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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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1,457 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 317
Gots: 359 | FT: 18
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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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-08-2013 23:25:09 | More by HopsHopenstein
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JKV96

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-27-2013 23:54:00 | More by JKV96
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Murchmac

California

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PHawk for this beer in a trade. You da man Parker.

(Sung to the tune of Fat Albert)

Hey Hey Hey, it's Black Albert.
And Im gonna pour a dark cola highlighted beer for you.

And you're going to smell alcohol, coffee, and dark fruits too.

You'll taste bitter chocolate now with figs, tobacco and candy can, It's not too heavy, it's got that Belgian thang.

NaNaNa, gonna be a good beer, With some alcohol too. NaNaNa gonna be a thin beer.

This is Murchmac coming at you with an intersting belgian RIS, and if you're not careful, you might believe the hype before it's done.

NaNaNa, thought an RIS with a belgian yeast was interesting, Hey Hey Hey. NaNaNa, that was the only thing. Hey Hey Hey

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 04:13:41 | More by Murchmac
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-16-2012 00:57:57 | More by RedHaze
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a thick black color with a very minimal light brown caramel colored head. Almost no glass lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, spice, sugary sweetness and alcohol.

T: Very bitter with flavors of dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, licorice, dried fruit and tar. In the middle you get the belgian yeast spice flavor and the finish comes up with the sugar candy sweetness. Lingering is a roasted flavor with bitterness and sweetness. Lots of flavors show up once the beer warms, so make sure you give it time.

M: Thick, dense and alcoholic. I can feel the 13% and the beer just lingers in the mouth.

D: Medium at best. This is a sipper and one tiny bottle is enough.

Overall a very good beer, but not really my bag. A bit too big for me with the alcohol and the super roasty flavors. Still I'm really glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 01:59:41 | More by Kadonny
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cyrushire

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

09-22-2013 23:44:59 | More by cyrushire
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter
Lot: B 6 BB; not sure what year this is from

A: Pours a thick viscous, very dark brown, with just under 1 fingers width of espresso colored head that dissipates down almost immediately. There is all kinds of sedimentation floating around in the glass. Leaves affectively no lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit, sour plums and raisin in particular. Roasted, chocolate and coffee aromas. A subtle smoky scent, and a noticeable alcohol character as well. Wonderful aromas, and they are strong!

T: There is a flavor explosion from the first sip. Dark fruits, roasted malt, some hop bitterness, all followed by a big backers chocolate character on the backend. Some specific flavors that are noted throughout the drink are cherry, dark chocolate, raisin, some funky Belgium yeast, roasted coffee, an earthy/grassy character and alcohol to balance it all out. A complex and delicious beer. The amount of different flavors that this brew contains, all harmoniously mixed, is plain impressive.

M/D: Chewy mouth feel. It has a noticeable alcohol burn. The fact that it comes off a little hot is probably the only real negative with this beer, but I guess it’s to be expected with a 13% ABV. This does keep it from being particularly smooth, but at least the alcohol doesn’t distract much from the wonderful flavor profile. Medium to full bodied, with a low level of carbonation.

O: Overall, quite a damn good brew. Right up there, and maybe even passing up Beer Geek Brunch Weasel as my all time favorite RIS. Awesome aroma, and a complex and delicious flavor profile. The one drawback is the price, running $10.50 for an 11.2oz bottle. That, combined with its limited availability will make it something I don’t drink often, but when I do I’ll be sure to enjoy it. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:39:48 | More by zac16125
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kevanb

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a De Struise Brouwers short cervoise.

The beer pours a deep, beautiful jet black color, lovely thick texture as it pours, with a thick, khaki head that has great retention and leaves some nice spots of sticky lace behind. The aroma is wonderfully complex, rich, smooth grain, pitted stone fruit, lightly roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, some char is present as well with some strong alcohol presence at the back end. The flavors are rich and decadent, lots of bitter dark chocolate, smooth toasted grain, raisin, fig, pitted stone fruit, lightly roasted coffee with some light charring with some assertive alcohol at the end that is both abrasive, yet warm and soothing. The body is silk, massive, coats the mouth incredibly well, carbonation is slightly higher than I anticipated, a bit crisp, and the finish is impeccably smooth, creamy and rich.

Verdict: Delicious, bold and downright impressive. The high ABV is a bit of a detractor for me as it gets hot and abrasive and overshadows the complexity that this beer has achieved. That being said, this is a great work of brewing art.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:30:06 | More by kevanb
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-17-2012 00:03:58 | More by John11486
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:11:06 | More by KAP1356
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kbnooshay

New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black as fuck with a super huge brown frothmaster of a head. Aroma is of dark fruits and apples. Tastes like a mix of a strong dark belgian ale and a russian imperial stout. Taste is chocolatly and malty as fuck. Just hoppy enough and super yeasty. Feel is smooth and stickey. For 13% alcohol this goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 03:24:38 | More by kbnooshay
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch '0', meaning already aged for almost 6 years now,can't wait to try.... Pours and extremely black colour with nice dark brown head. Smell is dark chocolate,roasted malts and some dark fruits.taste is very much chocolate,malts,some dark fruits and some coffee bitterness in the end. Medium carbonation,very smooth. This one is even better than the fresh one!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 15:27:02 | More by rvdoorn
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-08-2011 12:49:21 | More by nathanjohnson
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everetends

Alabama

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle I only have rhinos00 to thank for. This was one of the many amazing beers I found in the BIF box he sent me. Serving this one up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours pretty much what I am looking for in a Russian Imperial Stout. Nice dark and flat black color. This beer is not letting any light through whatsoever. The beer produced about three quarters of a finger of head. THe head is a nice mocha brown and has the lasting retention I am expecting. Falls to about a half finger but it throws up some nice and serious lace on the glass. Just has that classic RIS look.

S: The nose is just a bit of a let down to be honest. Getting first thing out of the gate being some serious booze presence. This just screams some serious alcohol in here. Then there is a decent amount of earthy grains coming out. Maybe a little bit of some dark fruit and chocolate. With that said, thats about all that is happening here. This is really booze dominant and I should have probably waited a little while to drink this one.

T: Gotta admit that the taste is much better. I was really worried with the nose. Getting some pretty dark and nicely roasted malts. Some chocolate and caramel for sure. There is a nice touch of vanilla pushing its way out as well. Then a touch of espresso coffee mingles with those dark fruit (cherry, plum and raspberry) flavors you expect from a belgian brewed beer. The belgian qualities are nice in the yeast category as well. There is a decent fruity candied presence here as well. The hops come out in the end with some of that booze I got from the nose, but the booze is no where as dominant here. In the back there is a touch of burning wood as well. Much better.

M: Full bodied brew that is on the lighter side. Still has a nice wieght and creaminess to it. Carbonation is kept in check but still adds a touch of crispness. ABV is totally there and has a good amount of heat in the palate, throat and absolutely warms you up in the ole tum tum. Aftertaste is some dark fruit with some chocolate.

D: This is actually a pretty easy drinking 13% brew. I am constantly reminded it is 13% when I take a whiff, but otherwise its not that bad in the other categories. It goes down pretty easily and the warmth is rather comforting. If I had a 750ml bottle, I would be more than happy to tackle it. The flavors are nice and just a touch different from your typical RIS, which is always nice. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 06:31:08 | More by everetends
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denimdemon

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-17-2012 03:51:14 | More by denimdemon
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown almost pitch black with a huge 1.5 inch caramel colored head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts, with some alcohol notes bleeding through. Intense thick lacing lovingly clings to the glass. First sip is surprisingly smooth with a beautiful bitterness that is coffee and chocolate with a mellow yeast note very present. The body is fairly light and the 13% ABV is very well hidden. Damn this is good. Very sweet and then quickly bitter. Wow. This beer lives up to its hype.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 01:19:00 | More by ATLbeerDog
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GregSVT

Texas

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

11.2oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with a medium tan head that slowly fades leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is vanilla, cocoa, and dark ripe fruits. Excellent aromas that really remind me of Ten Fidy and other nice imperial stouts.

T: The flavors are dark ripe fruits mixed in with a lot of cocoa and vanilla flavors. Man this is great stuff.

M: The feel is thick and viscous just how a RIS should be.

D: I would drink this all the time if it was available to me. Damn good stout. The ABV is a bit high to drink more than a few if you were so inclined.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 01:57:14 | More by GregSVT
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dnichols

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 330 ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: It poured a deep dark brown-black body (even when back lit)with a giant two finger head. The chocolate head was sticky and lingered long into the drink, finally setteling into a thin cover over the surface fo the beer. There was dense lacing that clinged to the side of the chalice.

S: It hit the nose with caramel, toasted brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate and dark sweet fruits (figs, plums). It had a creamy dark bread yeasty aroma and finished iwht a sweet alcohol aroma.

T: It had a tasty sweet and tart chocolate and ripe dark fruit flavor that exhibited complex ranges of flavors (molasses, figs, plums, bakers chocolate). After the initial flavors there are flashes of espresso and alcohol.

M: It was full bodied, creamy, and finished warm and clean. There was little residual aftertaste and just enough complexity to entice the drinker to take sip after sip.

D: It was an excellent, interesting and rich beer that would be great on a cool fall night or as a night cap. Definitely not a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 02:23:15 | More by dnichols
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MarkJBurch

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-04-2013 09:46:19 | More by MarkJBurch
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vacax

California

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

11.2 oz. bottle via trade. Thanks to Javi. Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Black liquid and a tan head that is vast. Huge thick head was unexpected from a giant 13% ABV stout, I was caught off guard. I reckon this is due to the Belgian yeast, but I'll be damned if it doesn't make one hell of a gorgeous stout. Geneorus lacing.

S: Pears, chocolate, pleasant and mild Belgian yeast, candi sugar. Much more fruity and light than most enormous roasty, bourbony imperial stouts.

T: Bursting with pears, dark fruits, maybe even hints of currants. Warming with a crazy fruity Belgian yeast. Bittering hops mix with a sweetness that is almost cloying but actually very pleasant. Rich roasty malt finish to the sweetness. Rich, fruity, and sweet. Unique.

M: Smooth and medium-thick in the world of imperial stouts. Carbonated but not prickly, goes well with the sweetness.

D: Considering it comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle, this is very easy drinking. No problem drinking an entire bottle, though I did share some with my bro. Very sweet but matched by a great fruitiness and roasty finish smooths it out. I would not object to changing this into bomber format. Very big flavors, but basically no alcohol essence.

Unique, enjoyable, sweet and fruity but balanced with a roast and incredibly smooth for such a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 04:56:25 | More by vacax
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birdsellam

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

02-11-2013 18:41:32 | More by birdsellam
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

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

Big up to Phyl21ca for the trade.

Pours a beautiful thick black, can't see any highlights at all in this one. Three fingers of mocha foam that drop to about a finger -- super creamy texture to the head, looks nitrogenated almost, or like a mousse. Awesome!

Smells like stone fruits & alcohol, very rich smell. Taste is very fruity: getting a lot of apple, plum, raisin, with some deep roasted malts & just a tiny bit of smokiness.

Mouthfeel is full but not motor oil -- there's enough fluidity & action from the big bubble head to create a little tingle.

I'm getting through this one pretty fast: it's one to savor, but the flavor's so enticing I want to go back for more each time. I have a feeling the high ABV's going to hit me all at once. I like this a lot, but would never guess that it's a stout: way too much fruit flavor, not much in the way of malt/roast/coffee/chocolate character that I look to in a stout. Don't get me wrong, I really like this & can appreciate it on its own terms, but wouldn't call it a stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 22:04:53 | More by OneDropSoup
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Lunch

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 11.2oz. bottle purchased at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, North Carolina into my Darkness snifter at the appropriate temperature (02/13/10).

A: Pours an extremely dark shade of black with just the faintest ruby hues capped with a thick creamy head of about a two fingers. Some faint lacing is left on the inside of the glass.

S: Dark fruit is easily detected along with roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, barley, coffee, caramel and some booze.

T: Dark fruits and chocolate hit the palate first with layers of cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, roasted barley, and some blueberries. The alcohol comes through slightly adding a nice sense of warming.

M: Fuller-bodied and quite thick with great creaminess.

D: For a 13% abv. Imperial Stout, this was extremely easy to drink.

Overall this quite an interesting take on an Imperial Stout and certainly one that has many features that make it stand out along with some inherent Belgian qualities that add great depth. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 20:17:09 | More by Lunch
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PeprSprYoFace

California

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

Pours a deep black with a nice tan head. Looks soo creamy. Nice lacing

Aroma is awesome. Lots of roast and caramel and toasted sugars. Very aromatic beer.

Taste is different than your average IRS. You can taste the Belgian yeast for sure. It adds a sort of sweet tartness to the beer. Similar to cuvee van de Keizer. Nice and roasty and caramel with the Belgian flavors. Maybe a little too much Belgian flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with thin bubbles.

Overall I couldn't drink a bunch of this. It's tasty but I think I prefer a traditional IRS type yeast to the Belgian take on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 02:03:28 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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tsauce2

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 11.2 fl oz bottle poured in to a 3Floyds Teku

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Almost opaque. Head is light tan, 1/2 in, dissipates to line outsides of glass. Light carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, slightly hoppy, coffee, carmel/toffee.

T: Fresh this is very balanced with nice dark roastiness and coffee but also mild hops. Aftertaste is mostly dark roast malt and coffee, with a touch of hop.

M: Medium body. Ingredients linger on the palate in a balance that mirrors the taste. Dry finish.

O: World class. Nice having this fresh as I have only had it with age on it. $10/bottle is a bit stiff, but I bought it anyway. Wish this was an every day beer for me...

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 02:06:12 | More by tsauce2
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.