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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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Cuvee DelphineCuvee Delphine

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

421 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 421
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 223
Gots: 86 | FT: 6
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 BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malted milk, semi-dark chocolates, nutty coffees, and chocolate covered cherries hit the high notes of this crazy Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Stout. But it's sturdy demeanor and unwaivering character gives a ruggedness that Stout lovers can appreciate.

Extremely dark brown with complete opaqueness, the beer builds a dense head of mocha stained foam, tightly knit and very structural, even after several minutes, the beer seems to form a barrier between the beverage and the drinker- I have a feeling I'm goin'a win this battle. Thick striations of lace lingers after the beer falls.

Dense semi-sweet chocolate, medium bourbon, and cherry-like tartness fill the early nose along with mild acidic mustiness and mild coffee.

Creamy, smokey chocolate flavors hit first, with a quick follow up of columbian coffee (somewhere between chocolate covered cherries and espresso beans). Sharp Belgiany tartness of cherries, under-ripe berries and grapes take the beer from its savory lucious start and into a sharper, more acidic coffee finish. Impressions of Imperial Stouts, Belgian Strong Dark Ales, and background bourbon create a three-headed attack on the taste buds.

Rich and lucious textures also fit the bill. Very froathy, creamy and full at the onset, the beer processes through a smooth and even fade past a velvety and smooth mid palate and into a warming and dryish finish. The malt character never disipates into the finish, only allowing for a tepid dryness, but this beer is meant as a digestive or desert.

Belgian Stouts generally leave me with a struggle between the balance of roast bitterness and Belgiany tartness. I generally find that these flavors and texture to combat eachother and confuse the palate. But this one does much better than most because of its lucious maltiness and malty-dry toast character.

Thanks aficionado!

BEERchitect, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Boatshoes for this one. This is one off my wants list.

Lots of the other reviews really let me down. Many people are talking about infection. I guess I cant say Im surprised, it seems that more often than not BA stouts are infected.

Poured into the new Thomas Hardy snifter that Boatshoes included in this box.

Vintage 2009
A- Upon prying at the cap I got the loud, forceful hiss that many reviewers talk about. Its often an early warning of problems to come. This beer was trying to trick me on the pour. It started out looking and acting like there was going to be nary a head, it lulled me into a false sense of comfort. Then all of a sudden foam roars up from the blackened body like dumping a gallon of Satan's vinegar into a mound of evil baking soda. But with Saint Michael and God's army at my side I managed to rein in the chemical reaction of doom as we ride victoriously from perdition on wings of malted barley.

S- Yeah, many people talk about a lactic, sour, cherry and funky nose, yet Im getting hardly any of that. Sure, Im picking up little notions of cherry, and under a deep swirl, some sort of "lactic" smell, but none of it is disgusting or over run. The smell is actually kinda faint, mostly sporting a deep roasted malt character. There is are generous portions of tobacco and licorice with subordinates of chocolate and alcohol. There seems to be a strange, dirty, chalky, chemically aroma that peeks in and out. Warmth only serves to feed this bizarre aroma. The aroma isnt bad, but its not stellar either.

T- This bottle isnt sour, but one wouldnt have a hard time convincing me that something is slightly amiss. It starts nice and sweet, mostly fruity with hints of cocoa and vanilla. It breaks into some licorice, oddly enough that includes both the black and red varieties. It finishes with flavors of chocolate covered cherries and devils food cake.

M- Perhaps a little on the thin side but that whopping 13% abv is very well hidden.

Im still on the fence about this whole infection thing with this beer. But I wanna say that it probably has a very minor bug, but the bug actually works kinda well with the beer, and thus it escapes total destruction.

EDIT: I'm coming back into this review after pouring the rest of the bottle (including the dregs) into my glass. Woooo boy, does this stuff SUCK now. Im kinda shocked at the difference. There still isnt any true sourness but there is a very out of place chemical and medicinal taste that starts mid-palate and holds well into the finish, gaining steam as it goes.

MbpBugeye, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/14/2011

Special thanks to jsanford for sending this my way

A: black with a 1 finger mocha colored head, leaves nice lacing

S: coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and sweet malts

T: coffee is the main attraction in this beer, a small hint of chocolate, very dry and bitter on the aftertaste. at first there was not much of a bourbon taste to this which left me quite disappointed, but as it warms up, the bourbon becomes more present.

M: mild carbonation, thick, and creamy

D: not as expected, and I find Black Albert much more enjoyable.

Cheers!
The CPJ

THECPJ, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a recent trade with freud. thanks fred!

330ml bottle. 2009 vintage. sampled feb 2/2011.

pours deep dark brown, opaque and nearly black, with a small dense cap of fine brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of lace as it falls.

aroma is great. light alcohol. bittersweet and dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. espresso and dark roast coffee. light alcohol. dark fruit - date, fig, raisin, bit of plum. earthy and woody. caramel and toffee. anise.

taste is great. bittersweet and dark chocolate. espresso and dark roast coffee. warming alcohol. dark toasted whole wheat bread. cracker and biscuit. anise. earthy and woody. dark fruit - raisin and date mostly, with other shades coming in. caramel and toffee. light vanilla. tons of flavour.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. slightly above medium carbonation level. just a touch of roasty astringency.

drinkability is nice. alcohol is a touch warm and there's a little roasty astringency, both of which should mellow with time. tons of depth and complexity. i'll have to keep my eye out for another so i can stash it in the cellar for a while...

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a very inky black/dark brown, no real light gets through, pretty intense and scary looking, very thick and rocky light brown head forms and slowly settles to a medium layer and ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick, looks pretty good.

Smell is rich and intense, very fruity, lots of raisin, some woodiness, a bit of red wine and bourbon, caramel, chocolate roast, a bit of coffee, biscuit, cherries, berry gummies, a touch of licorice, some alcohol but not over the top, lightly spicy, some esters, cool stuff.

Taste is nuts, huge licorice and toffee hit at first, quite sweet and fruity, some brown and candi sugars, dark raisins, more licorice, berries, a touch of biscuit, cherry wine, a bit of chocolate milk and wafer, some woodiness in the finish, lightly boozy and astringent going down, solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, a bit too aggressive for me as a alot of these Belgian RIS's are. But I dig the intense flavours and though a bit hot going down the 13% is nicely hidden. Good stuff, thanks Russ!

Viggo, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/21/11 notes. Shared by BigSexy410 at a small tasting; thanks man, another huge want!

a - Pours a very black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lactic, roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Also quite a bit of sour fruit; afraid this one might be infected as well.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, chocolate, and roasted malts. Sour cherries and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Afraid this one was a bit infected. Enjoyable still, but much different than expected and I assume intended. Hoping to get another chance to try this.
4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5
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EDIT: Had a 2009 vintage bottle the other night on 12/3/11, and it was not infected at all.

Appearance and body were similiar, but no sour fruit or lactic ntoes whatsoever. Tons of roasted malts and chocolate, as well as alcohol. Definitely better than the infected bottle I had last January, however the alcohol was still quite strong. While this is a very good RIS, I personally don't find this to be an improvement on the normal Black Albert, and considering I can buy that off the shelf year round, would rather have that beer. Worth trying but I prefer Black Albert.

mdfb79, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

33cl, "Vintage 2009" on the label.

Thick, inky black with a spectacular head: dark tan and voluminous, with sheets of lace.

At first the aroma has a big vanillin-bourbon profile. This then transforms into more of an oaky, roasty thing. Very lush and deep, though there's a slightly metallic thing that is not ideal.

Flavor is equally as huge, with fudge and dark chocolate components. Very roasty and bitter on the back end. Woody flavors apparent as well. Like Black Albert, this beer has some interesting fruity things going on, mainly blueberries and dark cherries. Unfortunately, that flinty, metallic note comes through again, and it's stronger than the aroma. It's not so much to make the beer undrinkable, but it definitely lowers my flavor score. The mouthfeel is impeccable: oily and thick, yet fluffy and effervescent at the same time (quite a feat).

Struise's beers vary batch to batch, sometimes considerably, and I have a feeling that other batches (read: barrels, in the case of this one-off stout) may have been better and lacked the minor metallic twang of this bottle. Without this flaw, Cuvee Delphine would be an "A" for sure.

dasenebler, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of waltonc
2.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to Popkas for hooking me up with this. I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time.

A: Pours very dark brown, almost completely opaque, with a large tan head. The lacing on this is very nice.

S: The first thing I notice is metal, which is quite off-putting. As the beer has opened up, the metallic scent has faded some, but is still present. After a while, a strong chocolate quality begins to take over as the dominant factor on the nose. Fairly restrained bourbon quality.

T: Milk chocolate, metal, plum, and bourbon. This beer is sweet, but by no means cloying. Again, that metallic quality is very unpleasant.

M: Very nice mouthfeel - medium-bodied, high class silk. Although the carbonation is fairly high, it is quite smooth.

D: Overall, an interesting beer to try, but the metallic quality prevents this from being very good. On the other hand, I appreciate De Struise using an appropriately small bottle for this, rather than the ridiculous 750s and bombers that Goose Island and Bruery are putting 15-18% abv beers in.

waltonc, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to wunderbeer for this one! 2009 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick pitch black color that produced a good brown head. Minimal lacing and retention.

(S)- Very rich profile of roasted caramel, brown sugar, coffee grounds, and dark cocoa.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Some dark plum in there with a fairly roasted profile. Dark cocoa all over the place.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Heavily roasted, but smooth as can be considering the ABV with some mildly bitter cocoa in there.

(D)- A solid stout with a nice profile in front of it. Definitely a sipper due to its strength and ABV, but a good one at that.

sweemzander, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again, thanks to sweemzander for sharing this one.

Black with a thick brown head that levels off to a thin head with great retention.

Smell is of cocoa, coffee, roasted caramel and some raisin. The coffee and raisin became stronger as the beer warmed.

This beer is straight up on flavor, which makes it an awesome tasting beer. It's simple. There was some plum but big on the roasted malt and dark chocolate. Almost a dry, bittering chocolate.

There was some dryness from the dark chocolate, but it was smooth. It had a fullness to it and was very well balanced.

From what I heard of how this beer was made and what was used to make it, it makes it a very interesting drink. Not one to have multiple bottles of in a close time period as it was pretty big.

cjacobsen, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Popping this open to bring in the new year.

The bottle opens with a large hiss which has me a bit worried. Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Chunks of mocha colored lacing left behind.

The aroma is dominated by the four roses bourbon but there is also a prominent oak and vanilla presence. I'm also picking up some dark fruit notes and licorice as well as some slightly toasted malt. It's refreshing to find a barrel aged beer that smells this complex and isn't just a booze bomb.

Slightly oxidized with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Underneath this there is some nice creamy chocolate malt, earthy oak, vanilla, dark fruit and bourbon notes. Well balanced but the bourbon is more aggressive than the aroma suggests. This results in some heat and warmth in the finish but at 13% the ABV is still well masked. As it warms the body feels fuller and the rich, silky malt notes become more prominent and counter the tasty bourbon flavor quite nicely.

corby112, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of BenZ
2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, so I loved the BA batch 0, so I thought this would be even better. It wasn't - it seems to be infected. Reminds me a lot of the Berkshire imperial stout that is widely reported to be infected. Oddly I still liked that beer even with the sourness. Perhaps it's because this was such a let down, but I cant give it any higher scores. Such a shame...

I have one more bottle, will update if this changes.

BenZ, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With as much De Struise beer I'm drinking I should really go out and get a Struise glass. I wish they were more available. Beer poured into my Bruery tulip.

Beer is black with a thick brown head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks really good.

Aroma is sweet and has a liquor quality to it, roast is minimal, this smells like a bourbon barrel aged RIS.

Well...first thing is first, 13%...really? Are you sure? No alcohol bite in this one at all. Lots of bitterness late to after with the beer from the roasted grains. Beer is pretty sweet but the majority of the flavor is in the back of this one, lots of coffee, roast, mild smoke, liquor is a little lost in there but it is up front. Pretty nice.

drabmuh, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of sprucetip
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Alactradamus for providing the opportunity to try this one!

Looks like a stout. Black with thin mocha head, good retention, no lacing.

Smells roasty, boozy, and woody. But no discernible bourbon at all. None. I tried to find it and couldn't.

Roasty, boozy, woody, and vaguely of dark fruit. Maybe a wee nip of the bourbon? Nah, probably not. If I didn't know it was in there I wouldn't have suspected at all. Smooth and balanced, but not particularly complex.

low carbonation, smooth, full body, modest warming with a bit of a bite.

A very good beer, but not worthy of any hype that might be associated, in my view. And I didn't get the bourbon. If that is going to be in the name or description, it should be identifiable. I wouldn't pay $10 for an 11oz bottle, that's for sure. Unless I'd never tried it....

sprucetip, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of chicagobeerriot
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of Blind Beers BIF #3. Big thanks to Scott (sholland119) for sending it my way. Shared with Mrs. Beerriot while the temperature outside plummets.

Out of the bottle, this might be one of the best looking impy stouts I've seen. Classic black with a very attractive one-inch mocha head that has a little rock to it and hangs out for a bit before fading to a thin lattice-work film on the surface. There's no color at the edges when held to the light. Altogether a very attractive beer.

The smell is also right out of central casting: dark fruit (plum and cherry) shares nostril space with some nice baker's chocolate, well-done toast, and coffee. There are not a lot of barrel notes here.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for me: on the full side with only enough carbonation to prevent it from feeling like an oil slick.

The flavors are very well-balanced: slight amounts of cherry and raisin complement the strong dark chocolate and espresso-like char. Great finish with some roasty bitterness and just enough alcohol to warm you up but not so much that it lingers on the palate. My only complaint is I'm not getting much bourbon or wood flavor. It's a well-crafted stout to be sure, but the aging process doesn't seem to have added much.

chicagobeerriot, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of BobZ
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Almost identical to Black Albert, pitch black in color. Even less head than its parent but once again there is some very nice lacing.

Smell: The bourbon comes through in the nose, but doesn't overwhelm there are also notes of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: The bourbon and the aging have really done some great things to Black Albert. Like in the nose, the bourbon is there but subtle, also adding warmth. There is malt and coffee, but to my palate the dominate flavor is rich dark chocolate. The hint on bitterness seems to come more from the chocolate than the hops. Once more a superbly balanced beer, equal to, maybe better, certainly different from Black Albert.

Mouth feel: Again Struise excels here, extremely smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Like Black Albert, so smooth, so tasty, I could drink this beer all night!
Having just read some other recent reviews (and having had infected Pannepot), if you get a bottle with any Vinegar or sour taste it is definitely "infected" as the bottles of Delphine that I have had have nothing at all along those lines.

BobZ, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to irishct15 for the bottle!

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. A big, thick, creamy, dark-tan head forms on top of an opaque black body. Swirling leaves some nice lacing behind.

The nose contains light bourbon, chocolate and a bit of sour cherry. Hmmm... hopefully this isn't infected. Light vanilla and oak, rounded out with a touch of alcohol.

Bourbon and vinous chocolate on the tongue. Followed by chocolate, wood and alcohol. Hint of vinegar. Not overly exciting. Possibly infected.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and foamy. Under carbonated. Some warming alcohol.

Drinkability is sub-par. I have a bottle of Black Albert open next to this and it is so much better. Maybe I just have a bad bottle, but this beer seems fairly flawed.

sisuspeed, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of abuliarose
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tasting glass, revealing two finger tall tanned thick head over a deeply brown opaque body. Good lacing. Pretty thing. Smells a little sour/funky. Hmm. Some dark fruit and roasted-ness underneath but mostly there's a nice spicy funk going on. A little vanilla. Not what's I'd expect from an RIS.

Tastes just slightly soured as well with a nice roasted flavor up front and a surprisingly clean finish. Some creamy lactic tang folds into fruity molasses and a gentle but noticeable spice. I think this bottle may be infected, but I am either wrong or it got infected very nicely. Mouthfeel is creamy and an assertive but round carbonation adds volume to the almost syrupy heavy body. For the strength and the style it's very drinkable. I just don't know about the tangy-ness.

Overall it's very interesting. I wish I could say for sure that it's infected but if not it deviates considerably from your standard RIS. Still very good, though.

abuliarose, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of ElGallo
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ElGallo, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of pixieskid
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

pixieskid, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

punkrkr27, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

stakem, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of muttyd
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

muttyd, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of gyllstromk
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

gyllstromk, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of dqrull
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dqrull, Nov 12, 2010
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.