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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 222
Gots: 82 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyebrews for throwing me a couple bottles of this one. Served in an O'Hara's mini pint glass. Lot A, best before May 2014.

A - Huge dark tan foam on this one - even in the little glass there was like three fingers. Amazing retention and volume for a 13% beer; tons of sticky lacing too. Black, with a touch of red-brown at the fringes. Just an amazing looking beer.

S - This is not really what I was expecting from a barrel-aged Black Albert. There's the spicy Belgian-style yeast and candy sugar for sure, but then this unusual collection of vinous fruits, bourbon/vanilla notes, some nuttiness and cocoa, a touch of funk, and musty earthiness. The alcohol is actually better hidden than regular Black Albert. The only knock is that the smell doesn't explode out of the glass.

T - The taste is quite different, with licorice, vinous and dark fruits, and some roasted malts. The earthy funky flavors are a little more understated than in the smell, but still present. The bourbon influence is light, showing up at the back end with some sharp whiskey bite and woody tannins that linger well into the aftertaste. There's a surprising tartness that pops up as well.

M - The body is a little thinner than I expected, but with lower carbonation than Black Albert. The finish is dry with a touch of stickiness, and some nice alcohol warmth.

D - The 250ml serving size makes a lot of sense. Even though the alcohol is very well hidden the buzz creeps up pretty quickly. Still I feel a little sad that my glass is getting low - I'll have to get Urbain to send a few of these my way.

This is not at all what I expected when I heard they were barrel-aging Black Albert. I just expected the same beer with some bourbon, but this is quite a different animal and an unexpected surprise. I'm not sure if Four Roses barrels are more conducive to bugs, but there's something funky going on that makes this a unique treat.

MasterSki, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of jfunkk79
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade from ggaughan. Thanks again man!

25cl small sleek bottle. The label reads Cuvee Delphine / Truth Can Set You Free

Poured a deep black into my Brooklyn snifter. Retains a nice pillowy head with small brown bubbles; frothy at the edges.

The aroma on this beer is incredible. Sweet maple syrup, plums, chocolate, there's a bit of alcohol on the nose, like a sweet red wine.

First sip blew me away. A bit of tartness hits the tip of the tongue and explodes into an amazing array of flavor. A sweet, molasses, almost cola flavor flows into a real mild alcohol burn that tickles the back of the throat. It has a little pucker to it at the end.

Mouthfeel is equally outstanding on this one. It starts off a little thin but lays pretty heavy at the back of the tongue. Feels almost like a beer milkshake, so creamy and chewy.

I'm pretty happy to have had a chance to try this beer. Easily one of the best beers I've tasted. I love the Black Albert, but I would marry this beer if it was legal to.

jfunkk79, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So excited about this one, how could it live up to my expectations? We'll see....

A--Pitch black with massive, fluffy brown head in my 16 oz. Dogfish Head Signature glass. Nice lacing.

S--Some wheat-like notes...clove, lemon zest. Very slight hint of liquor, dark fruit

T--Ummm...tastes pretty much like wood aged Black Albert. No suprises here...they brewed it, you got it. Take a random sampling of Black Albert reviews and add the word "oak" and presto, a Cuvee Delphine review. And much like Black Albert, this one needs to be close to room temperature to truly be appreciated. Seriously, don't drink it cold...cellar temp might even be too cold for this beer. Let it sit. Resist temptation.

M--Full bodied, just how it should be

D--Nice to have a glass of this rare treat, I will bring it out my remaining bottles on special occasions. Drinks almost identical to Black Albert, so if you like that beer then seek this one out. However, if you don't like it, then leave this one alone because it is very similar.

alcstradamus, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of hoppymeal
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown to black in color, plenty of sediment is evident near the end of the pour as it gets slightly thicker, almost chunkier. Decent sized crimson hued tan head rests atop and slowly fades back to a ring around the glass. Aroma is nice and yeasty, milk, molasses, sugar, a bit of charred wood and booziness. Taste shows some sweet ripe vinuous fruit notes that blends with a tanginess. Licorice and vanilla sweetness, some woodiness towards the finish before a decent bite of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is a medium to full body, fairly active but soft and creamy carbonation, decent amount of dryness in the finish along with the warmth in the throat form the alcohol. The sweetness and drying woodiness blend well together and the abv, though slightly forward is pleasing and in the right amount. Very interesting beer, well balanced feel. The bourbon did not come thru quite as much as I expected.

hoppymeal, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of johnnybravo
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aged on Four Roses whisky and it shows. Absolutely great beer that beats the original Black Albert (non-aged). The whisky isn't dominant like in comparable beers but perfectly in balance with the RIS. Mouthfeel is wonderful, full and warming but certainly not alcoholic. A bad thing in most 10%+ beers. It's no beer to drink alle evening but it certainly goes down easy. I must get met some more.

johnnybravo, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of ggaughan
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samples tasted during the Pre-ZBF festival at Alvinne. Beer poured a deep, dark black colored body with a thick tan head. The nose had strong notes of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa. Taste provides some further wood character along with nice coffee and cocoa notes and there is a bit of sweetness as well. The higher abv is present but not overly boozy. Full body and full of taste. Worth seeking out.

ggaughan, Mar 08, 2009
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Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.