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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1389   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


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vanelst (153) - - APR 7, 2014
Oh Boy. The infamous Black Albert delivers once again. This pitchblack, creamy beer with a small lightbrown head, may well be one of the best Stouts out there. The taste is sweet, but not sugarsweet, more like caramel/toffee-sweet. The aroma is deep and complex like the deepest levels of the black sea: plums, raisins, coffee and dark chocolate. A longlasting and bitter, roasty aftertaste is the bonus that comes with this dark horse. Marvelous!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EtTuCthulhu (1104) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2014
The beer pours an opaque black color with a very small brown head. The aroma is quite boozy with notes of raisins, currant, roasted malts, and hints of dark chocolate. The taste is mildly boozy, slightly bitter, mildly umami, and a touch sweet, and the aftertaste combines booze, roasted malts, and raisins with the booze being heaviest. The palate fuses an oily texture, medium body, and a flat carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalfaro86 (302) - Mexico City, MEXICO - NOV 16, 2014
Pours a black brew with a small brown head with poor retention, aroma is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with roasted malt, dark fruits, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, smoke, robust bodied, well balanced, smooth, somewhere between an imperial stout and a belgian strong ale, flavor is moderate to heavy bitter and moderate to heavy sweet with a bittersweet finish and a long aftertaste, complex, very good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andysando (40) - SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2014
Pours thick and pitch black. Nice tanned head. Aroma of dried fruits, some liquorice and a little booze. Taste is fantastic clean, roasted malts, liquorice, raisins, some chocolate. Really nice stout!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefftravis17 (25) - Forest Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Tried it for the first time in Bruges. True example of a roasty foreign stout. So black and deep with a great balance to what seems like the black patent and barley along with a trailing bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1747) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2014
a really nice stout, better than i thought it was going to be given its an import.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b79turner (229) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle poured into a tulip glass, wow...wonderful aroma! Chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar...so complex. Taste is great! There is a reason why this beer is so highly rated. The alcohol is well hidden. If you can afford a few bottles...buy them!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PapaVillum (493) - Valby, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2014
33 cl, flaske, 13,0 % ABV, åbnet og nydt i anledning af Juventus' 117 års fødselsdag, købt i Den Belgiske Ølbutik i Vanløse, 1. november 2014. Sort "olie" med ungefär 1 cm smuk moccafarvet skumtop. Svinder ganske langsomt og efterlader til lidt kant og overflade. Ufiltreret og overdrevent rolig i glasset. Lakrids- og tjærearoma. Ristet malt. Lidt svag kaffe. Urter. Berusende smag med sødme og bitterhed i fuldendt symbiose. Fyldig og rund krop og en cremet til tyk/sticky konsistens. Inter surt og god lang bitter eftersmag. Burde bade mit skæg i denne olie! Opsum.: Solid sødme med middel bitterhed. Let og fin karbonering lægger alen til oplevelsen. Kan dette gøres bedre? Fadlagring kanske... Men ren sort nektar og spitzenklasse er det fra de Struise. Hurra Juventus!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (753) - Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Pours a thick oily black color with a minimal amount of dark tan head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is interesting with well integrated components of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and molasses. Taste is a smooth combination of bakers chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, molasses, plums and some alcohol sweetness. Even has a hint of sweet smokiness. Finishes mostly dry with a bit of roastiness. Sticky and somewhat oily mouthfeel with a medium/full body and moderate carbonation. Very balanced and interesting flavors that make for a smooth taste but I’m not a big fan of the licorice or molasses.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
panacea (88) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2014
Pitch black with two finger red tanned head. Nose is exactly like a cherry kriek! Taste is chocolate, burnt sugar, bitter roasted malt and coffee. Warming alcohol lingers in the throat long after sipping. Full body will the low carbonation. Great beer indeed!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john-hansen (20) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2014
Pours cloudy nearly black with airy but very stable tan head. Dark aroma of coffee, caramel malt and liquorice. Sweet flavour of coffee, chocolate, and caramel malt, with notes of roast and touches of liquorice. Lingering, sweetish and slightly roasty aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence.


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