Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by SammyDavisJrJrJr:
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5
11.2 oz. bottle from lot B6BB, poured at cellar temperature into the Two Brothers Northwind snifter. Reviewed while listing to Bjork, and calming down after getting blood work done.... yay...
A - Pitch black body with on of the best heads I have seen in a long time. Sexy almost....
S - Sweetness resembling strawberry, anise, bakers chocolate/coco nibs, and chicory is balanced out by mild alcohol, grassy aromas and drying espresso presence. Doesn't hit you over the head, but is quite expressive.
T - Rich cassis and bitter chocolate flavors play off each other in the entry, with strawberry highlights sweetening up the flavor profile. Wood tannin like flavors and dry espresso help fill up the flavor. Alcohol is present at the swallow, and tingles in the long finish. The finish is quite assertive in comparison to the rest of the flavor profile, with assertive fruit sweetness and dry coffee bitterness continuing to dominate.
M - More viscosity than I remembered from the last time I had Black Albert, still not as viscus as many American versions of a RIS, but still much bigger than any other Belgian example of this style.
D - Does this beer live up to the hype? not quite: Personally, I would desire a bit more complexity out of liquid sex than this beer offered to me. That being said, this was an excellent, assertive version of its style with plenty of roastiness that I feel takes the Belgian Imperial Stout style to a whole new level. Apperence and mouthfeel were fantastic. Not crazy about the price, but very happy with the result.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2010 18:45:51 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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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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