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

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RATINGS: 678   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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.


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4.2
   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ambro206 (238) - ITALY - MAY 2, 2015
Assaggio da 100 ml allo Zythos Festival 2015: Una birra da lasciare senza parole. Colore impenetrabile con schiuma compatta e persistente dal colore brunastro. Aromi di cioccolato fondente, affumicato, legno, porto e prugne. La birra è perfettamente bilanciata lungo tutta la bevuta. Il corpo è pienissimo la sensazione è vinosa, alcolica, avvolgente. L’assenza di carbonazione la rende una birra superba.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (377) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2015
11.2oz bottle into snifter. Madison, wi. Pours super dark brown, basically black, opaque, with small rim of tan had. Aroma is nice. Bourbon upfront, followed by coffee, sweet chocolate, charred barrel, and roasted malts. Brown sugar too. Taste is fairly sweet throguhout. Definety a sipper. Body is pretty full, though it’s not as rich as I would have expected. Soft Carbonation. Long finish. Pretty nice treet.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (758) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2015
2012 vintage from bottle into a snifter.Pours a thick black with large brown head that stays around for a while. Chocolate, booze, spice, coffee, cinnamon, yeast. Very sweet, oily, full bodied, medium bitterness, very balanced finish, some earthiness. Finish is tonnes of chocolate, very smooth, some anise. Really great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1300) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle courtesy of "hannont". Colour...very dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose....dark Swiss chocolate, molasses, vanilla bean and cotton candy. Palate...lightly tangy, sweet, and bitter with bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, ganache and buttercream frosting. The sweetness lasts through the whole palate and the finish is long, nutty and sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dlovell2 (1091) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2015
Vintage 2012. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle. When poured after maybe 2 seconds you can watch the carbonation release and form a beautiful velvet head. Pours black with a cappachino colored head. Aroma is roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa, bourbon, and vanilla. Amazing velvet smooth mouthfeel. Flavor starts unsweetened cocoa with some roasted malt . Some dried plum fruitiness, bourbon, vanilla, and a bitter chocolate finish. Every aspect of this brew is perfect. Truly a treat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermaris (31) - - APR 25, 2015
Tastes like Riga black balsam as of the herbal nuances in the taste. Taste stronger than aroma. Bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alusmamuts (785) - LATVIA - APR 25, 2015
Dark brown with small light head. Herbal aroma. Deep herbal bitterness with some fruity sweet and sour notes.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cam_Dynamite (79) - AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2015
Pours black with a thick tan head that quickly settles. Nose is loaded with bourbon, dark fruits and spice. Taste is a sticky bourbon, oak, chocolate, fruits. A really great beer, far exceeded expectations. Hope I get to try again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2639) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2015
2012 vintage, pours pitch black with a thick brown head with tons of lacing in the glass, aroma still had a good amount of bourbon and oak that comes through with vanilla as well, flavor has a hit front end with a good amount of roast and chocolate, bourbon shows as well, thick mouthfeel, worth the wait to get to try this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
psilosophy (543) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - APR 18, 2015
Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur noire, mousse foncée de tenue moyenne. Des arômes chocolatés, de caramel; pruneaux, de la chicorée, alcool bien présent, on retrouve des notes de whisky. Un peu trop sucrée, carbonnation moyenne. Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.


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