Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by dasenebler:
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
11oz. bottle received as gift last year. No date to be found.
Pours thick and unctuous into a wide tulip glass. Inky black. One of the best heads I've ever seen on a stout or a beer in general. The craggy, towering dark tan head is on par with the best belgians out there, especially when you consider the alcohol content on this guy.
Nose is of ripe fruit and Struise yeastiness, plus a hint of roasted malt.
Flavor is excellent. Loads of acidic, roasty malts coupled with a tangy, sour component. Loads of bittersweet chocolate as well. Probably the ripest and fruitiest imperial stout I've ever had, and completely unlike most American versions of the style. Dry, somewhat hoppy finish. This beer definitely has that Struise flair, that signature yeast strain. Mouthfeel was one of the weak spots: though it was full, I expected even more weight. I knew this one would be very carbonated, but the bubbles ended up being a bit much for me, especially in a complex stout such as this. Alcohol is apparent, but much less noticeable than expected. One of the easiest drinking 13 percent beers I've ever had.
Truly a one of a kind stout and worth a try at least once.
Recently got a few bottles of "Batch 0" and I must say, this is one hell of a stout. The mouthfeel is much improved, with a silky, weighty texture and fine carbonation. Noticing more hops too, odd for a beer this old. It's amazingly drinkable for a 13 percent impy. Easily the best Belgian-made stout out there. Bumping this one up from a 4.25 to a 4.5.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2011 22:13:29 | More by dasenebler
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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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