Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle - Batch #14 - served into a tulip glass
Pours really, really black. It sits heavy in the glass and looks every bit the Platonic form of the Imperial Stout. The head? Surprisingly large at two fingers of frothy, dark tan foam. But I guess the Belgian yeast has something to do with that. Lacing is nice and tight. Imperial Stouts in my experience have only looked better in two instances, both times a Boulevard Smokestack Series beer (the masterclass lineup in all of beerdom for appearance). You can't ask for anything more than this. NOTE: Black Albert bottles tend to have a LOT of sediment at the bottom. If that sediment gets into the glass then it won't look nearly as pretty The only reason I'm not scoring Black Albert a 5.0 is because of this.
Some people have said that this batch of Black Albert displays more prominent Quadrupel characteristics than it does RIS characteristics. I'm not sure if the balance is that skewed but you definitely get Quad aromas. This beer smells like the strange evolutionary link between Rochefort 10 and Ten FIDY. Blackberry or black currant fruits hit the nose first, with a nice char smell backing it up. Dark chocolate is undercut by acrid, grassy hops. Deep malt smells that turn to dark fruit on some whiffs, vinous notes on others. This is a lot like Boulevard's Dark Truth Stout, only way more astringent from hops.
Black Albert hits the tongue with immediately perceptible complexity. Dark-ass chocolate, black licorice, blackberry preserves, chocolate malted milkshake, alcohol sweetness, plums, the roast character of coffee but not the coffee bean taste, plastic, damp leaves - the flavors come in a long, steady stream. Lots of different kinds of sweetness but bolstered by the astringency and bitterness from its generous hop presence. This is balanced, yes - and incredibly complex.
The mouthfeel is very effective. It has a satisfying thickness to the body but it is not so thick that it clogs up the Belgian yeast fruitiness from carrying to all points of the tongue. This beer is 13% ABV; it doesn't really taste like it but it will get to you. The complexity makes for a beer that might be a little too much, even in the bottle size of 11.2oz. A Rogue XS series 7oz. bottle would be perfect for this beer.
Black Albert stands as one of the finest acheivements in beer that I've been able to try. Though I might just have a natural affinity for Belgian yeast in Imperial Stouts, judging by my review of Boulevard's Dark Truth Stout in relation to the rDev here on BeerAdvocate. Whatever the case may be, Black Albert is a beer that I will marvel at now and in the future. I see myself buying quite a few more of these. This is a treasure that you must seek out for yourself.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2010 02:57:54 | More by Reaper16
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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
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
29/11 2012 bottle.
Look: Very dark, syrupy pour with average sized, very thick, solid, dark mocha head. Slow, consistent and very pretty retention, mostly diminishes, the thin layer still leaves fair amount of fine lacing. Colour is dark, dark brown.
Smell: Intense burst out of the bottle. Raisins, dry plums with medium fat sweetness, mostly milk chocolate, burned caramel and roast. Touch of sour (dark fruit notes) and a very light alcohol feel in the nose - combined they break the fatness. Fat, rich but in good harmony.
Taste: Surprisingly pleasant, fruity (dry fruits - raisins, dry apricots) start. Smooth, medium sweetness develops into a rich, strong medium-heavy but still smooth sweet middle, mostly chocolate driven with strong, fat caramel. Light sour still present, not so dark fruity, more notes come from different dry fruits - sour dry cranberries come to mind. Sourness with a very light, subtle alcohol spike refreshes the whole thing. The end is medium-heavy mostly coffee, roast bitterness with a solid light hop character (noble). The after-taste is mostly roast with some very light noble hop and light chocolate sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Full, heavy body, very creamy, smooth. Light alcohol to detect, it is very well incorporated, breaks the solid, fat sweetness.
Overall: One of the best in the style for me. If you can get your hand on it, do so. Rich, smooth, fat and fun, all that it wants to be and more.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2014 15:42:47 | More by tmzl
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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