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


on tap

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RATINGS: 820   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenclansman (905) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - APR 28, 2013
@ZBF13 Amazing beer. Very nice black color and super aroma. Dark fruites, malts, hops and alcohol...all make a perfect beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 25, 2013
Pours a pitch black color with a great dark brown head. Smells of dark fruits, bourbon, spent coffee, cocoa. Taste is super complex... Raisin, chocolate, a bit of alcohol, a little bitterness. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dudebun (140) - GERMANY - APR 21, 2013
Licorice, caramelly, cocoa aroma. Darker than a mofo, beautiful big dark brown head if you pour from a height straight into the glass. Great carbonation, one of my favorite things about Struise. And the bourbon is there but not overpowering, nor is the alcohol noticeable at all. Magical beer. If you ever see it, buy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Piero1987 (686) - Iglesias, ITALY - APR 3, 2013
Black color with brown head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, nuts and caramel aroma. Light sweet with chocolate flavour, also liquorice and wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zinneke (205) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2013
I loved black albert, and this one i love even more.. Amazing aroma’s and great full taste. Got my hands on the last two bottles in a brussels’ shop, now i have to be able to keep’m for a few years!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
Bouteille 330ml (2011). De couleur noire et opaque. Nez de réglisse noire, de malt rôti, moyen de fruits foncés (surtout de cerises noires), léger de chocolat noir, de vanille avec des notes de boisées, de mélasse brûlée, d’alcool, de levures épicées et de café. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement doux-moyen ainsi qu’une texture riche, moyennement crémeuse et légèrement huileuse. Goût moyennement fruité (petits fruits foncés incluant des notes de sirop aux cerises), léger de réglisse noire avec de faibles notes de vanille, de tabac, de cuir et de levures épicées lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût de malt rôti (faibles notes brûlées) avec un léger goût de chocolat noir ainsi que des traces de caramel et de mélasse terreuse. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger goût d’alcool aux notes boisées (fût liquoreux) et réchauffantes jusqu’en finale où y sont également perceptibles des notes de café et de houblon herbeux. Post-goût long, légèrement amer d’alcool aux notes boisées et liquoreuses, léger-moyen de rôti, léger de fruits foncés avec des petites notes de chocolat et de houblon herbeux.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaghana (5488) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle 33cl from Allen many thanks. A deep dark beer with medium brown head. Nose is very roasted with prune and oxidized touch, wood and vanilla, very engaging. Aroma is a creamy dark chocolate dream with red fruit and cherry body, roasted, leather and caramel notes, vanilla, wood, prune, fig, dry fruit, licorice, toffee, dark coffee, south France red vine touch, sweet, exceptional texture and complexity, easy drinkable. Finish is peppery with long dark chocolate and even light ashes notes and again nice prune touch. A very exceptional brew in any dimension, again a grate beer from this brewery. Thanks Julian to have brought me this one !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
humlelala (1306) - DENMARK - MAR 26, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2015 Rating of last bottle from 2009 vintage; ABV 13%; Lot BR26.230.610; BBD; 15.07.2015 - so basically 5 months too old compared to the brewer’s recommendations. Poured at basement temperature into a stemmed tulip glass with the "Drei von Dänen brand" reveals a pitch black beer with plenty of mahogany-coloured head that recedes somewhat yet still leaving three fingers worth. Aroma has some oxydised hints along with molasses, bread, toffee and bourbon. Compared to the initial review of this bottle’s sibling 2,5 years ago the notes are suprisingly similar. Still very pleasant to drink and good in front of a fireplace in the winter although I don’t think this one has gained anything in particular by the two year ’cellar aging’. It was probably a bit better at four years’ of age. (Ar: 7; Ap: 4; Fl: 7; Pa: 5; O: 15) Original rating on March 26th 2013 (Ar: 8; Ap: 4; Fl: 7; Pa: 5; O: 16) (33 cl bottle from Toft Vin; 2009 vintage) Pours black with medium, toffee head. Decent retention and nicely dence lacework. Decent regeneration. Aroma is complex with predominantly malty notes and hints of dried fruit, molasses, bread and bourbon. Oily texture, soft carbonation, full body and a sweet finish. Taste is mostly sweet with notes of dried fruit and syrup and the high ABV is mysteriously absent from the impression. Quite refined and seductive in the Belgian tradition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2013
On tap at Local Option. Pitch black with a deep brown two-finger-wide head. Aroma is a bit muddled but I can pick out notes of dark fruits, roasted barley, and a bit of chocolate liquor. Taste is dense, sticky, viscous. Notes of prunes, raisins, sweet bourbon, and licorice. ABV is very well hidden for such a big beer, mild to medium carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels at Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Big roast cocoa and chocolate on the nose. Long sweet cocoa, roast, chocolate, cocoa. Lingering chocolate on the finish. Lovely.

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