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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

438 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 223
Gots: 93 | FT: 7
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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Photo of wyatt13
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

wyatt13, May 29, 2013
Photo of Ralphs66
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Ralphs66, May 26, 2013
Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

campfirebrew, May 25, 2013
Photo of TallSaint
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

TallSaint, May 25, 2013
Photo of unclejazz
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

unclejazz, May 24, 2013
Photo of PeteRiz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

PeteRiz, May 23, 2013
Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -4.3%

DeutschesBier, May 19, 2013
Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jtladner, May 18, 2013
Photo of jkane101
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jkane101, May 16, 2013
Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev -4.3%

mmcnaughton, May 12, 2013
Photo of MaineBrewing
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draught at Novare res 8oz pour on " de struise day"

A - poured pitch black opaque with a good one finger darker tan head. Immediate lacing was apparent.

S - smell of roasted malts, dark fruits, slight acidity. Maybe the atmosphere but a very mild aroma.

T - very complex and delicious. The Belgian character adds a nice fruity finish a nice pedal point to the roasted malt character is domineering .nice smokiness in the finish, finishes a great balance between dry and sweet. Ample hop bitterness in the end with A slight sour character.

M - slow sipping but not too thick. Well carbonated and a balanced finish. The 13% abv is not really prevalent. Very drinkable.

O -very drinkable stout, yet very complex and requires time to reflect on the nuances. A real treat to have this on draught. Chose this over some rare and delicous offerings and don't regret it.

MaineBrewing, May 11, 2013
Photo of beagle75
4/5  rDev -4.3%

beagle75, May 04, 2013
Photo of Grinky
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Grinky, May 04, 2013
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

enelson, May 03, 2013
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Belmont Station

A: Pure black with a non-existent head. Spectacular legs, though

N: Roasted malt, chocolate, heavily roasted espresso, and oak. Quite a bit of licorice and there’s a backdrop of vanilla. Not particularly strong, though.

T: Tons of roast and there’s a pleasant sweetness balanced out by the slightest bitterness. Lots of the nose shows up here.

M: Thick, oily, and coating. Alcohol is expertly hidden.

O: A well oiled machine I’d recommend. Wish it had a little more barrel character, though.

Sarlacc83, May 03, 2013
Photo of mscudder
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

mscudder, May 03, 2013
Photo of Abio
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Abio, Apr 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BierMeJohn, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to David for this bottle! Vintage 2011. Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured dark black with one finger of mocha coloured head that slowly receded to a thin layer with good retention.

S - Roast, smoke and licorice dominate with sweet milk chocolate and vanilla notes. The barrel is barely discernible.

T - A big, bold flavour profile. Roast, licorice and bakers chocolate up front that give way to sweet molasses, vanilla and some oak. As the beer warms a big cherry flavour asserts itself. There is no bourbon presence at all.

M - Medium to full body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

O - This was an excellent beer but the bourbon was non-existent, which was a little disappointing.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

cadaugherty, Apr 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

bpfrush, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

jjheinrichs, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

DRBiser, Apr 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Auracom, Apr 07, 2013
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.