Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by stakem:
4.45/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.
Batch "0" poured into a mini snifter appears pretty much black in color with a lighter brownness around the edges. A very dark brown head appears and slowly fades. As it recedes, patches of lace cling to the glass with smaller spots in-between. Swirls revive the head showing a bit of clarity when the brew is thinned out during the swirl.
The nose is dark roasted grains reminiscent almost of a bitter baker's chocolate. A slight vinous twang is present along with a bit of citrus hops. Other smells suggest some deep dark roasted coffee.
The taste is seemingly dry but that is mostly a feeling imparted by the heavily roasted grain which makes itself known straight out the gate with a wallop of alcohol. The flavor of the alcohol opens up some dark fruity flavors of plum, raisin and some more vinous quality. Once warm there is minor indication of a liquorice type of taste.
For such a bold brew this brew is ridiculously smooth and drinkable. The grain is heavily kilned and leaves a lasting roasted dark flavor residing in the mouth with each sip. There is a moderate bitterness that equally matches the solid alcohol presence. Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. If I haven't said it enough already, this is a very drinkable beer. Despite any hesitations about infection issues or variance from batch to batch, you gotta give this one a try.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2010 23:50:28 | More by stakem
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
A: Pours as black as black gets. The half inch of brown head retains well. Lacing is sparse and spotty.
S: Dark chocolate fudge, blackstrap molasses, woody roast, jerky/leather, brownie batter. Raspberry jam. Fleeting tropical esters of dried apricot.
T: Bakers chocolate up front, though this is soon washed away as sweet malt flavors build and intensify. Dark chocolate fudge, blackstrap molasses, mocha, chocolate sauce,, espresso, woody roast, and jerky. Raspberry jam, fig, dried apricot. Hollow hop bitterness and some smokey/clovey phenols set in late. Spicy alcohol is stifled by the heavy malt body. Long sweet finish of dark fudge, blackstrap molasses, and woody roast.
M: Huge, thick, and weighty in body. Chewy,syrupy, and viscous texture. Low prickling carbonation. Just a tingle of alcohol.
O: This big honkin' imperial stout gets its identity from both massive syrupy malt character and some subtle Belgian influence. The latter creates a layered fruity impression and some clovey/medicinal bitterness that provides a bit of balance. The bourbon barrel aged version of this must really be something.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 00:53:28 | More by ryan1788a5
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
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