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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 715   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (3145) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2012
Shared bottle at Amundsen, Oslo. Vintage 2009. Black body with a small creamy brown head. Boozy, dark fruits, roasted malts and burnt sugar on the nose. Dark fruits, roasted notes, burnt sugar, light acidic flavors. Rich. Full body. Overcarbonated and grows islightly in the mouth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3416) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
pours black with a medium dark mocha head. aroma is slightly soury...sour cherry with underlying bourbon and faint coffee. flavor is less soury...lots of dark fruit...fig, plum that finish a bit tart. mouthfeel is medium and the finiah is roasty with lt coffee and dark chocolate turning briefly to tart dark fruits.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (7263) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 19, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2014
33 cl bottle @ ISKTR. Rated on 20.03.2011
Aroma is roasted with dark chocolate, some coffee and hints of cocoa. Flavour is rich on roasted malt, dark chocolate and some coffee. Pretty similar to Black Albert, but this is more sharp. 8+4+8+4+18=4.2

33 cl bottle vintage 2009 @ home, BBE 15.07.2015
Aroma has cocoa, some vanilla and distant whisky notes. Flavour has rubbery notes, semi‐dark chocolate and hints of soy sauce. Finishes with salty licorice. Nice!
8+4+8+4+17=4.1

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2227) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2012
33cl bottle courtesy of Kamiel - Batch 14 from 2009. Pours black with an inch dark mocha head that remains perfectly still for the first two to three minutes after pouring, then slowly begins to diminish until you have a nice thin layer of mocha on the beer - beautiful! Roasted coffee and malts, very light vanilla and muted liquorice, some cocoa, definite metallic notes at the beginning but after the beer opened up in the glass for a while they pretty much disappeared. Well carbonated so that a full bodied beer does not overpower, slightly bitter but well balanced, some peat and surprisingly fruitiness comes out, booziness becomes apparent but not overwhelming, slightly dry on the finish, seems lighter then its cousin but still very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arve_Christian (3857) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2012
Bottle from Ølbutikken Black color, brownish foam. Full bodied & complex beauty. Intense aromas of burnt coffee. Subtle influence from whisky barrels & aromas of leather Very pleasureable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berlinoise2go (663) - NORWAY - APR 27, 2012
Bottle (33cl). Pitch black colour, inch-thick dark beige head that reduces fairly quickly to a stable, oily ring. Nice, ’warm’ aroma of sweet, roasted malt, liquor, chocolate, licorice, cream, wood, raisins and hint of strawberry. Full body, oily (yet quite ’fluffy’) mouthfeel. Taste is sweet and boozy upfront, then gradually drier and more woody. Aftertaste is a bit papery after the booziness has faded.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tmrmwel (1231) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 22, 2012
Bottle. Vintage 2009. Ooooo….This is dangerously close to perfection right from the start and all the way to the end. From the pitch black velvety pour, to the brown creamy head. From the almost heavenly aroma of cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee and liquorice to the thick oily body. From the wonderful slightly burned malty flavour with notes of liquorice and chocolate, to the pleasing finish. From the pure joy to the sensational delight.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dashimus (226) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
Pours thick and black with a short lasting red-auburn, bubbly head. Subtle hints of life in the beer. Aroma is complex but not overpowering with a hint of smoke. Taste is complex with an initial caramel flavour which builds slowly replaced by a long whiskey, roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate. Sticky in the mouth and leaves an alcoholic warmth in the chest.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aphelion1979 (172) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2012
pours deep black with tanned head. aroma is caramel, coffee, bourbon and chocolate. taste is layered with sweet/bitter chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, dark fruits, caramel and red wine. there is a good coffee bitterness, warmth of alcohol, and an earthiness from the barrels. its amazing stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7424) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2012
33 cl bottle @ ISKTR.
Rated on 20110320.
Pours black color with small head. Aroma of roasted malts, tar, chocolate and caramel. Flavor of roasted malts, caramel, tar, soy and ashy chocolate notes.


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