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


on tap

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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
foodtraveller (61) - BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2010
Vintage 2009 Great look even if I would love the head to last longer! The nose is of brun wood. The palate is thick and with coffee, bourbon, hop, sweet, lot is going on. And it end like a nice bourbon! Definitively a beer with a character even among the struise ones!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14274) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle at home - shared with Mette - traded with Jbrus. Black - brown head. Burned. Sweetness syrup. Light metallic taste and aroma. Nice hoppy. A bit wierd vegetable and food aroma. Light alcoholic. Coffee. Chocolate. Light dark bread. Too wierd for me !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9166) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 5, 2010
Bottle: Deep amber coloured, medium-sized lacy tanned head; solid vinous and leathery nose, some spices (vanilla) underneath; moderate to solid sweeti-sour flavour, full bodied, creamy MF; port vine, wood and a light acidity in the solid sweet-bitter finish. Very good......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
In short: A lightly bourbonny fruity imperial stout. Very good even if inferior to the original
How: Bottle 250ml. Consumed when almost one year of age. Side-by-side with regular Black Albert. Bottle sent to me by shawnm213, thanks a lot Shawn
The look: Near black body topped by a large beige head with medium retention
In long: This rating will focus mostly on the differences between this beer and the Black Albert base beer that we all know an love. I had them side-by-side. Nose has a good amount of bourbon barrel and blackberries. The Black Albert had a more pleasant nose. The biggest difference is probably in the mouthfeel. The big fluffy lively body of the Black Albert is replaced by a thinner juicy and slightly slimy body with medium carbonation. Nothing special about the Cuvée Delpĥine body. More fruity and less chocolaty than the Black Albert. Bourbon barrel aging not overdone. Finish has a woody astringency. Alcohol is more present than in the Black Albert. I prefer the original Black Abert. However this beer is excellent and it is different enough from the Black Albert to make it something I’d buy on occasions if it wasn’t as rare as a proud married man asking for directions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - JUN 23, 2010
(bottle, 25cl) Black colour with a brown and thick medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and distinctively fruity aroma of blackcurrant and Port, combined with moderately roasty malty notes, leather, a whiff of smoke and shades of vanilla. Moderately sweet and roasty bitter flavour with , full bodied with a soft carbonation. Roasty malty body with chocolate, liquorice and berry fruity notes; slightly sweet and roasty bitter finish with fruity, leathery and vinous accents, as well as notes of alcohol. Pretty complex but I prefer the regular Black Albert. 22.VI.10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5065) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super large dirty beige foamy head with great retention and some perfect lacing. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla is quite straightforward but well enough balance with the malt to provide some good enjoyment. Taste is a well balanced mix between some light roasted malt with light note of liquorice and vanilla and a creamy finish full of bourbon. Body is quite full with usual creamy texture from the bourbon with some great carbonation and alcohol is never to apparent. Very well done and a great variation from the original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Abio (1731) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2015 250th rating AND 200th Belgian beer-rating! This had to be something special for sure (at least for me)...And this beer I’m looking forward to taste allready for some time. Really wanted to be sure I could enjoy the beer, so gave DSB a shot for this 250/200, cause I know they won’t disappoint me... Bottle at home, thanks to BelgBeerGeek for the trade. Pours out very, very dark deep red while pouring, looks like pitch black at the glass. Nice light-medium brown head, that holds very nice, and leaves nice at the glassware. Somehow roasted, lightly sour fruited, wooden smell. Roasted, somehow sour taste, chocolat and fruits and coffee. For sure you taste the passion at this beer. The taste holds a very long time. Positive for sure! Gonna order/buy some more of these if I can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
25cl bottle, batch #14, courtesy of madmitch76. thanks, ken. opens with a massive pop (is it infected?) and pours a deep, rich black with a thick, creamy, cocoa powder head that leaves thick sheets of lace on my glass. aroma is, well, unexpected with big notes of sour wood, bretty funk (again, is this infected?), tart red fruits, and wild flowers with a touch of spicy cinnamon and just a trace of cocoa and dark malts. flavor is much of the same, but honestly, delicious with rich, sweet, roasted malts, chocolate, and woody bourbon clawing their way out from underneath notes of barrel funk, dry cedar, and acidic, vinous red fruits and finishing with dry, ashy, wood and roast. palate is full bodied and highly carbonated without a trace of the 13%. overall, after reading quite a few of the ratings, i truly don’t believe this bottle was infected and that this beer is simply one of the oddest examples of a barrel aged impy out there. but i liked it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
250 ml bottle; thanks Colin!! Light, roasty brown with thick tan head; fizzy mouthfeel from the over carbonation with mild roast, chocolate and plenty of sweetness; get a faint yeasty sourness too from the barrel but not enough to make it unpleasant; doesn’t seem exactly right though either; ashy finish with dried fruits, bourbon and earthy malts

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 head: dark brown
colour: pitchblack
smell: flowers , orange blossom , sugar , coffee , burnt malts
taste: alcohol, coffee , flaw taste of whiskey with bitter and strong aftertaste master brew !

rating based upon tasting off "batch 0"
head: beige, creamy
colour: black
smell: coffee, chocolate, malts, hops, salt , candy
taste: alcohol,coffee, subtle notes of roasted malts, bourbon but very well balanced and gives the beer a slightly sweet flowery flavour, also notes of grass and candy sugar, end is oily and semi-dry bitter.
Allready a classic and one of the best examples for the style : Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

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