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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
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468 Ratings
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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 226
Gots: 107 | FT: 8
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

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3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11 oz bottle purchased for $10. I'm usually leery but I've heard good things about black albert and figured I'd give this a shot. Typical stout appearance, black and not much head which given the alcohol and barrel aging doesn't surprise me. Aroma was very mild whiskey barrel, mostly stout. Flavor was the same. This was good but I prefer something with a little more viscosity.

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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter. "Vintage 2009".

A: Pours a brown-hued black with a thick light brown head. Looks like Black Albert.

S: Roasted malt and dark fruit esters, soy, chocolate, sugar. The slightest bit of oaky liquor.

T: Robust chocolate and roasted malts, bready grain, some sweet vinous notes, a bit of heat on the end.

M: Very creamy, fine carbonation.

O: Honestly I'm having trouble telling the difference between this and Black Albert. It seems like there's not much barrel influence going on here. Maybe slightly smoother and sweeter than Black Albert, but if I didn't know better I probably would think this was just straight Batch "0". Tastes good, but the barrel-aging is just too subtle.

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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009

Pours a piiiitch black, with a huge deep brown head that lasts for an incredible long time considering the ABV, awesome!

Smells of very sweet bourbon infused coffee, alot of vanilla and sweet roasted malts and chocolate. Alcohol comes through rather strong as well. There are a good bit of fruity hints as well, mainly in the form of dried berries, quite intense. Smell is so intense my nose hurts.

Taste is almost as intense as the smell, but not as... wide. There are alot of bitter chocolate, coffee, and vanilla infused dried cranberries and raspberries... The alcohol is a little too prominent for my tastes though, and the whole experience feels a bit put off by it when it enters at the end and pretty much steals the show. I would love to try the original stout Black Albert and see how the stout fares without the bourbon barrel, as I am not a huge fan of barrel aged imperial stouts overall, and this feels a little bit undone, with the vanilla and wood flavours taking the upper hand together with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a lot lighter than expected, partly due to the wood aging I guess, as well as the sugar used in the brewing process. But overall the mouthfeel is pretty nice, although the sweetness makes it a tad bit cloying.

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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into trappistenbier goblet in Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head of nice lovely cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Dark black colour.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and caramelized malt. A moderate strength scent.

T: Chocolate, toffee, and a hint of coffee. Cream and vanilla, but more towards the climax. Cocao. Complex layering of hops. Brilliant. No roast. I love it. Subtle and balanced. Very well built for the style. Jaysus, lads, this is class.

Mf: Coarse enough, quite wet, and very complementary of the flavour. Maybe a bit too thick and perchance syrupy.

Dr: High ABV, very drinkable, and very high quality. Worth a go for any beeradvocate. I don't know the price point as I acquired it from a friend. I suspect it's rather high based on the quality.

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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into cantillon tulip vintage 2009

A: Pours massive cocoa head with heavy lacing

S: Pungent aroma of oak barrel, ashy burnt roast malt
Some acrid bitterness with cocoa nib tastes along with a sweet malt presence and plenty of charred malt.

T: Bourbon clearly present but the bitterness clearly shines through in this one taking away from the chocolate malt and smoothness of black Albert.

M: Light body for a 14 percent, light carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. There is the perception in my mind that this is slightly infected and will be going down a slow downhill course from its present state. Overall relatively good for now though.

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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Alactradamus for providing the opportunity to try this one!

Looks like a stout. Black with thin mocha head, good retention, no lacing.

Smells roasty, boozy, and woody. But no discernible bourbon at all. None. I tried to find it and couldn't.

Roasty, boozy, woody, and vaguely of dark fruit. Maybe a wee nip of the bourbon? Nah, probably not. If I didn't know it was in there I wouldn't have suspected at all. Smooth and balanced, but not particularly complex.

low carbonation, smooth, full body, modest warming with a bit of a bite.

A very good beer, but not worthy of any hype that might be associated, in my view. And I didn't get the bourbon. If that is going to be in the name or description, it should be identifiable. I wouldn't pay $10 for an 11oz bottle, that's for sure. Unless I'd never tried it....

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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presents well in the glass, black, tan/mocha head, slight lacing, islands of foam. Aroma - not what I expected, musty, basement, something vegatile, but perhaps it is just raw oak? Notes of vanilla and chocolate exist. Deep dried fruit notes (prune, raisin, plum) and something else I can't place my finger on. The flavor reminds me of a well cooked brownie, that is to say doughy chocolate, faint vanilla notes, and a hint of vegitable. Dark chocolate on the finish that lingers. The barrel presence presents more as damp and woody then true oak. There is zero evidance of the ABV of this beer, it is silky, it is smooth and this is the beers strength. I was hoping for more...oh well it is still a unique and great beer.

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3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body with one finger head that left some lace patches. A mixed aroma of dark fruits like figs/raisins as well as a chunk of roasted malts and some woody booziness. Taste is more of the same as it is a heavy bodied beer that has some good sweetness behind a dark, roasted malt body. Good balance. Not real complex but real enjoyable

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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the 25cl bottle, Lot:B-M-2014, was infected as could be. The 33cl bottle, BR26.230.610 bottled 2009 and I believe brought home from Belgium, is the non-infected bottle being reviewed. Poured into a Bell's snifter.

A - Pours black with a nice tan head that coats the surface. There isn't much sticking to the glass, but aside from that it looks really nice. Pretty good retention.

S - Dark fruits, little bit of malts. Hint of alcohol. Nothing dominant here.

T - Dark fruits, woodiness and a slightly dry finish with a little bit of toffee or vanilla. The oak finish is really what differentiates this from Black Albert. No burn, but there is a slight amount of alcohol floating within the oak flavors.

M - Creamy, medium body. Good enough for a RIS.

O - Not entirely sure about this one. It tastes a lot like Black Albert in the beginning with the barrel coming in mildly towards the end and through the finish. I wouldn't really say that one is necessarily better than the other.

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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Teeny bottle pours viscous hugh head, great retention and lots of lace.

S - Cocoa, burnt malt, a little bile, really. Not altogether pleasant, but intriguing, all the same.

T - Nice complex mix of chocolate, coffee and burnt malt.

M - Medium to light body, however the thickness was originally. The carb really skews the body factor to less, as it is very carbonated.

D - One is enough and I probably won't return. Not one of my favorites.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009, 11.2oz bottle.

A: Pours black with a really nice mocha colored head on top, amazing retention lasting for most of the time it took to drink the beer. Lacing all around the glass.

S: Some dark fruit, mostly cherries with a little bit of plum. There is some chocolate and faint bourbon along with a little roast.

T: More cherry and chocolate, nice creamy/roast flavor. Not much bourbon, but a little bit of brown sugar and a hint of molasses. The Belgian yeast shines through and just a bit of oak.

M: Medium to full bodied, surprisingly smooth and creamy. The alcohol is hidden very nicely.

O: Pretty good with a nice flavor profile and mouthfeel, but would have liked the bourbon to come through a bit more..or really at all.

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter. 2009 vintage.

A- pours black with a two finger dark, dark brown head. Man, nice looking beer, that's for sure

S- dark fruits, tons of chocolate, slight bit of heat as well. Wow.

T- lots of dark fruits, very low chocolate, minimal bourbon. Time didn't do this one good, it's past its prime

M- good lord, so velvety, luscious, and thick. Insane

O- I prefer this over Black Albert, just wondering how good it would have been fresh...

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with one and a half fingers of smooth tan head with some serious retention time.

Scent of sweet chocolate, some dark fruit, sugar, dry oak and a strange sourness. The sourness is strange and not entirely pleasant; it is still a good scent.

Taste of chocolate, dark fruit, yeast, wood, ash and a hint of sour dark fruit. The finish is dry and ashy, a little strange. The sourness is less prevalent in the taste and is not unpleasant as in the scent.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and very oily with fairly strong carbonation for the style.

Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.