overall
100
99
style
Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 849   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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3.9
thomat (3868) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2015 Dark brown with a small brown head. Malty and fruity notes. Oak, malt and fruit. Full body with a nice, balanced, bitter sweet finish.

4
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Tasted on 12/13/11 from a 330mL bottle purchased online from the Struise Webshop (are they ever going to open this back up?), best before 15-07-2015. Pours opaque oily black with a very thick and rocky brown head that slowly recedes to rocky lace. The nose is dark and roasted, dominated by espresso, along with dark chocolate, and underlying oak aromas of vanilla, caramel, and maple bourbon. The flavor is somewhat muted up front, but really kicks in with bitter espresso, dark chocolate, along with very faintly sweet caramel, maple, vanilla, coconut, and molasses, with some alcoholic heat. The body is full and creamy with lively carbonation and a long, complex finish that runs through all of the flavors mentioned above.

4.1
esp0r (2921) - NORWAY - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle enjoyed at home
Pours jet black with a 1/2 cm espresso head that falls down to a thin laced layer. Very nice! Smells of liquorice, oak, roasted barley and coffee. Also some peat. Taste is full maltet with good sweetness. Also some coffee and liquorice. Nice oily palate, but compared to the original, Black Albert, it’s a bit thinner. Nice bitter finish. A very nice beer , and quite similar and at the same time different than Black Albert. Difficult to chose a winner, but i think i prefer the original

3.8
cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. HUGE THANKS! Black appearance with a brown head. Super roasty, dark chocolate malty, anise, mild espresso, light charred aroma. Rich chocolate malty, espresso, moderate whiskey, light vanilla, oaky, very roasty flavor. Roasty, chocolate aftertaste. Cool beer.

3.6
larsga (7540) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2014

First rating: Medium brown head. Opaque black body. Intensely herbal spicy chocolatey aroma with earthy notes. Dry-sweet earthy chocolatey taste with spicy herbal alcoholic notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dryish herbal earthy chocolatey aftertaste with salty licorice and pepper and vanilla notes. It’s nice, but a bit messy in the flavour, and not really as sharp or harmonic as it could be. (0.33l bottle, wine monopoly, Vika. Vintage 2009.) 6,4,6,4,13=3.3

Second rating: Creamy brown head takes a long time to settle. Sharp line against black opaque body. Chocolatey vanilla caramel aroma with floral notes. Sweet-dryish peaty cocoa taste with vanilla and spice notes. Full-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth, flattish mouthfeel. Dryish vanilla cocoa aftertaste with spicy floral notes. Lovely! Dangerously drinkable. Very, very nice. (0.08l draft at brewery.) 7,5,4,7,15=3.8

4.6
CasperRuben (63) - - DEC 4, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 malty tasting: coffee, chocolate, roasty, hop taste is balanced; medium bitterness, medium sweetness, brown/almost black, brown foam, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, lovely amount of alcohol taste

4.1
visionthing (5363) - 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
beerbill (3619) - 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
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
Scopey (14736) - 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!


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