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

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RATINGS: 843   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
visionthing (5130) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Black with a dark brown head. Lightly bitter with aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt with some hints of bourbon. Very well integrated alcohol.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle courtesy of a trade with Rasmus40. Pours a dense, deep black with a moderate brown head that lasted through the first third of the glass and left a coating of foam with each sip. The aroma is filled with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, prunes, vanilla and bourbon. The flavor is equally enjoyable with the same roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, prunes, vanilla and bourbon, and in the same intensity as the aroma. Rich and full bodied. No sign of the 13% abv. This is an extraordinarily delicious beer. Thank you, Rasmus!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2011
250ml Batch 0 Bottle. Pitch black with a lovely, lasting brown head.Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon aroma. Taste is very roasted, vanilla, oak,chocolate and coffee. Great mouthfell, rich ,satisfying and very well made. A great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (14014) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle as my 1000th rating. It pours opaque black, with a massive tan head. The nose is caramel, roasted malt, rich chocolate, aniseed, tanginess, subtle bourbon and wood. The taste is salted caramel, toffee, vanilla, ash, smoke, coffee, burnt malt, charcoal, wood, sour notes, dark fruits, creamy and lingering alcohol warmth, with a rich, dry finish. Full body, fine carbonation and luxurious mouth-feel. Balance is brilliant. These De Struise guys know how to make a great Imperial Stout!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nepuufd (14) - BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle 33 cl 2009 Black as hell in the glass with a thick dark brown foam. Tates a bit sweeter than Black Albert but the bitter chocolate still rules the beer. Alcohol very well hidden, as usual. The Bourbon accents are noticeable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle, with huge thanks to Fred82. Rating #1200!!! Pours viscous, inky black. 1-finger dark tan head, not terribly persistent, spotty lacing. Nose is tar, cigar smoke, cedar and old wood; very vinous notes rise out of the bourbon overtones, but the overall effect is rather restrained, despite an obviously heavy-handed treatment with the Bourbon; dark fruit is there, just like with Black Alberta, all tart blackberries and cassis. Flavours of Sweet dark fruit, with smoke and tobacco, rather than vanilla coming from the Bourbon cask. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Length is quite long, finish is tart, but not nearly so tart as Black Albert. I’ve always felt Black Albert was missing something, as good as it is. This isn’t missing anything.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4466) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Black as night, thick dark head. Bitter with chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Whiskey is a touch too much for my taste. BBF, 2011.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kronebryg (1124) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2011
Very fine fat head, that slowly falls. deep black. chockolate, leather, bacon and fatness. evolves into cramy decadent cj´hockolate mousse. nice! fullbodied and fine pleasant length. somw sweetness, soft massive taste with chockolate, espresso etc. Very fine indeed. More nuances on the palate would make it a topscorer

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
claudepaulis (50) - , BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2011
A little bit better then Black Albert but in the same way a great imperial stout... Not to miss

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2011
From the bottle. Black with tan foam. Laced wonderfully. Malts, coffee, chocolate, some bourbon notes, even dark fruits. Complex. Finished warm and bitter.


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