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Kabert - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 108
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-03-2012)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 12:43:32 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -28.2%

09-18-2012 23:39:03 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 03:52:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-22-2012 03:37:21 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 18:39:56 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-11-2012 02:54:09 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 19:02:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this Rich (and shared again by Richard).

The beer is almost black in color with a surprising amount of tan foam. A really rough nose to this. Intense alcohol and roasted malt aromas are almost overwhelming. There is some dark fruit, maybe a bit of a port like sweetness and licorice. The flavor does not feature the alcohol quite so prominently, but it is certainly there. Roasted malt, licorice, raisins, and prunes are quite prevalent, too. Wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:41:59 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-22-2012 03:28:45 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-10-2012 02:35:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-15-2014 04:11:15 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-29-2012 20:45:12 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-11-2013 06:59:22 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

11-14-2013 07:13:04 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the webshop. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Ample mocha foam with superb retention eventually settles to a thick cap, but lacing is spare. Body is near-black, displaying only the faintest brown tinge to it.

S - Plenty of milk chocolate, light roast, lots of vinous port notes, and some implied coffee - I'm guess from the combination of roast and acidity. There's an undercurrent of Belgian yeast as well. If forced to speculate, I'd guess this is two-thirds Black Albert. In any case, it smells quite delicious.

T - The taste reveals more barrel influence, with some dry wood mid-palate before yielding to vinous, sweet port in the finish. Plenty of milk chocolate, honey cake, dark and red fruits, tobacco, and licorice, and only modest roast characteristics. Mild char and oak bitterness in the finish.

M - Silky smooth, full body, with a mouth-coating liquid chocolate character to it. Carbonation is low but present, and alcohol is present but never exceeds the listed 11.5%.

D - I crushed the entire 33cl bottle on my own and wanted more. A really excellent beer, with nice elements from both blend components working in harmony. Not the beer you'd drink all night, but something I'd gladly purchase again in the future. I liked this significantly more than the version brewed at Portsmouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 05:09:46 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boozier than expected, shared at a recent tasting. Thanks, served in a snifter.

Beer is black with almost no head, no retention, no lacing, and low carbonation.

Aroma is boozy, sweet, syrup, alcohol.

Beer is simultaneously thick and thin, sweet and sticky. A nice beer all around. I'd have it again but it was a little too in my face for me, it was strong and sweet and oaky on the end. Decent very big stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 16:06:01 | More by drabmuh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 19:48:48 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Extreme gratitude to Stakem for sharing this bottle, poured into two tulips shared w/ tenderbranson69.

This stout is a beautiful black color almost totally opaque with a rusty hue and thick tan cream with ultra-fine bead and lace that clings in spots. A really beautiful stout. I love the way the Port is so expressive from first whiff with dark brown sugar and roasted chocolate notes coming along for the ride. The dark berry and cherry-like accent to the aroma brings a slight prune note w/ mild floral aspect and light alcohol ester. The nose is full of spice and lots of vanilla w/ some cocoa notes, but lightly woody with a mostly port dominated odor.

The feel is slightly sweet at first with some mild roasted and lightly bitter tinges with subtle warming and lots of residual sugar in the middle giving a nice amount of body. There is strong vinous tinge with light tannin and mild wood influence with a lot of dry and smooth roasted grain and slightly creamy aspect with a sweet texture that emerges with moderate carbonation and full viscous body that brings along a mildly toasted and sugary dryness in the finish with a very limited alcohol impact.

The stout is delicious I should mention that from the start. The malt is not overtaken by the port in any way, rather the two flavor components work in tandem with a sligtht dark sugar and vanilla with light molasses tinges. The vinous elements are very rewarding to pick out as the light spice and slight alcohol accent brings a mild tannic quality which is very well integrated. The flavor hasa lot of cocoa notes with slight bitter herbal and dark cocoa astringency which seems controlled into the finish with light biscuit and caramel.

Overall I could not have enjoyed this more, a perfect beer for a cold winter night with great port wine contribution to the taste and the stout itself is just great, the way it is sublte yet it still feels full and sturdy as a 12% stout should. You sense the strength but don't taste it, so drinkable. This is not cloying or aggressive and I could not fault it in this category, the only problem I had was trying to keep from drinking it too fast since I was enjoying savoring every drop. The best part is the balance you get in such a complex Imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 17:30:53 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 09:56:24 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 06/09/12 notes. Big thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing this one; another Want of mine.

a - Pours an almost black brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, port, oak, licorice, anise, and some alcohol. Nice nose, was expecting it to me a little sweeter.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, light dark fruits, sweet fruits, licorice, anise, wood, alcohol. Again nice, more alcohol than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and touch hot, but very nice.

o - Overall a good beer, though nothing earth shattering. Personally I prefer KtG and the normal Black Albert to this; considering I can buy Black Albert off the shelf consistently I probably wouldn't seek this out again, though it was good and fun to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 18:47:28 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 00:32:11 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-04-2013 19:01:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 10:08:01 | More by BlackHaddock
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kojevergas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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-

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 00:58:00 | More by kojevergas
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-26-2012 15:45:20 | More by imperialking
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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.