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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 208
Hads: 574
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 225
Gots: 149 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

This beer takes its name from Delphine Boël, the unlawful daughter of King Albert II. She has struggled for acknowledgment in both her professional and private lives, so we decided she deserves a tribute fit for a princess. Cuvée Delphine is our Black Albert, carefully matured on Four Roses bourbon barrels for 12 months. Mrs. Boël has kindly allowed us to use her artwork for its label, which speaks for itself.

In a sea of sickly sweet and heavy bourbon aged stouts, we wanted Cuvée Delphine to shine brightly as a pinnacle of balance and restraint. Only with a base beer as potent as Black Albert could we manage to make the aging process shine. Notes of oak and slight vanilla pair extraordinarily well with the familiar coffee and brown sugar notes from the Black Albert. The subdued alcohol ties it all together in a lush, mellow experience. Cuvée Delphine will set you free.
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this at a recent tasting.

Poured a very, very dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Pretty good retention. Smell was of roasted malt, fresh cherry, anise, a bit of barrels, molasses, and some dark fruits. Maybe a little bit of chocolate in there as well. The taste is quite nice, with a bit of roast acidity coming through atop the bourbon and chocolate flavors. Medium bodied with good carbonation and not too hot. A great drinking beer and one of the more unique stouts I've had in a while. (526 characters)

Photo of hayesez
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Figured I'd have one more beer before calling it a night, and couldn't resist the Cuvee Delphine. I really do enjoy this beer....and I'm not really a fan of Black Albert - must be those Four Roses bourbon barrels!

Poured deep thick black into my Stone Imperial Russian Stout glass. Dark tan head that starts out extremely thick and remains throughout the entirety of this beer. Reminiscent of the big fluffy cap you would get on one of those frothy cappuccinos. Unfortunately, just a small amount of lacing.

Heavy chocolate is the primary aroma on this guy. A deep inhale definitely reveals some alcohol...but this guy is 13%! A little bit of sweet vanilla as well.

Starts off with a very sweet beginning - caramel perhaps. Much thinner than one would anticipate based on the pour. Low carbonation. The alcohol in this bottle is more pronounced than I remember in the first couple that I had. Has a roasty taste that becomes more apparent several moments after I've swallowed. I've never used "chocolate-covered" something in a description before, but this almost has that chocolate candy, deep fruit taste. Maybe cherries...I don't really know, but it is a very interesting mix of the chocolate and sweet. Ok, I'm going with the chocolate covered cherries. Very appealing as it provides a smooth drink that pleases the palate start to finish. The alcohol is a bit harsher than I like, but still very enjoyable. Provides a finish that is sweet but lingers around long enough to reduce to a pleasant bitter...excellent!

Overall, I am very pleased with this beer. It's a tiny bottle, but delivers in every aspect. Too bad it is so difficult to get. I definitely recommend letting this one sit out for a bit before drinking...the closer to room temp, the better!

Consumed: 2/8/2008 (early, early morning) (1,806 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Super generous extra! Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter. 2009 vintage.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger robust, mocha head with excellent retention. Beer is expectedly opaque black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with poor stick.

S: Nose is boozy, with notes of cocoa, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Alcohol presence is a bit too dominant here, to the point whereall the other aromas drop quickly into the background.

T: Beer opens sweet. Raisins, prunes, dates, and a slight coffee sourness. Background of soft booze and chocolate, almost like liquified fudge. Ends robust bitter chocolate with just a hint of caramel. Finish is sweet with a brownie aftertate.

M: Medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated. Very oily in the mouth and smooth going down. Really coats every surface of the palate. Finish is accented and aftertaste is messy and lingers.

D: This one definitely does not drink like a 13% beer. Goes down dangerously easily and is tasty as hell. Feel and look is pretty much spot on too. Hyped at one time, this beer is well worth the praise. An awesome representation of the style. Seek it out!! (1,203 characters)

Photo of Docrock
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On- Tap at Sergios, served in a De Struise Tulip:

A - Absolutely Dark, dark mocha head that quickly died. Just a little lacing but what was there was very sticky.

S - Bourbon, cocoa nibs and a bit of roasted malt.

T - The bourbon, Cherry a touch of Vanilla and then some bitter chocolate.

M - Smooth, with a dry finish, minimal to no carbonation. A lingering chocolate finish.

O - A gem, as it warmed up ( served really cold ), the bourbon was more warming and the chocolate was lessened. Enjoyed it more and more as I progressed. This would be a great nightcap! (567 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyebrews for throwing me a couple bottles of this one. Served in an O'Hara's mini pint glass. Lot A, best before May 2014.

A - Huge dark tan foam on this one - even in the little glass there was like three fingers. Amazing retention and volume for a 13% beer; tons of sticky lacing too. Black, with a touch of red-brown at the fringes. Just an amazing looking beer.

S - This is not really what I was expecting from a barrel-aged Black Albert. There's the spicy Belgian-style yeast and candy sugar for sure, but then this unusual collection of vinous fruits, bourbon/vanilla notes, some nuttiness and cocoa, a touch of funk, and musty earthiness. The alcohol is actually better hidden than regular Black Albert. The only knock is that the smell doesn't explode out of the glass.

T - The taste is quite different, with licorice, vinous and dark fruits, and some roasted malts. The earthy funky flavors are a little more understated than in the smell, but still present. The bourbon influence is light, showing up at the back end with some sharp whiskey bite and woody tannins that linger well into the aftertaste. There's a surprising tartness that pops up as well.

M - The body is a little thinner than I expected, but with lower carbonation than Black Albert. The finish is dry with a touch of stickiness, and some nice alcohol warmth.

D - The 250ml serving size makes a lot of sense. Even though the alcohol is very well hidden the buzz creeps up pretty quickly. Still I feel a little sad that my glass is getting low - I'll have to get Urbain to send a few of these my way.

This is not at all what I expected when I heard they were barrel-aging Black Albert. I just expected the same beer with some bourbon, but this is quite a different animal and an unexpected surprise. I'm not sure if Four Roses barrels are more conducive to bugs, but there's something funky going on that makes this a unique treat. (1,922 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black opaque body with a thin, beige, oily collar. Aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, roast, chocolate covered raisins. Medium too thick body, palate coating. Delicious flavor, bourbon character is present but not overbearing, blending in to the beer harmoniously. Outstanding. (282 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked the Cuvee Delphine as with most of Struise's beer and their crazy-ass experiments! I purchased a little less than a case straight from Carlo at the shop in Oostvleteren. Drank all the bottles by myself and with friends over the following few months.

A: Black, like all the other associated with the base that Struise uses. Nice thin brown head that quickly dissapates into a thick viscous pool.

S/T: Thick, burn with some alcohol, the distinct Struise taste (have to drink Struise beers regularly and eventually you can tell it is a Struise blindfolded!). Nice, bold, almost a sweet finish.

M: A bit harsh at first, smooths out nicely, silky, very rich.

O: Another fine Struise product... (708 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nick3 shared this one a while back. Thanks, Nick.

Pours black with a massive tan head. Amazing retention and lacing, this is downright impressive to look at. Smoke, cherries and subtle bourbon are the first things I pick up on the nose. There's a tart fruity character, and a touch of alcohol. Tastes of chocolate-covered cherries, smoke, anise and roasted malt. Medium-full body, but the effervescence gives it a light mouthfeel. Smoke is surprisingly prominent mid-palate with an undercurrent of bourbon, and the finish exhibits some light roasty bitterness and lingering fruit flavors. I'm not always impressed with De Struise beers, but this is very good. (660 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 13,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
2011 Vintage.

Thanks to Thijs for this one!

Appearance: Perfect! Cuvee Delphine appears obsidian in the glass, with a strong back light only able to reveal a micron of deep red along the edge of the glass. A rough pour yields a massive dark chocolate coloured head that lasts ridiculously well for a 13% BA beer and coats the glass in thick lacing as it slowly recedes.
A light swirl coats the glass in a yellow/brown residue that fades into light alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells fantastic! The Bourbon barrels are certainly noted, but they do not dominate the base beer like is usually the case. The initial nose offers deeply roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, some molasses and an overlay of vanilla-ery bourbon and sweet caramel. As the beer begins to warm, the nose opens up with notes of burned raisins, currants, dark caramel, a hint of char and a little liquorice.
Even at room temperature, there is virtually no alcohol noted in the nose.

Taste: Sadly the flavour isn't quite as good as the nose promised, primarily due to the fact that the barrel character is almost absent. That said, the base beer is still pretty damn delicious! Notes include: Heavily roasted malt, cocoa, a little espresso, char, burned raisins, molasses and a general dark fruity character. The finish is fairly bitter and there is no alcohol noted.

Mouthfeel: Initially the carbonation was of a medium-high level (usually too much for me), but was creamy enough that it was actually quite nice. The body is just shy of full and lightly sticky.

Overall: Another fantastic BA version of Black Albert and one I hope to have again soon! (1,700 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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... (1,423 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My dad likes to randomly give me great bottles of beer on occasion. This was one of those cases -- thanks Dad! Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a muddy black color with one of the darkest colored heads I have ever seen. Two fingers of huge, creamy bubbles form on top, leaving immaculate lacing as I drink. The head retention on this thing is just absurd -- it seems to defy gravity.

S - My first impression is of dark fruits and lots of them! A mild chocolate note is complemented by a hint of bourbon. Maybe a tad of a licorice note and a bit of char.

T - Wow, quite complex. It starts very barrel-forward, and I was worried that it was going to be out of balance; however, it is reigned in by a roasted chocolate note and a bit of licorice. Finishes a little ashy or musty, with some coffee and burnt sugar. A unique sour twang as it warms up.

M - Definitely a full mouthfeel. Very slick and actually a lot of carbonation for something so heavy. A bit of residual sweetness coats the whole mouth.

O - For whatever reason, my expectations weren't super high for this one; regardless, any expectations that I did have were certainly exceeded. This was a great beer, with a ton of complexity. I continue to pick out more nuances as it warms. Most definitely worth trying at least once! (1,312 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, I think this is Black Albert Batch "0" aged in 4 Roses Bourbon barrels. I also have a 2008 version I need to do a side-by-side on sometime. But, regardless, this was a fine beer and one I'm happy to have sampled. 333ml bottle into a snifter. Sampled alongside Black Damnation 2 & 3, this was hands-down the best of the bunch, full of depth and intricate tastes that somehow even exceed that of the blends.

This beer is black as night. And the head is immaculate - tan and staying forever. I think it's still intact in my stomach. The lady Delphine is just great looking, a hair short of perfection as no real lace gathered on the snifter. Is there such a thing as "too tight" of a head?

As I inhale my first hint of this delight, I'm amazed - the smell is fantastic! Bourbon and vanilla jump out at me first, followed by a nice earthy roast that smells like dark Belgian chocolate. Bourbon soaked black cherries abound. Wood adds depth.

The taste is polished and doesn't rely on an overly dominant bourbon or barrel presence to establish its greatness. The smoothness of the flavors is remarkable; roasted malt is dark and lovely with chocolate and slight coffee notes, a dark fruit component gives cherry notes, and the barrel adds vanillin and mild bourbon. There's also a touch of black licorice and earthy oak tannins. This is like a the hippos in tutus in the Fantasia movie, how can something so big and uncompromised be so graceful?

The mouthfeel was the weak point of this beer, and that's saying something as even the mouthfeel is superb to most beers out there. It's creamy and coats the mouth without being sticky. Perhaps most amazing is the fact that, although this is over carbonated for my personal tastes, it's still magnificently full and the alcohol never overwhelms.

It's drinkable, but even with a curve for the high ABV and strong flavors applied, it's not a beer that will see back-to-back performances in a night. Perhaps the biblical quote from the gospel of John is appropriate, even though I don't like mixing politics or religion with beer. After drinking this gem, I feel like I do know the truth. The truth is that Struise is absolutely one of the best brewers in the world. And that can set me free, and probably will :) (2,270 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ebenezer's 2013. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured from the tap into the Ebenezer's 2013 stemmed goblet. A one finger tan head forms with decent retention. Creamy ring leaves nice webs of spotty lacing.

S- Dark roast malts and a nice dark cocoa note with a hefty dose of aged dark fruits coming in with it. Oak and whiskey hints in nicely with some raisin, spicy and vanilla feel as well.

T- Massive chocolate and figgy plum/raisin/dark fruit like in the base Black Albert. A large burnt dark grain maltiness with nutty and caramel as well. Oak is big with some whiskey and vanilla staying in check. Has a Quad spiciness mixed in with the big stout which makes plenty of sense.

MF- Super silky body with some creaminess to it. Lower end carbonation makes it a nice sipper considering the massive ABV and flavors. Super thick and oily with a nice roast bitter alcohol warming.

Super complex blend of Belgian Strong and Imperial Stout elements. The oak/whiskey adds to it all in a subtle rather than taking over the beer flavors at hand. (1,037 characters)

Photo of mtbdonn
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a fairly thick, nice and black in color producing a nice light brown head. Very nice lacing with visibile carbonation and retention.

S-Very rich, hints of caramel, brown sugar, coffee, dark chocolate, but a the scent of bourbon is lighter than expected.

T-Like the smell, with some possible dark fruit and an abvious scent of dark cocoa.

M-Nice carbonation and nice balance, smooth and a little silky, the high 14% ABV is hidden well on the back side, with bit of cocoa mixed in.

O-A very nice stout, with obvious, similar characteristics of Struise brewing an offspring of Black Albert. (600 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in the early morning of 11/1/2009 and poured into a snifter. The clock on my computer actually just set itself back for Daylight Savings Time as I was typing that first sentence. Thanks for the trade Bankhead (you might have cursed me). A delicate pour yields a near black liquid with a fantastic Sepia head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. The beer looks fantastic. I don't recall having seen a beer looking this marvelous in my life. I don't think it's too late to retract that last statement, but perhaps it is...

The nose is lightly roasted malts with a light aroma of dark fruits. The dark fruits remind me of plums and unripe red grapes. As the beer warms, the dark fruit character becomes more pronounced, with notes of oak. Brett is apparent, imparting a wet leather and slightly musty aroma. There's a mild tartness in the nose that I wasn't expecting, but it's interesting and it complements the dark fruits, adding a vinous quality. There's chocolate in the nose that is neither dark nor milk, yet somewhere in between the two. As I plunge my nose into the snifter, I'm met with alcohol vapors that remind me of the strength of the beer. The 13% ABV isn't present in the sense that you'd expect that level of alcohol to be, but it's also not dormant. You can definitely tell there's a decent level of ABV in Delphine (the whore). A subtle smoke character becomes apparent with warming.

The taste is immediately tart at a low level and tannic, with notes of musty Brett. The dark fruit component comes into play and it's reminiscent of unripe grapes, unripe plums, and possibly dark cherries. Those are probably also not quite ripe. Interestingly enough, the regular stout characteristics one might expect follow behind these sour dark fruit flavors. Chocolate is neither dark nor milk. There is no coffee, and there is very little roast. I don't know that Russian Imperial Stout is an accurate description for this beer. I think it's much more interesting than that. The unripe dark fruit character is present in varying degrees of intensity throughout the flavor, interchanging with chocolate and wood notes. The roast is light at all times. I don't get much yeast character. The finish is chocolate tannic alcoholic sour and tart dark fruits. Alcohol doesn't seem as strong as 13%, but the beer still tastes quite alcoholic. Perhaps the complexities of the beer purport to mask the ABV. The beer is light full bodied with a moderately high level of carbonation and a sticky, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel.

This beer took me by surprise. I did not like the batch of Black Albert that I had, but this stuff is complex and drinkable at the same time. (2,685 characters)

Photo of uturn
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml capped bottle poured into a De Struise glass.

Vintage 2009 Lot: BR26.230.610
Best Before 15 07 2015

A: This beer poured an almost pure black and opaque, with a thick 2 finger dark tan head on a very slow pour. There was very little lacing left on my glass when I was done.

A: The smell was of chocolate, roasted malts/coffee, dark fruits and hints of the bourbon barrels this was aged in and oak.

T: The taste started off mildly sweet with cherries, roasted coffee, licorice and a bit of cocoa. Near the finish I picked up mild bourbon flavors from the 4 Roses Barrels and ended mildly bitter.

M: This beer had a medium creamy mouthfeel with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was very good especially since this is a 13% abv brew with the alcohol level not very noticeable.

This was extremely well balance as the bourbon was not over the top in this well blended brew. I prefer this over the base beer Black Albert. WOW!!! (962 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter a dark chocolate colour with a riot beer coloured head that leaves a slight trace around the room.
Chocolate, deep dark coffee, black licorice and bourbon aromas.
Mocha taste, sweet, roasted coffee, tonnes of mellow smoke, fruity, earthy taste.
Very complicated beer. It's flavours and smells mask the high alcohol beautifully. Great carbonation.
What a great, great amazing Russian Imperial Stout. (420 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So excited about this one, how could it live up to my expectations? We'll see....

A--Pitch black with massive, fluffy brown head in my 16 oz. Dogfish Head Signature glass. Nice lacing.

S--Some wheat-like notes...clove, lemon zest. Very slight hint of liquor, dark fruit

T--Ummm...tastes pretty much like wood aged Black Albert. No suprises here...they brewed it, you got it. Take a random sampling of Black Albert reviews and add the word "oak" and presto, a Cuvee Delphine review. And much like Black Albert, this one needs to be close to room temperature to truly be appreciated. Seriously, don't drink it cold...cellar temp might even be too cold for this beer. Let it sit. Resist temptation.

M--Full bodied, just how it should be

D--Nice to have a glass of this rare treat, I will bring it out my remaining bottles on special occasions. Drinks almost identical to Black Albert, so if you like that beer then seek this one out. However, if you don't like it, then leave this one alone because it is very similar. (1,020 characters)

Photo of gueuzer
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 2009 vintage.

App- Black, with a dark brown roasted two finger head that quickly dissipated. lacing that clung to the glass.

A- Tart cherries, roasted malt, oak.

Ta- Lots of charred oak. The bourbon was barely detectable. Tart cherries hit the front of your palate and provide a great contrast to the dark chocolate, caramel flavors that follow. Amazing.

MF- Thick, but not too syrupy. Nice subtle carbonation.

Dr- Split a bottle with the wife and seemed like a good amount. I would say the limitation is due to the massive body though, as opposed to the 13% ABV, which is hardly present.

Cracked this open on the first snowfall of the year. Could not think of a better beer to do this with. I thoroughly enjoy black albert, but I would take this instead any day. Also, there were no sign of infection as some people have thought. I would guess they are misinterpreting the fruitiness of the yeast. (955 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with a quarter-inch, creamy brown head that remains. Very nice.
Smell is slightly subdued bourbon, chocolate, a little bit of coffee. There is a slight, sour smell one would typically notice with a belgian sour. Some alcohol as well. Not exactly what I expected.
Taste is bourbon and oak up front, with some roasty malts and dark chocolate. Again, there is a belgian ale quality to this one that comes from a faint sourness. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of this one comes from the ashy smoke that hits the back on the mouth on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisper and lighter than I was expecting. Moderate level of carbonation and a fairly smooth finish. Nice warmth from the alcohol.
Quite drinkable, as the bourbon is not overpowering, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. Wish the bottle was bigger.
Definitely a Belgian style stout, and definitely the best one I've had to date. (890 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black, but not syrupy with a very big fluffy mocha head, that lingers a little. Outstaning lace

S: Some belgian esters, bits of roastiness, nice tannin wood notes. Nice bourobon aromas. Also a bit of a vinous, wine quality to it.

T: The roast is much more pronounced in the taste. Burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, wood, and a mellow warming bourbon note in the finish. The flavors blend very well together. The bourbon adds a but of a smokey quality to it as well. SOme dark fruit notes, and hints of pepper as well.

M: Very creamy and no heat on it at all. The body is a little thin.

D: Probably the easiest and most deceptive 13% beer I have ever enjoy. (667 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Deep black pour with two fingers of tan head with decent retention and nice lacing. The barrel aging definitely comes through in the nose, with a really woody, almost vinous character, along with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup and tobacco. The taste is much the same, but even better! Don't think I've ever had a beer that has retained so much from the barrel aging. Tons of wood with really nice chocolate notes, and a subtle hint of bourbon and vanilla. As it warms, it really opens up. Very little carbonation, but smooth as silk with absolutely no evidence that this is a 13% ABV beer. I could have easily drank another. What an incredible beer! Going on a beer run in Belgium this weekend, and hope I can find some more! (798 characters)

Photo of klikger
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 2009 served in a Duvel tulip - thanks again, cmswoboda!

A - Black, modest white head, great lacing

S - Roasted malt, coffee, cinnamon

T - Molasses, licorice, and coffee dominate the up-front and linger. The back half and finish consist of espresso beans and dark chocolate. Tons of good flavor without being overbearingly sweet.

M - Ultra-smooth & creamy; thick without being syrupy

D - Where's the heat? For 13% and the style, this is impressively drinkable. (483 characters)

Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.