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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 223
Gots: 93 | FT: 7
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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Photo of BobZ
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
Photo of MaineBrewing
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
Photo of Nick3
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
Photo of rye726
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
Photo of johnnybravo
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
Photo of flannelman808
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very very dark brown with just a tiny amount of ruby which only glimmers through the corners in light. Topped with a medium-dark tan colored head which has pretty good retention and good lacing.

S: Wood, bourbon, chocolate mouse, and dark fruit dominate the nose along with a touch of alcohol. Nice.

T: Curious stuff! Very unique. Chocolate bourbon mouse cake topped with blueberries and ripe raspberries. That about sums it up. Very good stuff, I like how much fruit is spun into the mix. The bourbon is there but its not overly pronounced and integrates nicely with the other flavors. A mix of sweet bitter and slightly tart flavors overall this fires on all cylinders.

M: Thick and silky. Pretty long finish on this one too.

O: I'm pretty impressed with this and would like to see how it ages but I would guess 2-3 years would be max as it's bitter to sweet ratio is just north of bitter now. Very balanced overall.

flannelman808, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of tubaguy
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

tubaguy, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Bwagner1122
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

Bwagner1122, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of pixieskid
4.58/5  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.

pixieskid, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

jrallen34, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of punkrkr27
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

punkrkr27, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

DefenCorps, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of muttyd
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

muttyd, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Jeffo, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Bierman9, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of HopHobo
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

HopHobo, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Super generous extra! Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter. 2009 vintage.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger robust, mocha head with excellent retention. Beer is expectedly opaque black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with poor stick.

S: Nose is boozy, with notes of cocoa, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Alcohol presence is a bit too dominant here, to the point whereall the other aromas drop quickly into the background.

T: Beer opens sweet. Raisins, prunes, dates, and a slight coffee sourness. Background of soft booze and chocolate, almost like liquified fudge. Ends robust bitter chocolate with just a hint of caramel. Finish is sweet with a brownie aftertate.

M: Medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated. Very oily in the mouth and smooth going down. Really coats every surface of the palate. Finish is accented and aftertaste is messy and lingers.

D: This one definitely does not drink like a 13% beer. Goes down dangerously easily and is tasty as hell. Feel and look is pretty much spot on too. Hyped at one time, this beer is well worth the praise. An awesome representation of the style. Seek it out!!

SpeedwayJim, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of jlindros
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
Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

cosmicevan, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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...

eduardolinhalis, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

bpfrush, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jtladner, May 18, 2013
Photo of BierMeJohn
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BierMeJohn, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of ElJosharino
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ElJosharino, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of apasternak
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

apasternak, Jul 13, 2014
Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.