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Kabert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 108
Gots: 71 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 211 | Reviews: 79
Photo of PolarBear3
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick oily black colour with terrific deep coffee coloured head that retains well

S - A hint of port notes with some burnt but slightly sweet chocolate/coffee and dark fruit.

T - Get some Molasses, dark chocolate,earthy, liquorice, with some sweet candied sugar, loads of dark fruits with a hint of vanilla, oak. Wow!

M - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation

O - Well I haven't yet tried the Kate the Great but I look forward to it. With out a doubt its right up there with one the best beers I have had. Full of flavour and gets better as you drink it, with no hint of the 11.5% (2011 NO.42). Definitely recommend and one to savour. Enjoy!

Photo of GrapesofWrath
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep crimson- approaching black in the center with feigned highlights. Dark teen tan head with tons of carbonation.

Smell is slight roast with notes of vinous sherry and milk chocolate. Hints at slight oxidation.

Flavor plays heavier on the sherry and roast, but doesn't taste completely balanced- it doesn't have the lush finish that I associate with Black Albert.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but the carbonation is nice.

Pretty solid brew, but may be a bit tighter fresh. (No idea on the age of this bottle)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

According to the bottle this is a RIS that was blended out of Kate the Great and Black Albert then aged in port barrels…. woa! Not sure exactly but based on several other reviews of bottles mentioned a 330 ML bottle, so I'll go with that, poured into a Duvel stemmed Tulip Glass. Pours out of the glass brown but makes it's way closer to black as it rises up in the glass. Coffee with a touch of cream colored head that basically sticks around the whole time various sized bubbles. Great lacing from both the head and the liquid itself that, sort of a nice syrupy effect.

Smell is outstanding. Nice and roasty, sweet, rich, fairly robust, and finishes fruity. Starts with a sweeter style of very dark chocolate with tones. A little bit of fresh cut grass and then some strong fruits (various grapes, cherries), maybe some tobacco, and finishes with a hint of brown sugar.

Taste is unbelievable, here's were you can tell it's a port barrel aged beer, I'm not always a fan of that, but they nailed this one. Plenty of sweet and bitter chocolate, not as strong of a coffee tone, but still some mild roasted tones and some over toasted dark crunchy grains. Plenty of both dark dehydrated and red fruits (figs, cherries, raisons, grapes…). Some nice wood oaky and vanilla earthy and leathery tones that don't get too bitter either. Possibly a little bit of licorice as well towards the end.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Full bodied, great carbonation level. Starts smooth and works its way to a niiice dry bitter earthy finish, like a high class dry red wine that gets you right at the ends of your jaw. Woody at the end with some natural vanilla feeling sweetness. Bold without feeling like you have to chew it, not too heavy. Great slow sipper, but this is by choice and sheer determination, you can easily drink this way faster if you're not careful. Alcohol is well hidden. Very upset this is my only beer here. I don't know why this beer isn't talked boat more, it's wonderful. Thanks Ron for an absolutely KILLER extra!

Photo of 77black_ships
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Rating. Rated shortly after the release of this beer.

33 cl. bottle @ home / purchased @ Sruise store in Bruges: black with a real mocha, coffee head, that is one lovely head / smells like chocolate, mocha, barrel, porto, touch berries / taste is very creamy, plenty of vanilla mocha, chocolate, ice-cream, dark fruits, followed by barrel, porto, touch porto, hint sour berries / excellent basebeer or just “beer” because this is close to BD XI in terms of deliciousness, this is a lovely beer, could use more love.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some edge transparency. Huge khaki head. Lasts a long time. Thick collar.

Smell - Very porty. Chocolate and red wine. Very nice.

Taste - The wine flavor is strong here too. Chocolate and dark coffee. Chalky finish. A little sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Not as heavy as I thought it might be.

Overall - Delicious port wine flavor. Another winning stout from Struise.

Photo of MikeReserva
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml Bottle into Struise Glass

A. Deep black, smooth, with a nice beige head that hangs around and drops slowly.

S. Malts, coffee, small hint of vanilla, dark fruits, licorice. Boozy.

T. Roasted malts, coffee, a hint of port although very subtle, and there's some oak as well. Some dark fruits. Nice long & bitter ending. I never had Kate The Great but there is definitely Black Albert in this bad boy. Very tasty.

M. Smooth mouthfeel, not too thick. Only a very little carbonation.

O. A brilliant collaborated stout with a rich, complex yet balanced character. The barrel ageing adds a nice extra, this time no bourbon, which results in a surprising, unique beer. Grab it when you see it.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle: BBD 30 Aug 2017, poured carefully into my Westvleteren chalice on 5 Aug 2013 during a Belgian Beer Tasting Evening I hope with myself.

Looked impressive in the chalice: dark moody and rich, the tan head sitting there like the raised portion of your mum's best ever rice pudding.

The malts give of intense coffee and chocolate notes into the nose: these carry on with extra strength into the taste. tries to be sweet, but the yeast and hops just about control the malts and keep the flavours in check, sweetness wise at least. The Port Barrel aging does come through a little, with a mild wine hint within the overall flavour, but you have to really search for it, or at least I had too.

Good mouth feel to this brew: thank's to Ian Harrison for this bottle.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is jet black with tons of creamy dense caramel colored head. Nose is light, roast and dark chocolate with berry sweetness behind. Taste is more bright, soft roast, maybe a touch of sweetness from the port but a lot of Kate mid palate on. A decent milk chocolate runs through mid palate as well. Sweetness dominates with virtually no barrel and a tinge of alcohol in the finish. Fair amount carbonation on a creamy full body. The balance is done pretty well, nothing overly special and lack of barrel.

Photo of GJ40
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 330ml bottle from Ruds.

A - Deep, dark black with a big tan head. Outstanding!

S - Firm and inviting with chocolate, coffee and molasses. It's really stands out without being overbearing.

T - Very flavorful yet smooth and well balanced. Chocolate, brown sugar and a hint of coffee. Low on roasted malts and bitterness. The 11+% alcohol is extremely well hidden. Fantastic from start to finish.

M - Thick and chewy. But the carbonation, with its fine bubbles, makes it also seem light and airy.

O - Rich, flavorful and satisfying. I really enjoyed this beer. I was sorry to see it go.

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cosmicevan for the generous extra. 11.2oz bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a dense, creamy, half-inch, mocha-colored head that dissipates into a consistent skim that coalesces around edges. Thin spots and strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is slightly vinous and expresses malted cocoa and perhaps a hint of oxidation towards the back. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a distinct earthy/roasty, coffee ground presence. Vinous flavors are present from start to finish. I also get some toffee notes as well as more vinous fruit at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a carbonation that is a little too effervescent for my liking. There's also some acidity. Having had both beers on their own, the sum is slightly less than the parts. Not sure if it is the port barrel aging or what; however, the vinous quality slightly detracts from the experience and I found the body a little thin and the carbonation just too assertive for the style.

Photo of Treebs
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle served in a FFF teku. Received this an extra in a trade...can't remember from who, but thanks!

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Fruity yeast with big notes of grapey port. Big oak with some roasted malt and nice chocolate notes.. The port mixed with the struise yeast makes this very fruit forward for a RIS.

T: The barrel really comes through over the base beer. Huge notes of oak and port with a big roasted malt presences. Underlying notes of dark chocolate and fruity yeast, but the port barrel is the star of the show.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth and fruity finish. Medium carbonation level.

O: Nicely hidden booze with a big port barrel. I've had other port barrel beers and this was probably the most port heavy. It distracted slightly from the actually beer, but overall it was nice.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is black with an inch of oily beige head. Lots of slick lacing visible on the sides of the snifter. The aroma brings port, oak, roast, chocolate, vanilla. Some noticeable booze. Big, thick, rich. Palate coating. Big time sweetness imparted from the port barrels. Red wine with a chocolate finish. This is tasty now, but I think this will mellow out nicely given more time in the cellar.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33 cl bottle, 2011 vintage, best before 08/30/2017, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with a thick , creamy mocha colored head, leaves lots of thick lacing.

S- Chocolate, dark fruit and red wine, mild roast and yeast notes in the background.

T- Milk chocolate, moderate roastiness, lots of dark fruit, as well as nice oak and tannin barrel flavors and lots of dry, vinous port flavors.

M- Full-bodied, smooth and creamy, has some nice boozy warmth on the end.

O- An interesting stout, nicely blended and makes the port barrel flavors work really nicely, definitely try and get some of this.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, port, chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's addition of some cream, burnt/charred malt and a bit of anise. Good mix of sweet, fruity and roasty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good overall brew, I'd pick this one up again and it's definitely worth trying.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Brought this to our epic tasting last night, shared with good people.

Poured deep, intense, jet black with the faintest gingerbread hue in the edges when held to a light. A very nice, mellow aroma of chocolate, espresso, and toast starts us off, but is joined by a wonderful berry-like touch that adds depth and complexity to the experience. A bit of wood and earth tones as well. Fantastic beer that is super smooth, velvety, and rich. We drank this side by side with Batch 0 Black Albert and we found that this had less fruit and more roastiness than the Black Albert.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kabert 2011

Comes out looking like Albert, just black with a nice thick creamy head although a touch lighter. Retention and lacing is on that Rick Ross(bawse).

The port barrel aging is wonderful on this. The sweetness melding with the red fruit and vinous character is great. That seems to dominate. Roasty espresso and dark chocolate as well.

The port, fruit, and sweetness come through first leading into the roasty espresso and dark chocolate aspects. Dry at the back end with some woody and cheese element.

Full bodied but with a slightly assertive carbonation so it doesn't feel top thick going down.

Most of the port aging these guys do is wonderful. I have no idea what Kate tastes like. This seems very Black Alberty in port barrels. Need to get a Kate.

Photo of BobZ
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a De Struise Cervoise.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a very nice 1" to 2" tan head that recedes to a thick creamy cap, very, very nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and dark fruit all with a very noticeable vinous aroma from the port. A high level of complexity which only intensifies as the beer warms.

Taste: Cold this is a good beer but only as it warms does it become extraordinary. The vinous character from the Port really is the dominant element that stays with the beer as all of the flavors come together. There are dark chocolate, some coffee, plum, fig, and raisin flavors throughout this beer. The chocolate flavors are more dominant that the dark fruit. Again, the port barrel just cloaks everything and really intensifies as the beer warms. Really an exceptional stout.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, perhaps a little thin but very clean on the palate.

Overall: Another work of art from De Struise, I have never had KtG but have had a lot of Black Albert. This is one of the best stouts I've ever had.

Photo of kojevergas
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited for this one. Acquired from Belgium. "KAB No. 42 R.I.S." Aged in port barrels. 11.5% ABV confirmed. I've never had Kate the Great, but I've had Black Albert and really liked it. I'm a huge De Struise fan. 330ml brown glass bottle vintage 2011 served into a nonic bubble willi glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; I can't wait for it.

Served after a warming period following its removal from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

Interesting label art.

A: Pours a three finger rich tan colour head of excellent cream and thickness, and flat out amazing retention (>7 minutes) for the very high ABV. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque brown-black. Delightfully frothy. Decent lacing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style and fantastic; the retention is downright impressive.

Sm: Silky chocolate, rich port notes, fantastic subtle roasted java/coffee, roasted dark malt, cream, dark fruits, cocoa, and subtle red wine. Fucking fantastic. Very appealing. It does lack yeast character, but it's forgivable - and yeast doesn't suit the style all that well. Amazingly, no alcohol is detectable. A subtle, moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavier port notes than expected, but somehow it's dominant while simultaneously subtle. The roast at the core is just about perfect. Dark malts are well chosen and subtly executed. The coffee/java is as subtle as it could possibly be while contributing to the impeccable balance. Some caramel. Subtle fig when I look for it, accompanied by a well integrated sweetness. Rich and roasty throughout. Creamy as well. No alcohol comes through. Some creamy roast on the finish - a majestic end. A bit sweeter on the finish than it is in the early acts. Very well layered. An incredibly well built imperial stout; it doesn't need barrel aging to be delicious. Chocolatey with cocoa. Impressively layered and complex. Hot damn, this is some tasty stuff. Still, it doesn't have the depth of other great beers in the style. This is a tough style in which a beer can set itself apart, but this one manages to succeed though it does struggle against other masterfully brewed beers.

Mf: Delightfully creamy while coarse and just dry enough to be perfect. Luscious. Lacks the delicacy or fragility of other fantastic beers, but that's nitpicking.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the high ABV. I'd easily kill a bottle or more of this by myself (I'm only sharing it with one other friend, blakelive784). This is fantastic stuff. Meets my expectations in terms of quality, but it is different than expected. Very well blended in any case. Hides its ABV very well. At around $10 a bottle, I think it's very well priced. It's a decadent treat for a special occasion. For a non barrel-aged stout (post blend), its complexity and subtlety are nearly unsurpassed.

High A-

Photo of blakelive784
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a non translucent jet black color with 2 fingers of silky chocolate head. Retention is amazing. Appealing, to say the least.

S - Boozy chocolate malts, cream, light oak, vanilla, sharp roasted malts, wine notes, cocoa nibs. A strong aroma. Inviting.

T - Deeply roasted malt and port notes star. Dark roasted coffee and cream throughout. Cocoa and fig near the finish. Sweet alcohol on the finish. Very well balanced and built. I love the roast. Very tasty.

M - A bit sharper than I'd like. Medium to full bodied. Needs to be thicker and silkier.

D - One of the better I've had. Insanely drinkable for 11.5%. I love the roasted malt in this one. I look forward to trying it with more age.

Photo of Holland
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: huge deep khaki head, about 2 inches poured cold. Dark brown to black, very little light comes through if any, even on the edges.

S: roasted notes and berries are the big flavors I get right off the bat. A bit yeasty and fruitier than I figured.

T: very roasted with some smoke and little else while it's cold. Later I get some roasted malt, some burnt sugar, and the barrel and berry flavor.

M: highly carbonated, which just barely cuts the big body. Feels smooth and not grainy like some heavily carbonated beers.

O: really interesting brew, just not quite my style. Seems that it has too much heavily roasted malts, where I tend to prefer stouts without that smokey profile. Probably goes really well with the interesting berry flavor I got if you're into such things. Bottom line: probably not worth what it takes to get this done unless you're interested in a smokey IRS from a port barrel.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mthomas84 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness to it. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle at Saturday’s tasting. Served in a Struise cervoise. Pours near-black with a good tan head and some spots of lacing. Nose brings some dark fruits along with light notes of port and oak. Some roast and a bit of chocolate there s well. Flavor has darker fruits and chocolate (mostly dark), plus some roasty notes and a touch of yeast character. Body is medium and a bit dry. Lightly ashy. Not as interesting as I had hoped it would be.

Photo of jegross2
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Kabert, a collaboration between De Struise Brouwers and Portsmouth Brewery. This beer is a blend of Kate The Great and Black Albert.

Score: 89

Batch 42. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 12/14/12.

Appearance: Black in color. Pours a finger-plus of mocha head that settles to a ring around the glass. Awesome lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Muted port, cherry, and fudge. Dark chocolate, light oxidation and some alcohol esters. Faint roasted malt. Some dark fruit too. When it warms, some brown sugar comes out. 4.25

Taste: Cherry, chocolate and light fruitiness. Finishes with bakers chocolate and faint fruitiness. More port in the taste than the nose led on. The nose was more Albert-heavy, but the Kate shines a bit more in the taste. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, just shy of medium carbonation that gives the flavor a little "fizziness." Sweet, but not as sweet as the aged Kate. 3.5/5

Overall: Better than the aged Kate and aged Double Oaked Kate we drank, but still very disappointing.

Recommendation: Worth drinking, but not worth the rarity.

Pairings: Steak.

Cost: $10 for an 11.2 oz bottle.

Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this for a Nov. '12 Philly burbs bottle share.

Blend of port-aged Kate the Great and Black Albert.

Dark pour, seemed total black in the light, a wispy tan head fizzled out pretty quickly, leaving a few stray bubbles behind. Not surprising for a higher ABV beer. Aroma of dark roasted malts, anise, oak, bakers' chocolate; I didn't get much of a vinous quality in the aroma or taste. On the palate, dark roasted malts again of course, bakers' chocolate bringing in some bitterness, oak, anise, lesser notes of licorice and smoke. Maybe I'm mistaking the red wine for anise, but that's how it seemed to me. Not necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel was on the fuller side of medium, some alcohol heat, not incredibly smooth, but quite robust, and a good, drinkable brew overall.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes.

A: Pours black with no head and very minimal lacing.

S: Has a massive port aroma to it, tons of dark fruit, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. The port aromas intensify with warmth.

T: Rather sweet upfront which transitions to some bitter roast, coffee, dark chocolate, and more port-wine flavor. Some dark cherries and grapes.

M: On the thicker side, medium carbonation.

O: Enjoyable, the port barrels came through a bit strong, but in a way that I liked.

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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.