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

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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Previously 13% abv, 11% abv from 2014->. Black Albert was used in a new barrel aging project. More than a year ago, Carlo was able to get his hands on a stock of Four Roses Bourbon barrels, and we happily filled them up with Batch „0". This unique creation was originally to be named 4 Black Roses in honour of its heritage, but our friends in Kentucky strongly advised us not to do so! What to do? As the disowned offspring of Black Albert, the name Cuvée Delphine imposed itself. Savouring the Belgian irony, we are most honoured to have artwork by Delphine Boël shining on this label. You will not find this ale all over the globe. There is no export program, but we will try to provide stock through our web shop and some specialty beer pubs.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Delphine is a really nice pour. Almost pitch black. Nice frothy mocha two finger head. Great retention. It just screams drink me. The smell on this beer is wonderful. Nice malty backbone, roasty, dark chocolate, plums, raisins, and some notes of cherry. Slightly boozy. Like I said wonderful. I didn’t enjoy the taste as much as I enjoyed the smell but this is still a fantastic stout. Bourbon shines through with the dark fruits. The roasted malt and chocolate take a bit of a back seat but still come through nicely. Slight sourness to it. People might think it’s infected but I don’t think. I believe it’s the way it’s supposed to be. The mouthfeel is wonderful. Full bodied, silky, creamy, and smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Pours black as night with a good brown head. Nose is funky. A little bit of sour fruits. Some high octane coffee and notes of hay and grass. Flavor is bittersweet from start to finish. Perfect balance. Mouthfeel is a bit sharp and oily. Coats well though. Long aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (3353) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2012
330 ml bottle bought @ Etre Gourmet and consumed on January 28. Pours oily black with a huge frothy and fizzy dark brown head that quickly dissipates while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is rather subtle and sweet with roasted malts, wood, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is full-bodied, vinous, sweet, slightly sour and bitter with wood, darkly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. Finish is dry and bitter with coffee and bitter chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1182) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle, 09 vintage 01/27/2012. Pours thick, black, thin creamy tan head fading to a foamy haze, decent lacing. In the nose, dark berries and vanilla caramel, cocoa powder, slight coffee overtones, soft bourbon ending. Taste mirrors the nose, sweet dried dark fruits, berries prominent, dark chocolate, strong roast, warming alcohol and bourbon in the finish, some mildly tart sweetness mixing in. Adequately thick in the mouth, smooth yet intense at the same time. Quite excellent, fruity stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle, vintage 2009. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Smells of coffee, a sharp spicy scent, bourbon and goodness. Tastes a heavy sweet, a strong bitter of coffee, with a nice hint of bourbon and spice. Creamy texture. Medium carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage. 4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of medium brown, creamy/frothy head. Retention is good and a decent amount of lacing is left. 2.0 S: Musty, almost vegetal vibe right off the bat. Oak, peat, and apple orchard from the bourbon and barrel. Light chocolate with a light acridity to it. 2.0 T: Like the nose, there’s a lot of musty earthiness. And again like the nose, there’s a light vegetal component. Bourbon and barrel give oak, peat, char, ash, and a touch of fruit. Chocolate and caramel. Booze is very well hidden. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess on this. Not particularly smooth from the acridity, but feels good when it’s in my mouth. 2.5 D: Not a big fan of this. The barrel aging wasn’t done very well and it shows in the nose and taste. I really liked the mouthfeel though and it almost made the experience a good one. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-01-2012 05:23:56

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with small beige head. Foam increases if swirl. Good lacing. Aroma is little roast, some wood, alcohol dried fruits and lots of bourbon notes. Taste is similar: on the sweet side, with definite whiskey presence but more roastiness than in the aroma. Roasty and woody notes are on classic RIS level with a nice buorbon addition. Not cloying. Soft carbonation and full body. Overall, really nice and complex, definitely a must try.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grunx (367) - - JAN 7, 2012
M’encanta, una altra perfecció de la casa Struise. Sense cap mena de dubte, són els reis.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2011
With as much De Struise beer I’m drinking I should really go out and get a Struise glass. I wish they were more available. Beer poured into my Bruery tulip. Beer is black with a thick brown head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks really good. Aroma is sweet and has a liquor quality to it, roast is minimal, this smells like a bourbon barrel aged RIS. Well...first thing is first, 13%...really? Are you sure? No alcohol bite in this one at all. Lots of bitterness late to after with the beer from the roasted grains. Beer is pretty sweet but the majority of the flavor is in the back of this one, lots of coffee, roast, mild smoke, liquor is a little lost in there but it is up front. Pretty nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (2094) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Poured black as night with a fine creamy brown head crowning the glass. Fabulous nose of bourbon, vanilla, wood, dark fruit and hops. The flavour didn’t disappoint either, all of the above were in attendance alongside superb notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Rich, complex and delicious. Wonderfully soft and delicate mouthfeel. ABV nowhere to be seen. This just oozes finesse, Struise truly are a class act. I’ve been a searchin’ for the dolphins in the sea.....


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