Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
330ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottle says B 6 BB, which other BAs seem to say means it was bottled in 2007. Big thanks to BA mmcgrath for trading me this bottle!
Appearance: Frantic, "oh no the bottle is gushing!" pour yields a 2 inch, frothy and bubbly tan head that appears to be permanent. Pours a solid black and leaves a few light lacing streaks.
Smell: Coffee and cocoa, with molasses and some possible oxidation (I'm a bit in doubt about the oxidation aroma, since there's no trace of oxidation in the flavor). Dark chocolate and molasses are the main smells, with some Belgian yeast highlighting them. Opens up with some aromatic dark fruit and coffee with time.
Strongly leaning toward giving a 4.5 or even 5.0 for smell, due to this sort of intoxicating, deeply inviting, very potent caramel smell that emerges with time. Holding back since the beer is otherwise a bit less complex than other great Russian Imperial Stouts.
Taste: Tangy up front (herbal hops, molasses, unidentifiable "tanginess"), then--whoa--waves of beautiful flavor in the finish. Caramel, then a heavy, nutty (almost like pistachios) flavor of roasted malt that stops well short of being too bitter, with a long coffee and caramel aftertaste. Nice.
Subsequent sips follow the same pattern of slightly bland up front leading to an explosion of goodness. Great sipper of a beer. Extra points for the 13% ABV being expertly hidden... I had a 10% ABV beer last night that tasted as hot as Bacardi 151 in comparison to this.
With warmth, the flavor up front opens up as well, yielding dark fruit flavors and chocolaty coffee that highlight the herbal hops and tangy molasses well.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied at first (a bit watery), then thick and creamy through the finish. Almost no alcohol heat. Not a lot of bitterness. Maybe a touch overcarbonated.
Overall: This is a very nice beer. Impressive (lots of flavor, well-hidden alcohol, well-balanced sweetness) and enjoyable. Not quite as excellent as Struise's Pannepot, but close.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 02:38:57 | More by Pahn
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District of Columbia
4.06/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
At Church Key on tap in a small tulip.
This beer starts out a bit hot but definitely smooths out. It’s a fine beer but there are better in this style. 4.25
A - Black as night with almost no head (tan). Slightly viscous in the glass. - 4
S – Great nose. Coffee and roasted malts. - 4.5
T – A bit hot. Roasted malts but very little coffee when compared to the nose - 3.75
MF – Great mouth feel. Creamy, dry with some slickness. 4.25
Serving type: on-tap
07-19-2014 01:32:11 | More by Sludgeman
4.19/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
In review is a 2010 Vintage.
A - Pours pitch black with minimal carbonation, a light caramel colored lacing ring, and lots of legs when the glass is swirled, very viscous.
S - Dark chocolate cocoa malt predominantly with light cream, lightly toasted caramel, and some mild alcohol, any dark fruit is very subdued in the nose.
T - Nice complexity with layers of different things going on: bitter dark milk chocolate, cream, toasted caramel, plums, dark berries, light char, light dark fruit tartness which adds a nice touch to this wonderfully complex beer.
M - Thick, full bodied, and total velvet on the tongue with a creamy smooth sensation.
O - 13% ABV is deceptive as the warming is ever so slight making this a dangerously drinkable beer. Being it's a 2010, this bottle is very mellow which was expected. World class.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 00:21:56 | More by jzeilinger
4.66/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured bottle with batch B6BB into Lost Abbey Teku
A-Pours an all black body with a thick creamy brown head.
S-Aroma of dark berries, cocoa, roast, raisins and spices.
T-Taste is fruity yet dry roasted, dark chocolate, raisins, and a sense of vanilla towards the finish. Lovely mocca and cocoa aftertaste.
M-Mouthfeel is well rich body, great balance here. Good carbonation
O-Overall it was well worth the money I paid for this a special 4 of July treat.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 13:45:30 | More by reebtaerG
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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