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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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Cuvee DelphineCuvee Delphine

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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: 219
Gots: 82 | FT: 5
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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Coax

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-28-2014 04:01:53 | More by Coax
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%

330ml brown bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.

Pours a deep, sinewy black-brown, oily on entry to the glass. Head forms with little coercion, forming a thick deep brown head of fine bubbles. Lacing is patchy, body is rich, although not holding a lot of carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is gorgeous. Delicate milk chocolate overtones, laced around a sweet vanilla oak and toasted coconut richness. Slight roast comes through leavened with a heady booze tweak: it leaves it slightly buoyant and a little spicy.

Taste is rich and dark: burnt toffee sweetness on the fore, with a nuttiness coming through closer to the back, which develops into coffee and char. Clinging cherry booze character structures the whole thing—or perhaps its better to say that it invades the structure—it's always present from front to back and side-to-side. Finish is remarkably clean: the booze helps everything evanesce, leaving not much roast or bitterness.

Feel is smooth and slick, but almost frothy as well: it's as though the volume increases in the mouth, leaving it lighter, but fuller at the same time.

Overall: excellent, excellent stuff. Beautifully rich and full, but with a lovely structure to keep it coherent and drinkable. I love it.

02-24-2014 07:07:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a dark brown body with one finger head that left some lace patches. A mixed aroma of dark fruits like figs/raisins as well as a chunk of roasted malts and some woody booziness. Taste is more of the same as it is a heavy bodied beer that has some good sweetness behind a dark, roasted malt body. Good balance. Not real complex but real enjoyable

02-22-2014 16:58:17 | More by clayrock81
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hopley

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-21-2014 02:17:50 | More by hopley
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LoveStout

New York

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-17-2014 02:47:35 | More by LoveStout
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-15-2014 17:16:17 | More by duceswild
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-14-2014 21:10:15 | More by acurtis
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

02-08-2014 00:44:07 | More by AnitaBrewski
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GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-02-2014 19:46:45 | More by GJ40
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mltobin

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-26-2014 02:48:06 | More by mltobin
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danielfda

Italy

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-26-2014 00:46:37 | More by danielfda
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773-F-I-B

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

01-24-2014 22:34:55 | More by 773-F-I-B
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tbadiuk

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-20-2014 18:38:55 | More by tbadiuk
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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-18-2014 04:34:03 | More by bauermj
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-13-2014 14:03:19 | More by Griffith
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sammy806

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-12-2014 17:03:54 | More by sammy806
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ThatsThatDude

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-06-2014 01:45:23 | More by ThatsThatDude
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RWNay

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-01-2014 14:55:01 | More by RWNay
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-31-2013 18:00:47 | More by iL0VEbeer
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

Somehow never got around to reviewing this beer. Also been sitting in my beer fridge for years and finally took my randomizer (5 year old son) to pick it for me. GOod time to drink this too, beginning of a big snow storm, very cold single digit temps outside.

2009 Vintage.

Still makes a nice pssstttt sound as I pop the cap, good sign, then pours a nice black mocha colored fizzy head that hits a 1/4 of a finger or so but seems to stick around nicely, nice lacing on the glass and legs like the Patriot cheerleaders, as I pour nice little balls of delicious looking liquid dance around the top, like they are just partying themselves with the beer underneath, like little sprites inviting me to delve in deeper. The head eventually settles to a nice foamy island like froth over the super pitch black light absorbing beer.

Nose is like pure black, almost as if the black hole is pulling aromas from my own nose rather than the reverse, but when I get aromas it's black malt city, lots of black malt, with roast up the wazoo, but thankfully not acrid anymore, seems like it was at one point but the various aging process seems to have taken that edge off. Roast with some earthy coffee, into dark chocolate and cocoooa so dark it has a few extra 'o's on it, which seems to mingle with a nice fudge and even fluffy nougat. Rounding all that is a nice somewhat subtle but definite character of barrel, a little vanilla character from the barrel, hint of char as well, and nice bourbon sweetness. It also seems to have an inherent earthiness to it.

Taste starts with, well hard to say what actually starts, like a myriad of different great flavors bombarding my tongue and flooding every nook and cranny of my mouth. Thick and luscious, little creamy and velvety even, with some warming booze, a little booze tingle even, very slightly fusel but not that much. Malts are the key flavor again, black malt and more black malts. Some roast again, with a touch of an acrid flavor but again seems like most of that edge has long been mellowed. Then into more cocoa, super dark bitter baker's chocolate, a mild creamy flavor brings more of a semi sweet cocoa, and some mild coffee with the roast. Again rounding off all that is a mild vanilla barrel character, less than i expected, with just a hint of bourbon. The chocolate gets almost explosive and rich the longer it sits on my tongue, as it seems to find more and more ways to get through the layers of my tongue into the lower taste buds that are usually left in the dust. Finish is drier with a little sticky feel, but not nearly as syrupy or sticky as I expected, with a bit more bitterness on the finish, lots of dark chocolate and cocoa again, a little roast and coffee as well, and mild Kahlua like flavor with some lingering booze.

Mouth is super rich, heavy bodied, little creamy and velvety, slightly syrupy, with some warming slightly tingly alcohol but not really 13% like.

Overall fantastic, a great beer with awesome dark malts, chocolate and cocoa, and mild barrel characters, the roast edge has been rounded between thebarrel and many years of aging, and the alcohol has been quite tamed. Very drinkable and glad I can cellar a few of them.

12-15-2013 01:07:56 | More by jlindros
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ManforallSaisons

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-23-2013 20:01:59 | More by ManforallSaisons
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mhaugo

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-21-2013 15:40:39 | More by mhaugo
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anteater

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

11-16-2013 03:56:05 | More by anteater
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-02-2013 03:32:39 | More by BarrytheBear
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-02-2013 03:04:48 | More by madtowndmb1
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.