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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
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387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 215
Gots: 82 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009)
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RichH55

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

06-21-2013 15:34:45 | More by RichH55
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-30-2012 22:11:28 | More by Riggsy
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-16-2013 12:28:37 | More by BeerThursdays
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BAsbill

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-03-2013 21:39:11 | More by BAsbill
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RWNay

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-01-2014 14:55:01 | More by RWNay
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-18-2013 04:29:28 | More by popery
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

06-27-2013 00:56:33 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-24-2013 01:36:27 | More by Sparky44
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judkinst

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-07-2014 00:20:42 | More by judkinst
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naloxone

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-09-2013 06:49:09 | More by naloxone
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-05-2014 23:06:11 | More by berkshire413
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-13-2012 20:34:03 | More by imperialking
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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

06-14-2014 13:31:48 | More by kingjohnh
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mcphish22

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

02-19-2013 03:19:53 | More by mcphish22
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 15:56:58 | More by inlimbo77
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cjacobsen

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 15:44:30 | More by cjacobsen
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

275ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com.. poured into a De Struise glass...

Poured pretty much as expected - blacker than black !! Burnt mocha tan head poured very big thick and foamy with a pock marked meringue like topping which faded quickly to light covering with very little lacing...

Aroma - Roasted / charred chocolate malts, ginger and nutmeg, sooty smoke, charred bread, molasses / treacle sweetness, stewed dark fruits (black cherries and grapes, dates, raisins), roasted nut brittle, some balsamic vinegar notes, strong soy, yeasty, very earthy, sour notes, burnt coffee beans...

Taste - Treacle sweetness mixed with nutmeg, lots of charred / burnt chocolate malts, liquorice to the fore, sooty notes, quite a lot of sourness, strong cola hints, epresso coffee, toasted / charred bread, stewed prunes, black cherries, slight candy sugar hints, grassy hops, light oakiness, fresh vanilla, quite peppery, nice warming booze, slight saltiness..

Feel - Sharp initially then and smooths out nicely... full bodied... incredibly drinkable for 13% although you can certainly feel the effects of the booze after one bottle..

Overall - An incredible and very complex beer although it does take a few sips before all the flavours emerge. I have a few more of these and am looking forward to seeing how they age... highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 14:13:33 | More by mdagnew
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macher0

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Winos Depot in Bowling Green, KY, served in tulip glass

A – Very dark black with a dark tan head that quickly retreats to a very fine film. An opaque/viscous tan layer holds for a very long time as beer is swirled around the glass.

S – Alcohol on front but very smooth and pleasant with coco and oak.

T – Slightly bitter on front with notes of fruit, coco, mild oak and a noticeable bourbon.

M - Very thick and sticky, but relatively smooth. Minimal carbonation.

O – Enjoyed this beer very much. It was fresh off the keg and that was noticeable. The bourbon/oak was very pleasant and balanced. Would certainly recommend this beer, but I will likely save this for rare occasions because of the hefty price.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 12:38:41 | More by macher0
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

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

Pours a thick black color with a creamy brown heady that fades slowly leaving a fair amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe some brown sugar.

A very complex beer and I hope I do it justice. I'm getting a load of roasted malts, coffee, dark choclate. A boozy bourbon aftertaste, a little heat but very subdued. A lingering bitter chocolate finish. Very thick a chewy mouthfeel. I'm also getting some dried and over ripe fruit. This beer rocks!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 21:28:24 | More by weissbierdrinker
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Malted milk, semi-dark chocolates, nutty coffees, and chocolate covered cherries hit the high notes of this crazy Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Stout. But it's sturdy demeanor and unwaivering character gives a ruggedness that Stout lovers can appreciate.

Extremely dark brown with complete opaqueness, the beer builds a dense head of mocha stained foam, tightly knit and very structural, even after several minutes, the beer seems to form a barrier between the beverage and the drinker- I have a feeling I'm goin'a win this battle. Thick striations of lace lingers after the beer falls.

Dense semi-sweet chocolate, medium bourbon, and cherry-like tartness fill the early nose along with mild acidic mustiness and mild coffee.

Creamy, smokey chocolate flavors hit first, with a quick follow up of columbian coffee (somewhere between chocolate covered cherries and espresso beans). Sharp Belgiany tartness of cherries, under-ripe berries and grapes take the beer from its savory lucious start and into a sharper, more acidic coffee finish. Impressions of Imperial Stouts, Belgian Strong Dark Ales, and background bourbon create a three-headed attack on the taste buds.

Rich and lucious textures also fit the bill. Very froathy, creamy and full at the onset, the beer processes through a smooth and even fade past a velvety and smooth mid palate and into a warming and dryish finish. The malt character never disipates into the finish, only allowing for a tepid dryness, but this beer is meant as a digestive or desert.

Belgian Stouts generally leave me with a struggle between the balance of roast bitterness and Belgiany tartness. I generally find that these flavors and texture to combat eachother and confuse the palate. But this one does much better than most because of its lucious maltiness and malty-dry toast character.

Thanks aficionado!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 06:29:58 | More by BEERchitect
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kappldav123

Germany

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

Bottle at home. Thanks to DerDoppelbock for bringing this to my house.
Big 1,5l bottle, Black Albert label with a small label on the top written Cuvee Delphine 2007. Deep black in the glass, almost no head. Very complex aroma, prickly-malty, intense fruity. Starts milder than exspected, complex maltiness with an increasing dryness, modest chocolate-notes. Finish wood and smoke, very light notes of coffee. Very balanced and round finish, warming aftertaste. Really a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 11:58:50 | More by kappldav123
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magictacosinus

California

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The fun continues with De Struise Brouwers with this, poured on tap in a 6oz wine glass at Trappist Provisions.

Pours an opaque, darkened appearance that makes it almost exactly the same to rich, espresso coffee. Barely a head on this, which is impressive considering the ABV, yet it sticks around long enough to add some character to the murkiness of the beer. Little bubbles attempt to reach the top, but appear to be halted by the blackened malty texture. Huge alcohol legs on glass glide down with each swirl, and the liquid retains a viscous, thickened appearance resemblant of fortified wine. Quite masterful overall.

The aroma is quite complex, and is instantly a grand infusion of a RIS and a Belgian strong dark ale, containing malty texture from the former, yeasty notes from the latter, and hoppy aspects resemblant of both. Above it all, there's an aroma of coffee beans and cocoa, yet underneath there's a lot going on, and among the phenols I pick out sweet truffles, whiskey sweetness, rum, dried fruits (especially raisins), and a slight woody texture. The zest and booziness seem to be in conflict with one another here, which is how it ranges from being a rum-infused spiced drink combined with wine and brandy characteristics. Good stuff.

The flavor continues where the aroma left off, with key differences. The woody soaked flavors are pretty obvious, as well as the dark fruit flavors ranging from figs to plums, but then it takes a leathery-tasting turn like no other. While this sounds bitter at first, it's the sweetness of the beer that holds it together, and eventually gives it a wine-like consistency resemblant of port, or, just as in the case of Black Damnation V, smoothened out brandy. It's quite thick in feel, as expected, and while the alcohol is well masked overall, it does eventually creep up in a rather terrifying way, so, as always, approach with caution.

Great stuff once again, although more than two of these in one session would be pushing it. Instantly a sipping beer, the wine and brandy texture is uncanny here, and it's absolutely refreshing to find a new twist on a style that seems to have gotten overblown and heavily mimicked at this point. Will seek out a bottle of this in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 08:05:14 | More by magictacosinus
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deebo

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2011 Lot 27151506201

Picked up a couple 33 cl bottles at the De Struise bottle shop in Bruges. Pricey at $5.50 Euro.

A-Poured into a snifter this beer comes out of the bottle thick with lots of yeast. A thin dark beige head that breaks down into a skim layer and a ringing around the glass. You can see a lot of the suspended yeast in this brew. Otherwise very black and opaque.

S-Cold the aroma is big roasted malt with some hints of Belgian yeast. Some alcohol aroma. As it warms more roasted aroma and more alcohol is evident but not overpowering. Some fruity yeast notes as well.

T-First sip is big roasted dark malts upfront with a warming finish. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee and a bit fruity. A bit like booze soaked chocolate covered cherries if such a thing existed.

M-A bit sticky and full bodied yet very smooth and easy to drink. Moderate carbonation for the style.

O-Not as bourbon boozy forward as a lot of the American BB RIS-which is nice. Real easy to drink for a BB RIS @ 13% ABV. I like the fruity character the yeast brings into the equation which blends well with the big roasted malt bill. Perfect dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:55:36 | More by deebo
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SpruceFish

Burkina Faso

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

wow finally drinking this beauty thanks you MikesGroove for this trade

starts off pitch black with dark tan head looks like any great stout the smell is unlike any stout i have had i can really sence the belgian influence at work here there is almost a lambic like small to but just barley then the oaky tannins hit me i feel thats where most of the sourness comes from but keep in mind its just a very slight sour nothing like a big gueuze then dark malts whisky come into play very nice that taste is just as appealing again a light sourness that is pretty tannic then some dried fruits here is where i can taste the Belgian-ness really starts the kick i get some funky yeastyness and below there are your typical elements of a stout dark roasted malt with a whisky undertone the feel is good a little to carbonated and a bit thin which is really the only flaw of this beer the drink is great the booze is evident yet works well

overall this is a great beer and im sad the only way i can get a hold of this is though trade or go to Belgium

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 03:17:07 | More by SpruceFish
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml brown bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.

Pours a deep, sinewy black-brown, oily on entry to the glass. Head forms with little coercion, forming a thick deep brown head of fine bubbles. Lacing is patchy, body is rich, although not holding a lot of carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is gorgeous. Delicate milk chocolate overtones, laced around a sweet vanilla oak and toasted coconut richness. Slight roast comes through leavened with a heady booze tweak: it leaves it slightly buoyant and a little spicy.

Taste is rich and dark: burnt toffee sweetness on the fore, with a nuttiness coming through closer to the back, which develops into coffee and char. Clinging cherry booze character structures the whole thing—or perhaps its better to say that it invades the structure—it's always present from front to back and side-to-side. Finish is remarkably clean: the booze helps everything evanesce, leaving not much roast or bitterness.

Feel is smooth and slick, but almost frothy as well: it's as though the volume increases in the mouth, leaving it lighter, but fuller at the same time.

Overall: excellent, excellent stuff. Beautifully rich and full, but with a lovely structure to keep it coherent and drinkable. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 07:07:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.