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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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1,591 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,591
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 319
Gots: 378 | FT: 24
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De Struise Brouwers visit their website

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 CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oil slick black body with a thick, dark, mocha head that gives way to a thin, yet consistent lacing around the perimeter of the beer.

Roasted malt and sweet chocolate aromas float from the glass. Hints of booze, dark breads, and yeast are also present.

The flavor is much more roasted than the aroma with a bit of coffee, a touch charred and woody like, and also offering semi sweet chocolate as it warms. Similar to the aroma, there are some earthy yeasts here that compliment some of the roasty/woody elements of the malt.

This Royal Stout is fuller in body with medium carbonation and a boozy, yet somewhat drying finish.

This is certainly a stout that errs on the roasty versus sweet side. I thoroughly enjoyed the earthy yeast and wood character that is not present in many of its counterparts. Overall, this is an impressive beer.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Deep, dark brown, almost black pour with a slight reddish tinge. Gorgeous three finger coffee colored head and excellent lacing. Earthy, roasty malt and booze dominate the nose. I'm also getting some coffee, chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. The taste is much the same. The roasted malt and alcohol are dominant again, with lots of cocoa and dark fruit. The hops are overpowered by the sweetness of the malt, which hurts the balance for me and imparts too little bitterness. The mouthfeel is decent, but leans towards being a little syrupy. The sweetness hurts the drinkability for me. That coupled with the booziness makes this just an average beer. I have to admit that it did get better as it warmed, but I don't really understand all the hoopla with this one. I'm a big De Struise fan, but this was disappointing...

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of craft_shannie
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hootie159
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of greg4579
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Batch 14, 2007 vintage.

Very port like in flavor. Lots of vinous notes. I found the nose faint, and almost nonexistent. I thought the mouthfeel was good and as expected.

A dessert in itself and an enjoyable way to start watching Thursday night football.

Photo of gpawned
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a brown head. the head fades slowly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. I can detect some chocolate as well. I can also detect some figs and raisins. The alcohol content is not very well hidden in the aroma.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Malty caramel sweetness. Alcohol also. Dark fruits make an apperance. Also, a slight chocolatey flavor is present.

This beer is low in carbonation, fitting the style. It warms on the way down. It leaves a malty sweet aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt be the greatest session beer. At 13% ABV, I dont know many beers that would be.

Overall: I had this beer while at the Trappist in Oakland CA. I have wanted to try it for some time, and was pretty happy to get the chance. This beer was pretty good. It was cool to try a beer from Belgium that is not typically available.

Photo of deebo
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 330 ml bottle of Batch 0 BA No. 14, lot A with a BB date of Dec.31, 2017 picked up in December at De Struise shop in Bruges for a hefty $4.70 Euro.

Poured into a snifter this brew is black as a bowling ball with a little head that is mocha in color-no lacing present as the head quickly recedes. Smells like a big RIS, heavy boozy malts with notes of molasses. bourbon vanilla. Initial taste is big smoky, heavily roasted malt with an alcohol kick. As it warms I get a hint of that estery Belgian yeast but it is dominated by the wealth of malts. Dark fruity character as it warms, lower in bitterness than most. A rich heavy body but not sticky or oily. Low carbonation. This high alcohol content volatilizes the beer through your nose very noticeably. This is a big fucking beer. A beer to sip and contemplate. A must for fans of big rich RIS.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Opaque black with a bubbly brown head that fades to a slight ring.

Roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol show in the nose.

Flavor is delicate and dry. Coffee and roasted malts predominate, with a touch of alcohol (but not much, considering the ABV). Well balanced, but flavors are a bit muted.

Mouthfeel very nice, so smooth it's hardly present in my mouth.

This was a very nice beer. The alcohol was well hidden and it had good balance. The flavors were a bit muted though, even after it warmed up. I'd surely have it again, but not at the price I paid for this bottle (near a dollar an ounce).

Photo of klewis
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Pours pitch black with a big, foamy head. Good sustain with thick lacing.

S: Barely any smell whatsoever. Traces of dark fruit, sweet chocolate, and booze.

T: A light sweetness as the beer hits the tongue immediately followed by charred oak, raisins, and espresso. Flashes of cocoa and vanilla in the back. A bit astringent from a noticeable alcoholic character.

M: Full-bodied with fine carbonation. Soft and silky but with a pervasive stickiness.

D: This one is quite hot and needs some time to mellow. Otherwise, the smoothness of the flavors and mouthfeel make this one a winner.

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

Served in my Uprising Chalice at Novare Res' First Anniversary Party. The beer lives up to its name, it is black as night. There is a tan head that settled to a thin coating that lasted until all the beer was gone. It has a roasted malt smell that I rather enjoyed. The first thing that I noticed about the taste was a chocolaty sweetness, followed by roasted malts (of course, this could be more from the aroma than the taste) and a bit of caramel. The beer is 13% alcohol and you can taste it and feel it's warmth, but it isn't overpowering or distracting; in fact, it's quite nice. The beer has a heavy body, but is very drinkable. You don't want to consume this one too quickly, even though it is tempting. This exceptional beer should be enjoyed slowly. Seek out a bottle as soon as possible, or just head to Ebenezer's Pub and get it on tap.

Photo of dataylor21
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of HopDerek
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown color as close to black as it can into a snifter. Big creamy burnt tan head with orange highlights made up of tiny bubbles has nice retention and leaves some beautiful lacing with an oily residue. Smells of dark fruits, molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, leather, a touch of soy sauce/chalk, anise, and a bit of alcohol. Tastes of dark chocolate, dark fruits like figs, raisins, plums, and cherries, a bit of candy, bitter cocoa powder, coffee, roasted malt, leather, soy sauce, licorice, piney hops, and rum. Medium-full in body with low carbonation but a nice pop. Thick yet smooth and creamy with a robustness. Bold but very drinkable with a plethora of flavors and good balance throughout. A little pricey for a 11oz bottle, but worth it every so often.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,591 ratings.