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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,575 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,575
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 316
Gots: 373 | FT: 24
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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Photo of Jeffo
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the De Struise webshop.

From a bottle into a snifter.

On the label: "One out of a dozen ales that is as black as hell, filthy rich in the nose and with a massive spoiled taste."

Let's see how spoiled this one tastes.

APPEARANCE: Pours out black, almost sludgy, and produces a larger, three finger, medium-looking, tan head with good retention. Black, thick body and zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp, leaving some immediate clingy lacing. A ring and splotchy wisp remain, leaving some touches of lace down the sides.

SMELL: Some roasted malts and lots of dark fruits up front, including raisins and prunes. A good dose of cocoa powder and pure chocolate in there, with some alcohol notes in the back. Medium strength and very nice.

TASTE: Roasted malts, and some dark fruits in there, including raisins and dates again. Cocoa powder and dark chocolate show up again through the middle into the finish. A bold and lingering aftertaste is full of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and spicy yeast notes. Some alcohol is present the whole way through as well. Complex and interesting for sure.

PALATE: Full body with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and has a little alcohol bite on the end, but well controlled for the ABV. Finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: If this one has a "spoiled taste," then spoil the heck out of me. I've had this brew many times and it never ceases to impress. Definitely some Belgian in this Imperial Stout, with the spicier yeast notes involved, but I wouldn't hesitate to call this the best non-barrel aged stout in the low countries. Very good brew. De Struise makes some great stuff, and this is one that ranks right up there. Thanks again gents.

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with ruby highlights; the tan head never quite reaches the anticipated Belgian standards and descends rather quickly, leaving some dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, charcoal, tobacco and dark fruit

Taste: Starts with a blend of dark fruit (figs and prunes) and coffee, with a bit of dark chocolate thrown in for good measure; by mid-palate, the fruity hops start to assert themselves but, after the swallow, they seem an afterthought, taking a back stage to the roasty charcoal malt flavors; lots of tobacco on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; a bit thinner than I expected, but that is the Belgian character

Drinkability: With all the hype around this beer, I was truly expecting something different; I would say that this is still quite a good beer, though it should not be judged head to head against the best US-brewed Russian Imperial Stouts - it has some subtle, Belgian elements that add a nice twist

Photo of MMAJYK
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Black and opaque. Head is tan colored, simply fluffy and welcoming.

S. Coffee, licorice, plums, currants, touch of cream and roast.

T. Coffee, plums, a Belgian yeast strain, touch of dates. After the sweetness wears off, I can get some roast and smoke.

M. Lighter in the mouth than most RISs I've had, but I like it, and I like the higher carbonation, too

D. Not too high, very rich and "Belgian-y" but a pleasure to sip on.

Photo of easement
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle in pint glass.

A: Black and opaque. 1/4inch head and light lacing.

S: Chocolate, Molasses, Vanilla, Caramel, Coffee, and spices.

T: Chocolate and coffee.

M: Syurpy. Not as thick as ten-fidy, but think.

D: It's a pretty heavy hitter and masks the alcohol really well. I could have a couple of these in a session.

Photo of davedahl
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good - but not up to my expectations based on the hype surrounding it. I had a 8oz pour in a sherry glass for $10 at Binny's in Chicago's south loop.

The pour was far too cold but produced a completely black brew with a creamy chocolate-milk type head of tight tiny bubbles. Slight lacing.

Taste was chocolate malt, roasted malt at the front; dark fruit (dark sweet cherries plums) in the middle; and little hop balance and alcohol burn in the finish.

Nose - nothing. Seriously partially because how cold this beer was there was zero aromatics. After I warmed it a bit in my hands I detected rich dark malt and sweet cherries - but you really have to search for them.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, alcohol bite, viscous. The 13% alcohol is hidden well.

So hmm. This was good, but not great. I had this only once previously, about a year ago with BA member bgramer and I recall getting a lot more out of it at that time. I think this is probably better bottled and aged than on tap.

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

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

330ml bottle. sampled dec 14/08.

pours very dark brown, a shade away from black and pretty much opaque. a small brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. caramel and toffee. bit of butterscotch. dark and milk chocolate. bit of coffee. toasted white bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. earthy. touch of belgian yeasty character in there too. raisin and date.

taste is great. just over medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. dark and milk chocolate. bit of coffee. loads of caramel. date, raisin, bit of fig. earthy and a bit woody. lots of sweetness in the caramel and fruit. bit of toasty white bread. cracker. little biscuit. bit of anise. not much of the roast i'd expect, leaning more towards the belgian fruit and yeasty character. the bitterness comes across mostly as coffee/chocolate and doesn't come on too strong.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. fairly balanced, leaning a little on the sweet side. definitely a belgian twist on the style, but it works. i'm curious to see how this one would change with some time in the cellar, but happy with it now too.

Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Voonder for sending this one my way in a recent trade. 12 oz bottle.

Pours a cloudy and murky dark black, some red in the edges, thick tan head forms, drops some solid lace spots on the glass, and settles to a thick layer and ring, looks good. Smell is wacky, red wine, chocolate, yeast, molasses, wood and earth, figs, dark fruit, sour fruit, rye bread, sourdough, intense roast, interesting stuff. Taste is similar, very dry roastiness, chocolate, figs, wood, kind of astringent, red wine and fruit, brown sugar, yeast, very fruity, nice bitter roast finish, very dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, alcohol is very well hidden, pretty smooth and easy to drink. Hyped up for me but still a really nice beer. Thanks Alex!

Photo of abfraser
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store in SF. The announcement was met with quite a few people there. There is certainly a hype around this beer.

A: Black as night. Not much really going on other than that. There was a smallish head but nothing notable.

S: Was super cold when first served, so didn't really get much at first. After 10 minutes or so or wrapping my hands around it the aromas started to come out. They were intense RIS-like. Chocolate, coffee, some spice. I didn't think this smelled too terrible different from the top echelon of American RIS.

T/M: Intensely flavorful. Coffee, dark chocolate, definitely some spice notes on the end. There was a lingering bitterness, which first I thought only hops could create but after getting something with the Abyss too, I'm thinking this comes more from the chocolate/coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat oily. This is top notch stuff. But I don't find it too terribly different than what's already out there.

D: A sipper for sure. Next time, I plan to spend a bit more time lingering with this one (picked up a couple bottles as well). The lack of availability hurts this score, though.

Overall, top notch Russian Imperial Stout. I don't know if it lives up to the hype (there are really few beers that ever do) but I'd put it on par with the other excellent examples I've had recently, like Surly Darkness and the Abyss.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The long-rumored kegs, all three of them, arrived in Oregon and one happened to land at our neighborhood watering hole, Concordia Ale House (thanks to libertygrails for the timely posting of this news). We arrived early on a Friday evening, my wife and I each taking the $9.50 plunge for a snifterful of this rarity.

A: Impenetrably black; for reference, look to the left and right margins of this page. No real head to speak of - just a wisp of gauzy film and a pencil-thin ring of cinnamon orange. Oily - almost seems to trail 'legs'. Leaves no lace.

S: Ugh, why is this served so cold? C'mon CAH! On a chilly December night, the last thing I wanted to do was wrap my fingers in a death-grip around this frigid glass for 10-15 minutes. Aroma in those first minutes: nothing. After ample warming, the spicy Belgian yeasts and dark fruit overtones start to develop. Dark chocolate, sugared coffee, raisins, anise.

T: Roasted coffee, chewy dried fruit (raisins, prunes, figs, cherries), bittersweet chocolate with a fading hint of lactic tang. The spices grow with warmth: that clove/licorice sparkle that elicited a 'this tastes just like Pannepot!' from my wife (high praise). I found the flavors elusive, changing from chocolate bar, to sweet/tart fruit to iced coffee to a slightly oaken bourbon booze at its warmest. Interesting brew, though not really a 'Russian Imperial Stout' in the truest sense - an RIS/Quad hybrid?!?!?

M: Terrific feel - rich, smooth and enveloping. The coating isn't too clingy, grabbing on to the tongue and relenting slowly. Not too heavy; a seemingly lighter body than some of this style. For such a strong beer, the warmth is mellow and the alcohol well-concealed.

D: Plenty of hype surrounding this beer and, for the most part, it lives up to it. Terrific drinkability as a sipper, a fine take on my favorite style with that added 'Belgian' twist. We changed our dinner plans tonight specifically so that we could try this beer. Worth it? Yep.

Photo of ejquin
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deeply black with two finger brown head. Fades after a bit and leaves decent lacing

S: Nicely phenolic like a nice belgian quad, but with much more espresso and dark choclate. Some figginess and a nice fruitty sweetness as well with some candy sugar

T/M: Mouthfeel is medium, perhaps would have liked it heavier. More carbonated than an average stout, but I suppsoe that's the "Belgian" part of the Royal Stout description. Amazingly clean for a 13% abv beer. I get some anise up front, which fades to a figgy coffee flavor, and then a crisp hop bite, then I get even more figs and a grape and rasiin taste. Going on over all of this is a white pepper spice and a malty sweetness. It's not unitl you've sat there for a good four or five seconds after the finish that alcohol becomes apparent.

D: Pretty damn good considering the alochol.

Ovr: In a year that has brought me Dark Lord, Darkness, Abyss, and now Black Albert, I'd have to say this is right up there. Much more drinkable than the heavier stouts, but as complex. If you forced me, I'd go Dark Lord, Darkness, Black Albert, Abyss

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this into my tumbler, it poured a black color with a huge brown sticky foamy head that lasted quite some time.

Smells of dark licorice, roasted coffe beans.

Taste of burnt coffee that smoothes out into a nice dark chocolate taste, a little bitter aftertaste thats not overpowering and quickly goes away with a nice sweet taste.

Mouthfeel was great, nice creamy thickness, could use a little more carbonatiom, but overall this beer goes down smooth and is excellent in hiding the 13%

I could definately have quite a few of these even though there 13%. I would drink this beer very often if it wasn't for the high cost and really hard to get them.

Photo of srandycarter
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re reviewed since 12.08.08 as my last reviewed was disappointing.

A - Pours nice black and huge heavy sticky head.

S - Chocolate and coffee.

T- Nice, burnt coffee, black licorice, but ends with burnt taste in mouth.

M - Medium to heavy, good carb, not great balance.

D - Overwhelming after one.

Better than I thought, but it is still not one of my favorites.

Photo of eyncognito
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, into a chalice, at the Malt House in Madison WI.

Black color, best I can tell this is a black hole of a brew-light may enter, but it cannot escape. Beautiful cocoa/tan head, reminds me of malted milk. I should have ordered another beer to wait for this bad boy to warm up.

Aroma is roasty, hints of vanilla, dark fruit. Good but not outstanding. Wonderful taste, roasty chocolate, prune, licorice, some herbal hints in the hops. This is so creamy, so smooth. As drinkable as a 13% beer can be. Fortunately it is cost prohibitive. $11 a glass, worth it, but I won't have this too often.

Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with the faintest of ruby edges. A regular pour produced a billowing three finger cap that was slow to settle. The foam was a light brown and was composed of fine bubbles that coated the sides of the glass. Great head retention. And the beer has legs. Faint grassy hop aroma was immediately surpassed by malted milk, rose water alcohol, dried fruits, and mellow roast. There's a lot going on and it's hard to pull apart. Alternating notes of mellow rubbing alcohol, chocolate, figs, and prunes. Bitterness was in the background, giving way to significant malt sweetness and alcohol. Roastiness stayed soft and had a cherry edge to it, while malt alternated between milk and dark chocolate. Higher alcohols added depth without contributing heat and dried fruits tied the sweetness together. Dry cocoa appeared towards the end, along with some toffee, particularly as it warmed. Full bodied with low carbonation that was very creamy, lots of alcohol warmth, and a faint dark malt astringency. Very smooth and delicious, definitely a sipper.

Photo of beckje01
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 333ml bottle.

A- Black color a thin tan head and no activity.

S- Some chocolate malt a hint of alcohol.

T- Brunt chocolate flavor then a hint of candy sugar just amazingly smooth and completely hides the alcohol. Just a very nice and balanced beer. Not an aggressive RIS like others but amazing.

M- Very smooth and a nice light amount of activity.

D- Super drinkable and very enjoyable I wish I would have had the 750ml instead of the 333ml.

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of these at Bruisin Ales in Asheville.

Pours completely black with a one-finger light brown head. The head sticks around for the life of the beer, eventually settling into a thin pancake of bubbles on top. Lacing is decent.

Smells of vanilla and dark fruits with a hint of roasted malt. The alcohol makes an appearance every now and then, but doesn't overpower anything by a long shot.

Tastes great. Sweet dark fruits fill the palate for a split second, then the roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate come through. It's a very bitter ending, but with just enough to not go into overkill. The flavors linger for quite a while. Alcohol is noticeable, but mostly as a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel is great. As someone else said, this is probably the best part of this beer, along with the aftertaste. Not really very thick, but the carbonation is small but plentiful and makes this go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. Actually, probably a little too good for 13%. I could have a few too many of these.

Overall I was a bit let down after the first few sips, but this one definitely grew on me. The smoothness is what sets this beer apart from others. Definitely worth a shot if you see it around.

Photo of wolffman17
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Timbro81.

Black Albert pours almost black with dark red highlights. Dark brown, espresso head tops the beer.

Mostly vanilla in the aroma. It's sweet and inviting. The alcohol is prevalent.

Chocolate and vanilla dominate the palate. It's bittersweet with a heavy roastiness. Alcohol is not nearly as obvious as it is in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is where the Belgian characteristics really come out. Fine carbonation fills the mouth. A pleasant dry aftertaste lingers for minutes.

Highly drinkable...you'd never think it's 13%.

This is one outstanding RIS, and I hope it crosses my path again sometime.

Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this in a trade from rudylaw - thanks a bunch dude! Seems to have been imported into Canada - where are you Shelton Brothers? Poured into my Darkness goblet. Best by August 2013.

A - Pours an opaque near-black with a hint of dark, dark brown. Two fingered mocha head that dissipates slowly to a beautiful lace. The slightest bit of carbonation is visible. This is what a RIS should like like!

S - Lots of stuff going on here - coffee, black currant, cherry, burnt malt, dark chocolate, hazelnut, and a touch of alcohol. Pretty terrific!

T - Coffee, licorice, roasted malt, dark fruits are all pretty apparent. There's a hint of hop bitterness in the back end. Amusingly the ingredients list contains "candy". This isn't the best RIS I've had, but it's in the top tier.

M - Creamy and smooth. Perfect density and amount of carbonation. This is probably the best aspect of this beer.

D - I could actually drink two bottles in a sitting (if I could both find and afford it). I can't think of many other 13% beers that can say the same.

Worth seeking out - I'm glad I grabbed those extra bottles at Discount Liquors.

Photo of Douglas88
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle

Lot A/4/BB

I get the chance to try Black Stout thanks to the generosity of BitterBill, thanks Bill! Black Albert, the Royal Stout, pours midnight black and has enough light sucking darkness to keep any light from shining through the body. The head grew quickly to three fingers and about slipped out of the glass. The beige head became craggy and slowly fell to a finger cap that left chunky peaked lacing on its way down. This is a good looking stout with great head retention for the big abv.

The smell on this beer throws me off a little bit. I'm actually having a hard time putting my finger on the maltiness of this brew. Some lightly booze soaked dark berries are deep down along with a dusting of cocoa and prune juice. What sticks out the most to me is the spicy, musty yeastiness in the form of super dry wood, musty mossiness, and spices I can't quite put my finger on. The nose on this beer is complex but I can't decide if it's entirely to my liking or not. A swirl of the glass to get the head growing gives off a roastiness that borders burnt rubber that I could live without but it's only right after a swirl.

The flavor has the same kind of profile as the nose but it seems to meld together more to my liking. Prune juice and roasty malts kick things off. The brandy soaked berries are waiting around in the back with a mild touch of vanilla. Cocoa plays a nice role mid-palate through the finish and is my favorite aspect of this stout. The yeastiness isn't as apparent in the flavor until the swallow but it brings back the wood and mustiness that the nose introduced me to. There's some spiciness on the finish but I still can't put my finger on exactly what spice(s) it is. This is an interesting beer for sure.

The body was way too airy and light right after the pour but as this beer has sat the body mellows to moderate with a somewhat creamy texture. The swallow brings some roasty bitterness that lingers briefly. This beer could be a little heavier but it's good where it's at.

This is a fairly easy drinking beer. The lighter body keeps it flowing easy and I don't believe for a second that this beer is 13% like the bottle says. The heat is minimal at best and I'm not warming up much even though I'm close to the end of the bottle.

This is an interesting stout from De Struise. There were things I liked and things I didn't but overall this is a good brew. The spiciness threw me off a first but grew on me as I drank. Thanks again for this treat Bill!

Photo of khiasmus
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an almost opaque black with ruby highlights towards the edges. A thick crown of dark brown head graces the brew, and leaves some moderate lacing. The head lasts forever, quite a feat for 13%.

Aroma is of sweet malt, some alcohol, soy sauce, roasted barley, coffee, and some hints of dark fruit. Not quite as intense or complex as many an RIS of this caliber.

Flavor starts with some sweet molasses-like malt, then is overtaken by soy sauce/dates, then a strong lingering bitterness with some alcohol in the finish. A background of earthy hops compliments the intense roasted grain flavor.

Mouthfeel is lightly chewy with medium carbonation, and slides down the throat leaving an oily, sticky, and slightly dry finish in the back, along with some warming alcohol.

This beer is the most drinkable 13% beer I've had. Many thanks to kkipple for the chance to have this. Very generous. Get your hands on this one if you can.

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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

A - Pours a thick black color with a tan head that stays throughout, few small, slowly rising bubbles

S - Scents of dark chocolae, freshly ground coffee beans, and alcohol

T - The taste is complex, with hints of a dark chocolate expresso followed by hints of fruit, probably raisins or dates with a smokey hint.

M - Silky smooth medium bodied, with only a hint of carbonation, the way I like beer

D - Very Dangerous! A wonderful beer that masks it's 13% abv with a very smooth taste. Other than the high alcohol content (great for me, but others might not like), one of the best beers and certainly worth it

Photo of stumac
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was tasted at Feces Fest '08 with Onslow and my girl Melani.

this brew pours up black with a huge frothy dark tan head. great lacing. the nose is a little boozy (the only negative about this beer), big dark roasty malts, dark chocolate, kind of nutty. the taste is very alive due to the 100 IBUs. I taste big roasted malts, a lil nutty, chocolate, a blend of floral and piney hops. Tons of hops and tons of malt! A fairly equal amount of the two but in great amounts! This was my BLACK ALBERT experience...

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black Albert batch 0 is a much different beast than the original bottles of BA that were sent to the US. First off, this was purchased from the yeast store for less than $10/330ml bottle. All I can say is this is closer to Dark Lord of Bells Batch 7000 than the other Black Albert. For a review of the lesser vintage, see below.

This stout pours a black soil color and has a very nice espresso brown head. Excellent lacing and retention. The nose is a bit light. It has subtle malts and hops along with dark chocolate, bitter molasses and sweet fruit. The taste more impressive than the nose. There are roasty malts, bitter hops, cocoa, and molasses with subtle ripe fruits. Similar to De Dolle export stout in the sense that the Belgian yeasts have a strong presence. Well balanced for such a big beer. Full body is well carbonated. A nice brew, quite unique. This vintage gets a 4.0-4.2 score.

Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,575 ratings.