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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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Cuvee DelphineCuvee Delphine

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

395 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 217
Gots: 83 | 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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Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%

12-08-2011 06:11:27 | More by Exiled
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-06-2011 16:32:21 | More by chase2634
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.3%

12-01-2011 00:26:02 | More by Rochefort10nh
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heyta

Georgia

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-28-2011 21:33:57 | More by heyta
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gwguest

Kansas

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-28-2011 18:44:48 | More by gwguest
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-26-2011 05:02:50 | More by HopStoopid120
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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-25-2011 04:19:31 | More by whartontallboy
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claaark13

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the 25cl bottle, Lot:B-M-2014, was infected as could be. The 33cl bottle, BR26.230.610 bottled 2009 and I believe brought home from Belgium, is the non-infected bottle being reviewed. Poured into a Bell's snifter.

A - Pours black with a nice tan head that coats the surface. There isn't much sticking to the glass, but aside from that it looks really nice. Pretty good retention.

S - Dark fruits, little bit of malts. Hint of alcohol. Nothing dominant here.

T - Dark fruits, woodiness and a slightly dry finish with a little bit of toffee or vanilla. The oak finish is really what differentiates this from Black Albert. No burn, but there is a slight amount of alcohol floating within the oak flavors.

M - Creamy, medium body. Good enough for a RIS.

O - Not entirely sure about this one. It tastes a lot like Black Albert in the beginning with the barrel coming in mildly towards the end and through the finish. I wouldn't really say that one is necessarily better than the other.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:59:42 | More by claaark13
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Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-20-2011 20:37:50 | More by Rempo
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aficionado

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-16-2011 14:41:19 | More by aficionado
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-16-2011 14:06:52 | More by sideshowe
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-15-2011 22:41:23 | More by nmann08
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Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-15-2011 04:13:19 | More by jh1982
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-15-2011 02:08:49 | More by ygtbsm94
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-15-2011 00:28:57 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-14-2011 19:04:47 | More by JAHMUR
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-14-2011 07:58:46 | More by Jspriest
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 14 / 2009

Pours jet black with a big chocolate brown head. In the aroma, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. In the taste, chocolate, mellow dry bourbon, sweet vanilla, oaky and rich all the way through. A small alcohol bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and hint of bourbon in the aftertaste. WOW! Big and mellow in all the right spots, hides the alcohol until the end, simply fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 20:42:45 | More by OWSLEY069
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presents well in the glass, black, tan/mocha head, slight lacing, islands of foam. Aroma - not what I expected, musty, basement, something vegatile, but perhaps it is just raw oak? Notes of vanilla and chocolate exist. Deep dried fruit notes (prune, raisin, plum) and something else I can't place my finger on. The flavor reminds me of a well cooked brownie, that is to say doughy chocolate, faint vanilla notes, and a hint of vegitable. Dark chocolate on the finish that lingers. The barrel presence presents more as damp and woody then true oak. There is zero evidance of the ABV of this beer, it is silky, it is smooth and this is the beers strength. I was hoping for more...oh well it is still a unique and great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:58:19 | More by pmlondrigan
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scottfrie

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 33cl bottle into Portsmouth snifter. 2009 vintage. A warm thank you to rudylaw for this extra!

A: Pours a thick pitch black with three fingers of very soft and dense looking dark mocha colored head. The head took a very long time to collapse into a thick film that left a great network of lacing down the glass.
S: Very complex notes of both sweet and bitter dark chocolate, woody oak, damp must, sherry, dark fruits, fudge brownies, and plums. I get just a hint of balsamic vinegar as well. Very interesting to say the least.
T: Big rich notes of fudge brownies, spicy bourbon, oak barrel, and light sherry. I get light notes of vanilla and sweet, lightly tart, fruits in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of deep rich chocolate and roasted nuts. That hint of balsamic vinegar is there as well, but only in flavor (this beer is far from vinegary). I was surprised how fruity this beer was.
M: Thick full body, viscous mouth with a dry finish, and super soft and creamy carbonation. The high alcohol content of this beer leaves no trace of warmth in my mouth, which I suspect has something to do with this beers age.
O: Just an all-around fruity, creamy, soft, thick, rich, complex and easy to drink imperial stout. This was a big want of mine, thanks again for filling it Anthony!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 01:57:10 | More by scottfrie
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, bottle sharred with a fellow BA.

A- Pours similar to the Black Albert, pitch black body, 2 finger dark brown head, dissipates quickly to a think ring around the glass, nice lacing.
S- The aroma is fairly mild; vanilla comes out a bit from the bourbon barrels but not enough to take over the aroma, oak is present, dark malts, dark fruits.
T- Very similar to the Black Albert, slight bourbon taste, oak characteristics, some vanilla, roasted malt, the bourbon is very mild in the taste, which was a little of a letdown for me.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, dry finish.
O- Overall Enjoyable, well made, not as good as the black albert, I would of liked the bourbon characteristics to be more pronounced in this beer, still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 22:28:23 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into cantillon tulip vintage 2009

A: Pours massive cocoa head with heavy lacing

S: Pungent aroma of oak barrel, ashy burnt roast malt
Some acrid bitterness with cocoa nib tastes along with a sweet malt presence and plenty of charred malt.

T: Bourbon clearly present but the bitterness clearly shines through in this one taking away from the chocolate malt and smoothness of black Albert.

M: Light body for a 14 percent, light carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. There is the perception in my mind that this is slightly infected and will be going down a slow downhill course from its present state. Overall relatively good for now though.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 18:36:18 | More by alpinebryant
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer at the Deca brewery itself.

A - This beer is black as heel. A oily substance with a beige brownish head. The head starts with a finger thick cream, but after a minute or so its retracted to a thin layer.

S - There are many flavors in the smell, unbelievable! Flavors like; dark chocolate, cherries, raisins, coffee, peat, alcohol, brown sugar and some vanilla.

T - Its black sweet tar that is going down my throat. A complex taste consisting of dark cherries, brown sugar or molasses, chocolate, raisins, vanilla, spices like cardamom and coriander, caramel and hints of wood. There is absolutely no alcohol to be discovered in this beer, for a thirteen pro-cent!!??

M - A thick creamy molasses is going down my throat, a beer syrup if you like. There is some alcohol warmth in the finish together with some bitterness, but I am not sure this is from the hops or the coffee, maybe its both.

O - What a great beer. Worth trying. If you do not like it you can always throw in your car. I am sure the engine will run on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 17:13:02 | More by Mar02x
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flannelman808

California

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very very dark brown with just a tiny amount of ruby which only glimmers through the corners in light. Topped with a medium-dark tan colored head which has pretty good retention and good lacing.

S: Wood, bourbon, chocolate mouse, and dark fruit dominate the nose along with a touch of alcohol. Nice.

T: Curious stuff! Very unique. Chocolate bourbon mouse cake topped with blueberries and ripe raspberries. That about sums it up. Very good stuff, I like how much fruit is spun into the mix. The bourbon is there but its not overly pronounced and integrates nicely with the other flavors. A mix of sweet bitter and slightly tart flavors overall this fires on all cylinders.

M: Thick and silky. Pretty long finish on this one too.

O: I'm pretty impressed with this and would like to see how it ages but I would guess 2-3 years would be max as it's bitter to sweet ratio is just north of bitter now. Very balanced overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 05:00:50 | More by flannelman808
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schwaeh

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle received from injuredreserve.
Batch 14-2009

A: Jet black with a mocha colored 2 finger head. After the head implodes the foam really clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Really nice nose. Lots of bourbon engulfs the sweet tobacco, molasses, deep dark malts, black licorice, and dark fruits. Tobacco really stands out here, wet, juicy tobacco. There is a slight tartness, cherry-like, but after all the horror stories maybe I'm looking for it pretty hard. Smells very earthy and sweet. The alcohol is present but not as much as the ABV would lead you to believe.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, leather, tobacco, and wood really headline this. There is a nice char from smoked wood. Bourbon sweetness, smoke, oak, and vanilla try to cut through this black abyss of flavors. This is a very tannic, vinous beer, I get some cherry chocolate throughout. If this is infected, it is too big in the first place to be thrown off track by this problem, or it just kind of works with the beer.

M: Heavier medium body. Higher carbonation for the style but not enough to cause any alarm.

O: This is a pretty nice stout. I'm not so sure its worth all the money and hassle to achieve a bottle. I'm fairly certain something unwanted is going on in this beer, but it is very slight, and again the huge flavors overbear it as far as I'm concerned. At the end of the day I probably would have rather had the Four Roses bourbon or the Black Albert instead.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 01:01:14 | More by schwaeh
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.