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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,491 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 318
Gots: 362 | 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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Reviews by goochpunch:
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goochpunch

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours out a ruby black body with a humongous, rocky mocha head that recedes to a bubbly thin cap like a freshly served espresso. Smells strongly of chocolate and lightly of roasted malts. I get a lot of Belgian quad-like yeast qualities, bringing forth dried fruits, plums, and leather. Flavor is of raisins, chocolate, earthy bitterness, coffee/chocolate ice cream, light acidity in the finish. Alcohol is noted, but very well hidden. Bitterness is not as pronounced as the 100+ IBUs insinuate. Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and rich. One of the greats. I wish more US breweries made bigger stouts of this caliber and finesse.

03-27-2014 01:31:01 | More by goochpunch
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Great to get my paws on this one,poured as black as an oil slick,I mean no light getting thru this,a 1/2 finger light moch head atop leaving shotty lace.Aromas of dark fruit and espresso roast coffee,a tinge of hardwood shows thru as well.Lush mouthfeel,full and velvity,to me its perfect hence the rating.Complex flavors with a mix of heavy roast and dark fruit sweetness,some molasses-like flavors add to the sweetness,a big drying somewhat earthy finish is a great to end this brew.Its a sipping brew and can get a little sticky after a bit but this a gem of a beer.

01-13-2009 21:49:40 | More by oberon
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%

Picked up a bottle at Bier Temple in Brussels. I'm immediately impressed by the huge boozy dark fruit nose. This is very comparable to a Baltic Porter. In fact, after tasting it I would have certainly assumed as much. As the beer warms chocolate and molasses shine through in the scent but the beer remains dominated by sweet/sour prunes, dried apricots, and currants. The flavor follows - booze soaked plums and raison served over espresso. This one is hot, full bodied, and at times syrupy. Very good beer but not as interesting as I would have guess from the hype. Not particularly drinkable. Too boozy and syrupy.

11-25-2009 16:28:20 | More by DaPeculierDane
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-21-2014 17:38:37 | More by tectactoe
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ricke

Sweden

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Jet black and considering the high ABV the brown head is quite big. The head settles quite fast. Some retention.

S: Eclectic mix of sweet fruits (plums, cherries), spices, some chocolate, and roasted and slightly burnt malts. The alcohol becomes noticeable with deeper breaths. Very deep and round smell overall.

T: A very intense flavor fills the mouth with flavors in an instant. Sweet fruits and a light tartness, faint taste of tannins. Nice backbone of roasted and slightly burnt malts. Coffee, dark chocolate, spices, wood and general burnt flavors. The flavors are presented in a "Belgian package" that is quite hard to describe. The finish is quite bitter, but not as intense as the 100 IBU might suggest. Plenty of alcohol with a faint phenolic touch. Lingering notes of coffee, roasted malts and spices.

M: Full bodied, oily viscosity, but still plenty of carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

D: A very powerful and rather complex stout with an interesting character. Highly recommended.

05-08-2009 18:51:42 | More by ricke
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-12-2013 01:13:10 | More by Schlais
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-14-2013 00:26:23 | More by tbryan5
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-24-2013 11:51:07 | More by SkiBum22
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briang01

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-17-2014 01:52:35 | More by briang01
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%

After all the hype, I finally got to try this beer. It lived up to its reputation. Served in a tulip, the beer was an impenetrable black with a medium tan head. It had a coffee and chocolate aroma, like most RIS, but to my usually impaired nose, was fairly pronounced. A coffee/espresso and chocolate taste, very well balanced. If not for the high ABV, could drink a lot of these.

10-22-2008 02:27:37 | More by lordofthewiens
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12%

09-09-2012 21:41:05 | More by heddar33
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warnerry

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

A - A vigorous pour yields one finger of brown head. Color is typical impenetrable RIS black. Beautiful and very inviting.

S - Dark chocolate, a bit of cookie dough. Surprisingly sweet aroma. Some deep roasted malts, maybe a bit of anise. Not what I was expecting, but very interesting and good.

T - Earthy, slightly burnt undertones. Really not any sweetness in the taste. Predominately dark chocolate, especially on the finish. Also a bit of hops on the finish.

M - Surprisingly light mouthfeel, but not at all thin. A bit sticky, but pleasantly so.

O - Really enjoyed this. The strong earthy and slightly burnt flavors would prevent me from having more than one in a sitting, but this was a great RIS.

07-26-2011 03:19:30 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%

11.2oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is chocolate malts, some sharp tart vinous fruits, black licorice and a little vanilla and roast.

The flavor is smooth lactic chocolate malts and vanilla with a bit of slightly tart fruit leading to a bitter roasty finish. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a bit of a watery texture.

Overall, a pretty well balanced big beer with a lot of complexity. The tart fruitiness seemed a bit out of place to me and was very distracting.

09-01-2010 04:11:56 | More by Beaver13
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-15-2013 17:44:05 | More by bishopdc0
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Snikwad1020

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12%

03-08-2013 00:49:54 | More by Snikwad1020
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-26-2013 02:42:54 | More by megamass
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-18-2013 19:37:27 | More by Jason
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours onyx black with a dense medium brown head. Robust aroma. I get some chocolate, coffee and creamer, some dark berries, and a bit of smoke. The flavor is a bit different. Kind of a fruity mocha with plenty of bitterness and alcohol. Silky, milky mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. The finish is a bit bitter and hot. Still, this is a fine beer and is recommended.

02-11-2009 13:35:21 | More by tjthresh
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

330 bottle pours a pitch black body with a small tan head that quickly falls into some sheet lacing.

Complex aroma has fusel alcohol, cherries and prunes, Vienna coffee, dark chocolate, and a herbal hops note.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with subdued carbonation.

Taste opens with a nutty dark chocolate note, followed by roasty coffee, powdered cocoa, and dried dark fruits. Alcohol is noticed, but is concealed pretty well considering the strength. A serious hop presence makes itself known, with a herbal hop element. Candy sugars are also easy to identify. Finishes with a dark roasty bitterness.

Seems to have influences of a Belgian tripel with the candy sugars, and of a Belgian IPA with the hopping. Very interesting and complex, but not one of my top ten stouts.

06-06-2009 13:42:27 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Small bottle, no feshness/vintage info, except for more marks on the side of the label which are of no help. Purchased at Julio's in Mass. all I remember about about the price was it was a lot! Over $5 for the 11.2 ounce bottle at least. Cool art on the label. Pours BLACK. Creamy, rich/dense dark mocha head, unrelenting retention and plenty of sheeting/lace. The nose is intensly and impresivly of dark chocolate, and double expesso. Thick and luxorious, loads of more bitter dark chocolate, expresso, nuts, brnt grains and everything doubly stouty and boldly delicious. World class stuff, go get some and enjoy.

03-27-2009 02:08:34 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +11.3%

My brother picked this one up for me at Phillipe's in Lafayette. Great find.

Pours dark brown to black with a dark tan head. The head stays around throughout the entire drinking process. Aroma is strong on the dark fruits along with some coffee and chocolate as the beer warms. Very complex. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt, almost burnt in flavor. You also get some more dark fruit and coffee and the beer finishes with some alcohol and sweetness. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

01-01-2010 18:34:03 | More by Mora2000
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BeerDrinkingDiver

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +12%

10-24-2013 01:38:58 | More by BeerDrinkingDiver
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clocktownbrewing

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Poured into oversized snifter from a bottle - Batch No 14 Lot: B6BB

Jet black translucent liquid with a tightly bubbled head. Half finger of foam that dissipates quite slowly for a 13% booze bomb and then leaves a thin layer on top. Light spots of lace stay down the sides of the glass but these too fade as the beer begins to breathe and warm up.

Nose is lacking a little. Apples soaked in booze. Faint hints of dark bitter chocolate. It smells more like a Belgian strong dark than an imperial stout.

Taste is thin and follows the nose. Finishes with stronger bitter dark chocolate flavor.

Not too bad overall. Boozy and bitter though.

09-08-2010 23:16:45 | More by clocktownbrewing
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Skye1024

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-13-2012 14:09:54 | More by Skye1024
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Altenor

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Dark, almost totally black with a chocolately head that dissipates fairly quick. No signs of lacing on the sides of the glass but good looking RIS nontheless.

S: Black cherries, chocolate powder, raisins, some gooey dates, light booze and a touch of funk. Enjoyed the smell quite a lot. It was sweet smelling and welcoming. Couldn't wait to try my first sip.

T: Lots of sweet dark fruits, molasses, a touch of vanilla and nutmeg. Very round and a long, long chocolate milkshake finish. I don't know why but I get a little of a marshmallow taste as well. So yes, it's sweet. A touch of roasted malt and caramel is present too. I just have one question, where's the 13% ABV? It goes down so easy, a little too easy for 13% which makes it dangerous.

M: Good carbonation in the palate gives it a creamy, silky mouthfeel. I wouldn't say it's full bodied, more medium that moves quite nicely and full of flavor.

O: A great beer. I was expecting a lot from it and don't know if it really lived up to the hype, but it is well made and full of flavor. Definetly would recommend, especially if you prefer sweeter stouts.

09-11-2012 06:58:28 | More by Altenor
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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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