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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 820   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2008
Black Black Black in colour, thick creamy longlasting head and out of this world aroma of coffee, caramel and Bourbon. The smell of this brew is super-complex and very fine. Roasted malts, tar, black chocolate, espresso and some dried plums, cherries and brown candy. Mouthfeeling is rich and silky with tons of refind and robust taste sensations like coffee, chocolate, Tia Maria Liquor, X-mas cake and bourbon. It finishes with a great hoppyness that lingers on for minutes. What can I say..... Perfection is the right word here.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2008
Grafit oil black with a longlasting brown foam on top. Aroma is delicious and rich, Coffee, cocoa and Bourbon are the major players here. There are some fine hops, some woody touches and touches of fruits and some sicky caramel. Taste is like the aroma, rich and fine. alcohol is well hidden and the afthertaste is sublime. Thanks Carlo for bringing this beer to our private tasting.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle. A - Very dark mahogany with a huge, thick, creamy, frothy, cafe colored head. I’ve used the the description of meringue-like, but this one is closest to meringue that I’ve had, it is really thick. Amazing retention that finally settles into a nice creamy lace. S - Smell is amazing. Barrel definitely imparted a good amount of aroma with vanilla, bourbon, and oak being strong. Also a good amount of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and dark malt. Some sweet candi sugar balances out the roasted aroma. Hingts of dark fruit also come out. T - Dark fruit and anise mix with the chocolate, candi sugar and slightly roasted dark malt. Raisin, fig, date, and plum come in and out along with the chocolate malt. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak also mix in and out throughout the sip, especially on the finish. M - Full to medium body with a good level of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. D - Very drinkable beer with a great mouthfeel that is creamy and smooth. Also a good mix of the bourbon, roasted chocolate stout, and dark fruit. Very easy and enjoyable to drink. Notes: Best before Mar. 2014. Excellent beer that is a great mix of all the flavors I mentioned before. I wish I had more, and that this came in a bigger bottle. Highly recommend this beer. De Struise just keeps surprising me with how many good beers they make, and this one is right at the top for me.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Bottle slipped to me by the PUB’N jester while he was entertaining a few wenches over by the jousting arena at the PA Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA. Wow, 25 cL is not a big amount. Pours deep blackish brown, not jet but very opaque and with a great 2 finger brown head that stands at attention and says, when I put my ear to it, "You may not be able to handle me, douche bag". Quite assertive indeed! The nose is extremely fruity, with loads of tart black cherry and blackberry, some funky cobwebby esters, oak, some cacao, dark malt, and funky notes. Pronounced and huge nose that I cannot in good conscience rate lower that a perfecto robusto. Tastes extremely rich on the palate, almost as rich as a chocolate malt, with a hefty dark malt, cacao,oaky dark choc, vanilla, and very well integrated black cherry flavor. Incredible balance here, tremendous complexity, and one of those beers that gets better with every sip, and you just know that you may never get a chance to savor it again, so you are torn between milking it all night or chugging it. Wow, what a great beer, and a very unique take on a barrel-aged impy stout. Bravo, Struise. Bravo. As a final note, for a beer this gargantuan, it had alcohol as well hidden as any big beer I have experienced. Once you go Struise, you can’t lose.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Joelly3d (46) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2013
This is the best beer I've ever had. I am a huge fan of imperial stouts and darker full beers. This is surprisingly easy to drink while having incredibly high ABV. Not too hoppy and the bourbon barrel taste is not overwhelming. Instead it tastes slightly sweeter than other imperial stouts. It is fantastic, a must have. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rototo64 (70) - Mouguerre, FRANCE - DEC 12, 2014
T’as à peine entrouvert la capsule, que déja ton nez se fait attaquer..Au service, on est pas surpris de retrouver une noirceure qui fait penser à un nuage de cendre volcanique qui s’abattrait d’un coup au dessus de ta tete, tu vois plus rien et tu te dit "Oulahh, c’est l’apocalypse, ça y est, mon heure est venue".La mousse est un plaisir pour les yeux.Le nez, donc...à regretter de n’avoir que deux narines..c’est sur, la, tu sais que tu es dans le trés haut de gamme de la bière,pour etre sur, fait un peu tourner le liquide dans le verre: ouh putain,c’est quoi ça, y zont mis quoi dans cte bouteille, une brasserie, une distillerie de bourbon, une foret, du chocolat, de la vanille, du sucre, wowwwww!!!! la tu es déja en train de prendre ton pied c’est pffffff.aprés dix minutes à renifler le chef d’oeuvre, je me prend une goulée et là, bon, ben, viens l’apocalypse, juste, laisse moi le temps de terminer ce verre, aprés de toute façon, je peux claquer, je serai heureux..pas la peine d’en dire trop, à un moment, ya plus de mots, juste du plaisir..et dire que je ne connais que la Black Berry Albert, dans la série des Black Damnation, et puis ya la serie des Zombination qui vient juste d’etre brassée... la aussi j’espère avoir la chance de mettre mon nez la dedans, tant de bonnes bouteilles en perspective..En fait, l’apocalypse attendra...

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2015
Imperial stout, qui serait d’ailleurs plutôt royal stout en l’occurrence, mais c’est une histoire belge, donc ne vous attardez pas, amateurs d’outre-Atlantique, outre-Escaut, et outre-Quiévrain... Il s’agit en fait d’une Black Albert mûrie en fût de bourbon Four Roses … Couleur noir intense, d’une opacité quasi totale... (comme certaines histoires). Mousse café crème en fin nappage. Arômes de raisins de Corinthe, cognac, armagnac du Bas-armagnac (le meilleur), vieux fût, café du Cap Vert. 1ère bouche douce et suave sur du café moka, bois d’ébène, cendres de sapin, pointe de bourbon. Arrière-bouche extraordinairement complexe et dense. 2ème d’une intensité exceptionnelle, avec largeur et ampleur. Arrière-bouche parfaite (si le mot a un sens ..). 3ème où le bourbon s’intercale magnifiquement dans les malts et houblons. Arrière-bouche pleine, dense, forte, infinie. Longueur d’une profondeur abyssale en même temps qu’une hauteur divine (ce qui oblige à singulièrement revoir sa géométrie …). Jambes parfaitement lisses. Levure dense, profonde … une merveille. Alcool parfaitement accompli pour remplir son rôle jusqu’à la lie. Finale qui est une pure merveille. CONCLUSION : que dire ? Comment trouver les qualificatifs pour ce genre de bière ? Comment expliquer que la 8ème merveille du monde puisse être une bière ? En tous les cas, d’ Albert à Delphine (de black albert à cuvée delphine), l’histoire passe de 4,9 à 5... Ce n’est pas si mal ...

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EvilCat (106) - FRANCE - MAR 6, 2015
Bouteille. Vintage 2012. Robe ébène coiffée d’une belle mousse marron. Nez riche et engageant sur des notes de : malt noir, raisin sec, confiture de mirabelle, distillat de prune, bourbon vanillé et caramélisé, café frais et bois mouillé. Bouche ultra gourmande et onctueuse sur les notes du nez. Finale amère et suave avec une pointe de vergeoise, des notes de cachou et une jolie empreinte de fût. Très très bon!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IngetSlick (107) - - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle from Saveur Bière (2012 Vintage, 11%). Big, creamy, dark, head. Dark brown body. Smells of chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, currants, apple, yeast. Tastes surprisingly lean at first, a lot of chocolate, cream, sugar, currant, yeast, with a slight bitterness which takes over in the aftertaste which brings in dark roasted coffee beans and more chocolate. Amazingly balanced and complex. Imperial Stout with a Belgian touch that I doubt gets better than this.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (425) - Padova, ITALY - NOV 15, 2015
Sinceramente ci sono poche parole per descrivere questa birra: semplicemente spettacolare! Il marchio Struise non tradisce neanche questa volta. Hai tutto ciò che da un’imperial stout desideri: liquoroso, marzapane, legnoso, cioccolato, cacao, liquirizia, vaniglia, e chi più ne ha più ne metta. Tra le migliori birre mai bevute!!!


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