Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 564
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.21%
Wants: 224
Gots: 146 | FT: 15
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

This beer takes its name from Delphine Boël, the unlawful daughter of King Albert II. She has struggled for acknowledgment in both her professional and private lives, so we decided she deserves a tribute fit for a princess. Cuvée Delphine is our Black Albert, carefully matured on Four Roses bourbon barrels for 12 months. Mrs. Boël has kindly allowed us to use her artwork for its label, which speaks for itself.

In a sea of sickly sweet and heavy bourbon aged stouts, we wanted Cuvée Delphine to shine brightly as a pinnacle of balance and restraint. Only with a base beer as potent as Black Albert could we manage to make the aging process shine. Notes of oak and slight vanilla pair extraordinarily well with the familiar coffee and brown sugar notes from the Black Albert. The subdued alcohol ties it all together in a lush, mellow experience. Cuvée Delphine will set you free.
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Photo of jrallen34
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer is really black, and doesn't show much brown at all in the light. The head is about one finger of dark puffy head, but sadly it falls quickly. There is some lacing, but disappointing in general.

The aroma is very powerful almost knocking you off your feet. Right away you get the malts with lots of cherries, but that fades to alcohol, with raisins, and you definetly get lots of bourbon at the end. The cherries are almost sour and reminds me of some kind of wild ale, which is really interesting for a RIS. Its so unique, I just love it.

The taste is good but not all what you get from the aroma. The beginning is super sweet with cherry then finishes with roasty coffee, where'd that come from? The aftertaste is great as you get some swesome bourbon. What, a great complex beer.

This beer is is viscous and crisp and everything you would want.

It is is incredibly drinkable.

I've had black damnation, black albert and now cuvee delphine. These are all awesome beers but to me Cuvee is so unique it takes thing to a whole new level. Its just phenominal in every way. (1,144 characters)

Photo of tubaguy
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a groovy taste, smell, look appearance. Freaking amazing beer!

First off, cool artwork on the bottle. The label also says "vintage 2009". This is a take on the De Struise "Black Albert" and was made in bourbon barrels.

The scents are caramel with a hint of coffee.

Appearance is black as night. Nice darker than tan head and some lacing. The beer is not quite as dark as oil. Just a shade lighter.

The taste is really smooth in spite of the alcohol content. Did I mention "SMOOTH". Nice warmth on the way down.

If you like the style than try to get your hands on this one. (587 characters)

Photo of punkrkr27
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black pour with a tall, loose, brown head. The aroma is deep dark espresso with a soft note of dark Belgian chocolate, dark fruit, lots of charred oak and a wonderful, rich, sweet, smoky bourbon overtone. The flavor has loads more mocha and espresso with a chalky, very dark chocolate body, lots of dark fruit, tobacco, and more of that sweet, smoky bourbon. I love how the 4 Roses barrels really stand out. It doesn't taste like another barrel aged stout. The distinct character of the barrels that were used stands out. The body is creamy and full with a fair amount of carbonation. (589 characters)

Photo of HopHobo
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taste Cuvee Delphine next to its base beer Black Albert. CD pours with a tan 1 finger of head and great lacing on the side of the glass. Unlike Black Albert I don't think it would be possible to get a larger head out of this ale becuase of the barrel aging. However, the head never completely goes away in this ale as I enjoy it which was a great suprise for me because I expected that by the third sip the ale would like flat life less stout. The smell is quit impress as it reminds me of a cross between a wild ale and a stout. The first smell to hit my nose is that of funkiness and acidity. This is followed by a smokey smell mixed with vanilla, oak, chocolate, carmel and sweet sugar. I don't get a lot of bourban smell out of it except for the vanilla smell. The taste is very similar and the roasted grains, burnt coffee and chocolate meld very well with a funky barrel type flavor. The mouth feel on CD is much thinner than Black Albert and is borderline for not feeling like a stout at all. Once again the alcohol flavor is masked very well. This is a great ale and is very unique in its flavor and aroma profile. I think I expected a big bourban flavor, but what I good was a lot of depth and notes of sourness and peated smoke. A very yummy beer and I wish I had a bigger bottle. Still very glad to try it. Thanks Alen. (1,330 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of those beers that you should pay 30 bucks for and trade half of your cellar for; but you don't have to!

Full body, milky and creamy mouthfeel, frothy carbonation.
Solid rich malt presence upfront; very roasty with a creamy milk chocolate note.
Great bourbon presence throughout, adds a nice residual sweetness, richness, and slight alcohol bite.
Finishes with a great rich chocolate presence, a hint of coffee bitterness, and a nice undertone of oak and burnt malt.
Overall; amazing balance and great bourbon/wood undertones. (542 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a couple of bottles of this from the Struise Yeast (hehe) Store. 2009 vintage, best by July 15, 2014.

Jet black with a dark brown head, this is one of the better imperial stouts I've seen, reminiscent in its intensity of Hunahpu's. Leaving nice lacing in my Great Divide tulip, this looks just fine.

The nose is rather intense. The barrel character is expressed as a tartness, rather than a boozy character that most barrel aged imperial stouts exhibit. The base beer is rather noticeable here, with the blend of the fruity yeast and a rich, chocolate fudge character. The malt bill adds to the nose, there's plenty of roast and some charred grain. Moderately yeasty but not spicy, this smells really good. As it breathes, the tartness dissipates.

The palate is really really good, better than the nose even. Excellent balance. Rich, fruity chocolate, I'm reminded of a well-pulled fruity espresso with great balance between cocoa, coffee and dark fruit. Barrel character is light, with a mellow barrel character with some light vanilla (that is excellent with the fruity espresso), some oak and not much bourbon. As with the nose, the lack of explicit bourbon character makes this not just unique, but truly enjoyable too. The malt character has some mildly burnt grain, and works very well with the fruity palate. Sweetness is present as well, this has a rather complex blend of sugars with plain, brown and palm-like sugars all present, along with a little caramel and burnt sugar.
Full in body with light carbonation, the mouthfeel is just fantastic. Soft, supple and with a brilliant finish, this is perfect on the palate. There's lingering flavors of chocolate, vanilla, fruit, and for the first time, a little bourbon. Beautiful flavor and balance, this is an exceptional beer. I will have to grab more of this. This has been one of the more memorable beers I've had in recent memory, a joy to deconstruct. (1,926 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sitting out in the 'Zebo today, the calm before the storm... Just found out my Sube needs around $900 worth of work, so I reckon a 13% bier is a good way to start things off... The label says "BA No. 14" and vintage 2011.

Poured the 0.33l bottle into a small tulip. Color is dense, dark brown, nearly opaque. Head is a rich tan color, the bubbles being tight, creamy and fine. Started off at about 1/2" and ebbed to a thin covering. Lacing looks to be top-shelf. It has some solid, roasty coffee and choco notes, some florality, and hints of bourbon. Body is nice and full, chewy in fact. And it is like black satin with regards to smoothness.

Delphine has some light sweetness melding with the bitter. There's sweet chocolate along with bitter, dark choco, some cocoa, and roasty coffee characteristics. If there's bourbon here, I'm missing it. What I'm not missing is a superb, floral hop finish. What a lovely combination of flavors! And 13% ABV? Really? Where, because I don't feel it, and that's scary! Anyhow, this is one might fine bier. Big thnx to Brabander for gifting this to me during my visit earlier this month! Prosit!

4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, deep, and motor oil-esque black, with a quarter inch, thick mocha head, and no lacing.

Smells like rich dark fruit and cherries, chocolate, and strong bourbon.

I took a long time making my way through this beer- it changes a lot in taste as the temperature changes. Right out of the bottle, the bourbon and the dark fruit flavors are the most prominent- slightly sour cherries, raisins, plums, and delicious Four Roses bourbon, with a some spicy booze and oak as well. As the beer warms, rich Belgian chocolate and decadent caramel come to the forefront, with charred oak and some light grassiness that hints at a small amount of hoppiness, which is surprising. I get some acidic coffee as well.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly thin (but not detrimentally thin) mouthfeel. This is very sweet, and very decadent, necessitating a slow sipping session here.

It's interesting how every barrel-aged variation on Black Albert has been better than Black Albert itself. I'm not sure this is better than Damnation 1 or 2, but this is still really, really tasty, and one of the more complex BA stouts I've ever had. (1,199 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (3,208 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Littleb for the great trade.

a - Opened the bottle (vintage 2009) and filled my southampton ris snifter. Deep and thick with a generous creamy tan head with nice bubbling in the head. Head hung around a while and swirling the glass left thick milkshake like lacing that slowly slid back down to the surface of the brew.

s - The time in the four roses barrels did the black albert some good. There is a nice woody overtone that smooths out everything. The bourbon notes are subtle and overtake the smell of black albert.

t - Big roasty chocolate malts and a touch of barrel wood. The heaven hill barrels are an improvement on the base beer (which is a tasty beer in it's own right). The wood is subtle and an excellent compliment.

m - Holy smoothness de struise-man! This is a big and bold beer, but an easy drinker. The booziness tingles, but is hidden.

o - Overall, this is an easy drinking beer. A bit heavy, but beyond that really amazing beer. I just wish these were easier to come by around these parts since I'm really loving everything I've tried from this brewery. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle states "vintage 2012" but has a 09/2014 bottling date on the other side of the same label. *shrug*

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall, very dense and very dark brown head. Impressive head retention. Almost no lacing, however.

S: Light on the bourbon, heavy on the roasted malt. Lots of charry notes with semisweet chocolate.

T: Whoa. Heavenly smooth caramel from the bourbon up front. Cannot overstate how smooth it is. Liquid silk smooth. WOW. Sweet chocolate kicks in with a bit of an earthy, charry character at the same time, into the middle. Finish is more of a lightly bitter, charry essence with hints of oak. Just a hint of cherry in there, oddly enough.

M: Heavy, ultra smooth and silky. Mouth-coating goodness. Great mouthfeel.

O: Damn. Unique and interesting barrel aged belgian stout. I'm not even a huge fan of black albert. The smooth bourbon presence is silkier than any I've ever had. Any. No booziness at all. Drinks so easily. A little bit more char than I like but I'll put up with it, the rest of this beer is sublime. The mouthfeel makes this the most drinkable 11% stout I've ever had. Wow. (1,123 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a snifter.

Vintage 2009 bottle.

A: Pours a oiled black opaque color forming a huge bubble brown head. Medium retention and few lacings left. A small fizzy bubbled layer never disappears, nevertheless

S: Smell is a coffee-dark chocolate bomb. Really great. Followed by roasted malts and alcohol. Wood, bourbon and grassy-earthy hops in the end

T: Follows the nose. Intense coffee, dark chocolate roasted malts taste. Earthy-grassy hops to compose. Wood and hints of whiskey. Belgian yeasts. Upfront is a mild sweetness. Aftertaste is an intense bitterness

M: Absolutely creamy heavy body. Molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Mild sweet upfront. Intense bitter aftertaste

O: Great beer. Everything you expect from a Belgian Russian Imperial Stout, nothing more, nothing less... (805 characters)

Photo of muttyd
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Chris (bearsonacid) for sharing this bottle.

Pitch black beer with a tan foamy head. Coats the glass like motor oil. The bottle was poured pretty cold, so it took some time for the aroma to open up. Roasted malt, bourbon, and cocoa in the nose. Flavor follows the nose. Dark chocolate immediately assaults (in a good way) the palate. Very roasty with a big bourbon barrel finish. This 13% ABV stout creates some warming alcohol notes, but remains very drinkable. This beer is absolutely phenomenal. (513 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a 25cl bottle into a snifter.

Note: Black Albert aged in bourbon barrels.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small half finger medium looking deep tan head with good retention. Black with medium carbonation evident. The head retains surprisingly well, and slowly fades to a nice wisp and a thick ring around the edges. The wisp and ring remain for the entire ride but leave no lacing down the sides. Looks great, but just needs a little lacing to stick.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark fruits and berries, alongside some black licorice. Some hints of bourbon from the barrel aging, but it is subtle and very complimentary. A very nice nose that works well together.

TASTE: Much like the above. Roasted and charred malts with some dark fruits up front. Black licorice and spicy yeast through the middle into a spicy alcohol finish. Some nice subtle hints of bourbon that mesh well with the entire brew. Ends with a strong and long lasting aftertaste of bitter hops, chocolate and coffee, which weren't evident in the nose, and some nice bourbon notes. Just great.

PALATE: Medium body, though a little light on the palate. Creamy, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate. Could use a little more weight I think.

OVERALL: A great barrel aged RIS. Black Albert is good as it is, but the barrel aging has added a new dimension to an already great beer. Unlike some other bourbon barrel aged stouts, the whisky notes don't overwhelm and dominate the brew. The barrels have left subtle notes here and there that lend character to the brew, working together with the already superb taste profile that is Black Albert. One to check out if you can. (1,711 characters)

Photo of alarmclock314
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated 09/2014. Pours black with a large-sized brown pillowy head. Smells of bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, and cocoa. Taste follows with heavy coffee/bourbon with some roasted malts/cocoa; somewhat yeasty. Medium-low body and high carbonation. Great mouthfeel once some of the carbonation is knocked out. Overall, this is a great BA RIS; lots of coffee flavor and balance, but the carbonation is high for the style. (422 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a half finger light brown head that dissipates slowly leaving patches and light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, light chocolate and vanilla, Belgian yeast with mild dark fruit elements, lightly spicy. Flavor is dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fresh fruit, Belgian yeast, licorice and a hint of bourbon. Finishes with an excellent balance of dark fruit and rich chocolate malt. Excellent creamy body with good carbonation and mouthfeel. The arrival of any new De Struise into my area is welcome and especially a stout. I had high expectations which were completely satisfied. I wish I had had the chance to have tried Black Albert, but this makes me look forward to that opportunity. This has the classic Belgian yeast profile of melding dark malt with dark fruit flavors without sourness. Very nicely integrated and balanced. Dark malts blending into a creamy mouth feel and finishing with malt and Belgian yeast dark fruit was a great flavor progression. The bourbon infuence was quite subtle, but I didn't feel that I needed any other flavors to enjoy this. Very enjoyable. (1,178 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25cl bottle into a snifter. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best Before: M/2014

Review # 1000!

A: Pours a viscous black with a dark mocha colored head. Retention is good, but no lace is left behind. When swirled, this has legs.

S: Strong aromas of dark fruit, tangy cherry, dark chocolate, char, bourbon, and heavily roasted malt.

T: See above. Loads of tangy fruit, burnt barrel, bourbon, tobacco, and blackened malt.

M: When first poured, it seemed pretty thin, but quickly got thick and smooth and pretty dry. Tangy astringent finish.

D: I was astonished that this is packing 13%! Virtually no trace of alcohol to be found. How did they hide it so well? Awesome! (691 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Vintage '09 poured into a mini snifter. This brew looks a dark brown to black color with a very dark brown cap of head. As the head recedes, it leaves a patchy almost leggy appearance of lace clinging to the glass. A light swirl revives the head to a finger's strength. There is some fair clarity and lighter brown coloration shown around the edges of the brew.

The aroma of this offering has chocolate and coffee being imparted by the dark roastiness of the grain. There is a light vinous quality present but overall there is a surprisingly sweet smelling scent of cocoa along with some minor indications of vanilla and some oak qualities.

The taste has a roasted bitter dark grain flavor that lasts inside the mouth. Some bitterness comes through from the hops not just the bitterness due to the roast of the grain. A light vinous quality deepens the flavor of this brew and mingles well with the presence of the alcohol. Some dry oaked flavoring comes out as the brew warms.

This brew leaves a very pleasant dark burnt grain flavor inside the mouth. It is medium to full bodied with a light level of carbonation. Super drinkable. The whiskey barrel contribution imparts a bit of a twang to the alcohol character but overall it actually mellows out the brew overall. The barrel contribution here is not bold and painfully obvious, it is subtle which takes an already fabulous brew to a whole new level. (1,447 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a snifter a nice oily black hue with a one finger mocha head that left a ton of side lacing. Very nice.

S - Aromas of chocolate galore, bakers, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, nice roast malts, lightly smokey, inviting.

T - Taste is super chocolate, intense intense rich chocolate, bakers, powder, nibs, dark and strong. Very nice lightly sweet malts, soft roast. Faint Belgian notes, this is just super chocolate though...delicious. some light alcohol but for the most part this didn't drink anywhere near the ABV.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely creamy, light carbonation. Dangerously drinkable.

O - Overall this beer was very tasty, tons of chocolate with a great Mouthfeel. Awesome. (724 characters)

Photo of STEG
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09 Vintage, Batch 0 base room temperature, snifter.

Pours pitch black but with larger bubbles on its slightly lighter colored head than its non Barrel Aged brethren. The head's a bit rockier too.

Smell is very light on the bourbon, with some nice milk chocolate and light coffee smells, some caramel and vanilla can be found if you look hard enough. Very restrained given the strength and the style but well done.

Taste at the front has vanilla, bourbon, raisin, and dark chocolate which mellows out to bittersweet chocolate as it fades. it has some heat at the back with a nice smoky aftertaste. Alcohol Heat is present at the back.

Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, but not as creamy as BA but has some definite heat present at various stages.

Drinkability takes a hit from the heat but its very well restrained for its ABV and the taste/smell makes up for it (865 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very well balanced with no alcohol on the nose or palate. Dangerous at 13%. The bourbon barrel aging adds a great smoothness and complexity without being overpowing. Nose is as if sour cherries had stinky feet. I would describe this as a cross between a RIS and a quad. Delicious. (280 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip glass. Vintage 2009. Pours a pitch black...the way I like it...with absolutely no light what-so-ever shining through! Very murky and solid black. A massive tannish head forms providing excelent long lasting lacing. Amoungst the head retention, the appearance is super creamy looking...and I can't wait to get started!

Aroma is roasted for sure! Roasted coffee beans, burnt chocolate, mild fruit, and booze, loads of malts!

Flavor is wonderful! Tons of chocolate and malts. The barrel aging makes the booze really noticeable, yet very smooth at the same time. A nice array of fruits are present in the back, plum perhaps?? Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Big booze notes...and a decent drinker...yet thickness makes it a little bit of a slower drinker. A very tasty and great stout!! (852 characters)

Photo of Neffbeer
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 variation marked best before 7-15-2015, poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A: It pours a deep dark menacing black that is completely opaque. There is a hefty two finger tan head that hangs on for a long time and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: The nose is full of oak, whiskey and dark fruits. A tinge of apples cuts through as well with a tip of the hat to the house yeast.

T: A menacingly full bodied profile that just makes a man weep. There is a perfect balance between the barrels and booze. The yeast supplies a brief respite from the heavy flavors with a tinge of fruitiness, amazing to say the least. It finishes on a bitter sweet chocolate note rather dry.

M: Big, tough, and sticky. One of the best mouth feels I have come across.

O: I would rate this one of the better stouts I have tasted. Luckily I dodged infection, and I have some extras to cellar. Seek this one out. (897 characters)

Photo of thepeter
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, black, oily and heavy. Finger head and spotty, thick lacing. Smells mostly of Oak, Vanilla and alcohol. . .very bourbonesque! Taste is similar to the smell with a bit more dark chocolate and coffee in there along with the Belgian yeasts, a nice woody dryness. Aftertaste is a bit clingy. A heavy beer that is almost soft on the palate. . .or at least Smooth! Carbonation is perfect and feels like a dream in your mouth, but not that kind of dream! Get your mind out of the gutter!! Overall a great beer, one of my favorites from Struise. (550 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, totally unexpected!! I'm really going to enjoy this one but it's not what I typically think of as a RIS. It comes across much more as a Belgian Strong Dark to me. Pours opaque with a HUGE stiff light tan head of tiny bubbles that fades slowly leaving stringy sheets of Belgian lacing. The smell is big on raisins and Belgian yeast. The mouth feel is highly effervescent; the tiny bubbles adding a smoothness to the texture. Full flavored, the raisin, yeast and chocolate tastes are intense and reveal more roasted malt as it warms. The 13% ABV is really well integrated... there's some warmth there, but wouldn't have guessed it to be that high. Many thanks to koopa for the opportunity to consider this one! (713 characters)

Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.