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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

402 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 218
Gots: 82 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009)
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Part of a simultaneous tasting with Black Albert and Black Albert Batch 0. According to my sources, this bottle of Cuvee Delphine is bourbon barrel aged Batch 0 (2010).

Dark dark color with bourbon very obvious in the nose. Not much head or lacing. Taste is very much a bourbon-tinged Batch 0 (quad) but it's almost too bourbony sweet when tasted side-by-side with its original DNA. Not much of the barrel comes through, just the bourbon notes. It's very tasty, but the straight Batch 0 is a cut above. Glad I got to try this bottle from the beer artists of Belgium. Would love to try it again with more age.

11-28-2010 04:12:30 | More by ElGallo
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pixieskid

Germany

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

This is one of those beers that you should pay 30 bucks for and trade half of your cellar for; but you don't have to!

Full body, milky and creamy mouthfeel, frothy carbonation.
Solid rich malt presence upfront; very roasty with a creamy milk chocolate note.
Great bourbon presence throughout, adds a nice residual sweetness, richness, and slight alcohol bite.
Finishes with a great rich chocolate presence, a hint of coffee bitterness, and a nice undertone of oak and burnt malt.
Overall; amazing balance and great bourbon/wood undertones.

11-24-2010 20:59:01 | More by pixieskid
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punkrkr27

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

Inky black pour with a tall, loose, brown head. The aroma is deep dark espresso with a soft note of dark Belgian chocolate, dark fruit, lots of charred oak and a wonderful, rich, sweet, smoky bourbon overtone. The flavor has loads more mocha and espresso with a chalky, very dark chocolate body, lots of dark fruit, tobacco, and more of that sweet, smoky bourbon. I love how the 4 Roses barrels really stand out. It doesn't taste like another barrel aged stout. The distinct character of the barrels that were used stands out. The body is creamy and full with a fair amount of carbonation.

11-17-2010 01:23:24 | More by punkrkr27
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Vintage '09 poured into a mini snifter. This brew looks a dark brown to black color with a very dark brown cap of head. As the head recedes, it leaves a patchy almost leggy appearance of lace clinging to the glass. A light swirl revives the head to a finger's strength. There is some fair clarity and lighter brown coloration shown around the edges of the brew.

The aroma of this offering has chocolate and coffee being imparted by the dark roastiness of the grain. There is a light vinous quality present but overall there is a surprisingly sweet smelling scent of cocoa along with some minor indications of vanilla and some oak qualities.

The taste has a roasted bitter dark grain flavor that lasts inside the mouth. Some bitterness comes through from the hops not just the bitterness due to the roast of the grain. A light vinous quality deepens the flavor of this brew and mingles well with the presence of the alcohol. Some dry oaked flavoring comes out as the brew warms.

This brew leaves a very pleasant dark burnt grain flavor inside the mouth. It is medium to full bodied with a light level of carbonation. Super drinkable. The whiskey barrel contribution imparts a bit of a twang to the alcohol character but overall it actually mellows out the brew overall. The barrel contribution here is not bold and painfully obvious, it is subtle which takes an already fabulous brew to a whole new level.

11-17-2010 00:00:18 | More by stakem
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

Big thanks to Chris (bearsonacid) for sharing this bottle.

Pitch black beer with a tan foamy head. Coats the glass like motor oil. The bottle was poured pretty cold, so it took some time for the aroma to open up. Roasted malt, bourbon, and cocoa in the nose. Flavor follows the nose. Dark chocolate immediately assaults (in a good way) the palate. Very roasty with a big bourbon barrel finish. This 13% ABV stout creates some warming alcohol notes, but remains very drinkable. This beer is absolutely phenomenal.

11-14-2010 06:03:22 | More by muttyd
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gyllstromk

Belgium

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Anyone know the story? Delphine is the alleged illegitimate daughter of Albert II, current king of Belgium, and she's also the artist who made this cover.

I quite enjoyed this beer. Pours dark with a nice head. Caramel and dark roasted malt on the nose. Palette evokes bitter chocolate with licorice and vanilla on the finish. Sticky and creamy feel. A nice offering by a great brewery.

11-13-2010 17:04:52 | More by gyllstromk
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dqrull

Sweden

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%

Vintage 2009

Pours a piiiitch black, with a huge deep brown head that lasts for an incredible long time considering the ABV, awesome!

Smells of very sweet bourbon infused coffee, alot of vanilla and sweet roasted malts and chocolate. Alcohol comes through rather strong as well. There are a good bit of fruity hints as well, mainly in the form of dried berries, quite intense. Smell is so intense my nose hurts.

Taste is almost as intense as the smell, but not as... wide. There are alot of bitter chocolate, coffee, and vanilla infused dried cranberries and raspberries... The alcohol is a little too prominent for my tastes though, and the whole experience feels a bit put off by it when it enters at the end and pretty much steals the show. I would love to try the original stout Black Albert and see how the stout fares without the bourbon barrel, as I am not a huge fan of barrel aged imperial stouts overall, and this feels a little bit undone, with the vanilla and wood flavours taking the upper hand together with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a lot lighter than expected, partly due to the wood aging I guess, as well as the sugar used in the brewing process. But overall the mouthfeel is pretty nice, although the sweetness makes it a tad bit cloying.

11-12-2010 22:40:17 | More by dqrull
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.15/5  rDev -1%

An extra from Peter at the De Struise beer shop.

BA NO. 14, Lot BR26.230.610 Best by July 15, 2015.

It pours a pitch black, has a huge 2 finger head of tan foam. The foam is very slow to shrink...

It smells roasty, slightly fruity, a bit of smoke, very light suggestion of the bourbon. It doesn't have a big aroma but what's there is nice.

The taste...is another story. Not shy with the flavours at all. I get light coffee, chocolate, some roast, good fruity notes(that bring some sweet but mostly tart), and they're all overseen or guided by a very nicely done presence of bourbon. Yes...this is very delicious!

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the light side of medium. Good mouth feel.

Drinkability? For a monster sitting at 13%abv, this is *way* too easy to drink for one bottle at a sitting. Definitely a RIS that is different than I'm used to but it works very well for me. Here's an example of the style where a fruit tartness is very welcome and fits right in!

11-10-2010 22:16:18 | More by Bitterbill
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gueuzer

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 2009 vintage.

App- Black, with a dark brown roasted two finger head that quickly dissipated. lacing that clung to the glass.

A- Tart cherries, roasted malt, oak.

Ta- Lots of charred oak. The bourbon was barely detectable. Tart cherries hit the front of your palate and provide a great contrast to the dark chocolate, caramel flavors that follow. Amazing.

MF- Thick, but not too syrupy. Nice subtle carbonation.

Dr- Split a bottle with the wife and seemed like a good amount. I would say the limitation is due to the massive body though, as opposed to the 13% ABV, which is hardly present.

Cracked this open on the first snowfall of the year. Could not think of a better beer to do this with. I thoroughly enjoy black albert, but I would take this instead any day. Also, there were no sign of infection as some people have thought. I would guess they are misinterpreting the fruitiness of the yeast.

11-10-2010 04:57:14 | More by gueuzer
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.1/5  rDev -26%

2009 vintage

Poured into Founders snifter.

Pours 1.5 fingers of creamy tan head. Fades to a thinner layer. Leaves some lacing. Color pours caramel brown but settles black.

Aroma: Roasted malts, sharp bourbon, cream, oak, vanilla, chocolate. It seems to have a sourness or funk to it. Nothing to impressive here.

Taste: Creamy and roasted. Cocoa powder and chocolate with some roasted malts. Maybe a touch of coffee, vanilla, and caramel. The bourbon is very subtle, but it is fairly oaky. Again, it has an off flavor in the taste. Fairly mediocre.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky, and creamy. Probably the best aspect about this beer. Medium to full bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends overly dry and roasted.

Overall, meh. It is alright, but there are much better beers around at a fraction of the price. Nothing special or worth seeking out again. Slightly above average. Somewhat drinkable.

11-02-2010 02:11:40 | More by mothman
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Colorful label art ('TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE') by Delphine Boël wraps this slender little 25cl bottle; poured to a small snifter. Serving temp is straight from a cool part of the cellar , probably 50-55°F. A treat sent by a generous East Coast trader.

A: The deepest, most oppressive darkness in liquid form... impenetrable. Terrific head, starting as a finger-and-a-half pile of softer fluff, a rust-tinged beige. Ebbs slowly and imperceptibly; ten minutes later, a quarter inch of the densest cream remains, dimpled in places where carbonation rises from the abyss. Jagged stalagmites of lace rise from a thickened ringing band.

S: Chocolate for sure, laced with an odd earthy tartness hinting at cherries/blackberries. Then something nutty, also a bit papery - not a wet cardboard/oxidized small; it's similar to dried autumn leaves, maybe tobacco.

T: Dark roast, cocoa and coffee beans and an ample blend of fruit. Because there's De Struise's Belgian yeast involved, fruit and zest spice are more prevalent than in many Imperial Stouts. Aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels further augments the flare of spice, the 'disowned offspring of Black Albert' taking on a new character.

M: Remarkable smoothness, creaminess. An ultra-fine grainy coating and a tingling spice. Despite a 13% weight, there's nothing hot or brazen about this. Medium body (any thicker and a '5' would have been earned), lasting bittersweet finish.

D: Quite tasty, another fine effort by this excellent brewery. I do love a good Imperial Stout and this one is both well-made and memorable for its barrel-aging married with Belgian spicing. Worth a taste if you find a bottle - more, please!

10-29-2010 05:49:22 | More by msubulldog25
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augustgarage

California

4.4/5  rDev +5%

Immense thanks to ShogoKawada for this bottle. Vintage 2009, batch 14; poured from a 330mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Opaque dark liquid, a charcoal stained seal brown topped by a persistent fawn/earth yellow half finger of dense cream. Thick yet sandy lacing, dragged down by a wave of clear rippling tears.

Four Roses makes a wide variety of bourbon blends, but most are typified by a refined floral/fruity element, and that comes forward in the aromatics here as well. The base is a faintly smokey mix of specialty and roast malt along with a mass of candi sugar. Molasses, coffee, and tobacco come out as well in the nose, all the while backed by distinctive bourbon notes.

Humongous chocolate and gargantuan roast malt notes on the palate - grainy, bitter, and spicy (cloves, black pepper). A faintly tart/herbal note comes with the moderately bitter hops, though they can't overcome the immense base of yeasty roast. Charred white oak, tobacco, vanillin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and deep leather and loam flavors in the finish. Alcohol is fairly high, but contributes to the bourbon elements and adds additional estery complexity without becoming fusel-forward.

Chewy, nearly effervescent, velvety, and heavy mouthfeel. Very warming, but not hot - perfect for a rainy day.

Tames and refines Black Albert, one of the better examples of barrel aging I've tried.

Would pair very well with a nutty cave aged gruyere...

10-22-2010 23:38:06 | More by augustgarage
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -27.2%

Bottle. Pours a really nice opaque dark brown color with a nice 2 finger tan head that looks really pillowy. The aroma isn't as pronounced as I thought it would be with only really slight notes of leather, dark chocolate, and bourbon. The head laces rather nicely as it settles. Medium mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation. This has a really roasty, bitter underlying flavor that I am not that keen on. Starts with a sublte sweetness and transition to the aforementioned bitterness. Some booze notes. The bourbon makes itself slightly known towards the end. This one sort of has me baffled on how it is rated so high. It has a lighter mouthfeel than I would like and the roast is a little too overdown to me which I think leads to the bitterness of it. Yeah, not a big fan of this Imperial Stout.

10-17-2010 03:28:57 | More by kbutler1
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klikger

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

12 oz bottle dated 2009 served in a Duvel tulip - thanks again, cmswoboda!

A - Black, modest white head, great lacing

S - Roasted malt, coffee, cinnamon

T - Molasses, licorice, and coffee dominate the up-front and linger. The back half and finish consist of espresso beans and dark chocolate. Tons of good flavor without being overbearingly sweet.

M - Ultra-smooth & creamy; thick without being syrupy

D - Where's the heat? For 13% and the style, this is impressively drinkable.

10-12-2010 21:59:54 | More by klikger
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

I grabbed a couple of bottles of this from the Struise Yeast (hehe) Store. 2009 vintage, best by July 15, 2014.

Jet black with a dark brown head, this is one of the better imperial stouts I've seen, reminiscent in its intensity of Hunahpu's. Leaving nice lacing in my Great Divide tulip, this looks just fine.

The nose is rather intense. The barrel character is expressed as a tartness, rather than a boozy character that most barrel aged imperial stouts exhibit. The base beer is rather noticeable here, with the blend of the fruity yeast and a rich, chocolate fudge character. The malt bill adds to the nose, there's plenty of roast and some charred grain. Moderately yeasty but not spicy, this smells really good. As it breathes, the tartness dissipates.

The palate is really really good, better than the nose even. Excellent balance. Rich, fruity chocolate, I'm reminded of a well-pulled fruity espresso with great balance between cocoa, coffee and dark fruit. Barrel character is light, with a mellow barrel character with some light vanilla (that is excellent with the fruity espresso), some oak and not much bourbon. As with the nose, the lack of explicit bourbon character makes this not just unique, but truly enjoyable too. The malt character has some mildly burnt grain, and works very well with the fruity palate. Sweetness is present as well, this has a rather complex blend of sugars with plain, brown and palm-like sugars all present, along with a little caramel and burnt sugar.
Full in body with light carbonation, the mouthfeel is just fantastic. Soft, supple and with a brilliant finish, this is perfect on the palate. There's lingering flavors of chocolate, vanilla, fruit, and for the first time, a little bourbon. Beautiful flavor and balance, this is an exceptional beer. I will have to grab more of this. This has been one of the more memorable beers I've had in recent memory, a joy to deconstruct.

10-12-2010 02:00:20 | More by DefenCorps
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ptykozoon

California

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours dark brown with the consistency of oil, smooth as butter with an incredible caramel lasting head and lacing. Perfect.

Smell is strangely fruity. I want to say cherries, strawberries. Doesn't smell like it looks. Digging deep perhaps there is some chocolate but the smell is dominated by this rich fruity scent.

Incredible taste. Slightly bitter chocolate, with this aforementioned fruity dimension that confuses the hell out of me yet is unique and wholly satisfying. The aftertaste is strong and complex, Im getting belgian flavors, floral, earthy characteristics.

The mouthfeel on this is exceptional, so smooth will alcohol masterfully controlled. I simply do not believe the 13%.

This beer tastes extroadinary. Powerful stuff very well executed, bravo.

09-28-2010 03:38:44 | More by ptykozoon
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Brez07

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

11.7oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Even with a slow pour, this beer left a massive 3 finger sandy head which took a few minutes to recede. Black hue with some amber highlights. Incredible sticky lacing

S: The nose is similar to the Black Albert batch 0 I had earlier - somewhat muted, with roasted malt, chocolate and some fruit. I get more raspberry then anything. There are also subtle hints of bourbon and port

T: Definitely get different flavors in each sip, but overall it's a mix of dark fruit, light raspberries, baking chocolate, roasted malt and a subtle bourbon/vanilla combo. There is also an underlying smokey flavor. Finally, there are some earthy notes to round it out. The alcohol doesn't come out much

M: Full bodied, but the carbonation seems a touch high. It thins it out just a bit, but overall it is still very smooth. Leaves a roasted aftertaste and some bitterness on the tongue

D: I really enjoyed this beer, but it turned into a slow sipper towards the end. The aging in barrels only adds a touch more heat to this, but for whatever reason it caught up to me much more. Very glad to have 2 more bottles to age

09-23-2010 00:10:30 | More by Brez07
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jampics2

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +5%

2009 vintage, I think this is Black Albert Batch "0" aged in 4 Roses Bourbon barrels. I also have a 2008 version I need to do a side-by-side on sometime. But, regardless, this was a fine beer and one I'm happy to have sampled. 333ml bottle into a snifter. Sampled alongside Black Damnation 2 & 3, this was hands-down the best of the bunch, full of depth and intricate tastes that somehow even exceed that of the blends.

This beer is black as night. And the head is immaculate - tan and staying forever. I think it's still intact in my stomach. The lady Delphine is just great looking, a hair short of perfection as no real lace gathered on the snifter. Is there such a thing as "too tight" of a head?

As I inhale my first hint of this delight, I'm amazed - the smell is fantastic! Bourbon and vanilla jump out at me first, followed by a nice earthy roast that smells like dark Belgian chocolate. Bourbon soaked black cherries abound. Wood adds depth.

The taste is polished and doesn't rely on an overly dominant bourbon or barrel presence to establish its greatness. The smoothness of the flavors is remarkable; roasted malt is dark and lovely with chocolate and slight coffee notes, a dark fruit component gives cherry notes, and the barrel adds vanillin and mild bourbon. There's also a touch of black licorice and earthy oak tannins. This is like a the hippos in tutus in the Fantasia movie, how can something so big and uncompromised be so graceful?

The mouthfeel was the weak point of this beer, and that's saying something as even the mouthfeel is superb to most beers out there. It's creamy and coats the mouth without being sticky. Perhaps most amazing is the fact that, although this is over carbonated for my personal tastes, it's still magnificently full and the alcohol never overwhelms.

It's drinkable, but even with a curve for the high ABV and strong flavors applied, it's not a beer that will see back-to-back performances in a night. Perhaps the biblical quote from the gospel of John is appropriate, even though I don't like mixing politics or religion with beer. After drinking this gem, I feel like I do know the truth. The truth is that Struise is absolutely one of the best brewers in the world. And that can set me free, and probably will :)

09-21-2010 13:31:48 | More by jampics2
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billshmeinke

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured into an Affligem goblet. 2009. HUGE thanks to Rudylaw

A: Impenetrable black one finger light beige head. Dies down to a slim layer of foam on top which is quite impressive for a barrel aged beer poured into a goblet.

S: Smells of powdery cocoa, dark chocolate, some tart dark fruits. Sherry and pecan pie. It basically smells the same as Black Albert.

T: Taste is again similar to Black Albert. Maybe a touch more sweetness in the form of maple syrup, a hint of spicy oak, and peat is the only real difference. Bourbon Barrels don't rub off much.

M: Mouthfeel is belgian like for a RIS. Well carbonated fairly heavy body. Thick and complex.

D: A really interesting sipper, but only adds a few more layers of complexity to regular black albert. In fact, I rated them the same because they seemed so similar to me.

09-14-2010 06:21:22 | More by billshmeinke
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -12.9%

Bottle poured into my Stone IRS snifter. This is the batch 0 base recently made available on the Struise Yeast Shop.

A - Black body with a big brown head resting on top. The head on this sucker is huge!

S - Roast mixed with dried fruits. Not picking up any of the barrel aging in the nose.

T - Nice roasty stout, dark malts with hints of chocolate and a faint note of coffee. A hint of alcohol but not much. Is this beer really barrel aged? I'm not picking up on it.

M - medium to heavy body with more carbonation than I'd like.

D - A decent beer for sure but not the greatest. This stout has some really nice roasted malt flavors which I love. However this really doesn't taste like it spent very long in a barrel if any time at all. A good beer but not worthy of the price point.

09-13-2010 00:20:15 | More by jpmclaug
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -46.8%

Davod's avatar beneath me describes my reaction to this very anticipated beer in that Delphine was not what I was expected. Tasted alongside a Black Albert and a Black Damnation with Oglmcdgl.

Delphine had a big hiss once the cap was popped and the liquid was jet black coming out of the bottle settling in black as can be. What was surprising was the Enormous head that came from it. At least three fingaz of dark tan semi brownish head and minimal stick.

The four roses barrels used did not impart much bourbon character in the nose but that probably has to do with this bottle becoming infected, it's quite apparent. Dark plums and other rotting fruits mesh with a somewhat chocolate and vanilla scent. The main attraction though is that damn infection with a coca cola vibe coming off. Reminds me of infected SFTO.

I again ask, where is the bourbon, it hardly makes a dent, almost like albert had a short stay in the barrels. Either way that stay in the wood has created a infection along the line and rotten dark fruit is the result with some stout flavor suck as brownie batter, vanilla and a bready Belgian yeast strain underneasth the nastiness.

The feel is not as thick as most stouts out there. Albert does not have that big of a body to begin with so there is that. I wonder why a base beer with a not over thickness did not catch more bourbon when inside the wood. Mediumish body with a carbed up feel and a infection to die for. In all fairness the infection is starting and will only become larger.

With all that said, I still drank the beer and it did not make me throw up or die. I still tasted some quality stout under all of the old fruit but I did not pick up much bourbon if any at all, so In my mind this experiment needs to be conducted again

My score will stand until I find another bottle of this, but Im not going through the trouble or cost of getting it again. If de struise wants to send me another bottle that's good, I will gladly revise this review. Beer Mail me Urbain.

09-12-2010 15:51:25 | More by BARFLYB
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davod23

California

2.03/5  rDev -51.6%

Damn. Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

This pour is beautiful. Near-black with a large tan head that just refuses to quit. As pretty as it gets.

What the hell, man? This smells like grape Jolly Ranchers. Searching around, you can make out some roasted coffee notes in the background, but the dominant aroma is grape candy. Clearly infected. Damn it.

Very tart cherry and grape flavors. Not much else there. Long sticky sour fruit finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin.

Drinkability isn't terrible, all things considered. I'll finish this beer, even though it's infected. Agh.

I have a few more bottles coming to me from the Struise beershop. I will re-review if I can actually get a decent bottle of this.

***Edit: I just read through a bunch of reviews, and it seems like a TON of people have reported the odd sourness/grape candy kind of aromas and flavors. How could this beer still possibly have such good overall marks? This is supposed to be a barrel-aged imperial stout, right? Freaking weird. I refuse to believe that the sourness was intended. Terrible idea, if I got a bottle as it's truly intended to be.

09-12-2010 05:12:01 | More by davod23
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours black with one and a half fingers of smooth tan head with some serious retention time.

Scent of sweet chocolate, some dark fruit, sugar, dry oak and a strange sourness. The sourness is strange and not entirely pleasant; it is still a good scent.

Taste of chocolate, dark fruit, yeast, wood, ash and a hint of sour dark fruit. The finish is dry and ashy, a little strange. The sourness is less prevalent in the taste and is not unpleasant as in the scent.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and very oily with fairly strong carbonation for the style.

09-08-2010 05:04:59 | More by paco1029384756
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance: Enormous head, about an inch of beer and 4-5 inches oef head in my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Great deal of sticky lacing remains behind.

Smell: Oddly a bit tart, at least initially. Big chocolate, licorice, and dark fruits. Perhaps tart cherries?

Taste: Again chocolate, coffee and licorice, perhaps some dark rum punch fruits as well. Very Intriguing. This one really surprised me, I was expecting nasty black albert. If there is bourbon I didn't really notice it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but a bit too carbonated.

Drinkability: Tiny little bottle! Disappeared fast enough I suppose. Certainly didn't taste like 13%

09-08-2010 02:56:01 | More by craytonic
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

Huge thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Super generous extra! Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter. 2009 vintage.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger robust, mocha head with excellent retention. Beer is expectedly opaque black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with poor stick.

S: Nose is boozy, with notes of cocoa, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Alcohol presence is a bit too dominant here, to the point whereall the other aromas drop quickly into the background.

T: Beer opens sweet. Raisins, prunes, dates, and a slight coffee sourness. Background of soft booze and chocolate, almost like liquified fudge. Ends robust bitter chocolate with just a hint of caramel. Finish is sweet with a brownie aftertate.

M: Medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated. Very oily in the mouth and smooth going down. Really coats every surface of the palate. Finish is accented and aftertaste is messy and lingers.

D: This one definitely does not drink like a 13% beer. Goes down dangerously easily and is tasty as hell. Feel and look is pretty much spot on too. Hyped at one time, this beer is well worth the praise. An awesome representation of the style. Seek it out!!

09-06-2010 23:10:07 | More by SpeedwayJim
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.