Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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4.21/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Piggly Wiggly tulip. Date code of 25 08 GG, so 8/2012, so 14 mos old at this point. Bought at Hi Times Liquor in Costa Mesa for $9.00.
A - Pitch black. Mocha head leaves decent lacing.
S - Dark rye and pumpernickel bread smell. Dried cherries and blueberries. Baker's chocolate and faint bacony, smokiness.
T - Dried cherries and blueberries. A little fig. Sweetness up front. Quickly fades to bitter baker's chocolate, roast, bacony smokiness. Dries out on the finish. No sign of the 13% ABV. Complex.
M - Very rich and full. Medium, soft carbonation adds to the enjoyment.
O - Very nice beer that is surprisingly easy to drink for 13%. Lots of different flavors going on. Not worth the price, but a guilty treat. Let this one warm up a bit.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2013 04:32:16 | More by jeff1973
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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.