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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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Cuvee DelphineCuvee Delphine

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

468 Ratings
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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 226
Gots: 107 | FT: 8
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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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 BeerThursdays
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of paco1029384756
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with one and a half fingers of smooth tan head with some serious retention time.

Scent of sweet chocolate, some dark fruit, sugar, dry oak and a strange sourness. The sourness is strange and not entirely pleasant; it is still a good scent.

Taste of chocolate, dark fruit, yeast, wood, ash and a hint of sour dark fruit. The finish is dry and ashy, a little strange. The sourness is less prevalent in the taste and is not unpleasant as in the scent.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and very oily with fairly strong carbonation for the style.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of russwbeck
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed side by side with Black Damnation II Mocha Bomb with nhindian. Lot BR26.230.610.

A: Black pour with a very nice brown head that isn't out of control like the Black Alberts were. Retention is ok, but it laces very nicely.

S: Really not a lot of Bourbon happening here, more so oak. The smell is faintly metallic.

T: Wow this is an interesting taste to say the least. I'm getting some slight bourbon and vanilla on the backend, but again it isn't really noticed. There is some booziness as well as some dark fruits that were characteristic of Black Albert.

MF: A bit creamy with a full and heavy body. Seems to have the correct amount of carbonation and a very dry finish.

O: This is pretty decent. Better than both the Black Alberts no doubt, but not quite on the level of Black Damnation II Mocha Bomb.

Photo of sprucetip
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Alactradamus for providing the opportunity to try this one!

Looks like a stout. Black with thin mocha head, good retention, no lacing.

Smells roasty, boozy, and woody. But no discernible bourbon at all. None. I tried to find it and couldn't.

Roasty, boozy, woody, and vaguely of dark fruit. Maybe a wee nip of the bourbon? Nah, probably not. If I didn't know it was in there I wouldn't have suspected at all. Smooth and balanced, but not particularly complex.

low carbonation, smooth, full body, modest warming with a bit of a bite.

A very good beer, but not worthy of any hype that might be associated, in my view. And I didn't get the bourbon. If that is going to be in the name or description, it should be identifiable. I wouldn't pay $10 for an 11oz bottle, that's for sure. Unless I'd never tried it....

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4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Enormous head, about an inch of beer and 4-5 inches oef head in my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Great deal of sticky lacing remains behind.

Smell: Oddly a bit tart, at least initially. Big chocolate, licorice, and dark fruits. Perhaps tart cherries?

Taste: Again chocolate, coffee and licorice, perhaps some dark rum punch fruits as well. Very Intriguing. This one really surprised me, I was expecting nasty black albert. If there is bourbon I didn't really notice it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but a bit too carbonated.

Drinkability: Tiny little bottle! Disappeared fast enough I suppose. Certainly didn't taste like 13%

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

Wow, totally unexpected!! I'm really going to enjoy this one but it's not what I typically think of as a RIS. It comes across much more as a Belgian Strong Dark to me. Pours opaque with a HUGE stiff light tan head of tiny bubbles that fades slowly leaving stringy sheets of Belgian lacing. The smell is big on raisins and Belgian yeast. The mouth feel is highly effervescent; the tiny bubbles adding a smoothness to the texture. Full flavored, the raisin, yeast and chocolate tastes are intense and reveal more roasted malt as it warms. The 13% ABV is really well integrated... there's some warmth there, but wouldn't have guessed it to be that high. Many thanks to koopa for the opportunity to consider this one!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle courtesy of bstaffor. Into a Delerium Tremens glass. 2009 vintage.

A: Pours pitch black with an enormous tan head, almost an inch, that quickly fades into a small tan cap with a few bubbles of lacing. The cap of bubbles is slightly topographic, in that there is a definite knoll directly above the nucleation point. Nice looking beer.

S: Smells of caramel and chocolate with a pretty distinct vanilla and bourbon note, slight oaky, and a touch of oxidation. Smells somewhat buttery as well, but it works with caramel, chocolate and bourbon.

T: Chocolate and a fair amount of lightly roasted coffee mix together with caramel. Really a sweet beer. Slightly astringent wood/booze but no really bitterness from hops. Tons of dark fruits, an almost slightly sour plum flavor lingers on the tongue. Bourbon here is subtle in nicely integrated, it isn't the focal point of the beer, instead adds a nice nuance and depth. Pretty damn tasty.

M: I don't really dig the mouthfeel here, a little thin and dthe carbonation is too high. Fairly sticky and sweet, finishes right in the middle of the road, not too dry not too sweet. A little more body and this would be awesome.

O: Pretty tasty stuff, I remember not being impressed by Black Albert, but I had the more quad like batch when I had it. This is a tasty stout with a nice subtle bourbon note. It has mellowed and blended nicely since 2009. Just wish it had a bit more body.

Photo of mtbdonn
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of larryi86
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to womencantsail for sending this as an extra!
25 cL bottle, best before 3/2014, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a four finger tan head.

S- Dark fruits, tart cherries, chocolate, roasted malts, some bourbon...nothing really jumps out at me.

T- This is pretty intense. Getting caramel malts, chocolate, hint of roasted coffee, some bourbon upfront and a tart cherry finish, not getting any alcohol. After the tartness fades it leaves you with a really nice smokey chocolate aftertaste. As this is warming up I am getting a nice oak flavor. At first the different flavors seemed to be all over the place and not working together, but the aftertaste bring it all together.

M- Smooth, rich, creamy, full body.

O - This is a great beer that I am very happy I was able to try. 13% ABV is not noticeable at all and it is very easy to drink. Nose had me thinking that this might be a mess, but it is not.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle into chouffe tulip.

A- A nice aggressive pour produces a 3-finger fluffy mocha head on a very deep dark base. Great pour.

S- I let this one warm a bit before I drank it. Great aroma. Dark fruit, cohocolate, very inviting.

T- Coffee, chocolate, tobacco, sweet caramel/vanilla and bourbon. Multi-layered, keeps me wanting more. This glass is getting emptied mighty quickly...

M- Thick and chewy, delicious, damn near perfect. Warm and boozy but I'm diggin' it.

D- An instant favorite. Good stuff here. I am impressed.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Docrock
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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!

Photo of magictacosinus
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.

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3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into cantillon tulip vintage 2009

A: Pours massive cocoa head with heavy lacing

S: Pungent aroma of oak barrel, ashy burnt roast malt
Some acrid bitterness with cocoa nib tastes along with a sweet malt presence and plenty of charred malt.

T: Bourbon clearly present but the bitterness clearly shines through in this one taking away from the chocolate malt and smoothness of black Albert.

M: Light body for a 14 percent, light carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. There is the perception in my mind that this is slightly infected and will be going down a slow downhill course from its present state. Overall relatively good for now though.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.