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Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
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1,467 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,467
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 317
Gots: 357 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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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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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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MarkJBurch

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12%

12-27-2013 19:47:17 | More by craft_shannie
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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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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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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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Beezee

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-18-2012 05:55:29 | More by Beezee
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stevec32

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-11-2013 02:06:05 | More by stevec32
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AOShabaz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-04-2013 19:36:03 | More by AOShabaz
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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
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark head and nice lacing. Smells like a somewhat sweet, dark berry black coffee. Fair amount of sweetness in the taste. Dark fruit, cacao, and black coffee pretty early on, but not too bitter A hint of alc., but super well hidden consisdering. Can't really put my finger on everything else I'm getting; I just keep thinking berries and fruit or something. Hint of bitterness shows up on the end, and a very slight ashy roasted aftertaste pop in for a second, but disappears quickly. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:40:51 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

07-17-2013 16:36:06 | More by mwbrady12
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EB1

California

3/5  rDev -29.2%

09-28-2013 21:18:50 | More by EB1
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the 2010 batch, pours black with some light coming through the corners, and a spotty tan head. Nose is focused on a nice Belgian quadrupel yeast and has some charred, ashy elements of an imperial stout. Very light roasted coffee and maybe some cherries. Flavor is an interesting mish-mash, more roasted malt than in the nose, of course that smooth Belgian yeast, and some bittering influences rising up in the finish. Bitter coffee perhaps even some hop oils rising up there. Pretty nice, kind of zesty and bright, but the flavors aren't focused as they could be, so while tasty, it's kind of unfocused.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 19:54:25 | More by JAXSON
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black body, faint trace of tan head.

Nose mostly contains some funk... not much else.

Taste is interesting, tart, complicated body, thick and rich with some malt character, dark cocoa. Can't taste the alcohol at all. Some blueberry in there, maybe tart cherry in the aftertaste.

Full, rich, and thick. Light milkshake thick.

Interesting stout with a very well-integrated tart component.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 02:08:48 | More by zaphodchak
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errantnight

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, brdc, for making drinking this bad boy a reality.

Well, it's not really a Russian Imperial Stout... but it's a big, delicious, exceedingly drinkable stout.

Pours a deep, opaque jet black with several fingers into my Bruery tulip... It has superb sticky lacing and a lasting head. What? Big stouts that don't look like sludge?!

The aroma is a ton of chocolate, more milk than dark chocolate, with some fig and/or rich, dark, ripe fruit aromas. Surprisingly, as it warms, this really pulls back a bit... it seems a bit flat.

Even before I get to the taste, I have to mention the mouthfeel here, it's a velvety smooth texture that's practically unlike anything I've had. It feels full, but complete, without being sticky. Amazing.

The taste, like the aroma, actually seems to get flat as it warms. But what's there is a dark caramel sweetness, maybe with some mincemeat qualities, a hint of roasted coffee, and some milk chocolate around the edges. It's bitter, but it seems like a hop bitterness, not a roast bitterness, but no hop character to speak of.

Y'know, I was super impressed when I first poured this, but it seems to lose it's more exciting fringe character as it should be opening... that said, this is amazingly drinkable, with a clean flavor and a great aftertaste. If this were readily available, I'd purchase with regularity, but at a high cost, via trade or cash, I'm not sure, even if my first reaction was: this is amazing!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 05:55:51 | More by errantnight
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Googs

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-04-2013 04:50:15 | More by Googs
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-21-2013 16:31:09 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #14

A - Pours very black, just like any stout. There's some tan bubbles floating around but not much of a head.

S - I'm picking up a smell almost like a red wine. Very fruity and complex smelling.

T - Dark cherries, raisins, plums with a dark chocolate undertone. The aftertaste is when the bitter cocoa and coffee show up. There's a lot going on in here and it is melding together wonderfully.

M - Great carbonation, just heavy enough to coat your mouth.

O - A sipper of a beer. If you're not open minded and expecting something else then you won't like it. From what I gather, this beer should be aged and I could only imagine it'll get much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 23:08:20 | More by cvm4
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hoppymeal

Michigan

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

Pours a dark cola brown to black in color with an average sized medium tan head that fades to a ring. Sweet and fruity aroma, grapes and aged pruniness. Chocolate, a strong belgian yeast, tangy alcohol, and a breadiness in the aroma as well. Taste follows with the chocolate and fruity sweet maltiness mixing together very nicely, grapiness comes thru well, a decent tanginess leads into a slightly dry finish that shows a little of the alcohol. Mouthfeel is fairly full and sugary, a hint of pepper on the tongue, a bit of drying and warmth in the finish. A very tasty beer, definitely does not fit into the ris category. I had read some of the belgian stout posts before trying this so expected it to fall outside those lines and it definitely does. Would fit better in the belgian strong dark imo. Alcohol is very well balanced for its strength and it seems that this is a great candidate for some longer cellaring, look forward to trying it again after a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 19:06:06 | More by hoppymeal
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 18:17:08 | More by kkrez
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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