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


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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes, and implicitly compared to Black Albert. A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with retention typical of the gravity. Not as impressive looking as Black Albert. S: There is a lot of roasted/charred malts, fudge, licorice, and subtle dark fruits. Where this differs from its non-barreled brother is the wonderfully subtle bourbon on the aroma. T: This is going to become a broken record, but the gist of the flavor profile is as follows: Black Albert with bourbon. Initial chocolaty flavors slowly turn into a fruity middle and a roasted finish; only this time the back end sees an injection of well-balanced bourbon and *very* light oak. M: A bit hot next to Black Albert. All that means is that the alcohol presence is about what you’d expect from a 13% BA imperial stout (maybe a bit less), though many of the positive qualities Black Albert had (like drinkability) are still here. O: On its own, an excellent barrel-aged stout. When compared to Black Albert, it improves on it a few ways (more complex aroma and flavor profile), but is also a bit worse in other aspects (not as aesthetically pleasing, mouthfeel isn’t as great). Really, it’s less "which one is better than the other" and more "which one is less fantastic than the other". Between the two, I’d choose Black Albert, but you really can’t go wrong with either one at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftBeerNick (1012) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle at home 23rd January 15. Pours thick and black. Elegant head. Aroma is dried fruit, chocolate, some barrel and alcohol. Taste is smooth and classy, not loads if barrel, slight vanilla, very sweet, could be offset for my taste. Good, but I had high hopes for better

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MisoW (1902) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle at Behind The Hills, shared by Cuso. Pours nearly black color, beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is sweet, lightly bitter, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, plums, dried fruits, strawberry. Nice sweet fruity finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (5201) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle from trade with Douberd, many thanks, Christos. Almost black color with medium beige head. Dark chocolate, coffee, prunes, licorice in aroma. Taste, coffee, milk chocolate, prunes, vanilla, notes of licorice, caramel. Alcohol is well present but not in disturbing way. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (721) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 19, 2015
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, cold espresso, dark fruits, vanilla, cream. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter. Bitter aftertaste, warm alcohol feel. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Interesting, on the sweet side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (463) - HUNGARY - JAN 16, 2015
Sötét, mint az éjszaka, veszedelmes testén kakaóbarna felhőhab pöffeszkedik, krémes lenyomatot hagyva a pohár falán minden egyes mozdulat alkalmával. Egy efféle festői kompozíció mögül csakis olyan illatok léphetnek előre, mint ennek a főzetnek az aromái. Parfümös kontúrokkal meghúzott kávé, földes étcsokoládé, kandiscukor, valamint pehelykönnyű whisky eleganciája libben fel egyszerre, mérnökök tervezte illatszerkezet. Kortyai felülmúlhatatlanul simák, a szénsavmolekulák halkan lapulnak meg a háttérben, szerény vibrálásuk kellő mértékben élénkíti meg az ízkolosszus minden egyes porcikáját. Az olvadékony csokoládépatak kávébabbal, kókusszal és vaníliával szegélyezett, az érett jellegről a fahordós nemesség, perzselő whisky-s karakter gondoskodik. Édes és testes, mindemellett kemény, tekintélyt parancsoló a szerkezet, a mennyiség azonban talán sohasem lehet elegendő ahhoz, hogy a már megannyiszor tapasztalt, legendás ital titkait megfejthessük. A Black Albert ugyanis egy olyasféle alapvetés, ami már önmagában is utánozhatatlanul mesteri, különféle variációival pedig szintén lehetetlen betelni.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpgibbon (339) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2015
Great drop here. A nice mellowness on the BA which has been a bit heavy in some other big hitters lately. Plenty boozy dark fruit, oak, rich chocolate, bourbon sweetness. Very smooth palate. A little fizzy. Classy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (294) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2015
bottle @ home. Pours black with a dark red-brown medium head. Roasted aroma with vanilla, alcohols, wood-barrel, malt, dark & red fruits, leather, gentle thinner and some licorice. Big Mouth feel with a tart leather sensation and medium carbonation. Taste is sweet with rough roast and with quite sharp alcohols. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, menthol, bourbon & herbs. Finish is drier but still sicky sweet has a nice base of lingering vanilla along with leather, oak, coal, alcohol, chocolate, coffee and some herbs. Complexity is nice, but as it has an overall sharp alcoholic character I will tuck the next one away in the cellar for a couple of years, it will without doubt mellow out and get even better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdiBeer (1626) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
Aroma: caramel and heavy caramel malts, sweet fruits, prunes Appearance: black, medium, creamy, beige head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweets expand, sweet, ripe fruits, sugars, toffee, toasted malts, soft carbonation, heavy body. Overall: exceptionally good Imperial Stout, amazing aroma and palate. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2704) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
(Struise Cuvée Delphine) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 11% Totally black pour, with a huge dark brown head, very thick and with very good retention. Light lacing left behind. Great aroma, lots of roasted malts, alcohol, vanilla, very subtle notes of the barrel aging. Even better taste, the alcohol barely notable here, roasted malts, coal, subtle barrel aging character again, lots of vanilla, chocolate on the finish, a bit sweet. Full body with the right amount of carbonation, very sticky. Just great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
langeveld12 (259) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
Pours a creamy light brown average head that mostly diminishes. Body is black. Aroma contains moderate malts (cookie, hay, roasted and toasted malts, nuts, caramel, milk chocolate and strong coffee), moderate hops (flowes, spruce, orange, lemon, lime), light yeasts (horse blanket, cobwebs) and banana, grape, raisin, plum, apple, pineapple, brwon sugar, licorice, spices and bourbon. Flavor shifts between light acidic, sweet and bitter with coffee and bourbon. Body is full with syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Amazingly subtle and complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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