Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers
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4.24/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
03-07-2013 12:15:48 | More by eric5bellies
4.19/5 rDev 0%
Poured from tap into snifter at avenue pub nola. Pours an oily black with a slight rim of lacing. Looks good..but not outstanding. Same with aroma...its obvious bourbon roasty malts and chocolate notes prevail. Taste is nice smooth bourbon malty roastness...its a very mild and easy drinking silent killer. Nice brew.
02-28-2013 02:54:26 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter. 2009 vintage.
A- pours black with a two finger dark, dark brown head. Man, nice looking beer, that's for sure
S- dark fruits, tons of chocolate, slight bit of heat as well. Wow.
T- lots of dark fruits, very low chocolate, minimal bourbon. Time didn't do this one good, it's past its prime
M- good lord, so velvety, luscious, and thick. Insane
O- I prefer this over Black Albert, just wondering how good it would have been fresh...
02-26-2013 01:26:11 | More by bigfnjoe
4.29/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
02-19-2013 08:05:14 | More by magictacosinus
4.16/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey. From notes. From 4 Roses Bourbon barrels.
Presented with little head, but a very large bubbled collar. Dark mocha bubbles on that collar accenting a dark reddish brown body.
Nose hints at red berried fruit. A bit hard to distinguish, nice roast angle, but hard to distinguish the flavors hinted on the nose. Mild sense of coffee beans.
Palate is incredibly warming and vinous. Light roasty action with a soft dark chocolate feel. Dark chocolate hits in the mid palate with a nice bitterness. Lingering roast malts on the swallow that go long. Body is like a real nice cabernet sauvignon. Hints at real round feel and depth.
Overall a real fun beer to drink, almost has a big wine like character to it, very impressed.
02-13-2013 01:06:36 | More by smakawhat
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
On-tap at Churchkey in DC, served in a snifter.
A- Pours black with a thin mocha head, leaves spotty lacing.
S- Sweet aroma of dark chocolate, rich flavors of figs and plums. There are also some very nice sweet aromas of vanilla, bourbon and oak.
T- A powerful flavor of chocolate and coffee/espresso (lots of coffee), which melts into a sweeter center of dark fruit and molasses with accents of bourbon and vanilla and a subtle cherry flavor.
M- Medium to full body, smooth and creamy feel.
O- A delicious beer, manages to blend a lot of interesting flavors together really nicely.
02-12-2013 02:20:00 | More by WillCarrera
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
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
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