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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,467 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,467
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 317
Gots: 357 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed exclusively for Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 08-23-2007)
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erz316

Indiana

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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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 1,467 ratings.