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Kabert - De Struise Brouwers

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93
outstanding

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 109
Gots: 69 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-03-2012)
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this over.

The beer is a dark molasses brown color with no light escaping even from the edges of the glass. A small dollup of froth actually foams up higher after each swirl of the glass than it did originally.

The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt primarily. Raisins, plums, a bit of port, vanilla, and some coffee provide support.

The flavor is blended together exceptionally well, to the point that it takes a few sips to unravel the flavors. A medium strength firm sweetness manifests itself with some dark semi-sweet chocolate flavors and very mild dark fruits. Raisins and plums stand out, and I get a little bit of the port barrel. Some vanilla notes lead in to a medium - dark roasted malt character and more chocolate. The end of the sip has a bit more port and finishes mostly clean.

This full beer has everything that I want in a big imperial stout. It is full-bodied with enough malt to make it almost chewy, with a creamy carbonation that does not get in the way of any of the flavors. There is a slight tingle on the tongue from the alcohol, and it noticeably warms the stomach as well.

It is not surprising that the result of blending two outstanding beers is another outstanding beer. The port barrel does not get in the way of the primary flavors at all, and in fact is a very subtle flavor. Glad I have a few bottles of this tucked away.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
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 simoen
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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 alamode
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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 tylermains
2.25/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Photekut
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of dfclav
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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. 

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Trailmix242
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of jlisuk
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.