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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

412 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 222
Gots: 82 | FT: 5
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Mike, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

tripledbrew, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of macher0
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Winos Depot in Bowling Green, KY, served in tulip glass

A – Very dark black with a dark tan head that quickly retreats to a very fine film. An opaque/viscous tan layer holds for a very long time as beer is swirled around the glass.

S – Alcohol on front but very smooth and pleasant with coco and oak.

T – Slightly bitter on front with notes of fruit, coco, mild oak and a noticeable bourbon.

M - Very thick and sticky, but relatively smooth. Minimal carbonation.

O – Enjoyed this beer very much. It was fresh off the keg and that was noticeable. The bourbon/oak was very pleasant and balanced. Would certainly recommend this beer, but I will likely save this for rare occasions because of the hefty price.

macher0, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev -4.3%

robwestcott, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Docrock
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Docrock, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

JRod1969, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

popery, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

BeerThursdays, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of sd123
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

sd123, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Jeb37
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Jeb37, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

eric5bellies, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

thebigredone, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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...

bigfnjoe, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of bmur112
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

bmur112, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

magictacosinus, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

mcphish22, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

NickyDee21, Feb 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

drummermattie02, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Kelp, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

ortie, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

mendvicdog, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ms11781, Feb 16, 2013
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.