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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 186
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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4.25/5  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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

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

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%

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%

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%

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
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

chakadrum, Feb 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

warnerry, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

smakawhat, Feb 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

david131, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

WillCarrera, Feb 12, 2013
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.