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Kabert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 108
Gots: 68 | 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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5/5  rDev +19.9%

stevefinny, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

stealth, Apr 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

scott2269, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

AndyAvalanche, Dec 19, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

DmanGTR, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of mtbdonn
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

mtbdonn, Jan 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

djcira, Nov 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Danny1217, May 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

nmann08, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of GJ40
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

GJ40, Jun 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

jodan, Mar 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

jwat, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Brabander
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what an entrance this beer makes when you pour this beer into the glass. Looks just like the Black Albert. Pitch black with a super big head. Nice lacing, a bit oily.

Notes of coffee and dark chocolate, barrels. Perfect. The taste is as good as can be expected. Very very drinkable.

A pleasant boozyness comes into the mouth when you are starting to drink this beer. The carbonation sizzles in the mouth.

Overall one of the best brews Urbain had made for us beerlovers. Buy this one, you will not regret it!

Brabander, Feb 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

ILiveOffHops, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/20/2012

Bottle courtesy of an infinitely generous Tim, thanks a lot! Bottle reads: KAB NO. 42. Poured into Lost Abbey stemware with Sons of Winter and Stars accompanying me (m/).

A: A soft pour yields two inches of dense light brown froth and half an inch of liquid. I guess this is highly carbonated. Ebony body. Very good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Molasses, dark chocolate, earth, and licorice. Moderate roasted malt presence with a bit of charred character. There's a decided sugar note that's redolent of Belgian candi sugar with almost a cinnamon thing going on that I'm really enjoying.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate with some milk chocolate as well. The roast is restrained. There's a touch sugary character with an interesting vanilla frosting note. I'm probably losing my mind. No big deal. I'm getting some caramel and a little licorice. An evenhanded moderate bitterness is present throughout. Flawless flavor.

M: Full in body with a lower high level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, chewy, sticky, and smooth.

Overall: I don't often drink straight up Russian Imperial Stout because there are so many barrel aged offerings out there now and I prefer the style drowned in -bal. However, rated to style, this is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I can remember having. Do you really care about unbarreled Russian Imperial Stouts, though? Probably not, because they're better after having been in a barrel, but this is a must try either way. At least this particular bottle of KAB NO. 42. I don't know how consistent the beer is and it's probably not worth the effort of obtaining if you have to buy it from an international shop or trade for it because, after all, you can probably just buy some barrel aged RIS locally. Anyway, this beats the shit out of some of the more popular unbarreled RIS I can think of off the top of my head, such as Darkness, Dark Lord, or Totality.

HopHead84, Oct 21, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with my wife. The label looks amazing , very regal. Total blackness with a good amount of tan head.

Preface this by saying I have never tried KtG, and I'm not sure if I have ever had port. I've had black albert several times though.

Smells like sweet chocolate, some fruits like kinda an apple cider spice kind of thing, some quad fruits, smells pretty sweet, sweeter than black albert

The taste took me on an arc of black albert -> wine -> bitterness. I can definitly taste the black albert at the beginning, but then the winelike mouthfeel takes over, then at the end I'm back to some stout bitterness. Really awesome taste. Lots of stuff going on. Quite a bit of alcohol warmth too but not in an overpowering way.

Lowish carbonation which is what I prefer on these, very drinkable & smooth.

Really a great beer. Wish I had bought more.

lanbewardin, Jan 17, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, now this is a man's beer! Pour is near black with a nice heady foam that lingers for a bit and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Has a delightful aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. The port is noticeable as you get a slight but pleasant alcohol tinge on the nostrils as you take a whiff of this bad boy.

The port provides an exceptional backbone as you are sipping this. Pronounced chocolate flavor with some sweet maltiness makes this divine.

Decent body to this with good carbonation. Overall it is an exceptional beer - unique in many ways and a must try. Agree with the others in drinking this one near room temp. Just wish it wasn't so hard to obtain.

metalgdog, Mar 05, 2012
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4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

BobZ, Jan 08, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

77black_ships, Oct 23, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

shared a bottle of the new batch with maddogg a bit earlier this evening side-by-side with a batch 0 black albert.

a - poured a sludgy black with a nice creamy tan head. the head hung out for pretty much the entire time that i sipped the glass. lacing was there, but spotty...milky looking. conversely, the black albert was way more darker with a shiny watery look and the head was gone right away from black albert.

s - smells amazing. the port barrel really leads the way. there is a strong caramel vanilla fruit which i realized actually smells like fresh granny apples. the black albert is a TOTALLY different monster when it comes to the nose. very malty whereas the kabert is juicy and has some fruity complexity, but after the realization of the apples in the smell, that really describes it perfectly. smells awesome, like nothing else...and has vinous qualities.

t - the flavor leads with the kate in the mix as opposed to the black albert. the port barrels really come out in the taste as in the smell. there is some chocolate in there as well, but the vinous quality of the port puts the chocolate and malts into the backseat. finishes sweet and roasted.

m - super creamy. puts the black albert to shame in the mouth.

t - smells like fresh apples...which carries into the taste with some chocolate and wraps up a bit bitter and malty. this beer is a winner, for sure...the feel is SUPER smooth and creamy. that being said, if i had to choose between kabert, black albert and kate, i'd go first for the kate, then the kabert, and then the black albert...all world class beers, but the kabert seems to fall somewhere in between the awesomeness of the two beers blended to make this. REALLY glad i got a chance to try this long time want. thanks to de struise and portsmouth for round 2 of this. very much looking forward to enjoying a few of these.

cosmicevan, Jan 13, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

KickInTheChalice, Jan 15, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

beerdrifter, Apr 11, 2012
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4.58/5  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.

Rhettroactive, Feb 18, 2012
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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%

killcore, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

simoen, Sep 01, 2013
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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.