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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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Cuvee DelphineCuvee Delphine

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

388 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 215
Gots: 82 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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billshmeinke

California

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

Poured into an Affligem goblet. 2009. HUGE thanks to Rudylaw

A: Impenetrable black one finger light beige head. Dies down to a slim layer of foam on top which is quite impressive for a barrel aged beer poured into a goblet.

S: Smells of powdery cocoa, dark chocolate, some tart dark fruits. Sherry and pecan pie. It basically smells the same as Black Albert.

T: Taste is again similar to Black Albert. Maybe a touch more sweetness in the form of maple syrup, a hint of spicy oak, and peat is the only real difference. Bourbon Barrels don't rub off much.

M: Mouthfeel is belgian like for a RIS. Well carbonated fairly heavy body. Thick and complex.

D: A really interesting sipper, but only adds a few more layers of complexity to regular black albert. In fact, I rated them the same because they seemed so similar to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 06:21:22 | More by billshmeinke
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Docrock

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 20:59:06 | More by Docrock
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Mike

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.5%

04-04-2013 03:19:16 | More by Mike
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ncelauro

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

09-21-2013 20:43:42 | More by ncelauro
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 16:11:29 | More by beerdrifter
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weonfire

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 22:05:49 | More by weonfire
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:48:22 | More by wyatt13
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mscudder

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-03-2013 01:48:22 | More by mscudder
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-16-2012 01:02:19 | More by RedHaze
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Rado

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

06-04-2014 00:29:02 | More by Rado
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a deep black colour with a nice, two finger thick brown head which leaves a great lacing.
Smell: Dark roasted vanilla, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruits. Lightly smoked bourbon.
Taste: Dark malts, coffee, vanilla, and clear dark chocolate. More smoked bourbon than in the nose. Licorice is also clearly present now. This beer is quite boozy as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, full body
Overall: One of the better beers I had recently; a true master piece. Perfectly balanced and IMO quite a bit underrated, probably because it is widely available again….. beats Dark Lord, Darkness and some other overhyped “hard to get” USA brews without any problems.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 21:22:49 | More by rvdoorn
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

5/5  rDev +19.3%

12-08-2011 12:52:06 | More by nathanjohnson
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vacax

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was quite excited to try this one. Pours black with a towering dark head. Just like Black Albert, the head on this is every bit a monster. Aromas of Flintstones vitamins, pineapple, chalk, surprisingly free of barrel qualities. Tastes vinous with licorice, oak, bitter fruit, roast, and rock salt. Feels pretty full with a moderate level of carbonation. I was a bit let down by this one. The barrel didn't really contribute any wonderful boozy or coconut flavors, not really an improvement over the original, sadly. I do love the label though.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 00:27:01 | More by vacax
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-12-2013 19:19:34 | More by mmcnaughton
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

04-08-2014 00:58:12 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown to black in color, plenty of sediment is evident near the end of the pour as it gets slightly thicker, almost chunkier. Decent sized crimson hued tan head rests atop and slowly fades back to a ring around the glass. Aroma is nice and yeasty, milk, molasses, sugar, a bit of charred wood and booziness. Taste shows some sweet ripe vinuous fruit notes that blends with a tanginess. Licorice and vanilla sweetness, some woodiness towards the finish before a decent bite of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is a medium to full body, fairly active but soft and creamy carbonation, decent amount of dryness in the finish along with the warmth in the throat form the alcohol. The sweetness and drying woodiness blend well together and the abv, though slightly forward is pleasing and in the right amount. Very interesting beer, well balanced feel. The bourbon did not come thru quite as much as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 01:36:52 | More by hoppymeal
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.5%

04-01-2013 02:34:02 | More by tripledbrew
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.5%

04-09-2013 21:56:28 | More by jjheinrichs
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 14:38:12 | More by Thehuntmaster
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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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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 20:29:06 | More by ggaughan
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brbrocc

New York

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-17-2014 12:58:30 | More by brbrocc
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 variation marked best before 7-15-2015, poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A: It pours a deep dark menacing black that is completely opaque. There is a hefty two finger tan head that hangs on for a long time and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: The nose is full of oak, whiskey and dark fruits. A tinge of apples cuts through as well with a tip of the hat to the house yeast.

T: A menacingly full bodied profile that just makes a man weep. There is a perfect balance between the barrels and booze. The yeast supplies a brief respite from the heavy flavors with a tinge of fruitiness, amazing to say the least. It finishes on a bitter sweet chocolate note rather dry.

M: Big, tough, and sticky. One of the best mouth feels I have come across.

O: I would rate this one of the better stouts I have tasted. Luckily I dodged infection, and I have some extras to cellar. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:58:38 | More by Neffbeer
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-15-2011 04:13:19 | More by jh1982
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 22:25:42 | More by mikey711
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.