Outblack - De Struise Brouwers
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4.88/5 rDev +23.2%
Inky black in the glass, with a hint of purple in the light, and with a lot of tiny bubbles. Let's just say it's well carbonated. First thing my nose says is mint. Kinda strange for a beer of any sort, but it's an interesting, inviting aroma. I also get chocolate, toast, vanilla and slight sugar, alcohol and, oddly enough, rosemary aromas. Creamy and toasty flavors fade to chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. I get some of the spices described earlier, but it's muddled and I'm not able to pick them out as easily. An alcoholic burn lingers on the palate, warmly reminding you of the nectar you just consumed.
This is one hell of a beer. It's categorized as a Belgian strong dark, but it reminds me more of an imperial porter because of the mouthfeel and lack of yeast flavors. It seems to me that the ingredients had more to do with the flavor of this beer than normal, which is not typical of a Belgian beer, but I ain't complaining. It's very complex and smooth. I can't say enough how smooth this is, and I guess that's where you can distinctly label this a Belgian, as the yeast has so much to do with the mouthfeel. I tried this on nitro tap at City Beer Store but didn't take notes. It's just as smooth from the bottle. I usually can tell that one thing or another offset a high ABV, but this beer conceals the alcohol on all fronts. It's careful to remind you of its potency in the lingering aftertaste, though. This is a beer with many levels and one which I hope to be enjoying many times in the future.
09-30-2011 04:33:19 | More by Philousa
4.5/5 rDev +13.6%
I was at the old school building last monday with my buddy Apophis666, his girlfriend Lore and her father Henk. We had a great time with Urbain and one of the beers he opened for his visitors was the new Outblack. I was the driver so i had to wait to drink this beer at home. That's what i did last night.
Poured (of course) in my Struise glass the beer looks perfect. What a deepdarkbrown colour! The bulblight has problems to go trough it. Some carbonation in the glass. The perfect head, that's what Struise is all about, a nice view and even better taste.
The smell is good, some spices and candysweetness.
The taste is outstanding because of the ingredients used. I tasted some 'salmiak' and 'drop'. Two dutch words for dark candy. Very very well done.
You did it again Urbain!
02-27-2011 10:27:33 | More by Brabander
4.5/5 rDev +13.6%
330ml bottle poured in a chalice.
A: Pours a deep brown to black color. Forms a quite big and dark beige head when poured. Quite aired. Retention is low, however it never disappears completely leaving an almost brown and bubbled layer. Many lacings are left
S: Strong on dark chocolate. Belgian yeasts. Fruity and liquorous. Very spicy, notes of anis, cinnamon and mint. Intense flowery hops. Perfect nose
T: Very tasty beer, an Struise (thanx god :p). Sweet upfront. Chocolate, roasted malts, hints of coffee, Belgian yeasts. Again, very spicy. Hints of anis and mint. Stingy hoppy bitter end
M: Extremely creamy beer. Molasses. Medium carbonation. Delicious bitter aftertaste
O: Absolutely drinkable beer despite the 10% ABV. An Struise, nothing else to say
01-06-2012 23:32:47 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.47/5 rDev +12.9%
Poured from a bottle I picked up at Bruisin Ales. Pours pitch black out of the bottle with a thick tan head that hangs around. Smell is complex, and very interesting. Somewhat piney, kinda reminds me of something I can't put my finger on. Taste is thick and rich, almost syrupy in the mouthfeel. Very full bodied. More of those pine notes. Interesting, lots of complexity.
09-13-2011 03:47:44 | More by Fulkrum78
4.47/5 rDev +12.9%
Verrrry dark brown in color; its nearly black. Head is a creamy light mocha color, 2 fingers, and lacing like a champ.
Rich and malty, light sweetness, caramel, dark fruits and a dash of hops.
Big roasted notes, with some chocolate sweetness, dark fruits pleasant citrus and nice bitterness. Finish is a hair smoky.
Feel is nearing full bodied, creamy, slick, slightly coating and super smooth.
The alcohol is non-existent in my opinion. It's extremely tasty and unique. Drinkability is exceptional.
I may be ordering more sooner than expected...
02-24-2011 01:53:44 | More by EgadBananas
4.47/5 rDev +12.9%
Appearance: Again, follows the base Black Albert in appearance, black in color. This time there is a thinner head at 1/4", creamy tan, and provides curtains of sticky lace.
Smell: Chocolate sweetness but the spice hits you quickly (maybe cardamom?) on the nose, a lot of spicy complexity going on here, again some coffee underneath.
Taste: The spicy cardamom flavor is pleasantly up-front, followed by a mellowed Black Albert combination of coffee and chocolate. Sweeter (much) than BA, but again smooth and delicious on the palate.
Mouth feel: Once more Struise excels here, smooth, creamy, and (this time) very light on the palate.
Overall: Again, as maybe I've come to expect from Struise, an incredibly flavorful beer, alcohol is completely and I mean COMPLETELY masked, very smooth, and very tasty. Urbain's collaboration's seem so inventive and so unique, really definitive of the term craft brewer in my mind.
03-20-2011 03:05:41 | More by BobZ
4.45/5 rDev +12.4%
$6.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle. Lot 01/01/2011
A: black, opaque color with nice full rocky tan head that dissipated but kept it all the way
S: incredibly full and rich, intriguing with deep roasted malt, caramelization, EtOH, dense
T: very good beer - deep roasted malts up front that carries through with nice bitter finish but not overpowering, reminded me of a bitter chocolate pudding, EtOH is very noticeable in finish, this probably should age for a few years and will be amazing, drinks well beyond its age
M: chewy and creamy at the same time, very smooth
O: very good beer
To my taste this is not a black IPA as described. reminds me more of an aged old ale and a young American imperial stout.
08-09-2011 02:16:42 | More by wisrarebeer
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
from a 11.2 oz bottle..loved the label
A-pours a black color with some black cherry striations in it with a big fluffy tan/cheery head that reveals chunky lacing
B- super fresh smell with ginger,spearmint,some chocolate a touch of dark fruit,a dash of nutmeg,..one of the best BSDA ive smelled
T- follows the nose..so good..again i get ginger softly coating citrus hops with light roasted chocolate malts, soft dark fruits with nutmeg and spearmint and a touch of funk..a treat
M- soft carbonation, smooth creamy velvet texture slightly dry with fruits and mints and citrus a nice funk taste on the palate nothing overpowers ..abv well hidden
O- a superior brew that i wish i could drink/buy more often i do have access to it,,but cant always buy it..superior ..highly recommended
07-16-2011 21:29:58 | More by gatornation
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
599th Review on BA
Bottle to Saints/Sinner
App- Classic Belgian brown with gigantic head to it. Split two ways, so the head was a bit tame. No cling to really speak off and it was a bit clearer than I thought.
Smell- I really love what the Belgians can do with a few strands of yeast, some rye and some candy sugar. This smelled so lovely. It was sweet, yeasty and a bit bready.
Taste- This is exactly why I love this style. This was a bit of a twist with the hops and brewed with a black IPA mix to it. The rye and the sugars bring out the balance of flavors.
Mouth- Medium bodied and a soft medium. The bubbles of the yeast and the rye are two great resounding flavors.
Drink- Damn I love this style. Flavorful, balanced, unique. This was done with a twist and it was so tasty. I'd love to have more of this.
06-28-2011 04:33:32 | More by FosterJM
Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.