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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 222
Gots: 83 | 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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iL0VEbeer, Dec 31, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jlindros, Dec 15, 2013
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ManforallSaisons, Nov 23, 2013
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mhaugo, Nov 21, 2013
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anteater, Nov 16, 2013
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BarrytheBear, Nov 02, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Avenue Pub, 10 oz pour.

Appearance: Jet black with no apparent head, brownish lace evident as I swirl the beer around in my glass.

Smell: Deep rich chocolate and cocoa come to the nose first with roasty notes and a bit of wood and some booze.

Taste: Just like the aroma, lots of chocolate up front and some vanilla, oak and roasted flavors come through. There is a hint of alcohol but less than you'd expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation and a smooth, silky texture. Very little alcohol burn but still a nice pleasant sipper.

Overall: Very good BA RIS here which is quite easy drinking for its size. Far from the best of the style I've tried, but absolutely worth a try if you can get it.

Mikecap, Oct 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2011 Lot 27151506201

Picked up a couple 33 cl bottles at the De Struise bottle shop in Bruges. Pricey at $5.50 Euro.

A-Poured into a snifter this beer comes out of the bottle thick with lots of yeast. A thin dark beige head that breaks down into a skim layer and a ringing around the glass. You can see a lot of the suspended yeast in this brew. Otherwise very black and opaque.

S-Cold the aroma is big roasted malt with some hints of Belgian yeast. Some alcohol aroma. As it warms more roasted aroma and more alcohol is evident but not overpowering. Some fruity yeast notes as well.

T-First sip is big roasted dark malts upfront with a warming finish. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee and a bit fruity. A bit like booze soaked chocolate covered cherries if such a thing existed.

M-A bit sticky and full bodied yet very smooth and easy to drink. Moderate carbonation for the style.

O-Not as bourbon boozy forward as a lot of the American BB RIS-which is nice. Real easy to drink for a BB RIS @ 13% ABV. I like the fruity character the yeast brings into the equation which blends well with the big roasted malt bill. Perfect dessert beer.

deebo, Oct 05, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The beer was poured from the bottle in the glass. It foams heavily, very nice. The beer contains lots of alcohol, and you can taste that. It is a heavy beer. It tastes mainly like coffee and alcohol. The mouthfeel is in order, a good thick beer. Overall an okay beer!

MaartenvanDoorn, Sep 26, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ebenezer's 2013. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured from the tap into the Ebenezer's 2013 stemmed goblet. A one finger tan head forms with decent retention. Creamy ring leaves nice webs of spotty lacing.

S- Dark roast malts and a nice dark cocoa note with a hefty dose of aged dark fruits coming in with it. Oak and whiskey hints in nicely with some raisin, spicy and vanilla feel as well.

T- Massive chocolate and figgy plum/raisin/dark fruit like in the base Black Albert. A large burnt dark grain maltiness with nutty and caramel as well. Oak is big with some whiskey and vanilla staying in check. Has a Quad spiciness mixed in with the big stout which makes plenty of sense.

MF- Super silky body with some creaminess to it. Lower end carbonation makes it a nice sipper considering the massive ABV and flavors. Super thick and oily with a nice roast bitter alcohol warming.

Super complex blend of Belgian Strong and Imperial Stout elements. The oak/whiskey adds to it all in a subtle rather than taking over the beer flavors at hand.

cbutova, Aug 28, 2013
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.