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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 226
Gots: 108 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25 cL in De Struise glass at Kulminator. Batch 14, best by March 2014. Reviewed10 June 2011.

Ar: raisin, chocolate, sweet dried fruit, wood, strong raisin and prune in alcohol, earthy fruit

Ap: Thick dark tan head, fine, epic retention, jet black

T: dried fruit, raisin, plum, very earthy, roast, licorice, molasses, raisin in alcohol, light tartness, woody, tart fruit, the tartness does not mix well with the stout, grape, strong figs, dark mild fruit, mild chocolate, light vanilla, the eathyness is very pronounced

M: medium body, lightly viscous, high carbonation, warming alcohol at the end

O: Unique, lacking in stout richness, interesting tartness, like and earthy dark strong ale, mild bourbon, it is a lot better when i don't think of it as a stout.

Photo of stx00lax
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle

A- Very dark brown almost black, with a nice mocha colored head that sticks all over the sides of my glass.

S- oak, booze, gingerbread, coffee and a bit of chocolate as well.

T- Heavy barrel influence with roasty malts and bitter/fruity chocolate. Its definitely boozy, but i dont think its over done. No initial "wow" factor, just a really nicely balanced stout.

M- Soft and creamy with perfect carbonation. Finishes dry woodsy/bitter.

O- Awesome! I wasnt blown away with the first few sips, but after giving this beer some time, i was impressed by how good it was all around. Just a fundamentally sound beer.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 variation marked best before 7-15-2015, poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A: It pours a deep dark menacing black that is completely opaque. There is a hefty two finger tan head that hangs on for a long time and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: The nose is full of oak, whiskey and dark fruits. A tinge of apples cuts through as well with a tip of the hat to the house yeast.

T: A menacingly full bodied profile that just makes a man weep. There is a perfect balance between the barrels and booze. The yeast supplies a brief respite from the heavy flavors with a tinge of fruitiness, amazing to say the least. It finishes on a bitter sweet chocolate note rather dry.

M: Big, tough, and sticky. One of the best mouth feels I have come across.

O: I would rate this one of the better stouts I have tasted. Luckily I dodged infection, and I have some extras to cellar. Seek this one out.

Photo of woosterbill
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle from Batch 14 into a tasting glass; big thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this long-time want.

A: Entirely opaque black body under a finger of creamy, fine, brown foam. Great retention and lace, especially for being 13%. Wow.

S: Highly spirited, with bourbon, vanilla, and huge coconut joining booze in a celebration of ridiculousness. Maybe a bit of coffee and chocolate as well, but this is all about the barrel.

T: Very sweet, with some of Black Albert's fruitiness and Belgian character joining the huge barrel elements. Delicious, but a bit harsh with the booze. Long finish of coffee + ethanol.

M: Thick syrupy body with plenty of full, soft, creamy carbonation. I love it.

O: This was a real treat to try, but I think the barrel treatment was overdone just a bit. I could have done with a little less booze and a little more Black Albert.

Cheers!

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Darkness goblet on 07/22/11. Drank right after a Black Albert.

Pours a dark black with no light coming through and a huge frothy dark brown head that dissipates slowly to moderate lacing.

Smells of some chocolate, dark fruit, dark coffee and lots more booze then the Black Albert. Booze smell is very nice because it balances the sweetness with a booze whisky barrel flavor. Very nice and better then Black Albert.

Taste is tons of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate with a solid front of bourbon barrel aging. This is a black albert with the barrel aging awesomeness that was promised. Barrel aging did this well. Smooth bourbon mixes well with the chocolate and malt profile. Perfect.

Mouthfeel is very light and it seems that even with the barrel aging the beer has lost a lot of its abrasive ending. Smooth through the pallet and little alcohol burn. Perfect.

Overall this is one hell of a brew. I am so glad to have had it. Barrel aging really helped turn this into a top 1% beer. Great job.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a deep black colour with a nice, two finger thick brown head which leaves a great lacing.
Smell: Dark roasted vanilla, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruits. Lightly smoked bourbon.
Taste: Dark malts, coffee, vanilla, and clear dark chocolate. More smoked bourbon than in the nose. Licorice is also clearly present now. This beer is quite boozy as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, full body
Overall: One of the better beers I had recently; a true master piece. Perfectly balanced and IMO quite a bit underrated, probably because it is widely available again….. beats Dark Lord, Darkness and some other overhyped “hard to get” USA brews without any problems.

Photo of trappistlover
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle courtesy of zestar!). Pours midnight black with a healthy chocolate colored head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, dark pit fruit and some light bourbon. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. There is a touch of oxidation, but the flavors are still there. The bourbon is very much in the background and adds some depth without overpowering the beer itself. Full bodied with a slick/sticky texture. Finish is roasty bitter. This is a really well balanced beer. Excellent!

Photo of thepeter
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, black, oily and heavy. Finger head and spotty, thick lacing. Smells mostly of Oak, Vanilla and alcohol. . .very bourbonesque! Taste is similar to the smell with a bit more dark chocolate and coffee in there along with the Belgian yeasts, a nice woody dryness. Aftertaste is a bit clingy. A heavy beer that is almost soft on the palate. . .or at least Smooth! Carbonation is perfect and feels like a dream in your mouth, but not that kind of dream! Get your mind out of the gutter!! Overall a great beer, one of my favorites from Struise.

Photo of kojevergas
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into trappistenbier goblet in Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head of nice lovely cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Dark black colour.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and caramelized malt. A moderate strength scent.

T: Chocolate, toffee, and a hint of coffee. Cream and vanilla, but more towards the climax. Cocao. Complex layering of hops. Brilliant. No roast. I love it. Subtle and balanced. Very well built for the style. Jaysus, lads, this is class.

Mf: Coarse enough, quite wet, and very complementary of the flavour. Maybe a bit too thick and perchance syrupy.

Dr: High ABV, very drinkable, and very high quality. Worth a go for any beeradvocate. I don't know the price point as I acquired it from a friend. I suspect it's rather high based on the quality.

Photo of thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo as well! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, spices, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, spices, wood, sweet alcohol, and smoke. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I really enjoyed the smoke aspect going on in this one. The flavor was pretty complex as well compare to the Black Damnations we were sampling before this. A definite must try without any doubt!

Photo of StJamesGate
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dense black with a dark cappuccino-colored thick head and big gobs of yeast. Sweet spicy wood nose with a hint of rose petals - gorgeous.
Coffee leads the malts with more wood and a whiskey sweetness, with cola and slight cherry-almond skin notes underneath. Vanilla hit to end and a dry roasty linger. Medium to heavy, sticky, slight fizz and some burn, but pretty restrained that way.

Never had Black Albert, so no basis for comparison there, but not noticing anything particularly Belgian about this one. The barrel does kind of take over - gives lovely tones of its own, but kills any roast, and I'm also not getting some of the fruit notes other reviews talk about. Then again, a Dark Lord right before this probably did my palate no favors...

Overall, nice meld of wood and stout.

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend was kind enough to split this with me, split into 2 snifters. The pour is jet black. The taste was a little funky, notes of chocolate, and coffee. The finish definitely had sour notes. The beer was viscous and the 13% abv was not overpowering. I would love to try this again and just sip on it for hours.

Photo of alpineclimber
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled this one from the cellar, from which it was placed on October 2010.

A good pour produces a perfect tan head on an impenetrable black brew.

A nose of dark fruit, very typical of a Belgian imperial stout.

Flavours are dark cherry, vanilla and tobacco.

This a great stout, very Belgian. Really not too much different from Black Albert, the cask conditioning has imparted some good and delicate flavours on this brew.

Photo of tbeckett
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABS Drinks outside Brussels. Best before 15-07-2015. 2009 vintage.

A - Great black body with lot's of carbonation and a nice foamy mocha head not unlike steamed milk on a cappucino or something of the like. Good amount of yeast sediment piled on the bottom of my snifter.

S - Lot's of whiskey, tobacco, alcoholic burn, and some chocolate.

T - Oak and a smoother version of whiskey that has a little more vanilla. Don't really drink bourbon but I'm guessing that smoother characteristic is typical. Lot's of chocolate. Some alcohol. Very obvious barrel influence on this. Really chocolately flavour combined with that smooth whiskey character. Not a whole lot of coffee but there's some roasted malt. A little ashy with some tobacco and licorice too. Nice and complex.

M - Mild carbonation. Full body. Fairly bitter with a little burn of alcohol.

M - This is a hell of a big beer. Tons of elements that meld together nicely in that typical Struise style. The barrel might be the thing that didn't work for me but this was still a good beer. Just not one of my favourites from Struise.

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

Graciously shared. by Dyan last night.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, showing chocolate, light sour cherry and milk duds. As good as this beer smells, it tastes even better. There is considerable cherry, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, licorice and vanilla. This is just a delicious beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a soft and creamy presence on the palate. Given the 13% abv. in this beer, I'm just amazed by this beer's drinkability. It's not at all hot or heavy, and there's no way I would ever have guessed the alcohol was this high.

Excellent stuff..

Photo of russwbeck
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed side by side with Black Damnation II Mocha Bomb with nhindian. Lot BR26.230.610.

A: Black pour with a very nice brown head that isn't out of control like the Black Alberts were. Retention is ok, but it laces very nicely.

S: Really not a lot of Bourbon happening here, more so oak. The smell is faintly metallic.

T: Wow this is an interesting taste to say the least. I'm getting some slight bourbon and vanilla on the backend, but again it isn't really noticed. There is some booziness as well as some dark fruits that were characteristic of Black Albert.

MF: A bit creamy with a full and heavy body. Seems to have the correct amount of carbonation and a very dry finish.

O: This is pretty decent. Better than both the Black Alberts no doubt, but not quite on the level of Black Damnation II Mocha Bomb.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark black liquid with a dark creamy brown head.

S-the nose is a bit chalky, oak, chocolate, roasted malts with some juicy sweetness of plums and cherries.

T-the flavors follow the nose, hints of wood, roasted malts, a touch of chocolate, the sweetness is in the back with plums and cherries. there is a touch of coffee bitterness and hints of bourbon in the finish.

M-decent brew, light barrel notes with a well balanaced roasted malt and sweetness. very respectable beer.

Photo of johnbjaeger
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one in honor of De Struise's pending visit to the Chicago.

Alright! This is what I am talking about. I have really been getting tired of beers that smelled like heaven, but tasted more like purgatory. This is a real pet peeve of mine, cultivated over years of liking the smell of coffee and tea, but being forced to dial up the taste with things like milk and sugar.

This beer, however, looks good, smells fine, but when it hits the palate, the fun really begins. This tastes sweet and caramel and and vanilla and boooze. It's smooth and creamy with a pleasant finish. As it warms, the vanilla settles down a bit and the bourbon really steps away from the corner and asks the pretty girl to dance. At 13%, the bottle is the perfect size to get you a nice happy on, but not enough to make you punch a cop.

I'm honestly thrilled about this. Everything is so balanced, this beer is like ebony and ivory. I actually think it tastes like perfect racial harmony. This beer could solve our troubles in East LA. This beer might be the answer to the tumult in the Middle East. This beer is essentially bottled peace.

Get some. Now.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Littleb for the great trade.

a - Opened the bottle (vintage 2009) and filled my southampton ris snifter. Deep and thick with a generous creamy tan head with nice bubbling in the head. Head hung around a while and swirling the glass left thick milkshake like lacing that slowly slid back down to the surface of the brew.

s - The time in the four roses barrels did the black albert some good. There is a nice woody overtone that smooths out everything. The bourbon notes are subtle and overtake the smell of black albert.

t - Big roasty chocolate malts and a touch of barrel wood. The heaven hill barrels are an improvement on the base beer (which is a tasty beer in it's own right). The wood is subtle and an excellent compliment.

m - Holy smoothness de struise-man! This is a big and bold beer, but an easy drinker. The booziness tingles, but is hidden.

o - Overall, this is an easy drinking beer. A bit heavy, but beyond that really amazing beer. I just wish these were easier to come by around these parts since I'm really loving everything I've tried from this brewery.

Photo of uturn
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml capped bottle poured into a De Struise glass.

Vintage 2009 Lot: BR26.230.610
Best Before 15 07 2015

A: This beer poured an almost pure black and opaque, with a thick 2 finger dark tan head on a very slow pour. There was very little lacing left on my glass when I was done.

A: The smell was of chocolate, roasted malts/coffee, dark fruits and hints of the bourbon barrels this was aged in and oak.

T: The taste started off mildly sweet with cherries, roasted coffee, licorice and a bit of cocoa. Near the finish I picked up mild bourbon flavors from the 4 Roses Barrels and ended mildly bitter.

M: This beer had a medium creamy mouthfeel with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was very good especially since this is a 13% abv brew with the alcohol level not very noticeable.

This was extremely well balance as the bourbon was not over the top in this well blended brew. I prefer this over the base beer Black Albert. WOW!!!

Photo of Kinsman
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this shortly after enjoying a bottle of Black Albert

Appearance was similar to Albert, with a nice pure black body and a frothy dark tan head.

Aroma was similarly sweet, but in a different way. The bourbon barrels added a vanilla-like quality but without being too boozy.

Taste was a mix of dark chocolate and rum soaked raising mixed in with bourbon oak-wood character typical of many barrel aged beers.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and carried a bit of weight with it too. Overall, Cuvee Delphine presents a wonderful barrel aged version of Black Albert for two great beers.

Photo of tubaguy
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a groovy taste, smell, look appearance. Freaking amazing beer!

First off, cool artwork on the bottle. The label also says "vintage 2009". This is a take on the De Struise "Black Albert" and was made in bourbon barrels.

The scents are caramel with a hint of coffee.

Appearance is black as night. Nice darker than tan head and some lacing. The beer is not quite as dark as oil. Just a shade lighter.

The taste is really smooth in spite of the alcohol content. Did I mention "SMOOTH". Nice warmth on the way down.

If you like the style than try to get your hands on this one.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 10/01/2010
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip
Vintage: 2009

Poured a dark chocolate in color w/ a 11/2 finger head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass. Nose was of dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. The taste was a nice chocolate sweetness up front, w/ a finish of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Full bodied and lush, and the flavors really hang on the palate. Pretty boozy, but nice to sip. More age should do this well.

Overall, very enjoyable sipper. Flavors and aromas are not all that complex, actually rather simpler, but excellent. Would gladly drink again anytime.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered these bottles from the Struise webshop.
Vintage 2009.

Poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with a one finger mocha colored head. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Lots of smell on this one. Bourbon is very present. Coffee, chocolate and sweetness with some booze in the nose.

Huge flavor bomb. It's the Black Albert AND a bag of chips. Chocolate + coffee + fruits + barrel + vanilla + liqourice= probably half of what's in here. Booze is well hidden. It's fantastic.

Pretty sturdy (struise) body. Carbonation is plentyfull but not as much as you might expect after the loud hiss upon opening.

I've been lucky enough to try this one several times and I have to say it's one of my favourite stouts. Worth tracking down if you are a lover of BIG stouts! Highly recomended.

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer, has gotten even better the last couple years with the introduction of Black Albert Batch 0. Pours nera black, greta head. Fudgy, malts galore and whiskey barrels. Tick, chewy stout, well carbonated. Struise is really starting to perfect their stouts!

Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.