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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,466 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 317
Gots: 358 | FT: 18
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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Steggun

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-04-2012 23:12:29 | More by Steggun
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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-09-2011 04:41:54 | More by rab53
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-19-2013 17:26:00 | More by ADTaber
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hannydawg

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-18-2011 19:27:37 | More by hannydawg
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julian

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep jet black color, medium viscosity, actually less than I thought, but with a great mocha/creme colored head of about 1 finger's worth.

S: as it's pouring out the bottle, the strong scent of sweet dark and tropical fruits hits the nose. Very intense! As you bring your nose closer in, the high 13% alcohol is definitely noticeable, but has a more brandy/wine like aroma to it.

T&M: Wow, surprisingly smooth and easily drinkable! The alcohol content is very well masked. It's noticeable, but you gotta work to find it! Taste is of smooth and somewhat creamy roasted coffee and dark fruits. slightly bitter aftertaste. Warms ever so slightly as it's swallowed. probably one of the best RIS' I've tried so far, even if it's not really a RIS but a "Royal Stout".

D: despite being such a MONSTER, this beer drinks incredibly easily, almost too easily. The fruits definitely come out in the aroma and are not masked by the alcohol at all. Taste is also top notch. It's a great beer and one that I would definitely drink again and highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 02:56:14 | More by julian
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Mister_Joshy

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-09-2012 07:09:32 | More by Mister_Joshy
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-19-2012 18:35:42 | More by greenmonstah
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-08-2014 14:51:54 | More by boilermakerbrew
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traviswhillier

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-30-2013 19:06:07 | More by traviswhillier
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sbricker

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-21-2011 21:17:22 | More by sbricker
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seancake

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-06-2012 14:46:03 | More by seancake
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-23-2011 12:17:42 | More by GrindFatherBob
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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-14-2014 13:31:06 | More by kingjohnh
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roblund

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-07-2013 21:01:36 | More by roblund
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-09-2012 09:24:39 | More by schnarr84
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from Jw347, cheers Jonathan!

Pours mahogany/black with 2+ fingers of brown /mocha head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Oakyness, dark fruit & port, plus minty hops once warm

T: Madeira, figs, leafy hops & leafy hops, plus a kiss of booze up front. Raisins, plums, much dryness & dark chocolate as this warms, plus more leafy hops. Finishes dry with much chocolate, more dark fruit, leafy hops & a bit of booze, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Pretty smooth, medium bodied, sticky, just not quite rich enough to pull a 5.0

Wow, the ABV is well masked, dangerously drinkable. Pretty good, barely cracks my top 10 for the style, but it would be nice to have this as a regular in the cellar. Great RIS, not the best but damn close

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 05:03:57 | More by russpowell
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scootny

New York

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 33 cl bottle. Unlike the picture. I'd like to know where the 750 ml bottle is as no one I know has seen it. A four finger head in my Corsendonk glass. It sits majestically and recedes at a glacier pace. The brown head flows into a black brown beer that lets no light through. The sides of my glass are covered in lace, it continues as I drink.

Smell is light chocolate and coffee. There is roasted grain and sweet alcohol. A light Belgian yeast ester completes the package.

Taste is a fight between coffee and mocha. Coffee up front blending into mocha and back to coffee latte. A good roasted grain component balances the sweetness before the hops. A sweet and faint alcohol taste makes you think YooHoo for a second as you swallow. Belgian yeast esters mix in and add complexity and body. Finish is clean and dry with a firm hop presence to cut the sweet and roasted malt backbone that underpins the coffee and mocha. Faint fusel alcohol lingers with graham crackers.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and clean. Stouty thickness gives way to effervescent liveliness and makes this brew dance in your mouth.

Drinkability is beyond belief for a stout of this weight. I have been reviewing all night and I can't bring myself to slow down on this exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 06:11:21 | More by scootny
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jsanford

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lot B6BB, poured into my Stone IRS tulip

A - Pours an beautiful oily black with a dense chocolate-colored head that never truly disappeared.

S - Deep roasted malt, vanilla, raisins and dark berries, like blackberry preserves.

T - Roasted malt and the darkest dark chocolate ever made dominate with a bit of smoke, dark berries and molasses thrown in for good measure. Seriously, there are so many flavors in this beer, yet it remains incredibly balanced. Each sip of this beer lasts a good 30 seconds, with a different flavor revealing itself.

M - Thick and smooth, like a milkshake. I am drinking this way faster then I should, considering the ABV.

D - Man I love this beer, almost my perfect example of a RIS.

Another winner from De Struise, I need to track down more of their beer...

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 04:35:49 | More by jsanford
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black color, with a deep beige colored head, that is quarter inch thick high. The head has tremendous sustainability and clings to the glass. The first scent is the strong fragrance of alcohol hits the nose that is followed by a rich chocolaty fragrance. There is the light spicy scent of Belgian yeast and fruity esters. The taste of dark bread, malt, and chocolate come out at the front. Then a dried fruit flavor comes out, mostly of raisons. That is followed by the yeast spiciness and finishing with a mild grassy bitterness. The texture is thinner at the front than one would expect, the expectation was one of a more syrupy feel. It gains weight as it crosses the palate to have a heavier feel. A unique take on a style with a Belgian twist, the color and aroma are strong and inviting. Each taste brings robust and complex flavors, the only let down would be the mouthfeel. The feel was thinner than I expected, it but takes nothing from this beer. This I must try beer, not because of its limited availability, but its unique and fantastic characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 05:09:54 | More by cameraman
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured pretty much pitch black even when held up to the light. Mocha tan head poured very big thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like top then faded slowly to good thick covering with lots of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Rich dark chocolate malts, toasted / charred bread, bitter chocolate, hints of cola, treacle and molasses, some sooty notes, balsamic vinegar traces, dark fruits (black cherries, prunes, plums, some light figs), earthy / cardboard notes, some boozy notes just coming through...

Taste - Lots of rich (bitter) dark chocolate and liquorice to the fore followed by treacle and molasses sweetness, light sooty notes, strong and slightly sweet espresso coffee, toasted / charred bread, stewed prunes, cherries, hints of black forest gateau, slight candy sugar hints, grassy hops, light pine, nice warming booze, slight saltiness..

Feel - Rich and smooth... medium / full bodied... incredibly drinkable for 13% as this is very well hidden...

Overall - An incredible and very complex beer although it does take a few sips before all the flavours emerge. I have two more of these and am looking forward to seeing how they age... highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 09:52:20 | More by mdagnew
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 6/7/11

A near jet black with dark cola hues at the edges, a dense mocha head that retains very well slowly falling to a island leaving thick distinct rings of lace well down the glass, pretty much perfect

S very dark roast with a large blast of molasses, some prunes and raisins with a healthy serving of chocolate and coffee, a little smokey woody bourbon

T a little more booze then the nose but it's more like a port flavor then the smokey bourbon I could smell, charred wood comes out in the mouth and the molasses is almost being overpowered by licorice now, pretty tasty stuff I wouldn't guess this is 13% but booze mingles with everything pretty well

M very full bodied and thick and creamy from the carbonation just a little sticky on the lips and flavors stick too your gums, a slight burn from the booze, one that warms your chest

O for a stout this big its easy to drink even out of season, I loved it and would recommend it to anyone

One of the beers I forgot in my mother basement for a couple years and I was stoked when she brought me my stash for my B-day. I could see this one improving for years too come and I could see it sitting on some shelves for a few more years here in Alberta at 13$ a 330ml. Great beer but be prepared to bust the bank buying a bunch more to age

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 02:30:17 | More by wordemupg
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yes indeed. Got some interesting news tonight and will begin my celebration with this fine brew. Let's see how this works.

Pours black with a thick brown head that doesn't go anywhere. Thick molasses nose. I mean distinct as all get out. Flavor is intense malty molasses with slight coffee tones as well. Robust and hearty. Nice thick flavor that gets even better as it warms. Feel is thick on liquid and carbonation is lower. Very easy to drink, even though it is quite hearty. Could go for way more than 11.2 ounces of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 04:26:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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Beerisheaven

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last Saturday prior to the Penn State Michigan State football game as part of a "Big Beer" tasting.

Poured with love from a bottle into my snifter glass.

A - Dark black pour with a nice head that pulled back over time.

S - Luxury in a glass. Nose was everything you could want in a beer as chocolate, fruit, and licorice all danced across the nose.

T - Follows the nose and is about as perfect as you can get. Rich flavors with taste of chocolate, raisons, dark cherry, and licorice all are evident. Slight warming but you would never know that this baby packs such a strong punch. You want to savor each and every drop of this experience.

M- Perfect carbonation level for this sipper.

D - Very high for the ABV @ 13%. You could drink this one easily but you would pay the price.

No doubt a treat that is worth repeating. You should try this one at least once and then probably more. Pick it up as it now appears to be more available in the US. A GREAT, GREAT beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 04:47:06 | More by Beerisheaven
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ccrida

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle (BA No. 14, Lot B-6-BB) that I bought 1.5 years ago and cellared since. Poured into my Delirium snifter, Black Albert is black with a very dark tan, creamy head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is rich but not overbearing, nicely integrated, chocolate, berry liqueur, very elegant. The heat is only evident on the deepest of snifts - clean but singeing.

Taste is not as integrated, there are distinct notes of fruity Belgian esters, a nice roast, and very strong ethanol. The phenols are strong too. I like the grape esters with the roasted grains, but unless this really cleans up or changes drastically over the LONG haul, the gratuitous ABV is clearly a detriment. Nevertheless, it really grows on me, aided by it's warming from cellar temp.

Mouthfeel very nice, velvety carbonation and malt, but again, the high ABV is unduly drying. It also impressively retains a high level of digestibility.

Drinkability is surprisingly high. I guess I quickly adjusted the the high ABV (which, honestly, is quite clean), and got to enjoying the rich qualities of this Belgian Royal Stout. Suddenly this bottle seemed way to small, even though I was carefully savoring each sip. The price of course is prohibitive, and not something I'll be buying on a regular basis, but it's definitely yet another great beer from De Struise. Really impressed by this beer, especially how it evolved as it opened, or at least my palate adjusted.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 06:36:09 | More by ccrida
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larryi86

Delaware

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle Batch 14 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger brown head.

S- There is a lot going on here. I am getting caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, yeast, and a hint of alcohol.

T- Roasted malts, hint of caramel and dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. I was think that is would be more complex. Even with the hint of alcohol I still feel that the 13% ABV is well hidden.

M- Medium body, smooth, creamy.

D- For 13% ABV it goes down really easy. I won't even call it a sipper. This is a great and really worth trying. The only thing is was disappointed by was the complexity, I was really thinking this would be very complex being a RIS and Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:58:04 | More by larryi86
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.