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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
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499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 227
Gots: 126 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

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Ratings: 499 | Reviews: 202
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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl bottle from mikey711. I've been looking forward to this beer for a long time, bourbon barrel aged Black Albert.

The beer pours dark brown and opaque with a really large tan foam, initially pillowy and several inches thick but becoming a thin film over the duration of a few minutes. Sheets of lacing too. The smell is not quite what I imagined. The dominant notes are smoked malt and an almost sour ale aroma. Smells like a Belgian smoke beer, maybe the smoke is from the bourbon barrel but that doesn't seem to make sense...

The beer tastes "dark", dark fruits and malts, more of the nearly sour funk, a little bit of ethanol burn. I can taste the bourbon but just a little, very nice but again hard to guess that the base beer is Black Albert. The body is somewhat thin for the style but that doesn't matter, this is still rich and tasty. 25cl is just about enough, it'd be nice to see bottles of this size for all sorts of big beers, you don't need too much of something at 13% ABV.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2009, 11.2oz
Riedel tulip

A: Pitch black color. Actually got a nice head of medium tan head fluffy. Stuck around a good while. Lacing bit. Alcohol feet.

S: Smells oxidized and boozy. Below that, chocolate and roast.

T: Very tasty. Roast and semi sweet cocoa. Getting that dark cocoa and vanilla flavor. Rounds the mouth. Very nice. Dry close.

M: It's a heavily carbonated full bodied.

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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Nat1975
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again, thanks to sweemzander for sharing this one.

Black with a thick brown head that levels off to a thin head with great retention.

Smell is of cocoa, coffee, roasted caramel and some raisin. The coffee and raisin became stronger as the beer warmed.

This beer is straight up on flavor, which makes it an awesome tasting beer. It's simple. There was some plum but big on the roasted malt and dark chocolate. Almost a dry, bittering chocolate.

There was some dryness from the dark chocolate, but it was smooth. It had a fullness to it and was very well balanced.

From what I heard of how this beer was made and what was used to make it, it makes it a very interesting drink. Not one to have multiple bottles of in a close time period as it was pretty big.

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Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.