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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 676   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2011
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a very dark brown head. The aroma has notes of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and wood, leading to a dry roasted and alcoholic finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8290) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2011
2011-09-25. Black body with a modest tan head. 4+ Rich flavour of dark malt, light alcohol and fruity accents around the edges. Mild dry dusty roast malt lingers in the finish. 8+ Surprisingly mild aroma at first, mild roast malt and alcohol, very mild fruity notes. smooth medium to full bodied palate is softly carbonated. Not super complex, but very rich and very tasty. Bottle 2009 Vintage from BierTempel, Brussels

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (12702) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Black with a big dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla and a little bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Smooth and oily. 180911

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kristall-König (2395) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - SEP 13, 2011
Im Geruch stark dunkelmalzig, röstig, kaffeebetont, likörige Noten. Antrunk enorm malzverdichtet, süßlich. Mittig sahnig-schokoladig und im Hintergrung schwingt eine alkoholische Fruchtigkeit mit. Abgang bitterschokoladig, dunkelmalzig und reinster Nougat. Fast brennend nachhallend. Großartige Fülle schwerer Malz- und Schokoladenaromen. Ein Gigant unter den Bieren!Test vom 26.1.2011, Gebinde: Glasflasche

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (3913) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle. Thick black pour with a very thick creamy moka head. Lots of torrified grain is present in the aroma along with coffee and chocolate. Surprisingly almost no bourbon aroma. Taste: Lots of dark fruits at first that let way for the burnt grain, chocolate and coffee flavors to come out. Again, barely perceptible bourbon barrel aging. Palate is rich and full, slightly slick/oily carbonation. Nice IS, a definite smooth sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle acquired via trade. Almost black body (hints of mahogany around it’s outer edges but a soulless core) and a tightly packed caramel head. Aroma of Godiva cocoa, Starbuck’s roasted coffee, vanilla, oak, and a bit of bourbon. Flavor has a bit of dark fruit presence but the heavy grape flavor I got from Black Albert softened from the barrel...a very good thing. Also get tons of dark baker’s chocolate, premium coffee, and subtle bourbon with wood. Creamy mouthfeel. A really good one!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
To be honest Black Albert is my favorite beer period... so nothing can really top that.. which is an odd thing to say because being an American and deeply devoted to bourbon one would think barrel aging my favorite beer in bourbon barrels would of course make it better... and I’m not saying that it doesn’t... I’m just saying that once you’ve reached perfection as Black Albert clearly has done, it’s hard to improve upon it.... but I would be glad to reconsider if Urbain would ship me a few bottles of this for further examination >=)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9622) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2011
Bottle @ home. Pitch black color, creamy brown head. Smell dark malts, lightly fruity, roastyness and some alcohol. Taste roasted with warming alcohol, really nice. Light bitter finish. Slow drinker, one to enjoy over quite some time!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 1/9/11 lot a bb 3/2014. brown shade of black with an odd orange tinted head. the aroma and flavor are really fruity... maraschino cherry fruit cocktail, apples and black berries mixed with chocolate, vanilla, spice, roast, light smoke, yeast and a slight tartness. the flavor has a defined sour mash thing going on as well as charcoal and a skunky-type aftertaste. slick medium body. crisp and astringent. 8/4/8/3/16

11/10/11 delphine original batch from nbutler... Don quijote type stink...sour garbage,cumin,red wine vinegar,green onions,curry,roasty ash Big ol ashy at. really creamy,soft...clearly sour and infected. if i rated it as a sour it’d be a lot higher than for and imperial stout (sour=3.5, is=2.0)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rand (1297) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 30, 2011
Bottle 33 cl from erzbierschof.ch. Black beer, dark tobacco head. Opulent flavor of cocoa, roasted, toffy-molasses, vanilla. Magnificent taste between the roasted-woody-Bourbon, the fruity acidity plum-raisin-fig, the chocolate-coffee. Bitterness in backdrop, at the same time of roasted and hop. Thock, sticking, trace of the 13% ABV, but what an intensity and depth.


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