Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by eclipse54:
4.03/5 rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
An 11.2 ounce bottle from optimator13; thank you very much! Label indicates a lot # of "A 4 BB" which, according to an older post I found on here, suggests a bottling date of 04/2007. Split into two snifters...
Pours black with a thin, brown head that dissipates quickly. A ring of thick, tan bubbles surrounds the surface of the liquid, and there are some nice strands of bubbles transversing the surface to accompany it. Lacing is minimal and takes the form of scattered patches of wet bubbles.
The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, some roasted malt, and a touch of coffee. The sugar, fruit, and chocolate dominate the nose.
It tastes of dark fruit, chocolate, hints of vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, warming alcohol, and some roasted malt. Very similar to the nose with the addition of alcohol and further emphasis on the fruit and sugar flavors.
Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and finishes a bit dry. Well done here.
Overall, a good RIS that I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to have tried. Not a phenomenal, mind-blowing item, but definitely enjoyable and approachable.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2011 01:22:57 | More by eclipse54
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4.39/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle purchased June, 2013 into a Stone IRS snifter. The pour is black as pitch with a massive (no, MASSIVE) mass of light brown foam on top that is stubbornly retentive. When it finally does die down, it condenses into a super-fine, whipped-cream-like consistency (wow!). The nose has all the characteristics of the style: rich malt, husky roasty notes, dark fruit, and a hint of booze.
The beer has a full body and a nice, rich, balanced flavor. I get lots of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of sarsaparilla up front. These flavors gradually give way to a sweet, rummy, roasty flavor and a faint, espresso-like bitterness in the back of the mouth. This beast hides it's alcohol extremely well. The alcohol adds richness to the flavors and enhances the drinkability.
A really excellent RIS with a sweeter flavor than I expected (100 IBUs? No way!). It's very reminiscent of Ten FIDY, with just a shade taken off the feel. It might even be a little sweeter than Ten FIDY. Whatever, I really enjoy a good RIS and this is a darn good one.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2014 01:19:27 | More by deadonhisfeet
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.