Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by kwakwhore:
4/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Opaque, black pour into a DFH Snifter. Dark tan head sticks around for a long time with a persistent collar on the beer.
I thought the alcohol was going to dominate the aromas, but chocolate accents emerge along with some booziness. Dark fruits soaked in some kind of liquor weigh in too.
Slightly bitter chocolate dominates the flavor. Boozy alcohol is part of the flavor as well. Roasted malt flavors and increasing hop bitterness emerge as the beer warms up.
Decent mouthfeel with a touch of warming from the alcohol, but I have to admit that it is well masked for it's strength.
Not my favorite RIS, but definitely worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2009 01:09:07 | More by kwakwhore
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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 1,384 ratings.