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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 225
Gots: 120 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

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Photo of leitmotif
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brianmandell
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patrykfus
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very sweet, plum in chocolate. little boring

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle, 9/14 bottled on date. Served into a porter/stout glass.

Marvelously chewy, compact, and lace-laden head dark-khaki and cappuccino in color with a pitch-black body beneath. This beer looks like a pour of coffee with cocoa-laced steamed milk atop it. Beautiful.

Dark chocolate and cocoa combine forces with earthy hops and a syrupy sweet vanilla aroma. So much damn chocolate. Something reminds me of a dark liqueur. Mellow coffee lurks beneath.

Sweet chocolate, almost bordering on syrup, meets a floral yeasty profile immediately recognizable as Belgian. A boozy caramel malt middle with some oaken and almost wine-like notes slides in and evens the flavor out before this becomes a sweet mess, and then the finish lingers with a touch of floral hop flavor and coffee. It's a nice combination going on and this beer really touches on numerous different flavors.

Where in the hell is the 13%? No way in hell. This thing feels like half of that. It's big bodied, rich and has a nice mid-palate carbonation which all only serve to encourage drinking this more quickly, rather than sipping it slow like that ABV suggests. 4.25

I was a bit more enamored to this when I had it on tap at Churchkey in DC, but it's a great beer and I think I've discovered the inspiration for Duel Brewing's (local NM brewery) Goya Imperial Stout.

Also, this gets better and better with warmth, so don't drink it so quickly as to miss out on the experience.

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4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, deep, and motor oil-esque black, with a quarter inch, thick mocha head, and no lacing.

Smells like rich dark fruit and cherries, chocolate, and strong bourbon.

I took a long time making my way through this beer- it changes a lot in taste as the temperature changes. Right out of the bottle, the bourbon and the dark fruit flavors are the most prominent- slightly sour cherries, raisins, plums, and delicious Four Roses bourbon, with a some spicy booze and oak as well. As the beer warms, rich Belgian chocolate and decadent caramel come to the forefront, with charred oak and some light grassiness that hints at a small amount of hoppiness, which is surprising. I get some acidic coffee as well.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly thin (but not detrimentally thin) mouthfeel. This is very sweet, and very decadent, necessitating a slow sipping session here.

It's interesting how every barrel-aged variation on Black Albert has been better than Black Albert itself. I'm not sure this is better than Damnation 1 or 2, but this is still really, really tasty, and one of the more complex BA stouts I've ever had.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zuidman
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of egrace84
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ninkasibrew
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cheesy26
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012. ABV on bottle says 11% instead of the 13% listed here. Pours jet black with a fizzle, brown head that dies away quite quickly. A thin ring of dark foam is left to linger around the edge of the beer. Nose is pretty enticing. Roast, chocolate, dark fruit and soft oak. Really dynamic, fudgy sweetness. Not a beer that smacks you hard by the bourbon barrel treatment. The other aromas do their part very well. The flavor is sneakily smooth and hides it's potency with a professional steadiness. Chocolate syrup, roast and espresso. Dark fruits, burnt caramel and flat cola. The finish has a mild bourbon element to it. I the body and feel are impeccable. Viscous, thick, and creamy. Soft yet buzzing carbonation. Just the lightest expression of alcohol. This rare treat found its way to my area and of course I had to pick a few up. Tasty beer! Haven't even had Black Albert before. Also, I absolutely love the label art.

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4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sabitu
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of muskiesman
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

vintage 2012; bottled on 09/2014.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with medium brown colored head. The head is massively tall at over 4 fingers of head that I could not even fit the entire beer into the wine stem because the head is so tall. The head is creamy and fluffy with fine bubbles. Long head retention and leaves spotty lacing behind.

Smell: moderate roast, bourbon, dark fruits, anise/black licorice, vanilla, and a cola or rootbeer like aroma.

Taste: starts off on the sweeter side and develops an oaky char roastiness as the flavors develop sip after sip. Vanilla, prunes, rootbeer, and a hint of black licorice. In the middle it has more dark fruit qualities especially figs with an accompaniment of milk chocolates and bitter bakers cocoa. Lets not miss that slight splash of soy sauce which actually works nicely here even though it is normally considered a less than appreciated flavor for me in most russian imperial stouts that I drink. It has a spicy herbal boozey kick in the finish right before the roast washes everything out and that is all you taste in the finish is a hint of dark fruits and moderate roast.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium body beer with moderate carbonation level. Dispite the lighter feel of this barrel aged stout it has got some booze and heat to it, but those attributes go away after a roasty char eventually washes that away in the finish. Creamy carbonation that is not coating or oily. I also noticed that the beer is 11% abv which is odd because the base beer black albert is 13%abv. Not sure why the abv was dropped by two percent here unless they changed the black albert recipe for the barrel aging process...

Overall: Black Albert is pretty solid and this is probably on the same level as black albert. I dont think that the barrel aging made this a better beer than black albert. I would like to do a side by side of these two beers together, to confirm this theory of mine. Cuvee Delphine is also reminicent of black note; it has a stronger dark fruit presence in the flavor profile and the mouthfeel is not as hefty as black note is in comparison. I think that this beer will get even better as the carbonation diminishes since it is currently over carbonated for a barrel aged RIS. Or the fact that the beer is lighter in body than what is preferred for a barrel aged RIS, as it losses carbonation that may make the beer feel heavier at some point in the future.

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hootie159
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of guityler83
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2012 - Bottled 9/14

A: The mocha tan head created when poured into a tulip glass was made of fine bubbles and stood firm for over two minutes. Swirling kicked up a coating of lacing that looked thick and creamy. The beer is pitch black, no light comes through even when back-lit.

S: Sweet toffee and caramel dominate the aroma with prune and figgy notes - lots of middle note aroma. Mild roast with milk chocolate, cocoa and mild vanillin. Low spicy belgian yeast character that dances with the sweeter elements in the beer making it slightly muddled. Low noble / German hop aroma just over threshold levels.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee dominate the flavor too. There is a slight oxidative flavor I’m picking up from the caramel malts that might be adding to the overall sweetness impression. More milk chocolate, bakers chocolate and slight soy sauce. Low hop bitterness but emphasized by the medium tanic barrel flavors. No bourbon really just clean woody and vanilla like. Again that Belgian yeast is giving more of that fruity spice character that might be working against the beer for my pallet.

M: Big creamy sensation from this beer and the tiny bubbles. Huge chewy body that adds to the creaminess. Carbonation is mild. Some tannic bite that hits the back of the throat possibly from the wood. Sticky sweetness left after a few sips. Warming is there as expected, but not overwhelming.

O: There’s a lot going on in this beer for sure! The overall sweetness was a tad too clowing for me and the oxidation I was picking up might have been enough to put it over the edge, but it was a unique spin on a beer that has been done to death and done extremely well but many US breweries. Way to try something new.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.