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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

437 Ratings
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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 223
Gots: 93 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of eric5bellies
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2011 drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Usual deep ebony colour with an oily appearence. The head is tanned and reduces quickly

S - Heavy oak bourbon aromas, with roasted malt and booze

T - The flavour is heavy wood up front backed up by vanilla, a little coffee with a sweet finish. Booze is reasonably well hidden

M - Full body small carbonation

O - A pretty heavy stout that will end your night one way or another.

eric5bellies, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes, and implicitly compared to Black Albert.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with retention typical of the gravity. Not as impressive looking as Black Albert.

S: There is a lot of roasted/charred malts, fudge, licorice, and subtle dark fruits. Where this differs from its non-barreled brother is the wonderfully subtle bourbon on the aroma.

T: This is going to become a broken record, but the gist of the flavor profile is as follows: Black Albert with bourbon. Initial chocolaty flavors slowly turn into a fruity middle and a roasted finish; only this time the back end sees an injection of well-balanced bourbon and *very* light oak.

M: A bit hot next to Black Albert. All that means is that the alcohol presence is about what you'd expect from a 13% BA imperial stout (maybe a bit less), though many of the positive qualities Black Albert had (like drinkability) are still here.

O: On its own, an excellent barrel-aged stout. When compared to Black Albert, it improves on it a few ways (more complex aroma and flavor profile), but is also a bit worse in other aspects (not as aesthetically pleasing, mouthfeel isn't as great). Really, it's less "which one is better than the other" and more "which one is less fantastic than the other". Between the two, I'd choose Black Albert, but you really can't go wrong with either one at all.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Kinsman
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this shortly after enjoying a bottle of Black Albert

Appearance was similar to Albert, with a nice pure black body and a frothy dark tan head.

Aroma was similarly sweet, but in a different way. The bourbon barrels added a vanilla-like quality but without being too boozy.

Taste was a mix of dark chocolate and rum soaked raising mixed in with bourbon oak-wood character typical of many barrel aged beers.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and carried a bit of weight with it too. Overall, Cuvee Delphine presents a wonderful barrel aged version of Black Albert for two great beers.

Kinsman, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a recent trade with freud. thanks fred!

330ml bottle. 2009 vintage. sampled feb 2/2011.

pours deep dark brown, opaque and nearly black, with a small dense cap of fine brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of lace as it falls.

aroma is great. light alcohol. bittersweet and dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. espresso and dark roast coffee. light alcohol. dark fruit - date, fig, raisin, bit of plum. earthy and woody. caramel and toffee. anise.

taste is great. bittersweet and dark chocolate. espresso and dark roast coffee. warming alcohol. dark toasted whole wheat bread. cracker and biscuit. anise. earthy and woody. dark fruit - raisin and date mostly, with other shades coming in. caramel and toffee. light vanilla. tons of flavour.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. slightly above medium carbonation level. just a touch of roasty astringency.

drinkability is nice. alcohol is a touch warm and there's a little roasty astringency, both of which should mellow with time. tons of depth and complexity. i'll have to keep my eye out for another so i can stash it in the cellar for a while...

grub, Feb 04, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend was kind enough to split this with me, split into 2 snifters. The pour is jet black. The taste was a little funky, notes of chocolate, and coffee. The finish definitely had sour notes. The beer was viscous and the 13% abv was not overpowering. I would love to try this again and just sip on it for hours.

bonkers, May 29, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Part of a simultaneous tasting with Black Albert and Black Albert Batch 0. According to my sources, this bottle of Cuvee Delphine is bourbon barrel aged Batch 0 (2010).

Dark dark color with bourbon very obvious in the nose. Not much head or lacing. Taste is very much a bourbon-tinged Batch 0 (quad) but it's almost too bourbony sweet when tasted side-by-side with its original DNA. Not much of the barrel comes through, just the bourbon notes. It's very tasty, but the straight Batch 0 is a cut above. Glad I got to try this bottle from the beer artists of Belgium. Would love to try it again with more age.

ElGallo, Nov 28, 2010
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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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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo as well! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, spices, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, spices, wood, sweet alcohol, and smoke. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I really enjoyed the smoke aspect going on in this one. The flavor was pretty complex as well compare to the Black Damnations we were sampling before this. A definite must try without any doubt!

thagr81us, Jun 10, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich and long Belgian stout with a small if pleasing sense of bourbon barrel aging, and a somewhat curious expansion of vinous and sour notes.

Presentation: 33 ml brown capped bottle. Light blue label with a poppy-pastel illustration of a colorful flag withe the motto "Truth can set you free". Side narrative offers an overview of intent, history, and description noting including discrepancy with Four Roses Bourbon about using a reference to their barrels in the name. Notes vintage 2009 and best by 15-07-2015 Shows 13% Alc. by Vol. Served in an oversized snifter.

A - Quite the looker with a tremendous frothy brown head over a deep black pour, nice retention with rich surface memory and nice lacing.

S - Sour and roasted nose… Similar to the standard Black Albert with a longer bitter sour touch… Not so sure I find the barrel in the aroma, in fact it seems to be pushing away the smell a bit. Still dark fruits, sour notes, some smoked touches permeate the senses with a couple of hints of licorice, coffee, and chocolate.

T -Taste expands over the long range of the Black Albert. Rich roasted profile with long sourness, recognizable of fruitiness, plums, raisins over the notes of coffee with a hint of licorice and chocolate. Lingering over the meaty smoked touches in the background, small hints of bourbon and vanilla emerge, at last... and back to a complex sour roasted range with a noted vinous spectrum.

M - Full to medium-full body with medium-full carbonation, very creamy with a lightly sticky finish.

O - Still a rich beer, and a long sipper but...

Notes: ...I surely was expecting more, or different, and the barrel aging while worth the try does not work very well here for my palate.

Daniellobo, Jan 21, 2012
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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into snifter at avenue pub nola. Pours an oily black with a slight rim of lacing. Looks good..but not outstanding. Same with aroma...its obvious bourbon roasty malts and chocolate notes prevail. Taste is nice smooth bourbon malty roastness...its a very mild and easy drinking silent killer. Nice brew.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 28, 2013
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
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle

A- Very dark brown almost black, with a nice mocha colored head that sticks all over the sides of my glass.

S- oak, booze, gingerbread, coffee and a bit of chocolate as well.

T- Heavy barrel influence with roasty malts and bitter/fruity chocolate. Its definitely boozy, but i dont think its over done. No initial "wow" factor, just a really nicely balanced stout.

M- Soft and creamy with perfect carbonation. Finishes dry woodsy/bitter.

O- Awesome! I wasnt blown away with the first few sips, but after giving this beer some time, i was impressed by how good it was all around. Just a fundamentally sound beer.

stx00lax, Aug 14, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Best Before: 15-07-2015. Making this a 7/15/2009 vintage. Comparing this side by side with a Black Albert Batch 0.

A - Pitch black body. One finger high lasting mocha head. Excellent lacing and retention with some alcoholic legs.

S - Very similar to Batch 0 BA. Red wine integrated into stout like notes of charred malts, coffee, and chocolate. The finish comes off with a warming alcohol presence and some light oak and vanilla. The bourbon presence is very faint though.

T - An improvement overt B0BA. Light cherries and raisins, bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla beans, and a sharp and acrid sweetness that I also found in darklord. Mouth feel is sticky and syrupy and medium bodied. Still plenty of carbonation. Alcohol is more noticeable than the base beer but still in check.

O - This is quite the beer. The base beer is...just a very interesting and unique RIS that has some quad like tendencies. This beer smoothes out the edges with a subtle and pleasing bourbon presence. Very tasty stuff!

davey101, Aug 22, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle courtesy of bstaffor. Into a Delerium Tremens glass. 2009 vintage.

A: Pours pitch black with an enormous tan head, almost an inch, that quickly fades into a small tan cap with a few bubbles of lacing. The cap of bubbles is slightly topographic, in that there is a definite knoll directly above the nucleation point. Nice looking beer.

S: Smells of caramel and chocolate with a pretty distinct vanilla and bourbon note, slight oaky, and a touch of oxidation. Smells somewhat buttery as well, but it works with caramel, chocolate and bourbon.

T: Chocolate and a fair amount of lightly roasted coffee mix together with caramel. Really a sweet beer. Slightly astringent wood/booze but no really bitterness from hops. Tons of dark fruits, an almost slightly sour plum flavor lingers on the tongue. Bourbon here is subtle in nicely integrated, it isn't the focal point of the beer, instead adds a nice nuance and depth. Pretty damn tasty.

M: I don't really dig the mouthfeel here, a little thin and dthe carbonation is too high. Fairly sticky and sweet, finishes right in the middle of the road, not too dry not too sweet. A little more body and this would be awesome.

O: Pretty tasty stuff, I remember not being impressed by Black Albert, but I had the more quad like batch when I had it. This is a tasty stout with a nice subtle bourbon note. It has mellowed and blended nicely since 2009. Just wish it had a bit more body.

pokesbeerdude, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Beerzebub
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got from brewdan in a trade about 2 years ago. Thanks Dan!

25cl, best before March 2014. Poured into a big wine glass, not too cold.

Very dark brown, almost black. Quarter inch of dense tan head that leaves sticky lace, looks good.

Smells like slightly old coffee, dark chocolate, barley malt (a la grape nuts), a vague fruitiness, and a bit of whiskey, pretty nice.

Whiskey comes through more on the palate. Good dose of coffee, with cocoa, candied cherry, some moderate acidity, some mild bitterness, and some welcome whiskey barrel. Medium level of sweetness, finishing pretty dry, with lingering coffee. Creamy texture. Tasty stuff.

Beerzebub, Mar 01, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with the consistency of oil, smooth as butter with an incredible caramel lasting head and lacing. Perfect.

Smell is strangely fruity. I want to say cherries, strawberries. Doesn't smell like it looks. Digging deep perhaps there is some chocolate but the smell is dominated by this rich fruity scent.

Incredible taste. Slightly bitter chocolate, with this aforementioned fruity dimension that confuses the hell out of me yet is unique and wholly satisfying. The aftertaste is strong and complex, Im getting belgian flavors, floral, earthy characteristics.

The mouthfeel on this is exceptional, so smooth will alcohol masterfully controlled. I simply do not believe the 13%.

This beer tastes extroadinary. Powerful stuff very well executed, bravo.

ptykozoon, Sep 28, 2010
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.