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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

454 Ratings
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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 223
Gots: 99 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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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4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Very dark mahogany with a huge, thick, creamy, frothy, cafe colored head. I've used the the description of meringue-like, but this one is closest to meringue that I've had, it is really thick. Amazing retention that finally settles into a nice creamy lace.

S - Smell is amazing. Barrel definitely imparted a good amount of aroma with vanilla, bourbon, and oak being strong. Also a good amount of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and dark malt. Some sweet candi sugar balances out the roasted aroma. Hingts of dark fruit also come out.

T - Dark fruit and anise mix with the chocolate, candi sugar and slightly roasted dark malt. Raisin, fig, date, and plum come in and out along with the chocolate malt. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak also mix in and out throughout the sip, especially on the finish.

M - Full to medium body with a good level of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Very drinkable beer with a great mouthfeel that is creamy and smooth. Also a good mix of the bourbon, roasted chocolate stout, and dark fruit. Very easy and enjoyable to drink.

Notes: Best before Mar. 2014. Excellent beer that is a great mix of all the flavors I mentioned before. I wish I had more, and that this came in a bigger bottle. Highly recommend this beer. De Struise just keeps surprising me with how many good beers they make, and this one is right at the top for me.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl bottle. Pours into my glass dark as night black with a two finger head of creamy tan foam. Lots of chocolate on the nose with wood and some subtle, mellow bourbon accents. There is a quiet and unassuming balance here. Lots of tannins with a touch of caramel as well.

First sip brings smooth dark malts augmented by a big wash of chocolate flavors. Woody tannins meet with a creamy caramel accents. Smooth bourbon weaves in and brings a touch of sweetness and vanilla. The smoothness of the Four Roses barrel really shines through here. Deceptively smooth and mellow.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly on the lighter side with mellow carbonation. Akin to the Black Albert this is a tricky beer as it's powerful but not heavy like a normal bourbon aged stout. This one will creep up on you with a left hook and leave you on the mat. Happy to be able to share this bottle with autumnaldave as it packs quite a punch. Cheers to De Struise for this one.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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!!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml capped bottle poured into a De Struise glass.

Vintage 2009 Lot: BR26.230.610
Best Before 15 07 2015

A: This beer poured an almost pure black and opaque, with a thick 2 finger dark tan head on a very slow pour. There was very little lacing left on my glass when I was done.

A: The smell was of chocolate, roasted malts/coffee, dark fruits and hints of the bourbon barrels this was aged in and oak.

T: The taste started off mildly sweet with cherries, roasted coffee, licorice and a bit of cocoa. Near the finish I picked up mild bourbon flavors from the 4 Roses Barrels and ended mildly bitter.

M: This beer had a medium creamy mouthfeel with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was very good especially since this is a 13% abv brew with the alcohol level not very noticeable.

This was extremely well balance as the bourbon was not over the top in this well blended brew. I prefer this over the base beer Black Albert. WOW!!!

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Churchkey in DC, served in a snifter.

A- Pours black with a thin mocha head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Sweet aroma of dark chocolate, rich flavors of figs and plums. There are also some very nice sweet aromas of vanilla, bourbon and oak.

T- A powerful flavor of chocolate and coffee/espresso (lots of coffee), which melts into a sweeter center of dark fruit and molasses with accents of bourbon and vanilla and a subtle cherry flavor.

M- Medium to full body, smooth and creamy feel.

O- A delicious beer, manages to blend a lot of interesting flavors together really nicely.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Immense thanks to ShogoKawada for this bottle. Vintage 2009, batch 14; poured from a 330mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Opaque dark liquid, a charcoal stained seal brown topped by a persistent fawn/earth yellow half finger of dense cream. Thick yet sandy lacing, dragged down by a wave of clear rippling tears.

Four Roses makes a wide variety of bourbon blends, but most are typified by a refined floral/fruity element, and that comes forward in the aromatics here as well. The base is a faintly smokey mix of specialty and roast malt along with a mass of candi sugar. Molasses, coffee, and tobacco come out as well in the nose, all the while backed by distinctive bourbon notes.

Humongous chocolate and gargantuan roast malt notes on the palate - grainy, bitter, and spicy (cloves, black pepper). A faintly tart/herbal note comes with the moderately bitter hops, though they can't overcome the immense base of yeasty roast. Charred white oak, tobacco, vanillin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and deep leather and loam flavors in the finish. Alcohol is fairly high, but contributes to the bourbon elements and adds additional estery complexity without becoming fusel-forward.

Chewy, nearly effervescent, velvety, and heavy mouthfeel. Very warming, but not hot - perfect for a rainy day.

Tames and refines Black Albert, one of the better examples of barrel aging I've tried.

Would pair very well with a nutty cave aged gruyere...

Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.