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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

438 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 223
Gots: 93 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009)
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Reviews by Ralphs66:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Ralphs66, May 26, 2013
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Photo of ricke
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost black with a small pale beige head that leaves a thin lid of lacings.

S: Mellow roasted malts and chocolate blend nicely with tart fruity aromas and a somewhat funky oak character. The oak is subtle, but still very noticeable. Not a lot of bourbon though.

T: Very good. Surprisingly tart with a prominent barrel character. Roasted and sweet malts, cherry-like fruits and chocolate. A mild funky note. Not a whole lot of bourbon in the taste either, except for in the finish where it comes through as sweetish and somewhat fruity alcohol. The finish is somewhat bitter with notes of iron, wood and licorice.

M: Full bodied, quite a lot of carbonation, much more than most beers of this strength.

D: I really liked this one. The fruity tartness adds a beautiful edge to it and the barrel character has that slightly odd Belgian feel over it. To me, putting Black Albert in barrels turned out to be a great idea.

ricke, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl bottle. Pours into my glass dark as night black with a two finger head of creamy tan foam. Lots of chocolate on the nose with wood and some subtle, mellow bourbon accents. There is a quiet and unassuming balance here. Lots of tannins with a touch of caramel as well.

First sip brings smooth dark malts augmented by a big wash of chocolate flavors. Woody tannins meet with a creamy caramel accents. Smooth bourbon weaves in and brings a touch of sweetness and vanilla. The smoothness of the Four Roses barrel really shines through here. Deceptively smooth and mellow.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly on the lighter side with mellow carbonation. Akin to the Black Albert this is a tricky beer as it's powerful but not heavy like a normal bourbon aged stout. This one will creep up on you with a left hook and leave you on the mat. Happy to be able to share this bottle with autumnaldave as it packs quite a punch. Cheers to De Struise for this one.

orbitalr0x, Nov 28, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

warnerry, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Marius
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Marius, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

innominat, Oct 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

standardcherry, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of deebo
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2011 Lot 27151506201

Picked up a couple 33 cl bottles at the De Struise bottle shop in Bruges. Pricey at $5.50 Euro.

A-Poured into a snifter this beer comes out of the bottle thick with lots of yeast. A thin dark beige head that breaks down into a skim layer and a ringing around the glass. You can see a lot of the suspended yeast in this brew. Otherwise very black and opaque.

S-Cold the aroma is big roasted malt with some hints of Belgian yeast. Some alcohol aroma. As it warms more roasted aroma and more alcohol is evident but not overpowering. Some fruity yeast notes as well.

T-First sip is big roasted dark malts upfront with a warming finish. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee and a bit fruity. A bit like booze soaked chocolate covered cherries if such a thing existed.

M-A bit sticky and full bodied yet very smooth and easy to drink. Moderate carbonation for the style.

O-Not as bourbon boozy forward as a lot of the American BB RIS-which is nice. Real easy to drink for a BB RIS @ 13% ABV. I like the fruity character the yeast brings into the equation which blends well with the big roasted malt bill. Perfect dessert beer.

deebo, Oct 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

bpfrush, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2009)

Thanks for opening this with me, nakalakaboom!

(Aged for 2+ years)

Very dark brown, nearly black in color, but with dark ruby and crimson edges. There's a low amount of visible carbonation that leaves the glass slightly oily and shiny with stick.

Typical aromas of big, imperial stouts, with roast, dark fruits, and baker's chocolate, along with a sharp note of yeast, and just a hint of wood. There's not a lot of barrel character, as the yeast and the stout itself seem dominant.

The flavor is also quite nice, deceptively complex, with the Belgian yeast straight complementing the dark fruit and roast notes. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Good, but I was hoping for more, as is the case with most De Struise stouts.

ehammond1, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of rudylaw
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25cl bottle courtesy of eyebrews! I love Black Albert, so this bottle has been long awaited.

Pours a delicate black with foamy, white head that yields into a thin rim. Picture perfect!

Big time chocolate with smoothing bourbon. There is slight toffee here as well. A very inviting aroma that is so complex, my words do this no justice.

Chocolate malt with warming bourbon sip upon glorious sip. Nice and smooth with parts vanilla and tannins. Like Albert, this is so unique, I'm having a hard time describing everything I taste. Amazing!

The mouthfeel is a little light with excellent carbonation. The alcohol is making its presence known, but by all means, I'm glad to have this bottle all to myself. Just outstanding!

rudylaw, Jan 03, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jtladner, May 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

simoen, Sep 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

TheBrk, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

acurtis, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of RobertH50
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

RobertH50, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of RichardMNixon
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

RichardMNixon, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of weonfire
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Sergio's World of Beers in Louisville, KY. poured into a 10oz tulip glass.

A - Jet black. no light shines thru. none. zero head.

S - served cold. so as temp warms up the flavors starts coming in. roast, chocolate. alcohol aromas.

T - phenomenal roasted chocolate. taste is MUCH better than scent. slight alcohol taste. 13ABUs are hidden superbly. wow, this is smooth.

M- nice and thick. velvety. viscosity is very low. great feel.

O - excellent brew. loved the smoothness. $8 brew? ya. ill get this again.

weonfire, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of ggaughan
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samples tasted during the Pre-ZBF festival at Alvinne. Beer poured a deep, dark black colored body with a thick tan head. The nose had strong notes of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa. Taste provides some further wood character along with nice coffee and cocoa notes and there is a bit of sweetness as well. The higher abv is present but not overly boozy. Full body and full of taste. Worth seeking out.

ggaughan, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of mdaschaf
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009, 11.2oz bottle.

A: Pours black with a really nice mocha colored head on top, amazing retention lasting for most of the time it took to drink the beer. Lacing all around the glass.

S: Some dark fruit, mostly cherries with a little bit of plum. There is some chocolate and faint bourbon along with a little roast.

T: More cherry and chocolate, nice creamy/roast flavor. Not much bourbon, but a little bit of brown sugar and a hint of molasses. The Belgian yeast shines through and just a bit of oak.

M: Medium to full bodied, surprisingly smooth and creamy. The alcohol is hidden very nicely.

O: Pretty good with a nice flavor profile and mouthfeel, but would have liked the bourbon to come through a bit more..or really at all.

mdaschaf, Jun 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Griffith, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Mar02x
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer at the Deca brewery itself.

A - This beer is black as heel. A oily substance with a beige brownish head. The head starts with a finger thick cream, but after a minute or so its retracted to a thin layer.

S - There are many flavors in the smell, unbelievable! Flavors like; dark chocolate, cherries, raisins, coffee, peat, alcohol, brown sugar and some vanilla.

T - Its black sweet tar that is going down my throat. A complex taste consisting of dark cherries, brown sugar or molasses, chocolate, raisins, vanilla, spices like cardamom and coriander, caramel and hints of wood. There is absolutely no alcohol to be discovered in this beer, for a thirteen pro-cent!!??

M - A thick creamy molasses is going down my throat, a beer syrup if you like. There is some alcohol warmth in the finish together with some bitterness, but I am not sure this is from the hops or the coffee, maybe its both.

O - What a great beer. Worth trying. If you do not like it you can always throw in your car. I am sure the engine will run on it.

Mar02x, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black Albert barrel aged. Pours perfectly black body with a design of brown head and lace. Aromas of rich Belgian chocolate, booziness, sherry, and funk. Initial sips, and it is a sipper, is funk and stout, leaving a residue of chocolate aftertaste, and roasted malt. Substantially above average mouthfeel, the yeast and caramel are synthesized and seem to cradle you.

Sammy, Mar 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Immense thanks to ShogoKawada for this bottle. Vintage 2009, batch 14; poured from a 330mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Opaque dark liquid, a charcoal stained seal brown topped by a persistent fawn/earth yellow half finger of dense cream. Thick yet sandy lacing, dragged down by a wave of clear rippling tears.

Four Roses makes a wide variety of bourbon blends, but most are typified by a refined floral/fruity element, and that comes forward in the aromatics here as well. The base is a faintly smokey mix of specialty and roast malt along with a mass of candi sugar. Molasses, coffee, and tobacco come out as well in the nose, all the while backed by distinctive bourbon notes.

Humongous chocolate and gargantuan roast malt notes on the palate - grainy, bitter, and spicy (cloves, black pepper). A faintly tart/herbal note comes with the moderately bitter hops, though they can't overcome the immense base of yeasty roast. Charred white oak, tobacco, vanillin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and deep leather and loam flavors in the finish. Alcohol is fairly high, but contributes to the bourbon elements and adds additional estery complexity without becoming fusel-forward.

Chewy, nearly effervescent, velvety, and heavy mouthfeel. Very warming, but not hot - perfect for a rainy day.

Tames and refines Black Albert, one of the better examples of barrel aging I've tried.

Would pair very well with a nutty cave aged gruyere...

augustgarage, Oct 23, 2010
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Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.