Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
09-06-2010 19:54:25 | More by JAXSON
3.8/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
11-06-2011 02:08:48 | More by zaphodchak
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
02-26-2012 23:08:20 | More by cvm4
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
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!
08-06-2008 05:55:51 | More by errantnight
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
06-15-2008 19:06:06 | More by hoppymeal
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-12-2011 20:17:35 | More by czfreeman
3.8/5 rDev -10.4%
Appearance: Black Albert is a phenomenal looking beer. It pours almost pitch black with a couple fingers of mocha colored head, even with a careful pour. Retention is very nice and lacing is great. One of the best looking imperial stouts out there.
Smell: Right off a big Belgian characteristic comes out, and as well as dark fruits. It takes a bit of digging to get down to the roasted malts and chocolate. Overall this is a pretty nice scent once you get down into it.
Taste: Roasted malts and chocolate show right up front on the palate. A bit of hoppy character actually shows up on the back end, as well as that yeast characteristic and dark fruits. Aftertaste is slightly leathery, but not in a bad way.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is slightly over medium with quite a bit of carbonation. It seems like a lot of De Struise beers have this feel, but I'm not sure it works perfectly with imperial stouts. Still, not bad. This is a pretty drinkable beer. It's a different take on an imperial stout, but that's not a bad thing.
01-30-2011 23:52:44 | More by zhanson88
4.19/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
03-09-2013 02:40:20 | More by deebo
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
11-19-2010 17:25:50 | More by Thehuntmaster
Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
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