Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers
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5/5 rDev +19.3%
Got this in a trade from ggaughan. Thanks again man!
25cl small sleek bottle. The label reads Cuvee Delphine / Truth Can Set You Free
Poured a deep black into my Brooklyn snifter. Retains a nice pillowy head with small brown bubbles; frothy at the edges.
The aroma on this beer is incredible. Sweet maple syrup, plums, chocolate, there's a bit of alcohol on the nose, like a sweet red wine.
First sip blew me away. A bit of tartness hits the tip of the tongue and explodes into an amazing array of flavor. A sweet, molasses, almost cola flavor flows into a real mild alcohol burn that tickles the back of the throat. It has a little pucker to it at the end.
Mouthfeel is equally outstanding on this one. It starts off a little thin but lays pretty heavy at the back of the tongue. Feels almost like a beer milkshake, so creamy and chewy.
I'm pretty happy to have had a chance to try this beer. Easily one of the best beers I've tasted. I love the Black Albert, but I would marry this beer if it was legal to.
07-09-2009 02:25:22 | More by jfunkk79
5/5 rDev +19.3%
A - Very dark mahogany with a huge, thick, creamy, frothy, cafe colored head. I've used the the description of meringue-like, but this one is closest to meringue that I've had, it is really thick. Amazing retention that finally settles into a nice creamy lace.
S - Smell is amazing. Barrel definitely imparted a good amount of aroma with vanilla, bourbon, and oak being strong. Also a good amount of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and dark malt. Some sweet candi sugar balances out the roasted aroma. Hingts of dark fruit also come out.
T - Dark fruit and anise mix with the chocolate, candi sugar and slightly roasted dark malt. Raisin, fig, date, and plum come in and out along with the chocolate malt. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak also mix in and out throughout the sip, especially on the finish.
M - Full to medium body with a good level of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.
D - Very drinkable beer with a great mouthfeel that is creamy and smooth. Also a good mix of the bourbon, roasted chocolate stout, and dark fruit. Very easy and enjoyable to drink.
Notes: Best before Mar. 2014. Excellent beer that is a great mix of all the flavors I mentioned before. I wish I had more, and that this came in a bigger bottle. Highly recommend this beer. De Struise just keeps surprising me with how many good beers they make, and this one is right at the top for me.
08-11-2010 17:16:06 | More by FreshHawk
5/5 rDev +19.3%
Batch 14 / 2009
Pours jet black with a big chocolate brown head. In the aroma, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. In the taste, chocolate, mellow dry bourbon, sweet vanilla, oaky and rich all the way through. A small alcohol bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and hint of bourbon in the aftertaste. WOW! Big and mellow in all the right spots, hides the alcohol until the end, simply fantastic.
11-13-2011 20:42:45 | More by OWSLEY069
4.93/5 rDev +17.7%
Ordered these bottles from the Struise webshop.
Poured into a snifter.
Pitch black with a one finger mocha colored head. Leaves a bit of lacing.
Lots of smell on this one. Bourbon is very present. Coffee, chocolate and sweetness with some booze in the nose.
Huge flavor bomb. It's the Black Albert AND a bag of chips. Chocolate + coffee + fruits + barrel + vanilla + liqourice= probably half of what's in here. Booze is well hidden. It's fantastic.
Pretty sturdy (struise) body. Carbonation is plentyfull but not as much as you might expect after the loud hiss upon opening.
I've been lucky enough to try this one several times and I have to say it's one of my favourite stouts. Worth tracking down if you are a lover of BIG stouts! Highly recomended.
02-22-2011 19:28:17 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
4.9/5 rDev +16.9%
An outstanding beer. I was thrilled to be able to grab ahold of this one. Small bottle was served chilled and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/29/2009.
One of the best looking pours I have ever seen hands down. Deep dark black in color. Huge tan head comes up and over the top and really fills the glass right to the rim. Hardly anything falls off of it for several minutes. Huge amounts of sticky tan foam all up and down the sides of the glass. Tons of chocolate and fruit notes just jumping out at you from the very first touch of it to the air. Notes of whickey, hints of oak and rich chocolate are all infused together seemlessly to put a wonderful touch on it. Enornously fell feel here, with huge carbonation just lets the flavor coat the entire tongue and really just gives it a wonderful sense of fullness to it. Rich chocolate and licorice notes just play off each other soo well. This was just wonderfully done. Hints of grapes, touches of almost apples coming through now. Very rich. Nice boozy and oak notes now coming through and giving it a very nice balance and richness. Fades out slowly with a touch of funk on the tongue and a finish that leaves a touch of vanilla across the tongue and a warming in the belly.
Blows black albert out of the water. It is really put together wonderfully I have to say. I would have no issue at all with having this one around all the time, it really is just that good. A case here where something almost needs some more hype!
08-31-2009 00:43:30 | More by mikesgroove
4.9/5 rDev +16.9%
September 2012...i have to rewrite this review and i am glad i can do this. In august 2010 is wasn't really into these types of darker beer and this one could not make me happy at that time. In 2012 things have changed completely. This is on the best Struise has ever made and that is why i have changed my review....chapeau Urbain!
This was what i wrote in 2010:
Before i start this review i have to say that i stopped drinking coffee about ten years ago and i haven't drank it since.
That makes drinking this one very difficult to write an honest review. I picked up this one at the Struise after a very nice visit a few days ago.
The Struise is by far my most favourite brewer and when you see (and drink) the beers they have you will know what i mean. Great guys!!
Poured in the Struisse beerglass the beer looks very very very dark with an enormous chocolate head. Could not see any carbonation but it must be there. Incredible.
The smell gets an average from me and that's because i smell something funny which i can not define.
For a non coffeedrinker the taste is good. Lots of coffee and very dark chocolate. Some fruits far far away.
This is not the best Struisse i have ever drank but that really has to do with my taste for coffee.
08-20-2010 11:38:01 | More by Brabander
4.88/5 rDev +16.5%
Poured into a Darkness goblet on 07/22/11. Drank right after a Black Albert.
Pours a dark black with no light coming through and a huge frothy dark brown head that dissipates slowly to moderate lacing.
Smells of some chocolate, dark fruit, dark coffee and lots more booze then the Black Albert. Booze smell is very nice because it balances the sweetness with a booze whisky barrel flavor. Very nice and better then Black Albert.
Taste is tons of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate with a solid front of bourbon barrel aging. This is a black albert with the barrel aging awesomeness that was promised. Barrel aging did this well. Smooth bourbon mixes well with the chocolate and malt profile. Perfect.
Mouthfeel is very light and it seems that even with the barrel aging the beer has lost a lot of its abrasive ending. Smooth through the pallet and little alcohol burn. Perfect.
Overall this is one hell of a brew. I am so glad to have had it. Barrel aging really helped turn this into a top 1% beer. Great job.
07-23-2011 05:04:55 | More by UMNbeerhunter
4.83/5 rDev +15.3%
Look: Pours a deep black colour with a nice, two finger thick brown head which leaves a great lacing.
Smell: Dark roasted vanilla, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruits. Lightly smoked bourbon.
Taste: Dark malts, coffee, vanilla, and clear dark chocolate. More smoked bourbon than in the nose. Licorice is also clearly present now. This beer is quite boozy as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, full body
Overall: One of the better beers I had recently; a true master piece. Perfectly balanced and IMO quite a bit underrated, probably because it is widely available again….. beats Dark Lord, Darkness and some other overhyped “hard to get” USA brews without any problems.
07-07-2011 21:22:49 | More by rvdoorn
4.78/5 rDev +14.1%
33 cl bottle (huge thx MacDomer!) best before March 2014, poured into my Delirium snifter, Cuvee Delphine is black with a huge creamy head, perhaps the densest, tightest head I've seen, leaving lots of foamy lace.
Smell is amazing, huge fruity esters, wow! Massive grape and tropical citrus, as well as a hint of bourbon. Something about the esters actually reminds me of a saison, which is my favorite.
Taste is great, massive roast really provides an abrupt distinction from the nose, dominating the taste, making this seem more like a pure stout, with the esters proving a nice punch of depth in the background. The alcohol is super smooth, and overall it's well integrated. Excellent, although I can't say I'm getting much from the bourbon barrel.
Mouthfeel is creamy and very viscous. Nice digestibility.
Drinkability damn good. I just had Black Albert for the first time 2 nights ago, and as much as I enjoyed it, this is the better of the two. I don't think it's as old as the Black Albert, which was 1.5 years in my cellar alone. Cuvee Delphine is truly exceptional.
05-22-2010 07:16:00 | More by ccrida
4.75/5 rDev +13.4%
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!
01-03-2010 02:15:54 | More by rudylaw
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
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