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

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RATINGS: 719   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.


Zita's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5409) - Assentoft, - DEC 27, 2010
coffee, smoke, sweet black malty aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, soft carbonation, smoke finish.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3472) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2015
VIntage 2012. Bottled 9/2014. This brew fills the glass with a luscious, deep, dark chocolate liquor body and a heaping dark burnt chocolate foam topping. Ethereal bouquet of sublimated chocolate liquor accompanied by licks of bourbon (Four Roses) and sweet alcohol nectar, that is soon overtaken by overtones of coconut. Smooth body that almost evaporates into the mouth. No rough edges. Smooth black debittered malts and chocolate malt flavors everywhere. A bit too sweet though on the finish, with coconut and honey notes wrapping around the tongue. This one would benefit from another 14 or so months in the bottle.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mesjasz (227) - Lodz, POLAND - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle, vintage 2012. Pitch black color, brown head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, roast, moderate smoked malt, chocolate, bourbon. Taste is medium sweet and dry at finish. Flavor is roasty, tar, chocolate, dried fruits, light peat note. Aftertaste is long, dry with dark chocolate and bourbon alcohol. Full body and soft carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevd193213 (927) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour with a thin brown head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, licorice, tar and tannins. Outstanding lacing. Full body that is surprisingly drinkable with a slight bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (4867) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015
27th June 2015: shared bottle at the 2nd Annual Midlands tasting, thanks Gary for this offering. Black with a tanned topping. Sweet brew with plenty going on in both the aroma and taste. Malty front with some interesting flavours blending together: dark chocolate, liquorice and a spade full of tar to name but three. Interesting and enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dandeman (649) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
Café, chocolat noir, fruits rouges au nez. Complexité remarquable en bouche. Mélange de chocolat noir, de café, de framboises, de cerises. Mélange bien dosé de sucre et torréfaction avec un léger manque d’amertume. Excellent produit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2504) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle share round at Richy’s. Dark, chestnut brown. A few bubbles of coffee coloured head. Slick, and viscous in the glass. Aroma of roast coffee. Roast malts. Tar. Wood. Taste is sweet, rich chocolate. Rich, smooth palate. Finishes long, roasty dry, and chocolatey sweet.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (4096) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle at Cherry Reds, Birmingham city centre. Really, really delicious. Lovely brown froth. Leathers tar, leathers imperial. Thick gobfeel. Great rich taste. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (2925) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2015
2nd annual midland tasting group. Bottle shared by Garrold, cheers Gary, beer of the day for me. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of roast malts, licorice and dark malts. Taste is licorice, boozy, sweet dark malts and some tar. Sticky palate. Excellent stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (4384) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle during 2nd Annual Midlands tasting group; dark brown pour with a creamy mocha head, aroma has bourbon roast malt, taste has sweet chocolate, roasted malts, some vanilla, tar, some ash.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Molasses and big dark fruity notes, mild roasted malts, raisin, vanilla, and mild bourbony notes. It’s fine, but these big boozy Belgian stouts are usually much too rich for my tastes.


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