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


on tap

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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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 (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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsekouratos (543) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - OCT 2, 2015
330 ml bottle. Black body with a nice hick brown head. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, resins, dark fruits, some alcohol notes. Sweet taste of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, alcohol notes, vanilla, bittr aftertaste with roasted malts and coffee.Full body with medium carbonation. Simply amazing!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (786) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle with Adam before GABF. Pours deep chocolate brown, milky brown head. Chocolate covered raisins. Dark chocolate sweetness. Coffee notes are present. Rich milky roasted bomb ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (567) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2015
The nose on this beer is a 12 / 10. Nose and mouth is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light chocolate covered raisins throughout. Alcohol pretty much present thought. ---Rated via Beer Buddy App

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kr1zz (273) - BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle bought at Geers in Oostakker. Pours black with a big fluffy dark brown head. Medium carbonation. Nose: roasted malts, burned nuts, bitter chocolate, milky, oily, coffee, oak, vinegar, dried fruits. Taste: starts vinegar, coffee notes, and sweetness (dried fruits) with chocolate hints. oily/milky texture, taste reminds me a bit of "drop" candy". Nutty flavours pops in together with roasted malts and bourbon notes. Long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvgeniyKurilov (50) - - SEP 21, 2015
Vintage 2009, in Kulminator. Quite big tan head,sticky. It’s deep dark color, almost black. Aroma vineous and oak, malts, dark fruuts, espesially prunes, very complex and warm. Flavour the same, with medium sweet and bitter. Amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoNm (1797) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - SEP 15, 2015
From bottle at the Bevog 2nd anniversary. Pours a deep black color, topped with a medium sized dark tan colored head. Mild chocolate aroma with some gentle roasty notes. Taste is slightly sweet, milk chocolate with more prominent roasty feel. A bit of bitterness and quite some warming alcohol presence. A bit strong, but otherwise very fine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VDuquerroux (706) - Airvault, FRANCE - SEP 13, 2015
On tap, 20cL. @bar Oud Postje, Oostvleteren. A sparkling black beer with a medium beige creamy oily head ; average retention. Almost oil paints on top of my glass : beautiful. Toasty and roasty aroma, coffee, grape, prune, light wood, vanilla, alcohol. Medium sweet, medium dry bitter ; elegant ; round. Medium voluptuous body, creamy oily texture, average carbonation, sweet bitter lasting finish, nice warming background. Overall, WOW !!!! Elegant, powerful of course but a lot of control ; round but not so sugary ; firework of aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
__Rb81 (383) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black with a tan fizzy head. Aroma of sweet bourbon, vineous, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hint of wood. Taste is sweet, lots of chocolate, light vineous, alcohol, wood, vanilla, roasted malts, aftertaste of chocolate, bourbon, and warming alcohol. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors (Chicago, IL). 2012 Vintage. Pours a deep dark thicker opaque black hue, ominous overtones and subtle midnight glow on the edges and bottom. A big cakey milk chocolate head atop is sizable, a good retention. Foamy layer sticks around and laces well. Aromas are deeper and lushious, roasty malts, creamy sweetness and earth meet tannic oak, gentle spirit. Vanilla and subtle marshmellow, meet some bourbon spirit, oak and warmth. Caramel, a bit of char and coffee meet cocoa, earth and some bitterness and ash. Deep, dark, unapologetic with a firm but not overwhelming barrel presence. Initial is fuller body, a bit thicker with some firmer tannic life, warming spirit hitting the palate quickly. Toast, roast, bakers chocolate and some coffee. A bit fudgey, a firmer cocoa presence as we roll through, a bit of caramel, gentle dark fruit and sweetness. The backend thins up a bit, displaying some nice barrel elements, tapering biscuits and toasty malts, carmelized approach with some tannic and barrel flourishes. A firmer dark fruit and black cherry appeal hits, the Belgian yeast doing the work and I think adding something unique. This never gets hot, but you know it’s seen some nice barrel times. A bit of sweetness, vanilla, tangy dark fruit, caramel and lingering oak. I dig this. No one element stands out, instead integrating well, especially a pleasant barrel expression. Roasty, deep, and nice sweetness that softens the blow, another layer from that Belgian yeast. Never overwhelming in sweetness or any element really, but instead flowing very nicely. Top shelf Belgian tinged Imperial Stout with some masterful barrel time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
procraste (237) - FRANCE - SEP 2, 2015
J’avais oublié de la noter celle-ci ! C’est avant tout une très jolie robe de velours avec son ourlet de très jolie mousse ( c’est un peu concon comme formulation mais ça veut bien exprimer ce que je veux dire ... ) En bouche, c’est extra gourmand avec une texture ce qu’il faut de crémeux, de gaz et de sucre. L’alcool bien présent soutient le tout et signe la récompense du travailleur qui, la soirée venue, peut se laisser aller dans le confort du chez soi et d’un fauteuil club ... ( c’est un peu concon ... etc ... ) Jolie complexité des arômes en bouche. On sent bien le vieillissement en fûts sans que ça vienne affadir le breuvage initiale comme certaine fois ou l’on ne goûte plus que les arômes du fût ... Peut-être un peu trop gourmand pour certaines occasions, s’il fallait trouver des défauts. Une sorte de classique donc même si dans la même veine gourmande, je peux préférer certaines choses un peu plus corsées et moins sucrées ...

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