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

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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Black Albert with blackberries aged for 1 year on port barrels


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3801) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2013
# 60 Struise. 33 cl. draft @ ‘t Antwaerps bierhuiske. Thx for the tip nbutler11 – been wanting to try this one. Pours black with a huge, very creamy mocha head towering over the glass. Nose is incredible, real blackberries, not additives or fake or anything but real pure of blackberries, like smelling the fruit itself with some mocha, chocolate, sweetish jam and some booze. Smell beats taste here, taste is clearly different and influenced by the berries but less defined taste of the actual berries, bit boozy, chocolate fudge with some blackberry jam, thick malts and caramel, sweet, boozy, very thick coffee, liquorice,… Very thick body – lovely although I preferred the whisky BA version honestly. Still doesn’t top my fond memories of the base beer which doesn’t make this a great beer in it own right, a bit too harsh almost for me. Is this a future reverse society beer, one of their many recent one-off or is this aging for a future release I wonder?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
The pour is black as hell with a big filthy huge head. Nose is still big chocolate, coffee and cherry as it is usually with the normal albert but if I try real hard I can get some other berry aromas but it’s not at all big like I thought it would be. The taste is definitely sweeter than normal alber but still has an amazing balance. The mouthfeel is where the big difference is, like drinking a cloud. So smooth and soft on the pallet, the body is enourmous and the finish is long. My favorite version.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (6158) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2013
(Draught at Monk’s Porterhouse, Stockholm) Black colour with lasting, creamy, brown head. Roasted, malty nose with notes of coffee, chocolate, blackberries, port wine and cacao. Malty, roasted taste with chocolate, coffee, cacao, more chocolate, hints of blackberries and port wine, and a generous roasted bitterness in the finish. Full body, with a thick, rounded and velvety mouthfeel. Fairly sweet. Brilliantly balanced with a touch of alcohol shining through (but not really 13%). Sounds strange, but it’s heavy and smooth at the same time. Urbain shows he’s the master of the massive stouts. Fantastic beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3135) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2013 goddamned this is a good one ! draft @ t schooltje how can i describe this taste? i don tget berrys in this at all. more like a perfectionet black albert. some extra layer of complexity to it.. more subtile, more sweetness. try to get this one and check it out yourself ! edit : it hurts like hell to downrate a struise beer thats good! but yesterday i’ve had a 33 cl glass- of this ( in stead of the 15 cl i’ve got when i rated this ) and 33cl is just simply to much of this .. its still very good though! or maybe its like ships always sais, almost any imperial stout tastes less when you have it again. still, a VERY nice struise though! just need to place pannepot above this , due to its always-good factor!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (4696) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2012
24/11/12 - on tap @ Struise Schooltje (Oostvleteren) - BB: n/a (2012-1309) Thanks to Carlo for the sample!

Clear black beer, big creamy beige to brown head, very stable, adhesive. Aroma: mocha, coffee, little sourish, caramel, dusty, hint of vanilla. MF: soft carbon, full body, creamy texture. Taste: pretty sweet, caramel, fruity, mocha, dark chocolate, berries, ltitle sugary. Aftertaste: cohcolate, mocha, quite some caramel and a little sour touch. Wow, this is the real deal!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1057) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2012
sampled at ’t Schooltje - pours pitch black, dark brown head with purple hints. Aroma is lots of the typical Black Albert stuff but with an edgier crisper character. Make me think of Sachertorte (choclate cake with a tart fruit jam and covered with chocolate). Crispiness comes back in mouthfeel and taste. As always a top Struise beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6700) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2012
Draft @ ‘t Schooltje, merci Carlo. Noire épais visqueux, col crémeux beige-moka, laissant un filament doré au verre. Subtile combinaison de rajouter les mûres. Ici le tout se prête bien au profile de Black Albert, ajout de fruits noirs sur une bière présentant déjà un penchant pour un côté massif malté chocolaté. Le tout est agrémenté de ces mûres qui donne un fini fruits des bois présentant une pointe aigre. Je n’ai pas vraiment noté de différence avec le murissage en fûts de Porto

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - NOV 20, 2012
Aromas are powerful: chocolate, coffee and blackberry. Taste is very interesting: fruity, roasty and rich. Too sweet, a bit heavy for my taste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barbaraxx (5) - SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2012 does not count
Unbelievable beer experience! Nothing to just drink away. Take your time, relax, be in no hurry while you experience the most rich berry beer explosion in your mouth!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2012
Draught@SBWF2012. Black colour, small brown foamy head. Aroma is liquorice, toffee, some alcohol and dark berries. Flavour is toffee, liquorice, some slight alcohol, spices and mild floral notes. Thick and quite pleasant.


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