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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,409 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1409
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed exclusively for Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 08-23-2007)
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Morpheus

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

02-22-2013 01:48:59 | More by Morpheus
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

04-19-2014 12:46:11 | More by Brewski
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Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-19-2014 04:38:52 | More by DCgolfpro
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-18-2014 00:12:22 | More by BeersAndBears
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TheDDO

Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Apperance- Dark, dark, dark beer. Pours black with a half finger head that quickly dissipates into a thin patchy coating. This thing is a beauty as it creeps down your glass.

Smell- First thing that comes to mind is black cherry, and dark fruits. A bitter chocolate smell is also present. A bit of alcohol tingles the nose.

Taste- Very smooth, this beer does not taste like a 13% beer, alcohol is well hidden. The dark fruit comes through, there is a slight bitterness in the finish perhaps from the chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Slick, rich and lightly carbonated. Coats your mouth nicely to enjoy the flavor.

Overall- I enjoyed the Black Albert, I'm glad my local store owner recommended it. Would I seek this beer out again? Probably not, but I would pick up another if our paths happen to cross again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 01:43:36 | More by TheDDO
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-16-2014 12:35:34 | More by Dactrius
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brittanylicious

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-13-2014 13:29:20 | More by brittanylicious
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heysuz

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-13-2014 12:47:07 | More by heysuz
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sammy806

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-09-2014 14:50:26 | More by sammy806
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smccann

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-06-2014 20:35:17 | More by smccann
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Johncnh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-06-2014 13:06:27 | More by Johncnh
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goochpunch

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a ruby black body with a humongous, rocky mocha head that recedes to a bubbly thin cap like a freshly served espresso. Smells strongly of chocolate and lightly of roasted malts. I get a lot of Belgian quad-like yeast qualities, bringing forth dried fruits, plums, and leather. Flavor is of raisins, chocolate, earthy bitterness, coffee/chocolate ice cream, light acidity in the finish. Alcohol is noted, but very well hidden. Bitterness is not as pronounced as the 100+ IBUs insinuate. Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and rich. One of the greats. I wish more US breweries made bigger stouts of this caliber and finesse.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:31:01 | More by goochpunch
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-25-2014 05:10:45 | More by gillagorilla
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark head and nice lacing. Smells like a somewhat sweet, dark berry black coffee. Fair amount of sweetness in the taste. Dark fruit, cacao, and black coffee pretty early on, but not too bitter A hint of alc., but super well hidden consisdering. Can't really put my finger on everything else I'm getting; I just keep thinking berries and fruit or something. Hint of bitterness shows up on the end, and a very slight ashy roasted aftertaste pop in for a second, but disappears quickly. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:40:51 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-24-2014 13:16:53 | More by Snellgg5
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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dunix

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-19-2014 18:28:40 | More by dunix
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Picked up at Capone's. 11.2 oz bottle. Batch number 14.

Poured into a balloon glass, Black Albert appears black as night, with a sizable head that started out four fingers thick, and really stuck around. A massive mocha colored head, perched on an ink-like body. Appears viscous. Just barely brown on the edge of the beer.

True to style, Black Albert smell incredibly complex and rich with roasted and toasted malts. There is a light acidity to the aroma, accompanying a Belgian dark chocolate and caramel note.

The beer greets the palate with a thick body and viscous quality, and washing over the tongue with dark cocoa and acrid, roasted malts. Booze-soaked cherries comes to mind towards the finish. The alcohol is present in the flavor, but does not come off as hot at all. Very smooth, and incredibly full-bodied. Espresso.

This is a great example of a Russian Imperial Stout. It's appropriately thick and creamy, with a strong presence of malts and hops. The alcohol never becomes hot, and it drinks well for its strength. Well designed in my opinion. The Belgian take on this style is great, and a wonderful departure from the usual stuff from America. I like the Belgian yeast and what it does here.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:04:00 | More by MusicaleMike
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-17-2014 22:56:33 | More by ZEB89
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-17-2014 13:55:26 | More by Carpentiere
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black in appearance, khaki head one finger in size.

Aroma is very mild. Some faint dark fruits sit on top of a moderate level of cocoa and Belgian yeast esters. Faint heat noticeable

Taste is very smooth. Chocolate milk with mild notes of plum and other berries hidden in there. Carbonation is short on the finish, but some thick chocolate lingers on the palate.

Drinkability is very easy. Doesn’t taste like 13%. You’d think this would taste a bit harsher or have more of a sucker punch, but it’s actually quite balanced and drinks very smoothly.
Props for a streamlined, elegant flavor that’s still bold and rich.

Nice beer. Given its price, it's a one-and-done experience, but it's worth the experience once.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:43:40 | More by jbertsch
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IndyDad

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-14-2014 01:46:54 | More by IndyDad
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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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