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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   EST. CALORIES: 780   ABV: 26%
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Bourbon barrel - aged Black Albert (Cuvée Delphine) Imperial Stout, processed in the Eisbock way.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dEnk (3463) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2011 Rating 800. Draft @ BBF. Solid black pour, medium brown head. (!) Aroma is huge peat and liquorice extract with salmiak, coffee, spices, leather, chocolate and some alcohol. Flavour is wickedly intense coffee, peat, liquorice, leather and tons more. Extremely smooth yet powefull finish. Can’t believe this is so smooth for 26%. Incredible. IMO the first non gimmick high ABV beer.The whole beers has been doubled in flavour, instead of reducing the flavour and swopping it with alcohol. This is some truly amazing stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6176) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2010
On tap at Borefts Festival. Pitch black body with a creamy off white head. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon and light coffee. The flavour is sweet malt, sweet caramel, bourbon, roast, coffee and chocolate. Creamy texture. Only slightly boozy. Great!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (13348) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2010
24th September 2010. Borefts Beer Festival.
Opaque black beer. Surprisingly big brown head. Rich dark chocolate and minerally coffee. Dark malt - lots of other subtle things. But the most remarkable thing here is it’s drinkability. It looks and drinks like a beer and nothing like a spirit (a la Schorschbock, Bismarck etc). There is hardly any warmth from the alcohol which is astonishingly well hidden. An amazing piece of brewing craft!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2010
BigMomma and I helped supervise Urbeer’s preparation of this one for the 2nd BBF at de Molen. To check his work, we had to taste it every few hours, as it plummeted to - 3 degrees, and then dove further into the icy depths. Final strength tested at 26.8%, and we schlepped it off to de Molen. At the festival, just to ensure that the integrity of the beer remained intact, we sampled it periodically over both days. This rating is from the version we had for breakfast on the festival’s second day. THEN, steptin generously shared his bottle of this nectar with us, with Matthias, and with the back seat of Matthias’ Mercedes. Black enough to suck some light from the room. Thick, creamy dark brown head that upholds small round metallic objects placed in the glass. Aroma is concentrated whiskey, bitter cocoa and burnt espresso. Taste is rich, thick, chewy, and causes tingling of the tongue and soul. Bitter finish that progresses to thoracic warming and gentle esophageal moaning. Miraculous stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (4031) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2010
Draught@BBF’10: Big lasting brown foamy head. Black color of beer. Smell almost no smell or a very light airy smell of roasted/burnts malts and coffee. A full taste but no taste of the alcohol, that’s good! Just a hint of warmth, light grassy bitter aftertaste. Hints of coffee, brown sugar, burnt malts, hops/bitter, liquorice. Thick syrop/viscous mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (12742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2010
Draught at Borefts Bier Festival 2010. Pitch black - brown head. Heavy malty, sweetness, sulfor, plastic jug, herbal, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, high burned, licorice, a bit herbal. Too much - but 26% I don’t thing so !!!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (4402) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2010
On tap at Borefts BF ’10. Black colour, brown head. Aroma is sweet, hard roasted malts, coffee, some liquorice, chocolate. Flavour is liquorice, laurel, sweet, sugary, coffee, alcohol, vanilla, creamy chocolate, hard roasted malts. Fullbodied. Good stuff, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
meerbier (1448) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2010
Tap@2ndBorefts. I don’t know how the managed but they did. It’s just a wonderful Imperial Stout and the alcohol is so well hidden that I didn’t mind at all. Flavourful, roasted, balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
caesar (4710) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2010
Tap @ BBF ’10. Rating #3500. Dark color, medium creamy head. Great chocolat and roasted malt aroma, hint of booze and bourbon. Great creamy chocolat and malty taste, only some alcohol burning on the tongue, but nothing like you would expect from 27%. This definitely sets an example for all those other brewers that are trying to outcompete others with making the strongest beer. Others are undrinkable, this is a true gem. A brewer’s masterpiece!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barrelbelly (596) - BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2010
Pure black with still a larger head for this type of strong beer. Smell of wood and coffee. Roasted coffee with chocolate hints. You can taste the Cuvee Delphine but this is more powerful and richer in taste and aroma’s.


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