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

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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (13704) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2008
Thanks to Urbain for this, sat at Struise farm drinking this. Aged Black Albert in Four Roses bourbon barrells. Subtle bourbon aroma, thin tan head. As I swallowed my first mouthfull, something happened that I dont think has happended in years with a beer. My mouth dropped open in delight and amazement. Then Sims did as well. The most amazing beer. The flavours are stunning. Great smooth choc and coffe, bit of heat, the bourbon is there, but the smoothness is unbelievable. Charcoal on finish and toffee is incredible in the middle. Vinous. Utterly, utterly amazing.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2008
Grafit oil black with a longlasting brown foam on top. Aroma is delicious and rich, Coffee, cocoa and Bourbon are the major players here. There are some fine hops, some woody touches and touches of fruits and some sicky caramel. Taste is like the aroma, rich and fine. alcohol is well hidden and the afthertaste is sublime. Thanks Carlo for bringing this beer to our private tasting.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2008
Black Black Black in colour, thick creamy longlasting head and out of this world aroma of coffee, caramel and Bourbon. The smell of this brew is super-complex and very fine. Roasted malts, tar, black chocolate, espresso and some dried plums, cherries and brown candy. Mouthfeeling is rich and silky with tons of refind and robust taste sensations like coffee, chocolate, Tia Maria Liquor, X-mas cake and bourbon. It finishes with a great hoppyness that lingers on for minutes. What can I say..... Perfection is the right word here.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2008
A Mes rate. A far too generous measure at the farm, thanks so much Urbs. Possibly the best looking black body with an incredibly thick and creamy tan head that I have seen. Ian had already started on his glass when I got to mine and he nudged Sim saying - watch his face when he tries it... A soon as I took a sip they both laughed. I think I melted, Im not sure. If I was not already sat down I would have needed to instantly. What can I say other than OH MY GOD it is barrel aged Black Albert. The aroma, as utterly amazing as it is, does not give you any idea where the flavour is going to launch you. I am really struggling to find the right words here. Thick and viscous. The alcohol is so well restrained given the heady abv. Tonnes of chewy charred wood. I simply have never experienced anything like this. Freshly charred cedar springs to mind. It is just ridiculous. The finish lasts until the next millennium but is never over the top. Rather than a punch in the mouth it is more akin to a buxom goddess demanding she teaches you things that you do not yet know about. The mouthfeel is no less than sumptuous. Unbelievably complex and the most mind blowing chocolate dream of a beer I have ever had. This is not my most descriptive rate but read my notes for the regular Black Albert and imagine it following the best bit of barrel aging in existence and you get the picture. Struise, we are not worthy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 LCRBM08. Weak yoghurt aroma, baking yeast. Black colour. Nice creamy brown head. Very nice vanilla aroma, quite a lot of alcohol. Some alcohol, but OK balanced. 8 4 9 4 17

Draught at Alvinne pre-ZBF09. Creamy aroma, hint of liquorice. Black colour. Small brown head. The flavour is quite liquoricey. Quite sweet, good sticky mouthfeel. 7 3 7 3 17

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2810) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2008
Bottle@LCRBM08. A very black colored beer, with a thick dark beige head. The aroma of dark malts, with dark cherries and chocolate. The taste of dark roasted malts, porto and oak, a little dry, fruits like prunes. The aftertaste of bitter chocolate stays long. A great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SHIG (3586) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle @ LCRBM 08: Poured a thick dark black with a light brown head. The aroma is coffee, roasted malt, and bourbon. Taste is strong roasted malt with that winey bourbon touch. The finish warms the body and makes me crave more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (10199) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 LCRBM 2008. Malt, oak, chocolate and raisin in the aroma. Malty flavor with chocolate, licorice, ginger, oak and porto. Vinous notes. Ginger in the finish. Excellent, but I’ll have to get a bottle to savour this beer in a more relaxed setting. Re-rate: bottle @ home. Almost black and opague. Oak and bourbon in the aroma. Dried fruit. Creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Warming alcohol, oak and bourbon in the creamy flavor. Dried red fruit, mango. This beer oozes quality.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2008
LCRBM08, courtesy of Carlo and Urbain. Pours dark black/brown with a dense brown head. Aroma is smooth roasted malty and vanilla. Spiced and slight wineous. First flavour impressions are wineous and roasted malty. Smooth and mild chocolate malty over the tongue. Goes into a lovely fruity and slight warming and smooth finish. Perfectly balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7908) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2008
Small dark beige head over fully jet-black beer. Strong ethanol, as in whisky, or indeed, bourbon. Some coffee, cocoa powder. Very leafy flavour, horse chestnut husks impression. Very dry, nearly wry, and ending on old oak. Quite unlike any such beer I’ve tasted before. Thick as a cake, nearly solid. Alcoholwarming². Wow. If the godmother of this beer were as thick-skinned she’d never made the headlines. Something which holds a spoon upright. Great.


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