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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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1,465 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 317
Gots: 359 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website

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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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to CaptnRedBeard for the generous extra, you da man Corey! Poured into my favorite St Bernardus Goblet...

A--Good lacing and black opaque color. Retention is all along the goblet...

S--Ripe dark fruits in the nose, you can also get a dark chocolate deal in the nose...

T--Very complex in the nose, no different on the palate. I love the combination of fruits like plum combined with the chocolate and coffee in this one. Really a true Belgian style RIS. Excellent.

M--Silk. Great mouthfeel.

D--This is pretty fresh, it could use some aging. I really enjoy this beer, Highly recommended, though the price tag tends to make this a rare treat. Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:36:06 | More by garbercury
Photo of Douglas88


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle with a big thanks to presario. Best by April 2013. Pours out a dark black color with a large, creamy light brown head and lots of sticky lacing. A nice aroma of rich roasted malts, sweet chocolates and milk coffee, sweeter sugars and the all powerful Belgian yeast. The aroma suggests a Belgian Strong Ale, but mixed with darker roasted notes. The taste is very nice; initially full of roasted, almost sour flavors, some sweet burnt toffee and caramel. Roasted coffee beans contribute to this near-sourness. Later, this beer gets much sweeter; sweet milky flavors, bittersweet chocolates, cocoa, a very nice, though not huge dark fruitiness. Very drinkable and a silky smooth body. The yeast really stands out, and for me, this really shows the core of a good Belgian beer, and how flexible it can be. A hybrid for sure, and an excellent on at that. Great.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 04:56:28 | More by Douglas88
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4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Thick dark brown - almost black - liquid with small brown head, unperceived effervescence and no lacing.

S: So unbelievably gorgeous! Notes of pastry, yeast, chocolate, coffee, fresh leafs, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, almonds and just a touch of hash tray. The complexity in this is just awe inspiring.

T: Again, so intense and rich! In broad strokes it kind of tastes like mead meets Irish coffee. It's hard to give an accurate, sophisticated organoleptic description since this beer carries just about everything from dark fruit to pastry notes .

P: Liquorish, heavy, sweet, full bodied but amazingly it's really not that cloying. Another big surprise is how well the ABV works into the whole thing, ie, even though theres a lot of it, it does not feel boozy AT ALL.

O: To style and taste this scores phenomenally across the board. It ranks as one of the - if not the - best sippers I've ever had, rivaling the best Port or Sherry anyone can bring to the table [ I apologize for the overly enthusiastic soap boxing]. Furthermore, this beer is unquestionably unique - which is something I give much importance to - and also surprisingly drinkable! Have i mentioned it's also insanely complex?

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 22:29:59 | More by endovelico
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-11-2013 18:25:17 | More by dazedandconfused
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

10-27-2013 09:44:04 | More by mbonugli
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-11-2013 23:29:02 | More by Matagal
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New York

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this Batch 0 on tap at ebenezer's now lets try it bottled.

Batch 0 Bottle

Room Temp. Pours pitch black into a tulip. Fine bubbled sand colored head rises to the top of the glass leaving sticky sand dune looking blobs of head laced to the side of the glass as it recedes.

Smell is huge, you get sweet burnt sugar smells, some coffee cinnamon and chocolate, and the slightest hint of soy sauce.

As the taste begins you get milk and dark chocolate fighting for dominance with light coffee and malt. Then as the beer goes down you get this humidor like warming effect and aftertaste that is earthy and has some light chocolate and coffee notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth as hell, and very creamy, fine prickly carbonation adds a nice touch as does the ending warming alcohol.

At 13% the alcohol is deadly hidden and when combined with all of the other outstanding characteristics makes this extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 23:44:02 | More by STEG
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-28-2013 21:34:47 | More by zachattack555
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-13-2014 13:29:20 | More by brittanylicious
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me much more of a Belgian strong dark ale than what I know as a Russian imperial stout. The dark fruits and sweetness are present, and the mouthfeel reminds me of Rochefort 10 in an excellent way. Alcohol is barely present, which I find to be the defining feature.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 23:10:17 | More by squaremile
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-19-2013 15:44:49 | More by ShawnMH
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

08-24-2013 22:10:28 | More by Schwantz
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recived in a trade from bmanning Thanks!

Poured in to my Portsmouth Tulip glass. The apperance was very surprising as I expected more of a dark belgium look and taste to it. The beer poured a very thick and black color with a serious amount of Head. The head was a light brown color and helped releas allot of the aroma. The aroma was mainly a sweet chocolate and dark fruits. The thickness of the brew was actually decernable from the aroma. The taste was a very thick stout that was a welcome surprise. Again I expected something totally different and was pleasantly surprised. The taste came threw with allot of chocolate and dark fruits in the background. The carbonation level was a perfect level and helped lift allot of flavor in the brew. The only down side was this was not a larger bottle that I had....Will be getting more later in the future. Must have stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 01:48:26 | More by BZero007
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 0 on draft at Ebenezer's
Belgian Beer Fest

Review from memory and light notes.

Wow. I recently had a fresh Black Albert in a bottle and thought it was great. This however was mind blowing. It had all the flavor characteristics of the Black Albert I had but it was was cooled down. The big fruity dark cocoaness with the belgian yeast must was there. But the alcohol was present but not nearly as overwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2010 20:38:28 | More by clegolfski
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

01-05-2014 23:08:13 | More by Jlang2012
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to corby112 for the trade.

Poured into a tulip/snifter.

A - Pours black with a huge head that quickly subsided to a thin layer. Has some lacing.

S - Dark Fruits and a bit of alcohol.

T - Roasted up front, with dark fruits in the middle. Slightly bitter finish with some alcohol warmth.

M - Medium body with high carbonation.

D - A good beer. The alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 01:20:08 | More by tedpeer
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle today as an early birthday present. It's 11.2 oz with a plain gold crown cap.
Pours pitch black with a huge brown head that eventually settles down but a small wispy head stuck around pretty much the whole time.
Smells great. Lots of chocolate, and some coffee notes as well. Lots of roasted barley. But lingering in the background are all those lovely belgian aromas, dark fruit, and a hint of cherries, also the alcohol is very making itself known.
Taste very interesting. First things I'm getting are the belgian flavors coming through. Hints of plum, figs, and other dark fruit flavors as well. Then those typical stout flavors shine through with lots of burnt roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. But some how these two different blend together to make a very interesting beer. Can't wait to try the Pannepot later.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 03:09:17 | More by scifan
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-03-2012 09:12:37 | More by profondo
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-09-2013 14:38:37 | More by chase2634
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-03-2013 19:10:52 | More by FranzBC
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-18-2013 20:04:39 | More by kdb150
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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a flat, thick liquid which has a delayed dense and creamy mocha colored head that stays throughout the beers time in my glass. Imperial stouts are always beautiful dark beers and this one is no exception.
Black Albert gives off a strong roasty aroma of cocoa, coffee, sherry, oak, and dark fruit notes of dried fig, however no raisin notes as I expect from many Imperial stouts.
The velvety smooth liquid pours over your taste buds and coats them with sweet chocolate followed by a maltiness that fades to a bitter coffee kick on the back. Very complex flavors throughout, most notably oak, sherry, powdered cocoa, fig and maybe dark sweet cherries although I am not well enough versed in horticulture or cherry varieties to pinpoint it.
The mouthfeel is creamy initially and then becomes oily and slick with some stick from residual sweetness.
It's decadent rich qualities, with the sweet and creamy flavors lend to the drinkability as a dessert beer. At 13% it is deceivingly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 02:00:21 | More by Lldeegan
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-19-2013 05:13:46 | More by ebrifan
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

02-02-2014 21:48:26 | More by jandadeboer
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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a ton from zrab1 for totally unexpectantly hooking this up. Your the man Zach and hit me up next time your in town. Cheers!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Darkness goblet on 7/22/11.

Pours a solid black with almost no light coming through at all except on the very outer edge of the glass. A huge frothy brown head dissipates leaving a moderate lacing that coats the glass. Perfect color and head. I would like slightly more lacing but it looks top notch.

Smell is roasted malts and dark fruit. Cocoa, figs, raisains, and some slight booze to round it out. Again a very good smell.

Taste is of roasted malt and chocolate up front and then tastes of dark fruit after that. Slight bittersweet aftertaste in the finish. Again top notch, right there with the best stouts. I would like a little more sweetness but its still great.

Mouthfeel is light in weight and it moves smooth through the pallet with no bitterness except at the very end in the aftertaste. I needs some more carbonation but is perfect other then that.

Overall this is one of the best stout in the world. I would like a little more sweetness as well as some carbonation but other then that it is near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 04:33:17 | More by UMNbeerhunter
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.