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


on tap

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RATINGS: 805   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (389) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Vintage 14. Love the date, star anise, clove and raisin. Almost no head on this and the age has really mellowed it out. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Humlehode (551) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2016
Pours black with tan lace. Complex sweet aroma of oak, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, toffee. Full bodied. Very smooth and nicely balanced where all ingredients go really well together with no overpowering elements. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vincentvega72 (325) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2016
UPDATED: APR 30, 2016 Puur zwart met mokkakleurige schuimkraag. Stroperig van structuur als je dit bier uitgiet, lijkt wel motorolie. Aroma van hout, kandijsuiker, stroop. Donkere diepe en volle smaak. Hoe langer je dit bier in de mond houdt des te intenser de smaak wordt. Zóveel smaken : Pure chocolade, peperkoek, kruiden, rook, hout, tabak, koffie, caramel. En wat een krachtige afdronk. Véél beter dan dit wordt het niet snel....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
Pours a deep dark brown color. Small tan head head that lasted throughout. Aromas of bourbon and wood. Flavor was a lot of bourbon, hints of smoke, chocolate. Full bodied and creamy. Tasted more bourbon than beer. WOW, this is a flavorful beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajnepple (4838) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2016
Backlog. 11.2 oz single bottle shared, purchased at the Craft Beer Cellar - Fort Collins. Black appearance. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla and hints of coffee, caramel/toffee and dark fruit. Similar flavor, rich, dark, malty and complex with a medium to full body. An excellent sipper overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StilleStorm (1359) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 9, 2016
DWF; Bottle 330 ml, drunk at Melkebaren. Pours moderate, black with creamy, lacing and lasting tan head. Nose is heavy, roasted malt, coffee, dark dried fruit, chocolate, bourbon, wood, light liqorice and spice. Taste is heavy sweet and moderate bitter with lasting coffee, chocolatet warming finish. Body is full, texture is creamy, carbonation soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MPA (916) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 8, 2016
Bottle, vintage 2009 sampled April 8, 2016.black with a large light brown head. Notes of wood and vanilla in aroma along with chocolate. Flavour is sweet with chocolate, cocoa and vanilla going into a roasted malty bitterness with a wooden touch and bourbon elements and some alcohol. Velvet palate makes this one go down easily.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iznogud (2060) - CROATIA - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml from Pivoljub. Shared with JFK10000. Pours black, oily, thick brown head. Sweet, dark chocolate, malty, spicy, some vanilla. Complex. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
profXpat (30) - ITALY - MAR 18, 2016
Barrel aged imperial stout- belgian style. Raisins, chocolate, sweet but not too sweet, treacle and toffee, old ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zlotta (1587) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2016
0.33 l bottle from ’De Bierkoning’, vintage 2012, bottled in September 2014. Pitch black with a medium large, frothy, almost stable, brown head. Sweetish-malty, a little fruity and slightly roasty aroma of dark chocolate, red fruits, vanilla and oak. Sweet-malty, moderately roasty and slightly fruity taste of dark chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, oak and red fruits, followed by a long, slightly roasty-bitter, warming and slightly boozy finish. Medium to full body, creamy, slightly oily and a little sticky mouthfeel, flat. Well-balanced, quite complex, rather intense and very tasty, maybe a tad too sweet. Lovely stuff!

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