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Kabert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of danwho
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of beerpirates
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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 beerdrifter
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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 DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
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 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 jethrodium
2.7/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle. Pours a dark black with a small tan chocolate head the disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is fruity, with some plum and wine apparent. There is also some light chalk, a bit of roastiness, some coffee, and light alcohol. Taste is sweet and also quite chalky. There is plum, wine, light chocolate, and roastiness. The finish has a bit of alcohol and leaves a chalky aftertaste. Medium body. Low carbonation. Pretty disappointing. This could have been a pretty good beer, but it was just way too chalky.

Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan for sharing this one!

Pours a thick tan head. Good retention. Color is black.

Aroma: A lot of port up front. Raisins, molasses, plums, and other dark fruits. Belgian yeast. Cocoa and chocoalte. Oaky with vanilla.

Taste: Port and oak spiral flavors. Raisins, plums, and molasses again. Vanilla with a lot of barrel flavors. Belgian yeast. Cocoa. Light roast. Pretty malty.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and warming. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasty.

Overall, this was quite the surprise. Lots of great port flavors. A good amount of kate with not an overpowering amount of albert. Solid brew.

Photo of Riggsy
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle.

Pours pitch black with a big, thick ran head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is big and sweet with the port definitely coming through as well as dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts and some Belgian yeast sweetness.

Taste is sweet as well with dark fruits, licorice and cocoa powder. The backbone is heavily roasted malts but the overall character is highly vinous with lots of oak and port sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slick with soft carbonation and heavily influenced by the port barrel.

This is a really good beer but not up there with my favorites in the style. The port barrel is highly evident and lends a sweetness to the beer that seems fairly fruit-heavy.

Photo of jodan
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a thick, creamy head. Good head retention. Great legs.

Big chocolate aroma with plenty of port and oak. A little sweet but rounded and awesome.

Big and chocolatey on the palate with a whole lot of wood coming through. There is definitely some port here and it adds a nice, fruity overlay to the ashy base beer. Well integrated and tasty.

Big, thick and oily with moderate carbonation. Really nice and creamy on the palate.

This is a big stout but it is sufficiently restrained to be thoroughly enjoyable. The big body, restrained but present bitterness and a great malt and barrel character makes this awesome.

Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Doodler
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Bill's Big Stout tasting aside a 2011 KTG and a Struise Double Black. Poured a pitch black with a thin tan head and decent lacing.

Nose is dark chocolate, bread and roasted malts.

Taste starts with coffee and a light oak flavors. Offers up dark fruits along with hints of cocoa nibs, vanilla and sweet, boozy port notes. The side by side was the way to go - as it brought out the Struise and Kate elements to notice.

The mouthfeel was oily and medium bodied. Had a thin, slighlty bitter finish

Overall decent, with bready euro elements taking over the big chocolate flavors that Kate usually holds.

Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of MasterSki
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.

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of metalgdog
4.68/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle with No. 42 on the label.

It pours black with a 2 finger head of tan foam and does well with the lacing.

The aromas I get are Port, chocolate of the very sweet kind, and roasted malt.

The taste brings big chocolate sweet, a near domination flavour of Port, roasted malt, a hint or 2 of some bitter notes that's dark chocolate and coffee like, and more Port with a nice snap of vanilla. It's VERY warming but comforting.

Full bodied with sometimes medium, sometimes lightish levels of carbonation, this is a brew to relax and enjoy but I dare not drink back to back. This sucker is potent!

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 imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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 cpinto6
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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