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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 321
Gots: 362 | FT: 21
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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 abuliarose
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, revealing opaque black body under a finger of thick crema head. Some lacing. Nice and pretty for an RIS. Smells absolutely delicious: sweet and malty with a lot of vanilla caramel and milk chocolate on the nose along with bourbon-soaked dates. Mostly sweet smells with just a hint of roastiness. So excited to try this.
Tastes very sweet and much lighter than expected with a fierce but palatable alcohol presence. Some Belgian-esque spiciness and a rounded roasty bitterness. Less of the dark fruits but they're still present. Carbonation is small-sized and very tingly, adding volume to the already heavy body and creamy mouthfeel. More of a sipper than a good drinker, but the intriguing blend of spice and rich roasted flavors keep me sipping.

Overall I am pretty pleased with this offering. The mouthfeel is a little overbearing for me but otherwise it's very good.

abuliarose, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this stout really does pour black as hell with a rich chocolate colored head that leaves some very nice lacing for 13%.

S: The aroma is similar to Parabola, rich mouth-watering chocolate. Lots of roasted notes, and some liquorice notes.

T: The flavor is heavy in liquorice and chocolate. A little boozy, but very well hidden. Very small notes of coffee and dark fruit.

MF: Mouthfeel is light for the style, especially coming from Belgium.

D: Drinkability is good. Hey, 13% is hard to make drinkable, but Black Albert definitely hit the mark.

TKEbeerman, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of ElGallo
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those funky reviews because it's for Black Albert and Black Albert Batch 0. Part of a Struise tasting that also included Cuvee Delphine.

The Black Albert was a 2010 11.2 oz. bottle obtained in the U.S. Poured into a brandy snifter. Not much head but killer aroma and some decent lacing. The roasted malt notes hit you with the first sip, but they mellow out over time. The mouthfeel is good, and the chocolaty notes make this a very enjoyable royal stout.

The Black Albert Batch 0 was a 2010 11.2 oz. bottle obtained in Belgium. Poured into a brandy snifter. Even though this is Black Albert, my sources tell me this is technically a quad, and the same recipe as the batch sent to Ebenezer's Pub for their 1st Belgian Beer Fest. Everything about this beer is perfect. I love Pannepot, and it puts that quad to shame (ok not to shame, but Batch 0 is just "better"). Smooth, silky, subtle dark fruit notes, everything in balance. One of my all-time favorites.

So let's say A- for the Black Albert and A+ for the Batch 0.

ElGallo, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of chalsk
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting to grab a bottle of this. Pours a black color with a tan foam head. Has an aroma of dark fruit and chocolate with hints of citrus. Sweet and creamy from the dark fruit, then the gentle carbonation kicks in with some nice roasty maltiness. Finish citrusy sweet. Some chocolate notes on the finish. Very excellent brew.

chalsk, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A= The pour is a pitch black color with a nice two finger head rising out of it that holds some nice retention and has steady lacing for such a big beer. The heads color is a nice mocha color.

S= Big booze comes from the nose. That's the first thing I notice. There's a lot of roast to it as well as some odd estery sweetness to it. The esters are true to any Belgian beer I suppose. The only problem is that it smells a lot of alcohol. Almost reminds me of WWS in a way only less sweet in the nose.

T= The taste tops the smell anyday! Wow this is a smooth easy drinking stout. There is plenty of roast to it as well as sweetness to balance it out a little. The alcohol never comes through in the taste at all and the Belgian yeast leaves a little fruityness to it that I've never had in a Impy stout.

M= This unfortunatly is a little weak. It is so thin however that you never really notice your drinking such a huge beer.

D= The thin mouth on this leads to huge drinkability. This is such an up and down beer as far as the rating categories go but it is still amazing. One of a kind beer that I have never and possibly will never have anything like again. I'm happy I found a spot that carries these because I'll be going back for more that for sure.

jjanega08, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours completely black with a light brown head. Opaque. Booze coats the glass throughout.

S - Big espresso, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt character complimented by a little bit of booze and molasses. Very explosive aroma to it.

T - Everything from the aroma comes out here and mingle together in the mouth quite well. The finish is quite bitter as well.

M - Full bodied, sort of thick with not alot of carbonation, velvetty in a way.

D - How could you turn down another one of these? Packed with flavour and the alcohol doesn't make itself all that apparent but still shows up to class.

tbeckett, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black Albert Batch '0'
330 ml bottle 13,0% Abv
Poured into a snifter.

Black Albert has been on my wants list for ages, thanks to Thijs for getting this limited version to us.

Appearance: Batch '0' pours the blackest of blacks, even when held up to a light bulb, not even a hint of light is visible along the edges.
A huge tan brown head towers above the beer, lasting extremely well and leaving great lace for a beer of this strength.

Smell: Hmmm, I think I poured this one a little too cold as the smell seems fairly muted to start. A little warming makes a massive difference. Medium roast coffee, bitter sweet dark chocolate and slightly charcoal like roasted malt are present in equal quantities. As the beer warms vanilla, toasted whole-wheat bread, dark candi sugar, molasses and dark fruit are well noted. There is just a hint of bitter hops towards the end of the nose.

Taste: Great flavour, far more balanced than the BDII that I had last night. As in the nose top quality coffee, roasted malt and chocolate are dominant, but molasses and the dark fruit play much more than a supporting role. Bitter hops are well noted in the finish. Hints of smoke, caramel and toasted bread are also present.
I just realised that this is the strongest beer I have ever had; I never would have guessed that - the alcohol is totally hidden in both the flavour and smell.

Mouthfeel: Sublime, full, thick, sticky body. The carbonation is understated and super smooth. This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink.

Drinkability: Superb beer, massive and complex flavour. Great beer to sip on, I could well start drinking beers like this instead of whiskey on cold evenings after dinner.

I am surprised, Black Albert actually lived up to my expectations, superb beer and one I'd love to have again.

Thehuntmaster, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 0. As good as anything else available to celebrate with.

As with other incarnations, this is perfect. Jet black with a dense, dark brown, creamy head with exceptional retention and lacing.

Unlike other batches, this is a lot fruitier with an almost tart berry character. Definitely not infected, this has raisins, dark fruits and a little cherry. Dry unsweetened cocoa, grainy roasted malts and a mild ashy character are present. Unlike other beers I've had recently, there's very little caramel and brown sugar sweetness present, probably indicative of a lack of specialty grains? A little licorice and some alcohol round out the nose. As it breathes, the tartness reduces, and a sandalwood aroma appears and grows.

Big, thick and chewy, this beer opens with a blend of grainy bitterness and moderate fruit. There's an undercurrent of almost a horse blanket funk that's present, a very low level. While I won't call this infected,I will say that this is a little different from what I expected. For fruit, there's plums, figs and a little bit of raisin, and they pair quite beautifully with the grainy, roasted malt. A moderate cocoa flavor is present on the mid-palate, lending a mild acidity to the beer, like cocoa sometimes does. The sensation of funk (which I confess I could be imagining) is heightened by the acidity on the finish. Grain, mild fruit (cherries), and some cocoa all lend to the acidity that lingers, along with a little licorice. Hops are pretty much absent, and this beer is unique among stouts in that it isn't particularly roasty or sweet while still recognizably a big, big stout. And unlike other batches, this doesn't strike me as particularly quad-like either. Spices are fairly low, and the sandalwood that's present on the nose reappears on the palate. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, with a whisper appearing on the finish. Full in body with soft carbonation, this beer is a monster on the palate. The finish is excellent, I really love the finish here. As for drinkability - 11oz over an hour is proving to be too easy, and for a 13% beer, that's an excellent thing.

Ultimately, I don't get the hoopla behind this beer (or this batch). While focused and well-structured, it's ultimately not that interesting. Cuvee Delphine, OTOH, is where it's at.

DefenCorps, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of dubinsky
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 14 poured into a snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a two finger mocha, creamy head. Excellent retention that ultimately leaves a very dense lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, dark malt, dark stone fruit, cherry coke. This smells wonderful.

T - WOW!!!! This is one of the coolest, best tasting beers i have ever had. There is so much awesomeness going on here. Dark cherries, prunes, chocolate and espresso. Whats unique about this one is that it has a distinctive Belgian yeast flavor to it which is different from the other imperial stouts i have come to love. Almost like a quad. Oh yeah, it reminds me of a flat cherry coke as well, really unique.

M - Ridiculous mouth feel. Very full bodied, yet smooth as silk. It's thick and chewy but something about it, perhaps the gentle carbonation and the fluffy/creamy head make this beer truly amazing. Luxurious.

D - This is definitely drinkable, but i don't want to "drink" it, i want to sip and savor it for as long as possible. For a 13% high abv, it doesn't burn at all. Has a slight warming effect, but again is extremely smooth. Someone else said it well, this beer blurs the line between Quad and Russian Imperial Stout. The cost is a bit prohibitive, but really, who cares with so much awesomeness going on.

dubinsky, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Batch "0" poured into a mini snifter appears pretty much black in color with a lighter brownness around the edges. A very dark brown head appears and slowly fades. As it recedes, patches of lace cling to the glass with smaller spots in-between. Swirls revive the head showing a bit of clarity when the brew is thinned out during the swirl.

The nose is dark roasted grains reminiscent almost of a bitter baker's chocolate. A slight vinous twang is present along with a bit of citrus hops. Other smells suggest some deep dark roasted coffee.

The taste is seemingly dry but that is mostly a feeling imparted by the heavily roasted grain which makes itself known straight out the gate with a wallop of alcohol. The flavor of the alcohol opens up some dark fruity flavors of plum, raisin and some more vinous quality. Once warm there is minor indication of a liquorice type of taste.

For such a bold brew this brew is ridiculously smooth and drinkable. The grain is heavily kilned and leaves a lasting roasted dark flavor residing in the mouth with each sip. There is a moderate bitterness that equally matches the solid alcohol presence. Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. If I haven't said it enough already, this is a very drinkable beer. Despite any hesitations about infection issues or variance from batch to batch, you gotta give this one a try.

stakem, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Lunch and nyrangerfan for sending a bottle each of this as extras in past trades! Lot B-6-BB per the bottle. Served from bottle into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Poured pitch black with a three finger fluffy tan head that very slowly resided to a one finger. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, molasses, alcohol, and a sublte sour note (infected?). The flavor was of roasted malt, sweet malt, molasses, sugar, alcohol, and a very very sublte sour note. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Was it infected or not? Maybe a little bit, but to be honest it didn't really kill any of the flavors in the brew and also helped to cut down on the booziness quite nicely. This brew infected or not is definitely worth trying for sure.

thagr81us, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of bbeane
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... starts with a small light brown head that disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing. Beer is pitch black in color with no light showing through when held to the ceiling

S- First nose is kind of weak... some mild dark fruit aroma with a hint of wood. As it warms, the dark fruit aroma becomes more evident along with some booziness

T- Starts out with some dark fruit sweetness mixed with a hop presence and some heat. As it warms the malty sweetness starts to overpower the hops and surprisingly the boozy heat seems less evident

M- Has nice body... bit chewy with light carbonation

D- Honestly... total disappointment. The appearance, aroma, and taste were average at best for the style and especially for the price


bbeane, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 14

Appearance -- Pours an impenetrable black with one finger of creamy dark khaki head. Really good retention for the style as well as dense lacing.

Smell -- Chocolate malt, roast char, abundance of raisin and prune, spice, dark brown sugar. Overall: rich, roasty to the brink of burnt, and

Taste -- Dark roast? The darkest. raisin and prune, red grape, gentle spice, dark chocolate, espresso, anise, and molasses. Finish is dark chocolate and burnt bread crust.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with moderate fluffy carbonation. Alcohol is present, but very gentle considering the ABV. Luxurious.

Drinkability -- Blurs the line between Quad and Russian Imperial Stout. Very interesting. Has the hallmark burnt malt flavor of Belgian Russian Imperial Stouts along with estery Quad qualities. The Belgian RIS to beat for certain.

yeahnatenelson, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of rudzud
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged for atleast one year. Poured into a snifter. Thought this would be nice and fitting for my 100th review.

A - Pours a dark, oily black with absolutely no light penitrating the pour. There was a nice dark milk chocolate half a finger head that quickly faded into a thin halo.

S - I can see where some people are getting quad with this aroma. Theres some nice chocolate notes up front along with some roasty malt but for the most part this is rather awkwardly dominated by dark fruits.

T - Much like the nose there is a delicious chocolate and roasty malts but there is just too much dark fruit flavours. It overpowers the mouth and washes out more subtle flavors of vanilla. Still delicious though.

M - Low carbonation, which is expected with this high of ABV. Surprisingly dry though.

D - Overall, this stuff is good but I really dont think its worth the price point. Now that I've tried it, I dont really think its worth all the hype, either.

rudzud, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy tan froth

smell: loaded coffee, and heavy chocolate aromas

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, Dry, not sweet at all. loads of coffee flavor. some fruit dark fruits represented

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: not nearly worth the hype and price. worth seeking for anyone who likes RIS...

CampusCrew, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

A: black as night poured out a huge head with tiny bubbles this thing looks great! the head was even brown! great look!

S: roasted notes Belgian yeast and some sweetness but not a hell of a lot of character on the nose

T: Roasted notes with dark chocolate hints of coffee smooth beer no alcohol here its blended perfectly

M: med to heavy mouth with med carbonation

D: very drinkable and balanced beer

overall: I am glad I got to try this its a very good beer I would like to have more roasted character to this beer. thats my only complaint.

JamisonM, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl.oz bottle marked Batch 14, Lot: B 6BB onto a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Poured a deep dark brown/black with a noce 2 finger, bubbly mocha colored head. Nice head retention that then slowly fades to a lacing of the same color. There seems to be quite a bit of sediment floating around in the body of the beer as well.

S - Lots going on in the nose here. Chocolate, roasted malts and caramel take the forefront. There is also a nice presence of dark fruits; dates, figs, etc. Some slight alcohol notes present as well, but like that found in a nice port. There also seems to be something slightly charred or burnt in the nose; adds quite a nice note

T - Very intereting flavor here. There is chocolate and roasted malts along with some slight coffee and caramel flavors. The dark fruits are subtle here but still noticeable on the palate, although it is more of a cherry flavor and slight raspberry flavor than anything else making it slightly tart. Some nice spiciness adds a lot to the overall profile. Alcohol is well hidden here. Very, very nice.

M - Quite velvety smooth. Slightly higher carbonation than I am used to with stouts, but works exceptionally well with this beer.

D - Surprisingly good considering it is 13% ABV. A very different stout, but done exceptionally well. I have no doubt I will be going back to this one soon.

KAP1356, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/22/10- Had a 33cL bottle of this, marked B6BB.
A: Black; poured with a good tan head that died to a very nice film and collar.
S: Dry chocolate strawberries, raspberries, port/brandy alcohol character, cigar smokiness, caramel. Very good. The strawberries and cigar are very noticeable.
T: Very dry (tart) and very roasted, but not porky. Creamy and slightly caramel, chocolate, brandy alcohol, but not harsh, and smokey.
M: Frothy, dry, nice.
D: Eh... pretty good. One is enough. Overall, this beer rocks.

ne0m00re, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch 0 (or at least it has "0." in marker on the cap -- it came directly from the brewery so I'll have to assume that's correct).

11.2oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Black as night, with a slim finger of head. Not much in the way of retention, but I'm expecting that given the 13%. Plenty of short-lived lacing.

S - It's definitely chocolatey, with some sweet notes of burnt sugar and toffee. There's a fruity aroma to it, mainly in the background, with blackberry and plum. I can see where people get the quad-like qualities.

T - More interesting than I thought it would be. Plenty of dark chocolate, with vanilla and almost an oaky flavor, although I don't think this was aged at all. The dark fruit is much more subdued, and is more in the area of cherry than anything else. An earthy quality that I enjoy in an RIS. This is outstanding.

M - Not as thick as I'd like. The carbonation is very fine, which makes it feel too thin. This beer could definitely benefit from a heavier consistency, but it's not bad.

D - I could go for another one of these for sure, but the abv would keep me from drinking them all night. Very little alcohol detected in the finish, which is surprising for a 13% beer.

O - This one was pretty hyped, and while it didn't quite live up to that it was definitely a nice beer. If it weren't for the price and rarity I'd drink it a lot more.

djmichaelk, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 14. Lot 6 BB.

It pours like a RIS should, a nice deep, rich dark brown/black body with a tan head that billows. It recedes to some very nice lacing as well. Surprisingly, you can still see sediment through the pitch black.

The smell is rich and intriguing. It has a scent like chocolate roasted bread. Literally, it has some very nice roasty scents. There is also a hint of caramel and dark fruit.

The flavor is full-on. It is chocolatey and roasty with numerous hits of caramel and coffee as well. There is also a velvety port presence that is very intriguing. There is also some spices and some raisin. It has a sweetness that isn't overbearing but for sure noticeable, but also a tangy fruitiness that helps balance it. In the end, it isn't as bitter as some stouts can be, rather quite balanced.

The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect: Thick, with just enough carbonation.

This one is a highlight reel bodycheck to the taste buds.

crossovert, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of markaberrant
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pitch black in my snifter, quite fizzy on the pour, dark tan head forms, but quickly fizzles away, I'm guessing due to the alcohol level, leaves a thin whisp of a cap, no lacing

S - big raisin, mellow roast underneath, spicy with a huge fruity nose, very malty, smells like a really good dark strong, not so sure I'd pick it out in a blind tasting as "belgian stout"

T - good bit of molasses and licorice character, really adds to the complexity with the dark fruitiness, roast is evident in the finish, but really melds into the rest of the beer, and makes each sip seem like a bit of a roller coaster ride, belgian spice throughout is not overdone, alcohol is extremely well hidden, as is any hop character

M - well carbonated, but not harsh, alcohol is unbelievably well hidden (though this is an aged bottle), incredibly smooth, including the dry finish

D - wow, this has met my expectations and more!

Just an incredible beer. I have not been crazy about the other De Struise beers I have tried. This one set me back about $12-13 for 330ml, and I put it away for a couple years (has a best before of April 2013, so I think this is about 2.5 years ago). The wait was so well worth it. Exceptional!

markaberrant, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of gtn80
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a jet black with a couple fingers of fluffy mocha head of tiny bubbles and great lacing.

Aroma is of cocoa and coffee with cream.

Taste is amazingly velvety, surprisingly little roast for such a big stout. Chocolate and coffee abound, bit of alcohol heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel is amazing, thick, viscous, almost like a milkshake. Best mouthfeel I have had in a beer.

Drinkability is surprising for such a big stout. Even with the alcohol burn the abv sneaks up on you.

gtn80, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very fortunate to be able to enjoy this on tap at Pizzaria Paradiso in Georgetown last night.

A: Almost two fingers of mocha colored head and jet black color. Looks great, great lacing, just seems like a little aggressive head for a big stout but hey man I like aggressive beer!

S: Lots of roasted malt, chesnut, dark fruit, oak, chocolate, charred marshmellow you name it for what a stout smells like and its probably there in this one.

T: So many layers to this beer. Sweet chocolate and coffee roast up front, charred malt, dark chocolate and vanilla middle, roasty and bitter finish. Sweet and Savory, a little tart almost, and a nice bite in the finish as well. Thats really good.

M: Creamy and coating, juicy, a little on the high side of carbonation but mostly just awesome.

D: What a treat to have this on tap. Very tasty and highly recommended. It is 13%.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

hardy008, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Spica66
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Spica66, Nov 02, 2010
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.