Kabert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 107
Gots: 72 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 214 | Reviews: 80
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Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Kulminator

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of tan head. Head has amazing retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Starts off with a slightly musty aroma, but quickly, chocolate, dark fruits and a bit of smoke come through.

T - Depp roasted malts and big chocolate taste with dark fruits and a vinous character. Creamy milk chocolate mixes with some bittersweet chocolate. Also some sweet port taste and a bit of smoke. Very nice.

M - Thick and creamy mouthfeel that finishes with roasted bitterness.

O - Nice blending of Black Albert. Maintains some of the quad-like characters of Black Albert. Very tasty.

Photo of ehammond1
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, johndoe8!

Black as can be, thick, and substantial with a small dark brown head. This looks oily, decadent, and rich, and leaves very little stick to the glass.

A rich, bold, expressive, sweet aroma, with lots of molasses, chocolate, dark fruits like raisins and figs. There's a bit of alcohol heat here, but it's complementary and not distracting.

The flavor is more simple than the aroma, even after significant warming. It's excessively sweet with the molasses and rich dark fruit flavors dominating, with a bit of alcohol, raisin, and a bit of alcohol. The problem with this beer is that it's just overly, cloyingly sweet in anything but the smallest quantities. Rich and sweet, though still tasty.

Medium to full bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Though I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to try this beer, it doesn't rank as one of my favorites.

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.

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very black beer, poors like old engine oil. The head is bark brown and looks powerful.

S - Dark chocolate, wood, wine & coffee

T - This I have never tasted before! If one would tell me that there is plastic inside, I would say that is possible! This taste is so complex and interesting it is hard to find good words for it. Wood, oak, port, candy sugar, peat, chocolate, coffee, vanilla etc.

M - A medium carbonation and no bitterness. In the end there is some alcohol warmth. The body could have thicker to my opinion.

O - A good RIS, but slightly over the top, but now I am nagging.

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with lace and good looks even under the deck lights. A full mouthfeel. The aroma is neural, better by the bottle's end. Creamy smooth, lots of good chocolate, and coffee and sugar, alcohol warming.Shared Liam's bottle from Europe.Good drinkability.

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 Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. MAJOR, MASSIVE, HUGE thanks go to Stakem for gifting me with a bottle of this rarity.

Pours black as night in the glass, topped with a finger width cap of rich dark mocha foam. This retains with a thin creamy layer that skims the surface, eventually maintaining some frothy bunching around the edges, and then leaving back a cascade of brown gooey looking oils and light spotty lace. The aroma just DRENCHES the nose with a mélange of chocolate, vanilla, vinous smelling dark fruit, zippy coffee, and ight spicy notes. Going deeper reveals some woody edges and a moderate underpinning of alcohol but it’s not coming off as too intrusive.

The taste is just so smooth and silky and well blended, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, candied sugar, roasted espresso, and dark fruit, which has a big time presence here from that combination of Port barrel and Belgian yeast. Wood is felt on the edges of the profile and pulls into the finish, where tannins linger with leftover tart vinous fruit, roasted malt, and a light spiciness. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lower carbonated, with a strong creamy slickness to the feel that keeps this very easy feeling considering the higher ABV. This leaves back just a bit of lingering warmth after each sip but is otherwise exceptionally well hid.

While this marriage of two great beers didn’t exactly blow me out of the water, this was still VERY good; with dense and fairly complex profiles that kept me engaged and and were overall really accessible for the strength of this. Thanks again Adam for the bottle. It was indeed a real treat!

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, spices, wood, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There were definitely a lot of nice things going on in this one. The dark chocolate touch was very nice as was the dark fruit. However, the mouthfeel for me left a little to be desired. The carbonation was a little too high for my liking when it comes to this style and the mouthfeel was a little thinner than I prefer. Other than that, it was a pretty good brew. Worth trying if you have not done so already.

Photo of dfclav
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A - Beautiful dark brown pour, with hints of crimson when held to the light. This took all the good aspects from Albert as far as appearances go. The head keeps building even after the pour, and takes eons to recede. Lacing is excellent!

S - Huge on dark chocolate, with identifiable, slightly boozy port notes. Darker fruits as well as brown sugar and vanilla beans make themselves well known the more the beer warms. Very light notes of smoke as well.

T - Much like black Albert, this is definitely not on the sweet side as far as stouts go. Just don't go imagining an American stout if you've never tried this one (or Albert, for that matter). The port doesn't help this fact either as it lends a more wine-like flavor to the character of this beer. That's not to say it isn't good though. The port and bakers chocolate in Kate are without a doubt here. This is like an 80 or 90% cacao dark chocolate bar. Rich rich rich RICH dark chocolate is more like it. Finishes dry with a good amount of hop bitterness and roasted malts.

M - Medium mouthfeel with very strong, prickly carbonation. Quite dry as well. The carbonation hurts this beer moreso then any beer in recent memory. Once I shook this around in my glass for minutes the flavors blew up and this beer got wonderfully complex. Alcohol is well integrated, but it's very much there.

O - I can't stress this enough for anyone wanting to try this beer - please serve this above 55 degrees or higher. You don't want to lose the flavors that this beer has to offer and you don't want the flavors this beer has under that temperature. This is the best example of needing to drink a beer properly that I can think of out of anything on the market, as the variation is insane! All things considered however, this one leans more toward Albert. A good effort, a good beer, and a great experiment; Struise remains one of my favorite breweries in the world - but this isn't that world class beer we'd all hoped for upon hearing this was going to be released. 

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 release that was an amazing brew.... joy

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 Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light sweet notes is subtler then I would have expected. Taste is a good mix between some roasted malt notes with light dry bitterness notes mix in with some light oak and black chocolate notes. Port barrel is not that discernable and probably would not have noticed if it wasn’t for the mention on the bottle. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad though I think I would stick to with the regular Black Albert.

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 mtbdonn
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured in Struise DSB tulip glass, thick and black with a light, two finger tan head which carried through until the end with a little swirl of the glass. Unusualy carbonated for an RIS.

S-Light fruit smell; unk berry of some sort. Rich, roasted malt profile with a touch of cocoa. As the beer warms, the fruit becomes more apparent.

T-Definite hints of port and chocolate on the backside and the alcohol at 11.5% carries well; not overbearing in the after taste; silky, smooth flavor carries longer without the high ABV punch.

M-Light for a RIS, medium carbonation, ending with a touch of caramel sweetness.

O-Delicious! Definite Struise familiarities; very solid, complex and enjoyable sipping beer. But as always for Struise, on the expensive side.

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 oline73
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter. I picked this up at the Struise shop in Brugges.

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a reddish hint where the light hits it. There is a half finger of tan head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Definitely getting a bunch of fruit from the Port barrels. I'm also getting some roast and some alcohol heat, but the Port dominates.

Taste: The port is the strongest presence in the taste as well, but it is more complex than the smell. I'm getting some roast and dark chocolate notes. The finish is full of the fruity notes with a warm alcohol bitterness. The roast throughout is bitter and reminds me a bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on the thin side given the style and abv. The carbonation is aggressive and the finish is a bit dry.

Overall: There is a ton of fruit in this beer. The port barrels definitely took over. I enjoyed it, but I'm glad I didn't go through the hassle of trading for it. I'd have it again, but only if it didn't take too much effort.

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 Etan
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a huge dark chocolate head. This is how an RIS should look.

S: Stale coffee, mild chocolate, palpable vinous character from the port. Port character grows as it warms.

T: Lots of roasted grain and heavy oak. Slight chocolate, light grape skin and tannic liquor notes. Dark fruit. Gets sweeter and smoother as it warms. A bit boozy.

M: Viscous, but high carbonation hurts the thickness of the feel slightly.

O: Not the best blend, but the port character is nice.

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black and appears to be fairly thick based on a quick swirl, with a small mocha head that sticks around for a short while before falling into a thin collar.

The aromas begin more Black Albert forward with some light berry fruity notes from the Kate the Great. Chocolate, oak and light roast come through after that. You can definitely pick out each of the beers, though I think Black Albert makes a stronger showing in the nose mainly because of the Belgian yeast esters.

The tastes follow the nose, unfortunately, and the flavor profile doesn't quite meld as well as I had hoped. Light roast and oak, but only mild fruity port and chocolate notes from the Kate element. More dark fruit and Belgian yeast flavors emerge as it warms.

The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied with lighter levels of carbonation, which brings through a nice smooth and smooth finish.

Overall this was a nice beer, but I like each of the original base beers better on their own than in this blend. The blend removes the top characteristics of each beer, port-like fruit and chocolate with the Kate and big roast and Belgian dark fruity yeast esters.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is good, but no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Moderate supple roastiness and nearly as much toastiness. Chocolate comes next, then the port, which is surprisingly not that vinous. Light coffee, light cherry, prune, and raisin. Light Belgian yeast spiciness. Smokiness to round things off.

3.0 T: Much more vinous than the nose suggests and also much more astringent. Roasted barley with notes of char and ash. Strong port vinousity, light vanilla and oak from the barrels, and tannic astringency to follow. Chocolate, cherry, raisin, tobacco, and prune.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good active carbonation. The creaminess of Kate comes out, which I love, but the astringency leaves a harsh aftertaste.

3.0 D: Not quite sure how this is getting the reviews it is. I think this is far from spectacular. There are some good flavors in there, but also plenty of bad ones.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Alvinne Beer Shop during their Craft Beer Fest. Pitch black pour with nice one finger tan head with decent retention and great lacing. You get an astringent whiff of the port right off the bat. It's nicely complemented by roasty dark chocolate, cocoa, and coffee, along with hints of oak, and a touch of dark fruit and booze. The taste is wonderfully complex thanks to the port barrels. Roasty, bitter dark chocolate and cocoa with hints of coffee, tobacco, dark fruits, and vanilla. Very vinous with subtle tannins and oak. It's smooth as silk with a subtle creaminess, and totally drinkable for an 11.5% beer. And it only gets better as it warms. I've never had Kate the Great, but I have to guess that it is a big part of why this beer kicked my ass. I'm kicking myself for only getting two of these, and seriously contemplating opening the second! World class offering from De Struise and Portsmouth!

Photo of beerpirates
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl Bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

pours deep brown/black with a khaki head.
Aroma shows moderate roast, chocolate, tobacco, oak, ash, and some definite port character that begins to develop as it warms. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of vanilla, cherry, and raspberry jam. Overall body is full and finishes with nice roasted character as well as some well hidden alc. Outstanding blend that truly begins to shine if you allow it to warm.

Photo of liamt07
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Etre Gourmet, 330cl into a tulip.

Black, with a voluminous brown head, crimson highlights. Head fails to subside and just sticks around for decades, great lacing and retention. Sugary dark fruits in the nose, milk chocolate, a bit of port barrel and a bit of roast. Taste has dark fruits again, black cherry, drying roastiness, dark chocolate. Some fruity barrel notes, but it's subtle and in the finish. Light tartness in the finish, medium body but perhaps quite light relative to many others within the style. Low carbonation, alcohol isn't evident. Not super complex, but a pretty good RIS - not upper echelon in the style as I had expected.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 330mL bottle to snifter on 2/4/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for swappin', normyk --

A: More of a rich brown leather, with the center of it being dark and black. A standard pour yieelds a .5 finger head that's creamy in presentation. Both the collar and lacing are top shelf.

S: My God. It's like my nose landed right square in the middle of Wonka's factory. Chocolate dipped cherries overwhelm the bouquet. This is easily the highlight of a spectacular RIS.

T: Red vine fruit, as the port is all over this young BA RIS from the start. Kate makes her star appearance on the mid. The back to finish highlights all that is Black Albert. Delicious. The lasting quality that remains in my mouth is cherry and cocoa, and it lasts for a long damn time.

M: Very dense. Very rich. This drinks like liquid dessert. Just marvelous.

O: What a splendid beer. I really fell in love with Kabert, and sincerely hope that more folks get a chance to try this thing of beauty. Every component here shines, as do each of the two beers in their own right. Knowing how Kate ages, and how intense the port character is on this beer already, I'd recommend drinking this young, as I don't suspect this will age gracefully.

Two big thumbs held very high. Seek this out, and with haste.

*Please serve at or near room temperature for peak drinking conditions.

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.

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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.