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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

412 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 222
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:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009)
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ncelauro, Sep 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

bmur112, Feb 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Black, in a flute-ish glass, with a light beige head. On tap at Mikkeller in SF.

Vanilla, bourbon.

Belgian stout are all too rare. Wood's an after thought, the bourbon doesn't hit like I'd expect. Leaves something to be desired, that's a small knock, though. Still, wonderfully rich malt with the right edge. Vanilla, chocolate, malt pulled together damn near perfectly.

As smooth as they come.

pants678, Aug 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

scott2269, Aug 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

dwagner003, Jul 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

samEBC, Jan 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

LostTraveler, Dec 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

amsalmon1, Jun 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

ShogoKawada, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of ratedz
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ratedz, Aug 30, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

773-F-I-B, Jan 24, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerpirates, Jul 31, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed from my Liefman's goblet about a week after shipment arrived from Belgium. Served from the cellar, not refrigerated.

Light effervescence, more so than most stouts and certainly with more head than my Black Albert experiences. Color was nearly black, though allowed light through with a deep brown-orange. Beautiful.

The nose was complex fruit and dark malts with the oak sourness. Taste was a terrific surprise - more tart and fruity than the deep black color or great scent even would have me suspecting. Definitely can still taste the Black Albert, but he's in the background of the fruit overtones and rich oak. All of these characteristics were extremely well balanced.

Truth serum: I would put this in the best 5 beer experiences I've ever had. I'd take out a loan for a case if one was available in the US. Alas.

wunderbeer, Nov 13, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to womencantsail for sending this as an extra!
25 cL bottle, best before 3/2014, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a four finger tan head.

S- Dark fruits, tart cherries, chocolate, roasted malts, some bourbon...nothing really jumps out at me.

T- This is pretty intense. Getting caramel malts, chocolate, hint of roasted coffee, some bourbon upfront and a tart cherry finish, not getting any alcohol. After the tartness fades it leaves you with a really nice smokey chocolate aftertaste. As this is warming up I am getting a nice oak flavor. At first the different flavors seemed to be all over the place and not working together, but the aftertaste bring it all together.

M- Smooth, rich, creamy, full body.

O - This is a great beer that I am very happy I was able to try. 13% ABV is not noticeable at all and it is very easy to drink. Nose had me thinking that this might be a mess, but it is not.

larryi86, Jan 17, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Almost identical to Black Albert, pitch black in color. Even less head than its parent but once again there is some very nice lacing.

Smell: The bourbon comes through in the nose, but doesn't overwhelm there are also notes of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: The bourbon and the aging have really done some great things to Black Albert. Like in the nose, the bourbon is there but subtle, also adding warmth. There is malt and coffee, but to my palate the dominate flavor is rich dark chocolate. The hint on bitterness seems to come more from the chocolate than the hops. Once more a superbly balanced beer, equal to, maybe better, certainly different from Black Albert.

Mouth feel: Again Struise excels here, extremely smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Like Black Albert, so smooth, so tasty, I could drink this beer all night!
Having just read some other recent reviews (and having had infected Pannepot), if you get a bottle with any Vinegar or sour taste it is definitely "infected" as the bottles of Delphine that I have had have nothing at all along those lines.

BobZ, Dec 03, 2010
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4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draught at Novare res 8oz pour on " de struise day"

A - poured pitch black opaque with a good one finger darker tan head. Immediate lacing was apparent.

S - smell of roasted malts, dark fruits, slight acidity. Maybe the atmosphere but a very mild aroma.

T - very complex and delicious. The Belgian character adds a nice fruity finish a nice pedal point to the roasted malt character is domineering .nice smokiness in the finish, finishes a great balance between dry and sweet. Ample hop bitterness in the end with A slight sour character.

M - slow sipping but not too thick. Well carbonated and a balanced finish. The 13% abv is not really prevalent. Very drinkable.

O -very drinkable stout, yet very complex and requires time to reflect on the nuances. A real treat to have this on draught. Chose this over some rare and delicous offerings and don't regret it.

MaineBrewing, May 11, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil black in color, the beer effortlessly forms a 2 inch, frothy, dark brown head. Great lacing down the glass, the head holds for several minutes. The beer looks alive but it begs to be drunk. Aroma is a wonderful melange of dark fruit, chocolate, oak, and a little bretty must. Taste is quite amazing from start to finish; I liken it to a teeter totter like tightrope walk with a rebalancing interplay of slightly sour dark fruit, mild roasted bitterness, and a semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Beer is full bodied, with above average carbonation which works well for me. The carbonation is tight and imparts a delicate, silky mouthfeel to the brew. Alcohol level is masked completely with the exception of a slight warming feel in the finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would seek it out.

Nick3, Nov 23, 2009
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4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer, has gotten even better the last couple years with the introduction of Black Albert Batch 0. Pours nera black, greta head. Fudgy, malts galore and whiskey barrels. Tick, chewy stout, well carbonated. Struise is really starting to perfect their stouts!

rye726, Feb 21, 2011
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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
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.