of the bitterness seems to come from the alc. 7/10 palate : too oily for my taste, especially combined with the very sweet taste 3/5 overall : a truly great stout, but not up to the beer geek breakfast and řlfabrikken porter standards - but well ahead of most other great stouts. You’ll never find a dessert tasting half as good as this beer. Best too-sweet beer i ever tasted until now 15/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (6314) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2008
330. Thanks, Ben! Jet black. Dense, thick tan head with chaotic strings of lace. Huge cola-sweet nose. Roast and very subtle fresh red licorice seep in around the edges. Rich, thick, sharply tingly body. Mid-palate dances with perfectly blended and modulated chocolate, roast, cola, oatiness, dark licorice, and a bit of coffee. Spectacular for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3970) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to OldStyleCubFan for sharing! This was a very tasty imperial stout that was not trying to be too much. Alcohol extremely well hidden, but I was also kind of tipsy at this point so I may need to re-rate this since I didn’t take any notes. What can I say? I enjoyed this one. Thanks Todd!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle at the RBESG08 Grand tasting. Alround rating: I know this is going to upset urbain since he was upset already about the tjessus reserva. Big roasty character, inky bitterness, coffee and some grassy herbal hop character. Really bitter and pritty hard to drink.

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