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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


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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mj001jk

California

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and viscous as motor oil with a thick and creamy hazel-colored foam.

The aromas are subtle with dried raisins, blackstrap molasses and fresh yeast. There is only a hint of roasted aromas, more so of chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy but not cloying. Considering the whopping 100 IBU, the hops are considerably restrained, mostly accentuating the intense cocoa nibs, vanilla and toffee flavors.

This is really a dessert in the glass, displaying a perfect balance between sweetness, hops and roasted barley. The finish is long, tenderly bitter and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 04:52:07 | More by mj001jk
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pigc

Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decided to crack this one tonight after about 3 years in the cellar.

Poured into Eclipse snifter.

A - Pitch black with brown cola colored head. Lots of lacing and carbonation.

S - Black licorice, coffee, toffee, molasses.

T - Dark roasted coffee, licorice, with just a hint of bitterness to keep things in check.

M - Thick and chewy.

O - Very pleased with Belgian stout. I think a few years of age has rounded things out nicely. At 13% abv, this is still a beast of a beer. Nice slightly bitter finish. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:16:43 | More by pigc
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mmapes

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Craig for the trade. Our bottle is Lot D, best before September 2015.

Poured into two tulip glasses. It's dark opaque black. Tip the glass for color and you might see very dark brown, still opaque. Not a very thick head, but the lace sticks around.

On the nose: dried fruit, brown sugar. Smells sweet. Not much smoke.

First taste: a little sweet up front, a long, slightly smoky, woody finish. Pleasantly bitter plum on the finish long after the sip (minutes). Doesn't taste as sweet as it smelled.

Later sips reinforce what was there up front. Mild sweetness balanced with toasted malts that give a dried-fruit flavor.

The finish is outstanding on this one. It's very long-lasting and complex.

Would buy again if I could find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:25:50 | More by mmapes
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the newer Batch 0 bottles poured into a chalice.

This is a black beer. The head is brown and dark as well. Very imposing looking. Lacing and retention are on point.

Roasty sweet espresso with dark fruits and sweeter red ones on the nose. A bright floral hop quality as well which is nice.

lovely roasted and bitterness levels on this. It's not big and bold hitting you over the head with over the top flavors which at %13 I was expecting. The flavor profile is well balanced. Dark fruits, dark bitter chocolate, and anise/licorice.

Big thick mouthfeel on this.The carbonation is spot on. Subtle to keep the body big and smooth but enough to make it easy to drink.

Basically one of the most solid stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 06:48:59 | More by MattSweatshirt
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CJS

Florida

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Nice lacey head. A film of a coating on the glass.

S Chocolate up front. Very sweet dark fruity. A rich dark plum mostly like certain red wines. A very distinct scent...almost a hint of apple brandy.

T Rather smoother than I thought judging by the abv. Nice bittered chocolate pronounces. Sweet candied carmalized sugar taste with chocolate and a slight slight booze finish.

M Very drinkable.

O Nice big hoppy stout in a little bitty bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 02:08:16 | More by CJS
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nearly pitch black with a thin mocha colored ring that doesn't leave any lace. There is no head to speak of and some Belgian yeast that settled at the bottom.

S-Dark fruits, roasted malt, cocoa, alcohol. It has a distinct and strong nose that is sweeter than other imperial stouts.

T-Dark chocolate, roasted malt, heavy alcohol presence, a hint of Belgian yeast, dark fruits and a sour note comes in near the end and lingers along with some roasted malts.

M-Thick and creamy; syrupy

D-A true sipper due to its complexity and high alcohol content. It tastes delicious and doesn't have a heavy roasted malt flavor that for me sometimes hinders the drinkability of imperial stouts.

Overall, a true pleasure to drink. The sour not is a little odd, but doesn't hinder its drinkability. A great imperial stout that I hope to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:50:49 | More by thegodfather2701
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Finatic

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle served slightly chilled into a a CBS snifter.

A: Pours a dark mocha hue with a reddish tan head that sticks to the glass.

S: Heavy aromas of chocolate, coffee, and fruit. The alcohol is well hidden to the nose for a 13% stout.

T: Has a real nice blend of flavors in this one. Dark chocolate gives way to coffee which gives way to a sweet cherry, fig flavor.

M: Full bodied stout with a bitter finish that really suits the beer. As the beer warms the hops bitterness really compliments this brew perfectly.

O: One of my favorite tasting stouts. I will be searching this one out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 16:07:04 | More by Finatic
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a reddish-tan head and sticky lacing.

S - Very complex... Oak, alcohol, cocoa powder, and a lot of candied fruits... with a tad bit of liquorice at the end.

T - It's not as big of a flavor bomb, or alcohol bomb, as I was expecting. It's more subtle. It fallows the nose, but there is a lot of more of a roast flavor, however, it does not remind me of coffee. There is a pleasant burn at the end.

M - Fairly light in body for such a big brew. It's not very heavy at all. Low to medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - The alcohol is too well hidden, which is made more apparent by my inability to type. I have wanted to try this for a long time, and I was lucky enough to stumble onto two bottles at my local store. They're a bit pricey, but I'm glad I found them. I had this one "fresh" and I'm going to age the other one for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 22:31:30 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, has a lot number (25/08/GG) but no bottle date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with a huge, thick mocha-colored head, has excellent retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S- Mix of fruit (figs, dates, also a bit of banana), booze and chocolate, coffee and roast flavors are present but take a backseat to fruity sweetness.

T- Lots of fruity sweetness initially, similar to the nose with figs and dates, there's also an underlying malty sweetness of molasses. Towards the finish chocolate flavors and a dry roastiness become more prominent.

M- Full-bodied, thick, rich and creamy with a slightly dry finish. Awesome.

O- An excellent beer, has some nice complexity of flavors and a richness that I really like in stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 10:25:07 | More by WillCarrera
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ikantspel

California

3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz into a hangar 24 snifter

pours a motor oil black with an almost burgundy thin foamy head

dark fruits, belgian yeast, cocoa, and burnt sugar in the nose

heavy taste of oaky malts, molasses, dark fruits. finishes slightly dry with only a slight hint of alcohol

overall a solid stout. no complaints love its simplicity

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 05:05:14 | More by ikantspel
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lot C purchased through Etre about 10 months ago and cellared since. Best before date of July, 2015. Not sure how old this is, but assuming it's got a little bit of age on it, at least a year. 11.2oz bottle poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a very dark jet black with a half finger of creamy mocha brown head that has decent retention and slowly fades to a flat top. At the end of the glass there is a couple brown sedimentation specs, but other then that it looks awesome for the style.

S- Some dark fruits, chalky chocolate, a lot of booze that almost makes it smell like you are drinking whiskey, not overly aromatic.

T- Chalky cocoa, roasted malts, fairly boozey, finishes with a light lingering aftertaste of cocoa. Not overly flavorful with a lot of chalkiness to it.

M- Fairly on palate but a somewhat smooth finish, medium bodied, low carbonation.

O- At first I thought this might be a bad bottle, but the other bottles of Cuvee Delphine/Kabert all had the same chalkiness and weren't overly flavorful. Overall I wasn't that impressed and there are a lot of better stouts out there. Perhaps drinking Kate the Great right before kind of ruined it a little bit. I'd like to try it a little bit fresher and see if that makes a difference.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 19:05:17 | More by jaasen64
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to HFS sniffer

A: pours dark like Motor oil black but has a more very dark brown color in the glass with a thin mocha head that leaves a ring around the edges

S: there is a fairly strong presence of coffee unfourtunitly there is also a hint of alcohol that is fairly prominent toward the finish

T: the taste follows the nose with a strong coffee taste that blends with what tastes like liquid dark chocolate creamy as well, and the alcohol is no where to be found which is impressive considering how much of it there is.

M: not too thick for how heavy it feels smooth and creamy with a leery light carbonation that helps to balance out the heavyness and make it quite easy to drink for such a big IS

O: I don't know why I didn't have high expectations for this beer but everything but the aroma was pretty freaking good. Really solid taste but I wish the flavors were stronger but I'm surprised I didn't have to age it to get rid of the alcohol taste. Furthermore the mouthfeel was one of the best I've had. I would definitely try this beer again and I recommend you try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 22:11:50 | More by Pinknuggets
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aasher

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was very pleased to see this beer back in Indiana.

Black Abert pours a thick, viscous midnight black with a big and creamy, dark mocha colored head. The nose is rich and smooth. There is plenty of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, and not a hint of alcohol. Upon your first sip you noticed how full bodied this beer is, and just like it should be. The flavors are very rich and very well balanced. It features a nice, nearly perfect amount of roast without resembling coffee at all. It has a great chocolate aspect that merges the flavors of both dark and milk chocolates. While not the most inquest descriptors this beer nails them. You can tell that this beer is big but don't get any of the 13% alcohol that this beer boasts. It's really pretty remarkable, especially this bottle is fresh. I can see this one aging gracefully. Overall this is a fantastic beer and a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:38:52 | More by aasher
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been meaning to try this one for years now - saw that it popped up at Holiday Wine in Escondido and had my brother snag me a 11.2 oz bottle for $10. - comes in capped dark brown bottle.

A: Pours, as my wife exclaimed, looking like molasses with a thick brown head that dissipates a bit early giving way to small amounts of lacing.

S: Noticeable hop up front - earthy & mossy, fresh baked brownies, charred wood, cherry & vanilla bean, trippy yeast strain, slight hint alcohol.

T: Dark chocolate, taffy, dried figs, woody coconut, cherry spiced rum (really balances the the 13% abv well with the cherry flavor) earthy hop lingers well beyond the hint of booze on the finish - outstanding!

M: Big fulled bodied, lightly carbonated - which is nice for the style, lending well to the creaminess of this one. Hop oils leave a bitter finish like a good IPA which is rare for this style, but is just another dimension it reveals, especially as it warms up a bit.

A pricey brew, but one that won't let you down!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:24:35 | More by DeanMoriarty
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle that I received on one of my first trades a couple of years ago. He also sent a first bottling Black Albert (2007) which I waxed and still have in my cellar. Wish I could remember your BA handle so that I could hook you up again!

A- Pitch black pour into my Ithaca Excelcior tulip! Two fingers of caramel/sand colored foam billows and dances like a cloud atop of this dense, chewy stout! It fades slowly and leaves little islands of lacing as it settles into oblivion. No carbonation or movement on the surface.

S- Holy Shit! Sour Cherries covered in chocolate... that got rolled around in a barnyard! This brew has some serious funk to it! Never had an Imperial Stout with this much compost/manure in it! Delightful dark fruit bite with a tender and sweet chocolate overlap! Some roasted bitter coffee, figs, cranberry/raisin/prunes with an underlying pine hop... really weird, unusual and delicious!

T- Just like the nose! Damn! Like dark, bitter, Belgian Chocolate that was dragged thru a Horse stall! LOL!!! Dark cherries, mission figs, raisins, compost, horse blanket, cocoa, jazzy black coffee, and just a touch of pine sap and smoked peat/malt. This is really intense! Every inch of my tongue is begging for more! Each time I swallow, something different is happening and confusing my taste buds! I've NEVER had my taste buds "thinking" like they are now!

M- Full, chewy, funky, tart, sweet, bitter (in 3 ways), and vivid!!! It really sticks to your tongue and glides down! The bitter doesn't strip the mouth.. but it cleans it so that the tart, sweet, and funky can shine thru! This is rediculous!!! More depth than any beer I've EVER had!!!

O- Eat a rich and delicious 85% chocolate bar, while drinking Kona coffee and sucking on cranberries while sitting in a stall at Saratoga Raceway... that's it... and it's perfect! The "subtleties" will slap you in the face... and the "in your face" tart/manure/cocoa notes will KISS you gently and make you close your eyes and forget where you are! If you've been searching for a RIS with everything you want, and even things you didn't know you wanted... it's perfection in a glass!!! Who knew tart poop and chocolate went so well together? I don't want this glass to end! DAMN!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 00:20:08 | More by Thickfreakness
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zeledonia

Minnesota

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

Not really sure when this is from, as the code is a challenge to translate. Tasted 15 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours black, as it should. Thick and deep. Medium tan head, fluffing up to two fingers or so. Good retention, nice lacing. I'm intrigued.

Smell is fantastic, IMO. Rich and roasty, with a strong Belgian twist. If I didn't know it was brewed with Belgian yeast, I might think it were infected. But infection sometimes works out nicely, as this does. It adds a light fruity layer on top of the deep figs and plums. Delightful. Certainly smells like a Belgian Royal Stout.

Taste is nice, but not on the same level as the smell. Rich and deeply fruity, but it fades out pretty quickly. A lot of buts. Good, but not that good. One thing I give it, though - that 13% is darn well hidden.

Mouthfeel is lovely. Rich and creamy. Carbonation is low, but foamy and stirring. I like this.

A very good beer - pretty darn tasty. Rich and fruity, with a lovely Belgian twist, especially in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 20:48:39 | More by zeledonia
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wd40

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown/black appearance. Aroma has raisins, figs, and caramel. There's definitely some alcohol present in the nose. The taste is sweet and very malty. It kind of reminds me of a Thomas Hardy ale or a J.W. Lee's in that sense. Some of the high alcohol content becomes apparent in the taste especially as it warms up. It's a good beer and I might try one again with some age on it to see if that calms the alcohol down, but only if I can get a good price on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:42:41 | More by wd40
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours a full finger of dark tan head. Good lacing. Good retention. Color is jet black.

S. Molasses, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, some dark chocolate, a bit of coffee. Really big ol RIS smell. Smells a bit hot, but not overpowering. Lets you know your about to drink something good.

T. Yum. Molasses, coffee, roasted malt, some oakiness on the finish. Big stout flavors. Doesn't drink as hot as it smells. Nice balance between sweet and bitter.

M. Full bodied. Medium/low carbonation.

O. Black Albert delivered. Smells a bit hot, but really nice stout aromas. Drinks pretty damn smooth and balanced for 13%. More sweet than bitter which is my personal preference. To be honest there isnt much that I can find wrong with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 23:37:31 | More by siradmiralnelson
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thierrynantes

France

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasting session may 2012 (Chez Clem).

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : dark chocolate and vanilla flavours with notes of prune, heavy bitter with a long long duration.
Drinkability : a very nice beer in the style Russian Imperial Stout. The 100 IBU ! are hidden behind alcohol (13 ABV) & roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 15:08:52 | More by thierrynantes
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that left some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits in the nose—plums and prunes seem to stand out in particular. The smell intensifies as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by strong flavors of dark fruits. It's a little one dimension, but seems like you are having a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that's on steroids.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and rather smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No warming sensations from the alcohol are perceptible.
O: The label calls this beer a "Belgian Royal Stout" and this is something I definitely agree with because it seems like an imperial version of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Judging this beer on its own merits and apart from any of the common styles, I found this beer to be remarkably easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. This is a pleasant beer to sip.

Note: June 2007 Vintage (BA No. 14)

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 12:38:05 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BA No. 14 (Brewed in June 2007 according to Lot No./Bottle Code)

A: Pours an opaque very dark black (almost jet black) in color with some dark amber notes when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark beige head that fairly quickly reduces to a small patch of larger bubbles, a small to medium amount of extremely thin film, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruit (plums and prunes) with some moderate amounts of sweetness. Maybe just a hint of anise.

T: The flavor of this beer is very similar to the smell, lots of dark fruit (plums and prunes) followed by lighter hints of roasted malts and anise.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Silky smooth.

O: I am surprised, the high (13%) ABV is extremely well hidden making this beer much easier to drink than one might have expected form the ABV on the bottle. Almost feels like a hybrid between a Russian Imperial Stout and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Complexity increases as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 23:39:41 | More by dbrauneis
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madtrixter787

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH tulip from a bottle I picked up in maine a year or two ago (can't remember, I have two bottles from two different trips!). After deciding it's about time to drink down my cellar I figured I'd start with this. Pours a jet back with little to no head (though I poured slow because of the sludge at the bottom of the bottle). Smells like belgian candied sugars with a hint of booze, very nice. Very good taste, quite bitter from the 100 IBUs and not as much of an overpowering booze aftertaste as I anticipated, just a very well balanced imperial stout. Another great beer from de struise, just wish I could get them here in VA!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:57:51 | More by madtrixter787
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harrymel

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Jul, 2015

Pours nice dark black with a solid mocah sheet of loose bubbles. Smells of chocolate, date, nougat, graham and hints of licorice. Nice nose. Flavor carries leather, tobacco, dates, figs, brown glazed molasses, some bits of dark plum and a hint of toasted graham cracker. Slightly thin body and low carb with a semidry finish. Nice beer, I would drink a bit of this on tap at the right price. The alcohol is surprisingly absent in the beer despite the hefty 13% marking.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 06:54:54 | More by harrymel
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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

330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. Bottled June 2007.

Appearance - Pours a dark black (redundant?) with lots of murky sediment as I pour it. Pours with a nice mocha head. Settles to a thick collar.

Smell - Belgian characteristics all over. Cherries most predominant. Raisins and chocolate behind it. Boozy, too.

Taste - The dark chocolate is pervasive, but it's all combined with a great cherry flavor. Chocolate covered cherries. Mmm. Very hoppy in the back end. Loses its roastiness and becomes more of a BSDA in the end.

Mouthfeel - Thick and chewy. Definitely boozy, but well carbonated. No signs of age, even at over 5 years.

Overall - A really great hybrid of BSDA and stout. The fruit flavors blends extraordinarily well with the deep chocolate roast. The booze is forgiven for this quality of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 01:32:19 | More by Alieniloquium
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Altenor

California

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

A: Dark, almost totally black with a chocolately head that dissipates fairly quick. No signs of lacing on the sides of the glass but good looking RIS nontheless.

S: Black cherries, chocolate powder, raisins, some gooey dates, light booze and a touch of funk. Enjoyed the smell quite a lot. It was sweet smelling and welcoming. Couldn't wait to try my first sip.

T: Lots of sweet dark fruits, molasses, a touch of vanilla and nutmeg. Very round and a long, long chocolate milkshake finish. I don't know why but I get a little of a marshmallow taste as well. So yes, it's sweet. A touch of roasted malt and caramel is present too. I just have one question, where's the 13% ABV? It goes down so easy, a little too easy for 13% which makes it dangerous.

M: Good carbonation in the palate gives it a creamy, silky mouthfeel. I wouldn't say it's full bodied, more medium that moves quite nicely and full of flavor.

O: A great beer. I was expecting a lot from it and don't know if it really lived up to the hype, but it is well made and full of flavor. Definetly would recommend, especially if you prefer sweeter stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 06:58:28 | More by Altenor
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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