Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers
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4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2013 01:55:36 | More by deebo
3.69/5 rDev -11.9%
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!
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2013 20:30:51 | More by MaartenvanDoorn
4.4/5 rDev +5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-27-2013 23:48:36 | More by cbutova
4.24/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes, and implicitly compared to Black Albert.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with retention typical of the gravity. Not as impressive looking as Black Albert.
S: There is a lot of roasted/charred malts, fudge, licorice, and subtle dark fruits. Where this differs from its non-barreled brother is the wonderfully subtle bourbon on the aroma.
T: This is going to become a broken record, but the gist of the flavor profile is as follows: Black Albert with bourbon. Initial chocolaty flavors slowly turn into a fruity middle and a roasted finish; only this time the back end sees an injection of well-balanced bourbon and *very* light oak.
M: A bit hot next to Black Albert. All that means is that the alcohol presence is about what you'd expect from a 13% BA imperial stout (maybe a bit less), though many of the positive qualities Black Albert had (like drinkability) are still here.
O: On its own, an excellent barrel-aged stout. When compared to Black Albert, it improves on it a few ways (more complex aroma and flavor profile), but is also a bit worse in other aspects (not as aesthetically pleasing, mouthfeel isn't as great). Really, it's less "which one is better than the other" and more "which one is less fantastic than the other". Between the two, I'd choose Black Albert, but you really can't go wrong with either one at all.
Serving type: on-tap
06-30-2013 18:08:34 | More by ThisWangsChung
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.