Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by cypressbob:
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
330ml bottle served just off temperature in a wine goblet. Batch 14
Black Albert, along with similar stouts aged in different ways such as Cuvve Delphine which I sampled in the cosy and eminently gracious and friendly, t' Brugs Beertje. At 7 a bottle some may pout at my exuberance but the dark, rich, oaked stout aged in bourbon barrels was fantastic.
The rich sticky stout pours with a slightly viscous, oily body with a dark mahogany brown bo
dy with no visible light penetration. A little whisp of a light cocoa head with little bubbles of snake like lacing up and down the edges of the balloon wine glass it calls home this evening.
Despite my rather sniffly demeanour this 13% whopper doesn't lead with subtleties in any respect. The initial waft of alcohol laden tobacco tinged chocolate and espresso soon subsides with a sweet tinge of vanilla, lavender and Turkish delight.
Buttered slightly burnt toast on the palette, huge amount of charring, smoke and cigarillos (it sounds anal but certainly not the depth of a Cohiba or Montecristo) Surprisingly thin mouthfeel for a stout of this size, not comparable to the rich creaminess of something like Stone 12th Anniversary Oatmeal or Victory's sublime Storm King. Low on carbonation with a deceiving drink-ability, the finish is full of the usual plethora of bitter chocolate, espresso and of course the obligatory roasted malt.
This is stout number two from the young brothers and based on comparison with the bourbon aged Cuvee Delphine I do prefer the whiskey aged monster. It might have been the traditional Flemish surroundings or the four or five beers that I had before it but the Cuvee takes pride of place as the best Flanders stout I've had thus far.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2010 01:01:05 | More by cypressbob
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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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