Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by erz316:
3.8/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
11.2 floz bottle into la chouffe snifter.
A - pitch black body with a good sized two finger head, made of medium sized bubbles. the size of the bubbles inhibits some of the creaminess of the head but overall the head is pretty creamy. the head takes a good while to dwindle down to a thin, but completely full layer across the top.the colour of the foam is a light brown, maybe a dark tan. I cant find any major wrongs with it aside from the lack of creaminess in the head and the lack of lacing.
S - it might be that the brew is cold, but I'm not getting that much of an aroma from it. The most I can get out is a light coffe/choco combination and a medium roasted malt backbone. some very dry alcohol int he midground, smell almost a big like chlorine. upon tasting the beer the sour aspect becomes apparent. as the brew warms up the coffee becomes the dominant flavour
T - thats quite a peculiar combination of flavours. the initial taste has a big roasty malt body, some of the coffee/choco flavour, and a tangy sourness. I guess that's what makes it a belgian royal stout. there is a general bitterness, which seems to be a combination of a chocolate like bitterness (sans the choco flavour) and a general hop bitterness. the finish is an interesting combination of sour, bitter, and light sweetness. the hops are clearly identifiable and compose the majority of the bitterness in the finish. the aftertaste is more like a RIS than any other part of the process; big roasted dark malts, chocolate bitterness, and a slight sweetness embrace the palate.
MF&D - the feel is kind of off by a long shot. the belgian candi sugar doesn't do this brew any good, it makes too much small scale carbonation. the is necessary, however, because the body of the beer is light, and in order to bump it up to a medium the excess carbonation is needed. a pretty good beer, but not one for which I would again pay a ten spot.
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2009 23:25:10 | More by erz316
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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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