Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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3.38/5 rDev -20.3%
Dark black, with a one finger dark tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has chocolate, dark fruit, dark roasted malt, belgian yeast, and there is some tartness.
The taste is much like the aroma would suggest. The dark roasted malt, chocolate, belgian yeast and tartness come through the most. The dark fruit is also present, but more subdued. Very complex, a little sweet, somewhat bitter, and also tart.
Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, and the carbonation is a little higher than I would normally expect. Overall, this is a nice beer.
11-03-2010 03:34:27 | More by hardy008
3.8/5 rDev -10.4%
Got this one in trade #3 with randomdanger. Thanks, Will!
A: Jet black pour with good head formation and retention. Lots of lacing and tiny carbonation bubbles.
S: Slightly sweet. Belgian yeast is definitely in there. Not much in the way of chocolate or coffee aroma.
T: Very strange. Not quite stout, not quite Quad. There is no alcohol burn, which surprised me at 13%. I did get some coffee and chocolate, but very subtle (almost flat, really). I have a hard time calling this an RIS. It is unlike any beer I have ever had before.
M: Very light and carbonated. Maybe that is why there is no alcohol burn. Again, unlike any beer I have had before.
D: The taste is flat. Carbonation and mouthfeel team up to hide the 13% almost completely. If you like the taste, then drinkability will be good for you.
11-02-2010 15:50:26 | More by Spica66
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Thanks so much to Stakem for bringing a bottle from batch '0' to our Epic Stout tasting. I had a current version for sampling horizontally.
An almost black color with slight brown edges and cap of light medium brown with spots of lace collecting. The smell has a lot of fruitiness be it blackberry or plum or just vinous notes in general, with a mild sweetness of malt and lot of alcohol in the nose. The smell of dark cocoa and light currant seems to sum it up. The feel is vinous and light tangy with a slight sweetness and warmth in the middle. The mild roastiness is in there with a mild carbonation and semidry finish with lots of candy sugar influence.
The taste has notes of berry, toast and slight sugar with a hint of vanilla and toffee, mild cocoa elements and slight sweet currant and bitter coffee with a mild candy sugar accent and alcohol tinge. The beer is a good drink, a 'Royal Stout' that is best in small quantities which is why the 11.2oz bottle size is perfect, I don't think it is great because the alcohol could be more hidden, but it certainly is enjoyable.
11-01-2010 14:22:49 | More by Slatetank
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
Consumed October 21st, 2010 from an 11.2 oz. bottle with the following lot info: B_6_BB. Poured into a tulip glass.
Beer pours the deepest brown imaginable, with only a few dim mahogany highlights. A one-finger tan head forms and dies quickly, reducing to a thin ring of foam.
Aroma components are rich chocolate, the tiniest hint of a spice (nutmeg?) and a dark pitted fruit and/or red wine tang.
Flavor is luscious, luxurious and all variations on luxe. Slight alcohol burn is quickly submerged under thick chocolate and roast grain. Sweet raisin is a background note and bitterness is low. Very slight woody/ashy flavor flirts at the threshold of perception.
Mouthfeel is exceptionally thick and velvety with a slight tingle on the palate.
One of the greats.
10-22-2010 03:48:58 | More by charlzm
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured into tulip with a large, creamy looking brown head. Nice super dark brown color. This looks delicious.
I smell dried fruit, cherry, and a bit of licorice. I can detect from the aroma this one might be a little hot.
Great tasting beer. I get a lot of mocha and coffee flavor. The finish largely consists of raisins or dates. Each sip is a little different because I can choose to focus on the roasted malts or the nice fruity yeast flavor. The heat is not an issue here as I worried, but there is a slight sharpness, so 4.5 instead of 5.
The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, which for me makes or breaks a stout. Good stuff here as well.
Considering this is a monster of a stout, it's very drinkable Glad I have another one of these for later.
10-18-2010 01:28:12 | More by andrewinski1
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
I received this bottle in a trade nearly a year ago in a trade with drazzamatazz -- finally decided to crack into it. Review is from notes taken on 10/16/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Jeez, just like the name suggests, the pour is black and it starts with a one finger dark tan head that fades quickly to a thin, incomplete and uneven skim on the surface; body is entirely opaque; a few spots and swaths of lacing hold on momentarily before sliding back into the drink. Really, it looks like what I would expect.
Smell: Smell is sharp and full of alcohol right away, and it's very reminiscent of whiskey or bourbon; there are some deep dark roasty malts and some warm toffee or butterscotch notes the back; initially, the nose is very robust (well, actually, it's robust the whole way through the drink), but early on it is so dominated by the alcohol that it's difficult to pull out the aspects; as it continues to warm, the smooth and sweet butterscotch aspect that continues to grow in potency.
Taste: Much more complex than the nose lets on at first -- lots of deep dark roasty and burnt malts; a touch of charred woody; light touch of soy; some dark semi-sweet syrupy chocolate and a dark cherry-like presence and it is initially rounded out by a warm booziness -- I'm a little surprised actually that the alcohol isn't more prominent in the mouth since it really owns the nose for a while; bit of an earthy/dirt-like bitterness in the aftertaste (perhaps a combination of burnt malts and hops [since the label says it clocks in at 100 IBU]); as it continues to warm, the butterscotch becomes even more present in the mouth as well.
Mouthfeel: Definitely thick, and it's definitely thicker in the mouth that it looked on the pour; carbonation is soft, yet still present so the body doesn't come across as remotely flat as is sometimes the case in the big chewy stouts; a thick and dry coating is left all over the mouth and the belly is left quite warm from the high ABV.
Drinkability: My first thought is to just say moderate due to the weight and ABV, but the flavors are so complex and good and wonderful, that I would forego the oncoming intoxication and sip on this all night. I really wish this beer was available to me on a local basis, but if anybody is looking to trade for it, I would say it's well worth it.
10-17-2010 17:57:04 | More by bamadog
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
Thanks goes to exiled for this one. It was part of one of our many trades. Poured into my duvel tulip from a bottle.
A: Pitch black brown. Nice cascade. Full thick two fingers of mocha hued head. Thick lace rings and a solid cap left on top.
S: Sweet rich chocolate fudge cake. Roast malts and coffee. Molasses and hints of campfire. Just a hint of heat. Which is amazing with the abv being as high as it is.
T: The flavor pretty much mirrors the nose. Perfect balance of roasty bitterness and sweet dark chocolate. Molasses and campfire are present as well. Again just a touch of heat.
M: Medium body. Just a touch thin for a RIS. Low carbonation.
D: Overall very well done RIS. Easy drinking and super flavorful.
10-17-2010 01:22:25 | More by beerwolf77
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
Been saving this for a while for a nice stormy night. This one thanks to roopy40 and kkipple. Batch #14, best before April 2013.
Pours with a rich creamy and dark 1.5 finger head in the tulip/snifter glass. It fades at a medium pace with nice lacing, a Belgian messy style lacing. The beer is darker than the devil's asshole and pretty thick looking.
The nose brings pure darkness through. Lots of dark malts, roasted barley with a little coffee, some chocolate malts, a slight cocoa nib like aroma, some fluffy sweet nougat and almost chocolate marshmellow like aroma, a little caramel and vanilla, and hints of dark fruits like fig. It has a slight boozy aroma, but nothing for what I expected at 13%.
Taste comes fluffy and rich at first, more of the nougat and chocolate marshmellow like taste, with a little oatmeal and creamy feel. Plenty more roasted barley and chocolate malt. A little cocoa nib still, and some slight creamy chocolate milk. Plenty of caramel and vanilla. It's very deep, dark, and rich, but not overwhelming with burnt flavors or minerality. A slight Belgian like fruit flavor with more hints of fig and just a touch of raisin. Somewhat sweet, but not very, and a little boozy taste and warmth but nothing for what I expected for 13%. Some bitterness, but not a lot, mostly from the roasted malts, but I think a touch of chewy and earthy hops. It finishes with a little sticky feel but not very much, pretty dry, with a lingering bitter taste, and lots of lingering malts, vanilla and caramel, as well as chocolate.
The mouth is very rich, creamy, pretty thick, and a little bit of velvety texture, with decent carbonation.
It has a surprisingly good and extremely dangerous drinkability. It comes on with some sticky feel, and pretty thick, but it's pretty smooth, a nice dry finish, and drinks remarkably well for 13%, as it seems more like an 8%er.
10-16-2010 02:08:20 | More by jlindros
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 13% ABV, Lot: A 4 BB notched, no date.
Thanks again to Beerwolf77 for another top 100 tick!
A - Deep, dark black with no light shining through, it pours fairly viscous with a dense dark mocha head. Moderate retention with thick lace coating the glass. Some nice cascading in there too!
S - Interesting dark fruitiness on the nose; raisin is prevalent with molasses mixing with the dark, bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Notes of light floral hops on the back end balance nicely. Fairly roasted but no booze comes out. The fruitiness is a little odd though.
T - Rich roasted malts with a heavy molasses and bittersweet chocolate flavor going on, notes of coffee float in lightly with a semi-present hop finish to the beer. An interesting yeast ester fruitiness on the back end mixes it up a little better than it does in the nose.
M - Smooth as silk and viscous with a full body and semi-sweet lingering finish. Just a bit of dryness and some acrid bitterness.
D - Not a touch of the alcohol comes through in this beer but it is fairly rich making it a decently drinkable stout. Better split for sure.
10-13-2010 12:14:45 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
Batch 14 poured on 4/11/10.
Jet black with big mocha head. Aroma of licorice, tobacco, booze and pine.
Sweet dark caramel, raisin notes with a mild bitter coffee finish.
Slick body, light carb. Can't taste the alcohol at all.
10-08-2010 04:27:33 | More by ChrisPro
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
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...
10-02-2010 04:35:49 | More by jsanford
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. It poured thick and black in color with a very dense and thick tan head to it. It kept a nice covering on the top of the beer as I drank it and left some great lacing as well.
The aroma shows a lot of chocolate and roasted malts to it. It has a nice sweetness to it but also stays very smooth and balanced. It almost has the smooth aroma of say an oatmeal stout.
The taste has a rich, sweet milk chocolaty flavor to it at first. It develops more of a roasty, bitter, coffee flavor towards the finish. it also has some smoky and molasses flavors going on that just add to the complexity. It's very balanced for such a big beer and has such a great range of flavors.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being on the lower side. Drinkability is very good, it's a fantastic imperial stout. It had such a range of flavors to it but managed to be very balanced overall. I also really liked the smokiness that came through in it. Excellent beer overall.
10-01-2010 01:39:05 | More by billab914
4.88/5 rDev +15.1%
This is a Batch 0 bottle fresh from De Struise. Perhaps this should be a separate beer from normal Black Albert?
A: Dark, dark brown. Tiny milk chocolate head that lingers.
S: Not at all what I was expecting. There some mixed herbs, a tiny bit of coffee/roastiness, and lots of mixed berrries (?). There was just the tiniest bit of booziness as it warmed.
T: Terrific balance of roasty, sweet, a small amount of tartness, and just plain awesomeness. The berries were not in the taste like they were in the smell - this is just fine, though.
M: Creamy and just plain perfect.
D: At first this was going to be a 5, but after about half way my senses were pretty much shot.
Surprisingly, this isn't exactly what I'd call an "intense" RIS; it's just "full" of everything. I'm pretty sure this is the best RIS I've ever had - no exageration and I've had quite a few.
09-25-2010 15:21:23 | More by BenZ
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
330mL Singleton (Lot: B6BB), poured into a balloon glass
A man who I trust (when it comes to beer) told me that Black Albert was his favorite beer, right now. I rummaged up 2 bottles of the stuff, drank one and cellared the other. This beer is friggin' world-class.
A: Beautifully dark. Beautifully. Not much else to say, really. Pitch doesn't do it justice.
S: Deep, smokey. Draws you into it.
T: Goes on and on, rich, creamy, smokey, but somehow light.
F: The texture here is beyond compare. Velvety. Amazing. Seriously, perfection.
D: Yay for my mouth! (transcribed by my sweet lady at time of drinking)
As a side-note, any beer that uses artwork from www.beautifulfreaktattoo.com on it's label ... is an insta-win. Can't wait until the other bottle gets done sitting around getting better for 2 years.
09-25-2010 01:38:30 | More by codewarrior
4.85/5 rDev +14.4%
Poured into my Westvleteren Chalice
A - Pours a beautiful thick black oily appearance with a tight bubbled tanned head that does not reduce at all/
S - So many different aromas of roastyness vanilla, coffee etc
T - Immense flavours of chocolate, coffee, bread , yeast, smokey roast (Just a little)
M - Fuller than full body with pewrfect carbonation.
D - Every now and then you come across a beer that is hard to fault ... This is one of those. We need a Belgian Royal Stout Category as well because this beer is in a league of it's own.
09-24-2010 16:56:25 | More by eric5bellies
4.45/5 rDev +5%
11.2oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.
A: Pours a deep black with a finger of dense, creamy, light brown head that lasted forever and left great streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Rum soaked raisins, bitter coffee with a slight metallic twinge, and dark roasted malts come through on the nose.
T: Strong flavors of both dark and milk chocolate along with big notes of raisins and toasted grains. There are some hints of molasses, caramel and maybe honey in there as well. Finish is almost sweet with dark fruits (dates, figs, prunes, raisins) and honey, and the aftertaste has a light dark-chocolate/grassy hop bitterness that isn't overpowering.
M: The first thing I noticed when this beer hit my mouth was not its flavor but its incredibly velvety soft yet full and chewy mouthfeel. The carbonation is very light and gives this beer a fluffy texture on the palate. For 13% AVB, the alcohol is masked extremely well. I only get the slightest flavor of it, rather than the warmth or burn.
D: Definitely a little different from a standard RIS, but oh man is this one good! One of the easiest drinking beers out there that contain this much body and flavor. I can only wish this bottle was bigger (and cheaper) so that this glass can never end.
09-23-2010 18:20:44 | More by scottfrie
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
Batch 0. This arrived from Struise just yesterday. Poured into my Bruery tulip.
Pour is beautiful. Almost pitch black, chunky, long lasting tan head. Nice lacing. About as good as it gets.
The aroma is strangely muted, subdued. The most recognizable component is a mixed berry compote. Raisins. Slight roast, dark chocolate, and a wisp of smoke round it out. But this is surprisingly fruity.
Whoa. This is awesome. It opens with a berry sweetness, but almost immediately plunges into the deepest, darkest dark chocolate imaginable. This is like a melted gourmet bittersweet chocolate bar. Alcohol is warming but generally well hidden. This one lingers for a while on the back of the tongue - it's been a couple minutes since my last sip and I can still taste this. Fantastic, and after the aroma a huge and welcome surprise.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are both superb. Thick, viscous, but with an appropriate amount of low-level carbonation.
I've had Black Albert only once before, but this is much, much better than that bottle. Less of the quad characteristics, more of the stout. Worth seeking out. If Struise releases more Batch 0, I will be all over it. Highly recommended.
09-21-2010 23:55:57 | More by davod23
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
330ml bottle served just off temperature in a wine goblet. Batch 14
Black Albert, along with similar stouts aged in different ways such as Cuvve Delphine which I sampled in the cosy and eminently gracious and friendly, t' Brugs Beertje. At 7 a bottle some may pout at my exuberance but the dark, rich, oaked stout aged in bourbon barrels was fantastic.
The rich sticky stout pours with a slightly viscous, oily body with a dark mahogany brown bo
dy with no visible light penetration. A little whisp of a light cocoa head with little bubbles of snake like lacing up and down the edges of the balloon wine glass it calls home this evening.
Despite my rather sniffly demeanour this 13% whopper doesn't lead with subtleties in any respect. The initial waft of alcohol laden tobacco tinged chocolate and espresso soon subsides with a sweet tinge of vanilla, lavender and Turkish delight.
Buttered slightly burnt toast on the palette, huge amount of charring, smoke and cigarillos (it sounds anal but certainly not the depth of a Cohiba or Montecristo) Surprisingly thin mouthfeel for a stout of this size, not comparable to the rich creaminess of something like Stone 12th Anniversary Oatmeal or Victory's sublime Storm King. Low on carbonation with a deceiving drink-ability, the finish is full of the usual plethora of bitter chocolate, espresso and of course the obligatory roasted malt.
This is stout number two from the young brothers and based on comparison with the bourbon aged Cuvee Delphine I do prefer the whiskey aged monster. It might have been the traditional Flemish surroundings or the four or five beers that I had before it but the Cuvee takes pride of place as the best Flanders stout I've had thus far.
09-18-2010 01:01:05 | More by cypressbob
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
09-16-2010 22:14:56 | More by jpmclaug
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
Pours black with some visible carbonation. Some slight belgian phenols, heavily roasted barley and dark chocolate in the nose. Could be a little more pronounced.
This beer tastes literally like biting into a bar of 95% cocoa dark chocolate. Huge bitter chocolate flavor, roasted malt, slight sweetness and well hidden alcohol. This stout is unreal. Slightly thick, almost creamy, in the mouth feel. Not too thin but just right for this beer.
I think this might even be better than the bottles from the original release. Which potentially are the same thing, I guess.
09-15-2010 18:09:23 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.03/5 rDev -5%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass and reviewed 09/13/10.
Forms a large tan head with some subtle reddish highlights. Body of the beer is black in color, delivering on ones expectation based on it's name. Head retention is decent and it leaves webs of lacing as it settles.
Aroma is big and chocolatey with a hint of smoke helping to take a little of the edge off the considerable boozy character. Flavor is also bold and big on chocolate but not nearly as sweet or alcoholic as I might have guessed from the aroma and ABV. Finish is somehow simultaneously fruity and coffee-like.
Have to be honest I let some of the anti-hype concerning this beer convince me it might be a dud but it's actually interesting and suprisingly drinkable.
09-14-2010 19:37:02 | More by berkey
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Batch B6BB poured into DFH pint
A: Pitch black pour that produced over 2 inches of dense tan foam. Had to pour slowly to avoid overflow.
S: Malty coffee and chocolate but with a strong raisin/date presence. About 80% RIS with 20% of quad thrown in.
T: Chocolate and coffee are the main focus here. The dark fruits are there but in the background. Very nice flavor.
M: Not very thick, about medium but very smooth and silky.
D: Amazingly, at 13.00% I'm getting no booze whatsoever. It's going down VERY smoothly! This is really nice---not a big, syrupy RIS but the dark fruit presence melds nicely with the coffee/chocolate.
09-14-2010 02:56:27 | More by Adamdc
3.85/5 rDev -9.2%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a glass alongside another bottle of black albert, cuvee delphine and black damnation.
Albert pours out a brownish black color out the bottle, settling into a black sea once all is said and done. A nice build of mocha colored foam on top with not much lacing. This is not the thickest looking stout i've seen, but thick enough.
Smells don't really explode out alot but with some significant warming the stout in albert comes out. Roasted malt is at the top with chocolate and minimal coffee. A big fruity plum and others with a nice vanilla creaminess. A small hop build ala light storm king in the fresh bottle of albert.
The fruit component comes into play in taste a bit more than I was expecting. I heard that some albert's have some quad tastes and I concur, sort of like a split in between the two styles. Plums are between alot of malt with chocolate and a somewhat spicy belgian yeast in the end.
Not the thickest stout out there but I won't dock points for that. I will however give mad points and props to De Struise for masking that damn 13%, it really is nowhere to be found. Not hot and no alcohol detected, amazing! The body is a above medium build with light but noticable carb pop.
I cant drink a ton of this stuff and Im not quite sure it's worth the price of admission but it's a well crafted stout that strays a bit from the 'sameness' of most rizzes out there. The belgian yeast and slight quad aspects will throw you for a loop.
09-12-2010 15:20:18 | More by BARFLYB
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey tulip glass
A: black engine oil in color with a mocha color large bubbled and three fingered head. Leaves some Nice lacing behind.
S: Nice combination of dark bitter chocolate, light coffee aroma and a small dusting of hops.
T: Extremely well balanced beer with a nice bittersweet chocolate base followed by lots of espresso and a slight added hop punch. Very flavorful.
M: lower carbonation level. Very light hop bitterness in the aftertaste, mostly a light chocolate dusting. Very thick brew , almost syrupy
D: Can't even detect the 13% alcohol level. Very drinkable and quite balanced and flavorful.
09-11-2010 19:36:03 | More by beerpirates
4.58/5 rDev +8%
Bottle from t' Brugges beertje, expertly poured into struise glass of course :D
A: About as perfect as it gets for an RIS. wonderful golden tan 4 finger cap - laces as good as some of the finest lace crafters in Bruges. Black as night liquid.
S: No coffee, no Chocolate, no bullshit. This is just choc full of wonderful roasted malt and aromatic hops
T: Perfectly balanced. Yes, there is some chocolate in here, but its very deep and very well crafted. I didnt take notes, but this was one incredibly complex and balanced stout.
M: Like velvet straight from liberace's suits
D: The most drinkable %13 beer I've ever had. I murdered this bottle and I could have had several more; My aching liver!
Well this is definitely the best, and most balanced stout Ive ever had. I really do like the coffee and chocolate stouts, but this stout is something better than that - complex yet highly drinkable.
09-11-2010 01:29:24 | More by uno99
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.