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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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1,602 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,602
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 324
Gots: 383 | FT: 27
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewandbbq on 08-23-2007

Originally brewed exclusively for Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black color with a 2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Nice thick rings and dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malt, dark fruits (raisins/plums), and bittersweet cocoa powder. Taste is surprisingly somewhat sour. Dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, and dark fruits coming through on the finish. There is a slight soy sauce flavor that comes out as the beer warms. Very mild roast/cocoa bitterness on the palate quickly fades after each sip. Good level of carbonation with a silky and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS from Struise but the sour flavors I get from this one threw me off.

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

Review from notes.

A: Pours extremely dark black with a one finger tan head that fades slowly. Some nice lacing down the glass.

S: Lots going on here, some dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, belgian yeast, and some roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is some nice roasted malt and chocolate with a little bit of brown sugar. As the beer warms the dark fruit flavors develop and take hold. I was surprised at how much the dark fruit came through with cherry, plum, and fig.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Slight touch of alcohol, but not much at all for being 13%.

O: A dangerously tasty beer at 13%! Not overly heavy, but has a great flavor profile. Could drink this one all the time.

Photo of black13
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Albert O

Happy pour into my HOTD tulip glass. After only pouring half this motor oil like substance from the bottle I had to stop to let the amazing mocha colored head settle. After the fine bubbles settled down, a nice lacing remained. This is what a good head of beer should look like.

S: Full of bitter chocolate, espresso, and malts. All these are blended with a smoky aroma. A very nice smell indeed. Although the ingredients list "candy", I don't pick up any sweetness.

T: Just as it smelled. All those flavors work very well together. And as it warms up to room temperature, the flavors only improve and compliment each other more and more.

M: Very nice. Not too thin, not too syrupy. A pleasure for your mouth.

D: Very easy to drink despite being 13%ABV. In fact, as it warms up it only gets better. I look forward to seeing how this one tastes down the road.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330mL Batch 0 poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark, obviously, and a big tan head forms almost like a nitro pour. Just a beautiful beer.

Smells of roasted malts, metallic chocolate and a hint of coffee. Probably one of the best smelling imperial stouts I have had. Nothing stands out as being too sharp.

Taste is bitter and viscous, with a hint of tartness and coffee like flavors. Beautifully carbonated, particularly for a beer of this ABV, the finish has a bit more of the roasted malt acidity. This is an outstanding beer, one that I wish was more readily available in these parts.

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

Batch No 14.
Ever since seeing Urbain Coutteau at the t'Brugge Beartje the other week, can't get Struise off my mind. Had the impeccable Pannepot a few nights ago, heres to the mighty Albert.
A loud hiss results in dark espresso-tan foam rushing out of my bottle, fresh for sure. Pours a beautiful espresso-pitch black tone. Head is gorgeous, thick rich creamy. A Belgian-esque amount of foam for sure.Really impressive for a 13% stout for sure.
Aromatically ...wow! Liqorice, coffee, chocolate,fig,spiced prunes, rum, raisins, malt,dark bread, deeply roasted coffee.Vanilla, sour-oaky molasses like sourness is appreciated as well. Star anise, pepper and clove come into the mix as well.
After several minutes black grape, and a really nice black-cherry like sourness, adding a distinctive Belgian not come into play, offsetting the rich IRS profile nicely
..as a side note I thought this was in its own category as a Belgian Royal Stout?
Flavor is amazingly smooth, and the alcohol is buried. Cocoa, grape, raisin, cherry, fig, tobacco, bitter cocoa, oak, molasses, pepper, star anise, clove, all mix, but end with a light vinegar-like touch of sourness, Lambic meets RIS finish, that is very nice for my taste. Not cloying in the least, well balanced and conveys a new concept of RIS.
Rather high carbonated for a RIS, and with a sour twist, the mouthfeel is lighter than normal..but I like it. It's a different concept, as Ten-Fidy is a hoppy stout, this is a Belgian-sour-stout if you well.
A critique point is that the flavor is not immensely complex as anticipated, but good nonetheless.
Cheers

Photo of dcloeren
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a coffee brown/black with 2 fingers of CREAMY tan colored head. Definitely have some floaties suspended in the liquid dark hole that is this beer. The head slowly reduced to half a finger and produced excellent lacing

Great coffee notes right off of the bat with solid notes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit (figs/prunes), belgian yeast,a little bit of licorice and maybe a hint of sweet juicy tobacco

The taste of this beer is different than most RIS's that I have had. It definitely has a very tasty belgian sweetness to it along with coffee and dark chocolate. Cocoa, dark candied fruit and maltiness make up the rest of the palate. Sourness comes out once the beer starts to warm up. Very tasty but sweeter than I was anticipating.

The mouthfeel is where I think the beer let me down a little bit. It was deceivingly thin. With that being said the rest of the mouthfeel was cash money. Very smooth and silky, with a tartness on the aftertaste that makes you want to take another sip to quench the tang it produces.

Overall, I think this beer is falling victem to being in the wrong catagory. I am judging this as an RIS but the brewery calls it a Belgian Royal Stout... The thing that really sets this one apart from the RIS crowd is the sourness. I feel that this beer needs its own subcatagory because this is a one of a kind beer to me. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and you sure as hell could have fooled me that this was a 13% abv beer. I highly recommend this beer despite the A- avg that it carries. Very pumped that the liquor store by my gf's apartment carries this. Plan on drinking many more in the future.

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Inky, motor oil in appearance. Just jet black in color, with absolutely no light passing through this beer. A attractive looking huge, thick milk chocolate colored head of foam rounds out the pour.

Dank, earthy in the nose, with hints of espresso coffee and soy sauce. Lots of dark fruits as well. I get aromas of fig, plums and raisins, maybe even a little bit of prunes. Thoughts of baker's bittersweet chocolate, dark fudge or a rich chocolate cake back up the fruit. Roasted, charred and burnt malt aromas. Some booze, sweetness is also evident, but not overpowering.

Carbonation is low, giving the beer a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The sweetness and booze is more noticeable on the palate. Has a lot of similarity's from the nose in the initial taste. Soy sauce, nice dark fruits of fig, plums and prunes. Strong flavors of chocolate. Becomes more complex as the beer warms though. There's a faint smokiness emerging. Flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans and chocolate covered raisins. Dark fudge, reminds me of tootsie rolls, milk duds or a rich, chewy brownie. It's full of dark fruits. More sweetness appears as the beer warms. I'm thinking of a rich chocolate cake spiked with a shot of bourbon. Has a dry, roasted malt bitterness in the finish.

A rich, full bodied imperial stout, with great drinkability.

Photo of jethrodium
2.76/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle. Batch 14. Pours a pretty dark black that is a lighter cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. One finger relatively dark tan-chocolate head that has pretty good retention and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big molasses and licorice. Smells sweet with a little bit of coffee, but not much roast. The taste is very sweet with a lot of licorice and molasses. The alcohol is pretty strong as well. Not much else. The sweetness tends to dominate everything. Light bitterness on the finish. Medium body. It does manage to not be syrupy for how sweet it is. Low carbonation. The beer was overall just too sweet with nothing to balance it out for it to be enjoyable.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 14. Pours as one of the most beautiful stouts I've ever seen. Pours a dark black with an AMAZING brown-tan head that is nice and frothy. Scent is VERY boozy with some lovely espresso and vanilla aromas. I also get some dark chocolate and toffee... Oh wow, this taste is genuine. Such profound alcohol and coffee flavors, blended nicely with chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is where this beer shines the most...oh so creamy and full-bodied. Just magnificent. Drinkability is fairly high for such a high ABV beer. Overall, this beer is pricey, but worth it IMO. It's an awesome imperial stout!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle drank during the epic March Madness '11 week.

Poured out a Saturday morning I believe, while many were still hungover, I pretty much drank this one to myself, black ass beer, deep tan head, mocha like in appearance. Aroma was heavy on the coffee and strong roast, but nothing too special going on, nothing offputting.

Taste is quite good at hiding the high abv. Obvious shout outs to dark chocolate and deep roasted malts (coffee). Stays bitter, but not to where it becomes a challenge or a negative. Belgian yeast seems to round the beer out nicely without detracting from the sturdy malt viscosity. I didn't really catch much in the way of dark fruit stuff that other reviewers did.

Enjoyable, but at almost $1 an ounce, this one has many more options of comparable quality at a much better price, which takes its overall score down a smidge.

Photo of CanuckRover
2.83/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black, nice mocha head settles pretty quickly to a thin film. Spotty lacings.

Very sweet aroma. Loads of dark, and really ripe, fruit with a real sugary sweetness.

Aroma carries over to the taste. Syrupy fruit all the way through. Clumsy whack of well-roasted coffee, but almost immediately overcome by more malt sweetness. Also a metallic sourness throughout which doesn't help matters. Eventually gives way to boozy finish.

Like stouts with a bit of texture, but this is syrupy. Reviewers who mentioned cough syrup are right on both taste and mothfeel.

I was excited to try this, but really let down. Way out of balance.

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

100th review!
11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Deep dark brown with a thick brown head. Mild lacing left on the glass.

S - Chocolate, but very mild. Some carmel and sugar.

T - Carmel, Brown sugar, malts, chocolate.

D - Nice carbonation.

O - Nice and smoth. I ate a brownie with this and they paired perfectly.

Photo of YaKnowBrady
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle, 2009 vintage.

There's no secret why they call this Black Albert. No light penetration, even when held up to a 120 watt bulb. Cap comes off easy, with little expression of bottled up gases. Pours a syrupy cascade, with little head development.

Smells of raisins and booze. You get the alcohol right up front, so there's no secrets here. You're gonna feel it. A bit of graham cracker maltiness, and sweet, dark fruits.

You taste the alcohol in here, but not in a bad way at all. Like sipping a good scotch, although this is better, and burns way less going down. Similar to the scent, you get a lot of fruits and cocoa, coffee, and bran.

Overall, one of the best stouts out there, IMHO. I will always keep an eye out for more, and will eventually see how the ones I have are aging from year to year, Probably only gets better.

Photo of woosterbill
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. I purchased it at Julio's over a year ago, so it's no younger than early 2010, probably an 09.

A: Having heard stories of infected bottles providing copious amounts of foam, I begin by pouring slowly down the side of the tulip. No problems at all, and once I straighten things out I'm left with a perfect inch of creamy brown head atop a deep black body. Lovely retention and lacing, especially for such a big beer. The only downside is a rather large amount of sediment, but that's probably my fault for not paying too much attention to the tail end of the pour. Gorgeous beer.

S: Oh, my. What an aroma. Bittersweet chocolate jumps out, followed closely by rich dark fruit - prune, raisin, cherry. More chocolate maltiness fills in after the initial wave of fruit, along with some licorice and herbal, citrusy hops. I can't believe the sheer amount of complexity, and yet everything works together perfectly. This, so far, has all been from my first few deep inhalations. As I let the beer warm, even more olfactory beauty wafts my way: the chocolate gets sweeter and picks up nuances of smoke and nuts, the fruity edge softens into some candy-like sweetness, and at no point does the substantial alcohol show through. Wow. Hands down one of the best aromas I've smelled this year.

T: Roasted malts are the first thing I taste, with slight coffee joining the dominant chocolate from the nose. The dark fruits come on strong, lending a hint of tartness midway through, and huge hops bitterness joins with some big (but manageable) booze on the finish. Tastes more Belgiany than it smelled, with the candi sweetness and slightly tart fruitiness giving it a distinctly quad-like feel. Saying it tastes like a quad is too simplistic, though, as it only does so at times: initially it tastes like an RIS, then a quad, and finally almost a black IPA with the huge bitterness. It's awesome, but the disparate flavors don't meld quite as seamlessly as they did on the nose.

M: Silky full body with a goodly dose of soft carbonation. Decadent, and perfect for what it is.

O: I've been sitting on this one for a long time, never able to get up the nerve to crack this small pricy bottle. I'll be heading to Europe in just a few days, though, with a possible trip to Struise, so I wanted to try their flagship stout before making up my mind about an itinerary. All I can say is, this beer blew me away by being exactly what I hoped it would be: hugely complex, distinctly Belgian, and decadently delicious. Now I just need to track down all the Black Damnation variants!

Cheers!

Photo of Brabander
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had a beertasting yesterday evening with my cousin Bert and his son Michael. After a while Mrs. Brabander joined the tasting. I used small Westvleteren and La Trappe tastinglasses.

I am visiting the Struise Brouwers once a month when i am picking up the Westvleteren. Always fun at Urbains and Carlo's place. Never drank the Black Albert though. During this tasting we tried this one.

The ones who know me know that i am not really a stout lover. This beer however is spectacular and i can say that this is one of the best beers Urbain has ever made.

Poured in the glass this beer is really pitchblack with the best head i have ever seen on a stout. The foam has millions of the smallest bubbles.

Great smell, everything a stout should smell like is in this beer.

Superb taste with something in this taste which i could not point out. But this extra taste made the beer extraordinary.

Plain and simple; this is a super beer!

Photo of nhindian
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch '0' review.

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle generously split by russwbeck, thanks Russ!

Lot D.

A - Pours a chocolate brown, with lighter brown highlights. The head is aggressive and bordering on excessive as it continuously rises, almost 3-fingers in height. Certainly can't say it doesn't look impressive, however, with its tan color and great retention. Lacing is much better than the normal version, with generous amounts of foam sticking to the glass.

S - The smell is much more up my alley than normal Black Albert. Gone are the funky sour aromas I've encountered in two separate batches that just seemed out of place, and they are replaced by a much more roasted profile. Big notes of coffee and dark chocolate from the malts, a distinct Belgian yeast smell, and some slight booze.

T - The taste is definitely more mellow and robust than typical Black Albert. A very roasty beginning paves the way for espresso and caramel malt, along with a good amount of chocolate. The Belgian yeast strain is actually a bit of a deterrent, imparting a funky flavor that just kind of seems weird given the rest of the flavors. I'm sure it has its niche, but can't say its my preference. Some dark fruits and sugar, giving the impression of rum soaked raisins. The alcohol is much more hidden here than in the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with high carbonation. Like most Belgians this too has above average carbonation, which for the style may need to be swirled out a little. Leaves a strong chocolate and roast aftertaste.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. Much better than normal Black Albert but can't say it's a favorite of mine. The flavors aren't amazing and in my opinion the yeast clashes with the typical stout flavors.

Photo of russwbeck
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The scores are from Batch 0, if I counted my scores from Black Albert, they would be much lower.

Black Albert Batch A4BB

I was going to try this side by side with Black Albert Batch 0, but when I opened this it exploded with head out of the top before I could even get the cap off. Not a good sign. After pouring ever so slightly to avoid the ridiculously fast growing head, the first smell definitely leads me to believe this is infected. It smells like a Flanders Oud Bruin to be honest. The taste is light and while not sour, it certainly isn't what I'd expect from a RIS. I don't think I'm going to review it anymore than that. Pretty disappointed here, let's see what happens with Batch 0...

Batch 0 Lot D

A: The head on this is huge. You really have to be careful when pouring to avoid a Duvel type 6 inch brown head. Black pour.

S: The smell is distinctly Belgian, very sweet. A bit of roastiness is mixed in as well giving it that stout feeling to it. It does smell more like a Quad than a RIS though.

T: This is the taste I was expecting. It really is hard to believe that this is an older version of the infected mess I opened first. The Belgian yeast and funky taste is there, along with a bit of dark fruits, but it also has a nice roasty character. The Belgian tastes seem to start the beer, and stout characteristics end it.

MF: Thankfully this has a medium body and was not light and watery like Black Albert. A bit boozy, with a dry aftertaste.

O: This was ok. It isn't great and overall sort of weird, but there isn't anything wrong with it. Is it worth the price it goes for? Probably not, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cracked this open for my best friend's (belated) birthday.

Darker than dark. Probably the darkest beer I've had since my '07 Dark Lord. Very little lacing, and about a 3-4mm chocolate head.

Upon cracking the bottle the aroma hits me hard. Little bit of booze, lots of dark fruits, some chocolate hidden in there.

Taste mimicks smell. Lots of dark fruits, raisins, hint of roasted malts, plus some nice chocolate at the end. Oh, and some booze as well.

Smooth as silk. Hell of a lot of mouthfeel, but what do you expect from a 13% Belgian Royal Stout?

Overall fantastic. Definitely a top 5 all-timer, and probably top 2 for the "style" whatever that is. This honestly tastes nothing like most american "russian" imperial stouts. Fruity in the way that a quad is fruity (must be the belgian yeast strain). At any rate, seek this beer out. IMO De Struise makes better beers than Westvleteren, and they're actually relatively accessible.

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

Reviewed from notes:
6oz pour at the Armsby Abbey

A: Pitch black, no light is getting through this. I probably got close to a 2 finger mocha brown head, very tight bubbles.

S: Orange rind (yeah, really), dark fruits, tart cherry, chocolate, alcohol.

T: Chocolate and coffee upfront with a heavy does of roasted malts coming through in the middle. Lots of dark fruits and tart cherries develop from the middle to finish. Candy sugar/caramel sweetness that is just present enough to give a little balance to an otherwise dry profile. Extremely dry and slightly bitter finish with just a ton of cherry and dark fruits, almost a port-like finish, but more Belgian. Quite impressive. It's like someone mixed a quad in with my RIS. I like it.

M: Pretty darned thick and oily, medium carbonation, a little alcohol burn on the finish. Extremely dry.

O: This was my second try of the Royal Albert and it definitely lived up to it's name sake. Though some might not dig the tart cherry and belgian flavors, I think it's a welcome change. I'd definitely try to get a couple bottles if the opportunity presented itself.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lot B, bottled June 2007.

Opens with a nice 'tsst'.

A. Pours a thick black with a creamy coffee colored head that rises two finger breadths above the liquid and slowly recedes to a thin cap leaving no residual lacing.

S. Dark chocolate, some sweet milk chocolate, coffee, and cocoa. Figs and some tannic red wine character really come out as it warms. You also get a nice mix of cherry and woody aromas - like macerated whole cherries with pits.

T. Bitter dark chocolate, some fruity tartness on the tail, and some espresso bitterness. Quite a bit of ethanol on the end and in the aftertaste; although the beer is 13%, I'm surprised that you still get this after nearly 4 years of cellaring. It ends on a dry tannic red wine like note.

M. Super thick and creamy. Luscious.

D. A beer clearly designed for sipping. This is certainly an interesting beer, but I don't think it diverges enough from an RIS to be considered its own style (Belgian Royal Stout).

Photo of JayS2629
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely phenominal! Reminds me of Rochefort 10! Rich, smooth, dark chocolately velvet wrapping dark cherries, plums and currants. Roasted coffee sways through it with a tiny hint of smoke. The taste follows the nose of dark chocolate, toffee, sweet malts, and dark fruits. complex! Earthy notes, and a hint of smoke. Velvety smooth like liquid chocolate. Thick, dark, black, oily with a great pillar of head that has great retention and beautiful sea foam lace! Only beaten by the Rochefort for hiding the alcohol better.

Photo of DanielRP
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden. "Batch '0'". Not cellared after picking it up from the store. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A good fizz when the bottle was opened, indicating lots of carbonation. Dark as night. A big pillar of light brown foam rises upon the beer hitting the glass.

Smell: Noticed it from half a meter after opening the bottle. Strange, not a "typical" stout, but one shouldn't expect it either. I'd say that I find a classic Belgian yeast smell, but I don't know if I'd picked it up as such if it hadn't had "Belgian" written all over it. A faint sour touch, nice. Also the familiar "dark fruit" smell.

Taste: Where did the sourness go? Where did the Belgian style go? Very lightly hopped. Coffee is noticeable. It is very polite at first, and doesn't really fade or strengthen, but lingers for a long time. A bit of spiky alcohol can be found directly when it goes down, after that it disappears and the musty dark and roasted sensation takes over.

Mouthfeel: Not robust creamy like some of the "killer" examples in the class, but OK. Carbonated aptly. A bit of the before promised sourness can be forced through, but I would gladly take a lot more.

Drinkability: Easily downed, which is impressive, but for a 13% abv beer, that's not really what I'm looking for. Maybe the American style hop monsters have deafened me, but this is a bit too bland for me to add to my list of regulars, especially with the high alcohol trade-off.

I went in to this beer with the highest of expectations. "Belgian Royal Stout" - sounds great, I imagine a tough, dark stout with the classic Belgian sweet&sour blend. I didn't get that, instead I'm sitting with a very decent stout, towards the coffee style. Not bad, but not what I hoped for, and, for me at least, not really up to the price of the bottle. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but price and expectation factors disappoint me.

I have another bottle that I will let sit for a while. Can't really see that it will go to a personally more enjoyable place beer-wise, but I'll take my chances.

Photo of mavbrew
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey.

A: Pours a deep black color with a massive dark tan/mocha colored had that takes a good couple minutes to dissipate. Leaves some serious lacing.

S: The scent consists of sweet chocolates, dark fruits (strong aroma) with a slight roasted scent and a bit of alcohol. The beer has a very sweet aroma to it.

T: The taste is much like the smell, there is a rich chocolate flavor up front with dark fruits and sweet malts. There is a roasted flavor with a bit of alcohol as well. The finish is creamy.

M: Full bodied with not much carbonation. The feel is creamy throughout and sweet as well.

D: This is a very good beer, it is very smooth (for 13% ABV) and well balanced, between the sweet and roasted malts. As mentioned above, the 13% is not unnoticed, but it is only slight.

Photo of rustymoore
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep black with thick tan head and excellent lacing throughout

S: smells sweet and of dark fruit, mild ethanol notes

T: tastes like raisin, dark fruits, sweet and syrupy, you can definitely taste the strong alcohol flavor.

M: smooth yet strong and the alcohol content makes it tougher for some to take down

O: overall a complex beer that reminds me of the Rochefort series with the sweet fruit flavors

Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of korguy123, 37cl into a couple of snifters. Split with Steve. June 2007 vintage. Thanks guys.

Pours black, creamy tan head with great retention, legs but not a lot of lacing. Nose of dark fruits, some raisin, port qualities, vanilla, chocolate and brown sugar. Taste has a complex interplay of dark chocolate and this dark fruit/port character, that suddenly takes on a roasted and coffee like flavour about 2/3 of the way through the mouth. Dark fruit returns as it finishes and lingers. Dry finish. Solid and full feel to it. Well constructed and very nice overall. My first from De Struise.

Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,602 ratings.