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

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RATINGS: 675   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9165) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Urbain himself. This is my all-time favorite artwork for any beer or drink for that matter. Just awesome. I want a massive poster of just this little bottle on a white background. Maybe I’ll make it myself.

It pours- even after barrel aging- with a massively thick tan head atop a pitch black body that leaves awesome lacework. Aroma of cedar, Brett, citrus peels, bourbon, flowers. Whoa. Give it some time and this develops almost a Lou Pepe Kriek nose! Taste is buttery bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate. The Black Albert harness dwindles away. Excellent soft palate with gentle carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5734) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bourbon nose tart dark fruit, somewhat lightly sour. Dark brown pour with no head. Bourbon barrel, sour dark malts, lots of acidity, extremely carbonated, some dry earthy roast and some funky funky stuff as well. Super odd impy, boozey heat and odd tartness. Lots of carbonation, more sour tangy notes round out finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6499) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
250. thanks colin! pours nearly jet black with a dense and frothy dark tan head. big dark fruity nose. creamy medium body with lively carb. chocolate, roast, nuts, and black bread on the mid palate. longish chocolatey finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5034) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2010 Bottle: Big dark red-ish 2 fingers thick lasting foamy head, Smell of licorice, chocolates, spices and some roasted ingredients. Color is black. Explosion of tastes, robust roasted taste, roasted malts, spicy espresso taste. Beer is a little viscous. A smooth somewhat soft palate (barrel aged) and a long lasting taste of roasted (oaky) bitterness. Full body and perfectly balanced. An amazaing beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Belgian imperial stouts always through me a curveball, no matter how many times I tell myself not to expect a super thick, sweet stout. Very dark roasted flavor, just a hint of the barrel aging, cocoa.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3817) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Thanks to Stowehop for the bottle! Pours dark brown with a huge brown head. The aroma is tart, dark fruits and roasted malt. The flavor is the same with some sherry notes, belgian dark chocolate, and only a hint of barrel aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (966) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle from my cellar, brought and shared to Woodshop 5.0 (2010) in Anaheim, with many fellow Ratebeerians. Pours pitch black with a short-lived light tan head. Moderate carbonation. Nose is packed with chocolate truffle, caramel and light bourbon. Flavor is sweet and slightly tangy, similar to the Black Albert base. More bourbon and oak comes through on the flavor. Medium body. Very tasty!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Pours perfectly black body with a design of brown head and lace. Aromas of rich Belgian chocolate, booziness, sherry, and funk. Initial sips, and it is a sipper, is funk and stout, leaving a residue of chocolate aftertaste, and roasted malt. Above average mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18693) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty slightly tart aroma with hints of chocolate and wood. Smooth roasted malty licorice and chocolate flavor with some oaky hints. Has a roasted malty licorice finish with some oaky hints in the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle via trade thanks to PALMEJ1 on BA. Another bottle shared by alfrantzell on BA, since these things are damn small and we wanted to have enough to go around. Pours black with a medium-sized, well-retained tan head. Looks excellent. Aroma is mildly vinous and tart, surprisingly. Also roast and wood. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, red wine, oak, and brett. Probably not infected, but definitely tart. Just a little bit of bourbon. Medium body with mild acidity (but smooth otherwise) with fairly high carbonation. A little boozy. Pretty good, but fell a bit short of expectations, sort of like Black Damnation. Struise’s -bal aging program seems a bit inconsistent, although they do have some real winners.


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