Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers
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4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
So excited about this one, how could it live up to my expectations? We'll see....
A--Pitch black with massive, fluffy brown head in my 16 oz. Dogfish Head Signature glass. Nice lacing.
S--Some wheat-like notes...clove, lemon zest. Very slight hint of liquor, dark fruit
T--Ummm...tastes pretty much like wood aged Black Albert. No suprises here...they brewed it, you got it. Take a random sampling of Black Albert reviews and add the word "oak" and presto, a Cuvee Delphine review. And much like Black Albert, this one needs to be close to room temperature to truly be appreciated. Seriously, don't drink it cold...cellar temp might even be too cold for this beer. Let it sit. Resist temptation.
M--Full bodied, just how it should be
D--Nice to have a glass of this rare treat, I will bring it out my remaining bottles on special occasions. Drinks almost identical to Black Albert, so if you like that beer then seek this one out. However, if you don't like it, then leave this one alone because it is very similar.
07-06-2009 23:04:42 | More by alcstradamus
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
11.2oz. bottle -- 2009 vintage -- served into a tulip glass
Pours a solid dark color. It's dark. Black, sure. Black. What more do you want? Howabout two entire fingers worth of dark-khaki head with solid retention? It's a lovely looking stout.
So Cuvee Delphine is Batch 0 Black Albert aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels. The important part here is that its 100% Black Albert...this accounts for the deep complexity in the nose. Baker's chocolate, plum, horehound candy -- there's a lot going on thanks to the Belgian yeast strain. There's also a sweet fruit note that I can't quite nail down...it's something akin to lychee or an Asian pear. There really isn't much evidence of barrel aging here, though. There's basically no oak or vanilla. No booze. So while it's a deep aroma, I'm knocking it a half-point for not living up to the barrel promise.
Cuvee Delphine has a lot going on for it on the tongue. It's very much like the nose, but more concentrated in its approach. The first thing that I notice is how vinous it is. There's significant red wine flavor here, spiked with black cherries and dark fruits. Some black pepper, too. Dark chocolate is a flavor that goes well with many red wines, and the dark chocolate malt flavor here works to accentuate the yeast flavors. Like the nose, the barrel presence here is slight. This beer isn't getting this vinous without barrel aging, but you can't tell that this beer was aged in a bourbon barrel (as opposed to a wine barrel or even just plan ol' new oak).
The mouthfeel is a slight disappointment. It is incredibly smooth, but at the expense of body. It's a thin beer for the style. But the smoothness has a certain pleasurable quality to it.
Overall, this is a very tasty beer. The barrel aging of Black Albert seems to have concentrated its vinous side, but at the expense of that beer's complexity. It's a good sipper, but I very much prefer regular Black Albert.
07-01-2012 02:47:44 | More by Reaper16
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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!
03-20-2013 20:59:06 | More by Docrock
4.41/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
02-02-2013 22:05:49 | More by weonfire
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Best Before: 15-07-2015. Making this a 7/15/2009 vintage. Comparing this side by side with a Black Albert Batch 0.
A - Pitch black body. One finger high lasting mocha head. Excellent lacing and retention with some alcoholic legs.
S - Very similar to Batch 0 BA. Red wine integrated into stout like notes of charred malts, coffee, and chocolate. The finish comes off with a warming alcohol presence and some light oak and vanilla. The bourbon presence is very faint though.
T - An improvement overt B0BA. Light cherries and raisins, bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla beans, and a sharp and acrid sweetness that I also found in darklord. Mouth feel is sticky and syrupy and medium bodied. Still plenty of carbonation. Alcohol is more noticeable than the base beer but still in check.
O - This is quite the beer. The base beer is...just a very interesting and unique RIS that has some quad like tendencies. This beer smoothes out the edges with a subtle and pleasing bourbon presence. Very tasty stuff!
08-22-2012 02:52:40 | More by davey101
4.38/5 rDev +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!
12-15-2011 16:11:29 | More by beerdrifter
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-14-2010 06:21:22 | More by billshmeinke
4.41/5 rDev +5.3%
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!
05-29-2013 02:48:22 | More by wyatt13
4.83/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
07-07-2011 21:22:49 | More by rvdoorn
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
04-10-2010 00:27:01 | More by vacax
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
10-05-2013 01:55:36 | More by deebo
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.