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

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RATINGS: 817   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes, and implicitly compared to Black Albert. A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with retention typical of the gravity. Not as impressive looking as Black Albert. S: There is a lot of roasted/charred malts, fudge, licorice, and subtle dark fruits. Where this differs from its non-barreled brother is the wonderfully subtle bourbon on the aroma. T: This is going to become a broken record, but the gist of the flavor profile is as follows: Black Albert with bourbon. Initial chocolaty flavors slowly turn into a fruity middle and a roasted finish; only this time the back end sees an injection of well-balanced bourbon and *very* light oak. M: A bit hot next to Black Albert. All that means is that the alcohol presence is about what you’d expect from a 13% BA imperial stout (maybe a bit less), though many of the positive qualities Black Albert had (like drinkability) are still here. O: On its own, an excellent barrel-aged stout. When compared to Black Albert, it improves on it a few ways (more complex aroma and flavor profile), but is also a bit worse in other aspects (not as aesthetically pleasing, mouthfeel isn’t as great). Really, it’s less "which one is better than the other" and more "which one is less fantastic than the other". Between the two, I’d choose Black Albert, but you really can’t go wrong with either one at all.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Had this at the De Struise Tap Takeover at Churchkey. To finish off my night, which I started with Black Albert, I figured I should cap it with this one. This poured a completely pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma was dark fruits, coffee notes, chocolate notes, roasted malts. Flavor was dark fruits, caramel notes, espresso notes. The alcohol was really well masked in this one. Quite a good one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2615) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2013
bottle pours jet black with a creamy milk chocolate head with amazeballs retention. nose of black malts and a slight hint of sour. taste begins with black malt that slowly marches into espresso then slight bourbon and finishes with light sourness. body is full.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (3094) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Pours a deep black to brown. Similar pour to Black Albert. The aroma is a different story. I don't think I'm getting any bourbon and getting mostly sour. :( I was really looking forward to this. I prepped by having a Black Albert first and followed it up with this. I wouldn't say it is bad, just that it went sour. The taste is sweet and feels silky smooth. It is strange because there isn't much sour to the taste, only the smell. Still extremely solid.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zebra (1724) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2013
café. chocolat. excellent équilibre et bonne buvabilité. malt rôti. micidiale. sicuramente meritano un altro assaggio. un tripudio di sapori. un vero e proprio capolavoro. une belle robe d’un noir intense.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11184) - Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Ahh ba balck albert. Draft. It has cocoa, dark fruits, slight tnginess, nice bourbon backing, spice, caramel. A well-rounded brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3713) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 from bottle and tap on several locations. pours deep dark with a light brown/beige head. roasted flavour, with some vanilla hints back in the nose. roasted smell comes back in the taste. some dark coffee, and the great barrel taste! delicious beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (5334) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
330 ml. 2009 bottle. Thanks Kai! Pours black with a very nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate, fruit, roast, caramel, and coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, licorice, and wood. Amazingly complex. Amazingly good!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (5001) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30, 2013
bottle at home from bottleshop, Canterbury
Pours dark brown with fluffy dark coffee tan head that starts off at a few inches then collapses to a more manageable few mm (yes mixed measurement systems...deal with it)
Slightly sour, tart red fruits, milk chocolate and coffee. extremely full bodied, sultanas, maltloaf, rich coffee, slight sourness, astringent coffee roast barley, gentle caress of whisky with more coffee building in the finish. Finishing quite dry with some balsamic fruit notes. Lovely and hides its strength magnificently.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (11327) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Sample at Belmont Station. Pours black with a medium thick foamy tan head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, chocolate and black licorice. Full, smooth body with flavors of chocolate malt, vanilla, earthy hops and anise. The finish is mocha and licorice with a bit of warming alcohol in the background. Really good all around.


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