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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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1,608 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,608
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 327
Gots: 382 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewandbbq on 08-23-2007

Originally brewed exclusively for Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.
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Ratings: 1,608 | Reviews: 824
Photo of Mar02x
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle straight from the Deca brewery.

A - Pours pitch black, absolutely black, no light getting through what so ever. Incredibly beautiful light brown head, about two fingers thick that slowly retracts.

S - Thin molasses with a touch of booze. Oak wood and some vanilla. A chemical kind of smell comes along with it.

T - It tastes a bit chemical, coffee, smoked malts, spices, no alchol and sweet but not to much. The substance is syrupy.

M - Nice carbonation and taste evolution. Almost syrupy.

O- Very complex RIS and appealing to all senses. This is what I was looking for in Belgium or the Netherlands. But I must say it needs some aging because I bought it straight from the brewery. It felt like it was still to young.

Photo of fellowrs
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of outsider
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sliks96
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of qchic
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of domtronzero
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle. Batch #14. Poured into a Duvel Green tulip glass.

Dark black, near opaque with a large, lingering tan head. A little lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smells of chocolate, cherries, and a little alcohol. Faint roast similar to coffee. Estery with a little bit of fruity aromas. This batch isn't nearly as strong as the previous batches that I've had.

Dark chocolate malt flavors along with a nice fruity bouquet flavors up front. Dried stone fruits, raisins. Yeasty esters of pears and a little bit of apple. Hop bitterness is right on allowing a very pleasant finish. The dark malts accentuate this, but don't have the acrid, burnt flavor that typically associates itself with these types of beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. No astringency and the finish is dry, with a lingering aftertaste of dark malts.

Overall an excellent beer, but a little less spectacular than previous batches; however, this is still an excellent Belgian-influenced RIS. Very good drinkability for such a big beer.

Photo of Seaba
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Jmoore50
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7ways is to thank for this one, thanks buddy.

The appearance is dark black with dark ebony edges. The bottles pops aggressively once opened, I thought it was going to come out of the bottle it was so aggressive. A pour reveals an easy two finger tan head. Crisp CO2 carbonation that sounds like coca-cola.

The smell is sour. There are Belgian yeast notes as well. Oh no, this is not what I thought it was going to be. Hints of chocolate malts and some alcohol.

Oh thank God it tastes really good. The smell was worrying me. Chocolate malt and a Belgian brewers yeast are the first tastes. It has a bit of sour taste that goes with the smell, really adds a complex flavor to it. Its like just a small percentage of it was spoiled and then added back in to the entire batch, much like Guinness. The ABV comes through at the end as well and cleans the palate a bit. Sourness is really unique though because it comes in at different times. Love the complexity.

The mouthfeel is great because it is just a bit over carbonated and really lets some of the flavors stand out. Brings up the chocolate malts really nicely while the mouthfeel also lets the ABV bounce around as well. Enjoyable.

The drinkability was good considering it was such a small bottle. Would drink this again for sure.

J

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lot B, bottled June 2007.

Opens with a nice 'tsst'.

A. Pours a thick black with a creamy coffee colored head that rises two finger breadths above the liquid and slowly recedes to a thin cap leaving no residual lacing.

S. Dark chocolate, some sweet milk chocolate, coffee, and cocoa. Figs and some tannic red wine character really come out as it warms. You also get a nice mix of cherry and woody aromas - like macerated whole cherries with pits.

T. Bitter dark chocolate, some fruity tartness on the tail, and some espresso bitterness. Quite a bit of ethanol on the end and in the aftertaste; although the beer is 13%, I'm surprised that you still get this after nearly 4 years of cellaring. It ends on a dry tannic red wine like note.

M. Super thick and creamy. Luscious.

D. A beer clearly designed for sipping. This is certainly an interesting beer, but I don't think it diverges enough from an RIS to be considered its own style (Belgian Royal Stout).

Photo of Kerne
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jpmclaug
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Stone IRS snifter. This is a Batch 0 bottle I got from the Struise webshop.

A - Black body with a big brown head resting on top

S - Roasted notes on top of a bit malty body, also picking up hints of dried fruit, vanilla and a hint of coffee.

T - Smooth roast flavor mixed with chocolate and coffee. Picking up on some raisiny type flavor as well. The more I drink the more I keep thinking dark chocolate.

M - Real smooth, thick mouthfeel. Very lightly carbonated. This is dead on.

D - Pretty awesome RIS. The more I drink it the more I like it. Nice notes of chocolate and coffee and a a bit of a warming boozy feel as it goes down. I haven't had any of the later batches of this but I hope they can come close to this one.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WeedKing4
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark jet black with caramal foam forming in a brandy snifter. Tastes of dark roasted malts and chocolate, with a hint of dark fruits in there too. Honestly, its a little on the hot side with the 13% alc. I was hoping for more from this big stout. But the flavour isn't wowing me away.

Photo of kk73
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my glass.

A - Jet black and looks thick with a one finger coco colored head that dissipates very slowly. A slight reddish tinge as I hold it up to the light. Some lacing.

S - Aroma of dark chocolate covered cherries, raisins, plum, and dark roasted malts.

T - Wow, not what I expected. Very subtle, bittersweet chocolate and earthy notes. Deep, dark roasted malt with a very pleasant dry finish.

B - Creamy, and decadent mouthfeel. The abv is well hidden.

D - Very drinkable, almost surprised at how good it was to me. Read the reviews and maybe my expectations were low because many reviewers rated this between a RIS and a Quad. But this was top notch IMO. The heat if any was well hidden if any, but would still classify this as a sipper.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of biglite351
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - slight Ted around the edges. Tall tight light brown head.

S - dark dried fruits. Roasted malts. Some caramel and possibility dark chocolate. A touch of bock in the finish.

T - almost raspberry-chocolate like up front. Malts and raisins in the finish. A touch of alcohol flavor as well.

M - heavy coating, you can feel it. Mild tingle all over tongue and some in throat.

D - if it were cheaper I would have one every night out.

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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch '0' - I rarely give a beer a 5 for appearance but this beer is nuts. Black, but the head looks like a well frothed cappucinno. Some lacing. The aroma is complex and layered, coffee, cacao, dried fruit - raisin, plum and prune, + some licorice. Alot of interesting Belgian yeast driven flavors are happening here. Dried fruit, plum, and figgy jam flavors. These come coupled with your typical chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and bitterness. A strange marriage that works with harmony. Brialliant blending of flavors.
Amazingly full body and somehow dry. No presence of the high alcohol content, not hot just perfect. Really such an exceptional beer = period.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours black with a medium, creamy brown head.

S - Cocoa powder, smokey burnt coffee beans, alcohol, maybe some dark fruits.

T - Espresso, dark rum, dark chocolate, warm, lingering alcohol finish. While the basic components of a RIS are here - the chocolaty/coffee essence, there are subtle notes of things like dark fruit, rum, and the like that set this one slightly apart.

M - Viscous, chewy, lots of carbonation.

Photo of roblund
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Anatole
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of cameraman
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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