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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
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402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 219
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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womencantsail

California

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

A big thanks to Greg for sending me this want of mine (as an extra, no less). Selfishly enjoyed by myself to commemorate the end of summer school and scoring Black Tuesday tickets.

A: The pour is viscous and black with an initially massive tan head that settles down to a thin layer.

S: The nose is pleasantly sweet with notes of chocolate, plums, figs, and tart cherries. Light oak aromas along with some vanilla and roast.

T: There is a slight tart cherry flavor that is present both on the very front and very back ends. The oak is quite noticeable and provides a slightly tannic feel. A nice roast, coffee, and chocolate flavor throughout.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation that pricks the tongue.

D: A little tough to drink too much of at 13%, but a nice beer. I wasn't quite expecting the intense tart cherry character, but it worked well.

09-03-2010 07:38:12 | More by womencantsail
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Batch #4, best by March 2014 notched on the label. Pours one shade shy of black with a quarter inch, frothy, khaki-colored head embedded with tiny ringlets. Head is refreshed with a swirl of the glass. Nose is very subdued - sour dark fruit and perhaps a hint of coca. Taste is malty, cocoa, sour fruit (cherries?) with some booze coming out towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, perhaps a little light for the style, with an even carbonation, but maybe a little too assertive for the style. This is a very interesting beer with a lot of character and an extremely well-hidden abv at 13%. A top notch beer from De Struise.

09-02-2010 00:05:28 | More by Jwale73
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STEG

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

09 Vintage, Batch 0 base room temperature, snifter.

Pours pitch black but with larger bubbles on its slightly lighter colored head than its non Barrel Aged brethren. The head's a bit rockier too.

Smell is very light on the bourbon, with some nice milk chocolate and light coffee smells, some caramel and vanilla can be found if you look hard enough. Very restrained given the strength and the style but well done.

Taste at the front has vanilla, bourbon, raisin, and dark chocolate which mellows out to bittersweet chocolate as it fades. it has some heat at the back with a nice smoky aftertaste. Alcohol Heat is present at the back.

Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, but not as creamy as BA but has some definite heat present at various stages.

Drinkability takes a hit from the heat but its very well restrained for its ABV and the taste/smell makes up for it

09-01-2010 00:19:59 | More by STEG
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ratedz

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

2009 vintage poured into a Boulevard tulip glass.

An aggressive pour left a huge tan head that slowly faded leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, some dark fruits, and a hint of bourbon. Hints of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits dominate the palate up front, but it finishes with some bourbon heat. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, so it is definitely a sipping beer, but with all of the amazing flavors going on here, you'll want to take your time and savor every last drop!

This was easily one of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts I've had. While the bourbon was present, it wasn't overpowering, which allowed all of the other flavors to shine through. I have four more bottles of this, so I can't wait to see how it ages.

08-30-2010 00:56:22 | More by ratedz
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip glass. Vintage 2009. Pours a pitch black...the way I like it...with absolutely no light what-so-ever shining through! Very murky and solid black. A massive tannish head forms providing excelent long lasting lacing. Amoungst the head retention, the appearance is super creamy looking...and I can't wait to get started!

Aroma is roasted for sure! Roasted coffee beans, burnt chocolate, mild fruit, and booze, loads of malts!

Flavor is wonderful! Tons of chocolate and malts. The barrel aging makes the booze really noticeable, yet very smooth at the same time. A nice array of fruits are present in the back, plum perhaps?? Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Big booze notes...and a decent drinker...yet thickness makes it a little bit of a slower drinker. A very tasty and great stout!!

08-26-2010 02:08:10 | More by ShadesOfGray
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a thick black color with a creamy brown heady that fades slowly leaving a fair amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe some brown sugar.

A very complex beer and I hope I do it justice. I'm getting a load of roasted malts, coffee, dark choclate. A boozy bourbon aftertaste, a little heat but very subdued. A lingering bitter chocolate finish. Very thick a chewy mouthfeel. I'm also getting some dried and over ripe fruit. This beer rocks!

08-24-2010 21:28:24 | More by weissbierdrinker
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gford217

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours pitch black with an enormous mocha head that shows some serious staying power and leaves excellent lacing.

The aroma is complex with bourbon, roasted chocolate malts, coffee, dark fruits and some Belgian yeast.

The taste is more heavily roasted than the aroma with lots of cocoa powder and espresso as well. There is an underlying fruitiness from the Belgian yeast. The finish has a slight bourbon character though it's very subtle.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and light on the barrel character. Creamy.

Another excellent stout from Struise and one that actually carries a more Belgian character than I was expecting with the bourbon just adding some texture.

08-22-2010 04:04:42 | More by gford217
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.9/5  rDev +16.9%

September 2012...i have to rewrite this review and i am glad i can do this. In august 2010 is wasn't really into these types of darker beer and this one could not make me happy at that time. In 2012 things have changed completely. This is on the best Struise has ever made and that is why i have changed my review....chapeau Urbain!

This was what i wrote in 2010:

Before i start this review i have to say that i stopped drinking coffee about ten years ago and i haven't drank it since.

That makes drinking this one very difficult to write an honest review. I picked up this one at the Struise after a very nice visit a few days ago.
The Struise is by far my most favourite brewer and when you see (and drink) the beers they have you will know what i mean. Great guys!!

Poured in the Struisse beerglass the beer looks very very very dark with an enormous chocolate head. Could not see any carbonation but it must be there. Incredible.

The smell gets an average from me and that's because i smell something funny which i can not define.

For a non coffeedrinker the taste is good. Lots of coffee and very dark chocolate. Some fruits far far away.

This is not the best Struisse i have ever drank but that really has to do with my taste for coffee.

08-20-2010 11:38:01 | More by Brabander
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

33cl bottle into chouffe tulip.

A- A nice aggressive pour produces a 3-finger fluffy mocha head on a very deep dark base. Great pour.

S- I let this one warm a bit before I drank it. Great aroma. Dark fruit, cohocolate, very inviting.

T- Coffee, chocolate, tobacco, sweet caramel/vanilla and bourbon. Multi-layered, keeps me wanting more. This glass is getting emptied mighty quickly...

M- Thick and chewy, delicious, damn near perfect. Warm and boozy but I'm diggin' it.

D- An instant favorite. Good stuff here. I am impressed.

08-13-2010 02:32:39 | More by ShogoKawada
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FreshHawk

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.3%

A - Very dark mahogany with a huge, thick, creamy, frothy, cafe colored head. I've used the the description of meringue-like, but this one is closest to meringue that I've had, it is really thick. Amazing retention that finally settles into a nice creamy lace.

S - Smell is amazing. Barrel definitely imparted a good amount of aroma with vanilla, bourbon, and oak being strong. Also a good amount of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and dark malt. Some sweet candi sugar balances out the roasted aroma. Hingts of dark fruit also come out.

T - Dark fruit and anise mix with the chocolate, candi sugar and slightly roasted dark malt. Raisin, fig, date, and plum come in and out along with the chocolate malt. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak also mix in and out throughout the sip, especially on the finish.

M - Full to medium body with a good level of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Very drinkable beer with a great mouthfeel that is creamy and smooth. Also a good mix of the bourbon, roasted chocolate stout, and dark fruit. Very easy and enjoyable to drink.

Notes: Best before Mar. 2014. Excellent beer that is a great mix of all the flavors I mentioned before. I wish I had more, and that this came in a bigger bottle. Highly recommend this beer. De Struise just keeps surprising me with how many good beers they make, and this one is right at the top for me.

08-11-2010 17:16:06 | More by FreshHawk
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.72/5  rDev +12.6%

25 cl bottel poured in my struise glass

A : Retains a nice 2 finger head with small brown bubbles

S: The aroma on this beer is incredible. Sweet maple syrup, plums, chocolate, there's a bit of alcohol on the nose

T: A bit of tartness hits the tip of the tongue and explodes into an amazing array of flavor. A sweet, molasses, real mild alcohol burn that tickles the back of the throat.you can taste the oak Very Nice balanced ,

M: outstanding , lays pretty heavy at the back of the tongue. almost like a milkshake, very creamy

one of the best stouts I've ever tasted.

07-31-2010 20:29:28 | More by beerpirates
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super large dirty beige foamy head with great retention and some perfect lacing. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla is quite straightforward but well enough balance with the malt to provide some good enjoyment. Taste is a well balanced mix between some light roasted malt with light note of liquorice and vanilla and a creamy finish full of bourbon. Body is quite full with usual creamy texture from the bourbon with some great carbonation and alcohol is never to apparent. Very well done and a great variation from the original.

06-21-2010 02:37:32 | More by Phyl21ca
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DeaconBluez

Alabama

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%

Got this in White Whale 3 from xpimptastikx. Crazy package and he hit a major want on this one. Thanks Michael!

Appearance: Pours a nice black liquid with a huge amount of dark brown head. I thought the head was due to my pour or something with my glass but after reading the other reviews, I see that this is just one of the features of this beer.

Smell: Almost a sourness to it. Strange. Wasn't expecting that. The alcohol is in there as well.

Taste: Some sourness as well. Almost a nutmeg and cinnamon taste in there too. Burnt malts. Dark fruits. I get light coffee and chocolate notes but not very strong. Oaky and vinous.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and a tad thin

Drinkability: The high ABV is very well hidden on this beer. Not sure I would drink two of these in a row even if the ABV was lower.

Definitely a beer I'd like to see what would happen with a few years on it.

06-19-2010 23:59:10 | More by DeaconBluez
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Overlord

California

2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

Thanks to JERZ!

Pours black. Surprisingly robust inch and a half of light brown foam.

Smells like ... uhhh.... sour fruit? Really? Some vinous/grapeskin notes. Not expected.

Tastes like some vinous souriness, a bit of pungent, stale chocolate and crackers, and an interesting tobacco-y aftertaste.

So ... what's up with Cuvee Delphine? Thicker than I thought it would not be, but not RIS thick.

06-17-2010 05:33:47 | More by Overlord
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Thanks to jrallen34 for this gem! Poured from a 25cl bottled marked Best Before March 2014 into a small snifter.

A: No light is gettin' through this baby - remember this is a "Royal" stout and is highly protected, especially by the foamy head that forms when this beer is poured.

S: Boozy in the nose with some cocoa powder and dark fruits.

T: Dark fruits and brown sugar are followed quickly by roasted coffee. Unfortunately the coffee takes over a bit too much and the bitterness blocks out any chocolate flavors one might expect. I also don't get much bourbon in this.

M: Well carbonated and a little viscous.

D: The best feature of this beer. I would have no clue this was 13% if it weren't stamped on the label.

Overall, a pretty cool beer to try. I haven't had a Belgian-style RIS before. I personally think this one could age a little longer - that way the carbonation will die down a little bit and the coffee flavor will fade out making way to the chocolate and oak flavors from the bourbon barrels.

06-10-2010 03:07:25 | More by hoppymcgee
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ccrida

Oregon

4.78/5  rDev +14.1%

33 cl bottle (huge thx MacDomer!) best before March 2014, poured into my Delirium snifter, Cuvee Delphine is black with a huge creamy head, perhaps the densest, tightest head I've seen, leaving lots of foamy lace.

Smell is amazing, huge fruity esters, wow! Massive grape and tropical citrus, as well as a hint of bourbon. Something about the esters actually reminds me of a saison, which is my favorite.

Taste is great, massive roast really provides an abrupt distinction from the nose, dominating the taste, making this seem more like a pure stout, with the esters proving a nice punch of depth in the background. The alcohol is super smooth, and overall it's well integrated. Excellent, although I can't say I'm getting much from the bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very viscous. Nice digestibility.

Drinkability damn good. I just had Black Albert for the first time 2 nights ago, and as much as I enjoyed it, this is the better of the two. I don't think it's as old as the Black Albert, which was 1.5 years in my cellar alone. Cuvee Delphine is truly exceptional.

05-22-2010 07:16:00 | More by ccrida
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jjayjaye

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

Wow, totally unexpected!! I'm really going to enjoy this one but it's not what I typically think of as a RIS. It comes across much more as a Belgian Strong Dark to me. Pours opaque with a HUGE stiff light tan head of tiny bubbles that fades slowly leaving stringy sheets of Belgian lacing. The smell is big on raisins and Belgian yeast. The mouth feel is highly effervescent; the tiny bubbles adding a smoothness to the texture. Full flavored, the raisin, yeast and chocolate tastes are intense and reveal more roasted malt as it warms. The 13% ABV is really well integrated... there's some warmth there, but wouldn't have guessed it to be that high. Many thanks to koopa for the opportunity to consider this one!

04-24-2010 18:51:28 | More by jjayjaye
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vacax

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

I was quite excited to try this one. Pours black with a towering dark head. Just like Black Albert, the head on this is every bit a monster. Aromas of Flintstones vitamins, pineapple, chalk, surprisingly free of barrel qualities. Tastes vinous with licorice, oak, bitter fruit, roast, and rock salt. Feels pretty full with a moderate level of carbonation. I was a bit let down by this one. The barrel didn't really contribute any wonderful boozy or coconut flavors, not really an improvement over the original, sadly. I do love the label though.

04-10-2010 00:27:01 | More by vacax
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

25cl bottle from mikey711. I've been looking forward to this beer for a long time, bourbon barrel aged Black Albert.

The beer pours dark brown and opaque with a really large tan foam, initially pillowy and several inches thick but becoming a thin film over the duration of a few minutes. Sheets of lacing too. The smell is not quite what I imagined. The dominant notes are smoked malt and an almost sour ale aroma. Smells like a Belgian smoke beer, maybe the smoke is from the bourbon barrel but that doesn't seem to make sense...

The beer tastes "dark", dark fruits and malts, more of the nearly sour funk, a little bit of ethanol burn. I can taste the bourbon but just a little, very nice but again hard to guess that the base beer is Black Albert. The body is somewhat thin for the style but that doesn't matter, this is still rich and tasty. 25cl is just about enough, it'd be nice to see bottles of this size for all sorts of big beers, you don't need too much of something at 13% ABV.

04-02-2010 01:00:25 | More by TurdFurgison
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Review from notes. This is a small bottle, like really small. Split it with a friend who wanted to kill the bottle. Barrel aged Black Albert. This is a beer which I liked the base beer over the BA version.

The appearance is dark black with a dirty brown head. It has a crisp carbonation that leaves really quick. Slight legs, nothing special in the appearance other than the dark black color.

The smell has that sour twinge that I liked in Black Albert, with chocolate and dark roasted malts. It has a bit of heat in the smell and taste, which is nice and mellow.

The taste is good, but not outstanding. There is a bit of berry and chocolate paired with the barrel notes that make it pretty unique. I like the bit of sourness that Black Albert had, but in this one it makes it muddled and confusing. Too many things going on, but still enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was a crisp carbonation with a bit of heat. I thought that all around it was a solid beer, but the base is better. I cannot believe how small some of these European bottles are though.
J

03-19-2010 21:52:33 | More by Jmoore50
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crnipeter

Slovenia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

"Old" 250 ml bottle (now being sold in 330 ml ones), BBE 03 2014 into 180 ml Chimay chalice. This vintage is based on the original "zero" batch of Black Albert.
Abundant deep tan head scattered with bubbles gradually collapses to form thick solid cloth atop of opaque black fluid with reddish-brown hue while swirls wave thick firm laces on the walls.
Fruity esters of plum, prune and raisins dominate the aroma profile with light notes of bourbon making its way through the thick layers of dark fruits.
Roasted malt adds slightly burnt sensation to the fruity flavors of plum, prune and raisins spiced with light non-aggressive alcohol burning. Roasty bitter aftertaste with fruity tartness and oily film on the palate. Although burnt character is noticeable the beer lacks any coffee and dark chocolate sensations from roasted malts as the flavors are somehow subdued and mellowed due to aging in barrels. Viscous, slightly tarry and oily although not as much as might be expected from a stout. The beer is surprisingly tart and quite different from its predecessor, the Black Albert.

03-10-2010 18:50:41 | More by crnipeter
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Black with a quarter-inch, creamy brown head that remains. Very nice.
Smell is slightly subdued bourbon, chocolate, a little bit of coffee. There is a slight, sour smell one would typically notice with a belgian sour. Some alcohol as well. Not exactly what I expected.
Taste is bourbon and oak up front, with some roasty malts and dark chocolate. Again, there is a belgian ale quality to this one that comes from a faint sourness. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of this one comes from the ashy smoke that hits the back on the mouth on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisper and lighter than I was expecting. Moderate level of carbonation and a fairly smooth finish. Nice warmth from the alcohol.
Quite drinkable, as the bourbon is not overpowering, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. Wish the bottle was bigger.
Definitely a Belgian style stout, and definitely the best one I've had to date.

03-08-2010 23:49:27 | More by Parrotbeak
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

275ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com.. poured into a De Struise glass...

Poured pretty much as expected - blacker than black !! Burnt mocha tan head poured very big thick and foamy with a pock marked meringue like topping which faded quickly to light covering with very little lacing...

Aroma - Roasted / charred chocolate malts, ginger and nutmeg, sooty smoke, charred bread, molasses / treacle sweetness, stewed dark fruits (black cherries and grapes, dates, raisins), roasted nut brittle, some balsamic vinegar notes, strong soy, yeasty, very earthy, sour notes, burnt coffee beans...

Taste - Treacle sweetness mixed with nutmeg, lots of charred / burnt chocolate malts, liquorice to the fore, sooty notes, quite a lot of sourness, strong cola hints, epresso coffee, toasted / charred bread, stewed prunes, black cherries, slight candy sugar hints, grassy hops, light oakiness, fresh vanilla, quite peppery, nice warming booze, slight saltiness..

Feel - Sharp initially then and smooths out nicely... full bodied... incredibly drinkable for 13% although you can certainly feel the effects of the booze after one bottle..

Overall - An incredible and very complex beer although it does take a few sips before all the flavours emerge. I have a few more of these and am looking forward to seeing how they age... highly recommended...

03-05-2010 14:13:33 | More by mdagnew
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Black Albert barrel aged. Pours perfectly black body with a design of brown head and lace. Aromas of rich Belgian chocolate, booziness, sherry, and funk. Initial sips, and it is a sipper, is funk and stout, leaving a residue of chocolate aftertaste, and roasted malt. Substantially above average mouthfeel, the yeast and caramel are synthesized and seem to cradle you.

03-04-2010 03:15:33 | More by Sammy
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nickd717

California

3.98/5  rDev -5%

Bottle via trade thanks to PALMEJ1. Another bottle shared by alfrantzell, since these things are damn small and we wanted to have enough to go around.

Pours black with a medium-sized, well-retained tan head. Looks excellent.

Aroma is mildly vinous and tart, surprisingly. Also roast and wood.

Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, red wine, oak, and brett. Probably not infected, but definitely tart. Just a little bit of bourbon.

Medium body with mild acidity (but smooth otherwise) with fairly high carbonation, which is a little strange for the style. A little boozy as well.

Solid drinkability. This beer is very good overall, but fell a bit short of expectations, sort of like Black Damnation.

02-26-2010 19:19:00 | More by nickd717
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.