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

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RATINGS: 831   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (4153) - Alingsås, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 from bottle and tap on several locations. pours deep dark with a light brown/beige head. roasted flavour, with some vanilla hints back in the nose. roasted smell comes back in the taste. some dark coffee, and the great barrel taste! delicious beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (5789) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
330 ml. 2009 bottle. Thanks Kai! Pours black with a very nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate, fruit, roast, caramel, and coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, licorice, and wood. Amazingly complex. Amazingly good!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (5110) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30, 2013
bottle at home from bottleshop, Canterbury
Pours dark brown with fluffy dark coffee tan head that starts off at a few inches then collapses to a more manageable few mm (yes mixed measurement systems...deal with it)
Slightly sour, tart red fruits, milk chocolate and coffee. extremely full bodied, sultanas, maltloaf, rich coffee, slight sourness, astringent coffee roast barley, gentle caress of whisky with more coffee building in the finish. Finishing quite dry with some balsamic fruit notes. Lovely and hides its strength magnificently.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (12233) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Sample at Belmont Station. Pours black with a medium thick foamy tan head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, chocolate and black licorice. Full, smooth body with flavors of chocolate malt, vanilla, earthy hops and anise. The finish is mocha and licorice with a bit of warming alcohol in the background. Really good all around.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zaf (308) - ITALY - MAY 14, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2015 da questo momento in poi (cambio gettoni allo zbf 2013) comincia un vero e proprio delirio/declino..il birrificio struise diventa il mio principale punto di riferimento..e come potrebbe non esserlo??da quello che ricordo posso solo dire che su 4/5 birre assaggiate ognuna era un vero e proprio capolavoro..nel vero senso della parola..aromi impressionanti,complessi all’ennesima potenza..ogni sorso era un tripudio di sapori quasi impossibili da decifrare completamente ma che sicuramente meritano un altro assaggio..per la maggior parte ho assggiato birre scure,come questa..micidiale e il tutto servito alla spina insieme al GATTO LOPEZ :D zbf 2013 la mia ammirazione verso questo birrificio non cesserà mai..a distanza di 2 anni e mezzo sono riuscito a ribeccare questa cuvee delphine che tanto mi aveva (probabilmente) sorpreso allo zythos beer festival ma della quale ricordavo pochissimo..è scura come la notte con una schiuma marrone scuro a grana fine alta 3/4 dita..dannatamente persistente e densa,rende la birra clamorosamente bella..l’aroma è superlativo,incredibile davvero.. c’è di tutto..note di cioccolato e caffè,sicuramente liquirizia e vaniglia, frutti scuri tipici di de struise e del belgio in generale,legno e torbato del whisky fanno da sfondo a quanto l’aroma riesce a sprigionare..piacevolmente carbonata si rivela essere molto diversa dalle Imperial Stout inglesi o Scandinave..il gusto è un tripudio di sapori esattamente uguali a quelli sentiti in aroma,mischiati alla perfezione..esaltano le pupille gustative!! man mano che il sorso lascia la bocca,rimane un pèiacevolissimo tostato diverso dalle solite imperial stout,accompagnato da sentori dolciastri fruttati e cioccolatosi,anche caffè..questa è arte,questa è birra,questo..è il Belgio!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (812) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
Bouteille 330 ml. Servie dans un snifter. Une belle robe d’un noir intense surmontée d’un collet mousseux et épais brun-beige. Arôme: malt rôti, alcool, chocolat, café. Même chose au goût. Excellent équilibre et bonne buvabilité. l’alcool est bien cachée, malgré les 13% abv. Du gros stock!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westchesterco (1912) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Appearance dark maybe black rather dark. Aroma bourbon overtones taste of chocolate and bourbon Rather sweet long on the palate

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yiannnos (1254) - , CYPRUS - MAY 7, 2013
@zbf13. Dark colour. Dark fruits,chocolate and some bourbon. Very nice

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (2091) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2013
On tap at Belmont Station A: Pure black with a non-existent head. Spectacular legs, though N: Roasted malt, chocolate, heavily roasted espresso, and oak. Quite a bit of licorice and there’s a backdrop of vanilla. Not particularly strong, though. T: Tons of roast and there’s a pleasant sweetness balanced out by the slightest bitterness. Lots of the nose shows up here. M: Thick, oily, and coating. Alcohol is expertly hidden. O: A well oiled machine I’d recommend. Wish it had a little more barrel character, though.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2013
Rating #200 for this amazing beer! Sample at ’het Schooltje’ Oostvleteren. I always imagine that the quality of the beer deteriorates a little because it’s kept for a longer time in the ’tap trailer’. Though amazing idea! Appearance: pitch black beer, beige small stable head. Nose: bourbon, alcoholic, chocolate, heave taste. Taste: lots of alcohol, very sweet, chocolate, coffee aftertaste, wood, red fruits. Little dry.


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