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Kabert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

190 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%


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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HopHead84

California

4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 07:46:13 | More by HopHead84
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a huge fluffy tan brown head that shows great retention and minimal lacing. Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roast, ash, grapes and other putted fruits. there's a lot going on in the nose, take some time to let it warm and enjoy the aromas. The flavor is thick with darker sugars roast and caramel. There's a lot of dark fruit flavor coming through as well as a bit of oaken vanilla, smoke and burnt sugar. Thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. This is a big thick sweet roasty monster of a stout, but I'm not sure that this beer is any better than the sum of its parts. Glad I got to try it, but the difficulty getting this wasn't justified by being blown away with the final product.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 03:26:51 | More by johnnnniee
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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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maximum12

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks goes out to beerisheaven for procuring this bottle thorugh his contacts in Narnia, Middle Earth, or wherever it is he gets all this great beer. 330CL bottle.

Pour is dead black & surprisingly carbonated, very frisky, & I'm forced to put mouth to foam to keep precious drops from being wasted. The moment the cap is minimally cracked, I whiff Kate, that distinct melding of port & malts. Roast, licorice, chocolate peek.

Kabert is like a hen's tooth: a collaboration that's as good or better than what the brewers originally put out. Large roast mingles with the port barrels as the big-sticks; the port is exquisite. Bitter chocolate & more licorice. The bitterness & port linger. Drinkable as drowning; bottle is already 4/5 gone, wishing the glass container had been bigger.

This doesn't have Marina Trench depth or in-your-face anything, but it's delicious. Kate was good not great for me - this here is what I was hoping for. Top-notch, excellent beer that's a shadow away from elite.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 02:51:16 | More by maximum12
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Dudeabide

Ohio

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

Thanks Etan for the extra.

Served at room temperature.

A ~ pours black with a mocha large mocha head

S ~ the port barrels really come thru at room temperature, pleasant with hints of coffee.

T ~ Slightly boozy, lots of dark fruit, some light chocolate and very dry at the end

M ~ A bit over carbonated making the beer seem light bodied

O ~ I enjoy this beer at room temperature, I've only had it chilled once and didn't really care for it served that way, but room temperature I think it's a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:01:33 | More by Dudeabide
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PSF for bringing this back for me from Belgium-land!

Bottle says aged in Port Barrels.

Pours a medium bodied black with fluffy tan head. Nose is like smoked meats with a hint of Worcestershire sauce. Palate is medium-light bodied with a faint acidity. Roasty and toasty, meats again on the palate, a hint of soy sauce...not the best...and then all of the sudden this beautiful plum and red fruit wave of flavor comes rolling in and makes it all make sense.

I came around on this in the end. The Port barrel makes this beer work.

(My disclaimer is that I have tasted Black Albert but not KTG.)

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:57:36 | More by SFLpunk
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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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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared generously by liamt07

Near black in colour, ring of reddish tan head, little lace on the glass. Smell is roasted and almost burn malt, bit of char, fruity (mostly dark fruits) with a bit of belgian yeast and liquorice, a bit of grape like port notes as well. Taste is very roasty with lots of fruity flavours, the barrel is a little more present than in the nose especially in the finish, grape and wine like flavours, a bit of chocolate, cherry and liquorice as well. Lightly carbonated, big full body, really nice feel. Have had Black Albert but never Kate on its own, this was quite the treat, really solid stuff and glad I got a crack at this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 22:19:35 | More by peensteen
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Etan

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 18:19:48 | More by Etan
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle 11,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 29/12/2016

Appearance: Kabert looks pitch black in the glass, with even a strong back light only revealing a hint of dark brown along the edge. A gentle pour yields a massive (as only Struise can do!), thick, creamy, dark tan coloured head. The head lasts pretty well for the Abv. and leaves a few patches of lace as it recedes.

Smell: The initial nose is dominated by big dark fruit notes (raisins, dates, cherries and stewed plums), oak and port. After a few minutes the nose begins to open up, with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, a little roasted malt, a touch of ash, black liquorice, molasses and hints of toasted almond and warm spices. As the beer approaches room temperature, the nose seems to deteriorate in terms of both power and composition. Tart cherry and yeast seem to dominate.

Taste: This is certainly a big let down. The flavour is dominated by a lightly tart dark fruit character (cherries and plums) and there is a distinct green apple peel flavour in the aftertaste. Other, more subtle note include: Chocolate, raisins, oak, a little roast, smoke and raisins. The finish is very lightly bitter and quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Hmmm, this certainly doesn't seem quite right - medium (or just under) bodied and quite thin. The carbonation is of a very high level, but thankfully quite smooth.

Overall: I am not sure what to make of this beer, the nose seemed pretty good, but the taste and specifically the mouthfeel gave the impression that this bottle wasn't quite right. I guess I will have to hunt down another bottle and see.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 20:57:51 | More by Thehuntmaster
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 02:54:24 | More by liamt07
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Big thanks to Masterski for this. Quite excited to enjoy this treat. I drink this with the news that Tod Mott is leaving Portsmouth Brewing… What’s the future of Kate? Who the heck knows….

The label on the bottle is upside down. Wonder if I should have just sold it on EBAY… ;-) (um, that was a joke) Enjoying out of my Smuttynose Big Beer series glass that I got at Portsmouth Brewing.

A rather large dark tan almost bronze colored head forms in the glass and stays for quite a while. Glossy deep brown in color.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt, some black licorice and perhaps a note of wood. Perhaps some dark plum.

Wood, dark roast malt and again a touch of anise or black licorice. There are certainly notes that do remind me of Kate and I am assuming that’s the Port. There is a richness and almost a note of dark chocolate in the background… but subtle. As it warms the malt notes just get deeper and more complex. Very nice. Notice more of the port/barrel notes as well.

Soft, rounded, yet not totally full bodied. Seems a touch less thick than straight Kate.

The more I work through the glass the more I believe what I perceive as black licorice are the notes from the Black Albert and the Belgian yeast in that portion of the beer. Pretty damn complex and a really nice beer.

Big Thanks, as always, Alex

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 00:32:24 | More by Reagan1984
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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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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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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Struise/Portsmouth Kabert pours jet black, with about three fingers of mocha foam crowning the beer. Head retention is good, but lacing is a little bit spotty. The nose is nice but smells almost like straight port than an imperial stout. Huge aromas of dark fruits, along with maybe a little bit of vanilla. The flavor profile brings the base beer to bare a little bit more, with some rich chocolaty notes leading things off. Port flavors come through next, along with a bit of nutty, woody notes. Some harsh alcohols appear to close the beer out a on a more down note. The mouthfeel misses the mark by a little bit, as the body is on the thin side, and the carbonation a little too harshly bubby for an imperial stout. I was excited to try Kabert, and I have to say I'm a little bit let down by this collaboration from two great brewers.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 07:16:50 | More by axeman9182
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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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Phelps

Arizona

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

Kabert is a blend of Struise Black Albert and Portsmouth Kate the Great, which was aged in port barrels. Shared by ejyoung, this was poured into a tulip.

In color, it’s dark as brown can be before being black. A half-finger head of frothy medium tan becomes a soapy, scummy top layer that lingers for a long while.

The aroma does away with the weird cigarette character I don't like about Albert, and adds nice port notes and sweetness. Sun-soaked grapes and figs blend with smooth roast, biting burnt bread, a little coffee and a touch of vanilla.

A surprisingly subtle flavor leads with tangy fruits. Grapes are big — this might be a little port-heavy. A background of chocolatey syrup and soft oak before a clean finish. Lingering port and chocolate notes.

Funny that combining these beers makes them thinner in the mouth. Kabert feels medium-light and a little thin, with moderate bubbles and a good amount of silky fizz. Alcohol is still pretty well hidden, but some comes through the nose.

I’m surprised at how fruity this was. The port barrels kind of took over the flavor, but that isn’t such a bad thing. I like port.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 18:52:50 | More by Phelps
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 11:34:26 | More by thagr81us
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Auracom

Illinois

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

Ramiro is way too generous, great share brother. 3-4 oz. poured into a CBS snifter on May 18th, 2012.

A - Pours a very dark, murky brown coloring, more akin to a heavy barleywine in some regard. Light khaki, half-finger head. Poor retention but decent lacing and plentiful alcohol legs.

S - The port characters absolutely shine through. Cherry, wood, light coffee beans, winter fruit, a definite Belgian yeast, and touches of chocolate underneath.

T - Big astringent cherry and vinous port through front and mid-palate. Some dark chocolate and espresso bitterness. Roasted grains pick up into the back-end along with that Black Albert yeast quality. Lightly fruity, bitter aftertaste.

M - Moderate body, appropriate carbonation, semi-sweet finish, relatively smooth.

D - I was glad to hear that this seems to be drinking better now than it may have initially. For me, the Kate the Great portion of this brew is very prevalent. You have to be pretty accepting of both port and Belgian notes, otherwise this will not be an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 18:23:06 | More by Auracom
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 22:23:54 | More by ehammond1
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FosterJM

California

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

1272nd Review on BA
Bottle to 4oz snifter
330cl

Thanks to JazzPatel for sharing

Shared with JazzPatel, GuruDel & MrHirschybar

**side by side with Kate 2010**

App- The beer poured out a very dark brown with blacking highlights in the glass and had a large dark brown/khaki head that feel pretty slowly. Good cling

Smell- The beer smells more like a port wine than beer to me. Oak, dark fruits, chocolate, malts and some roast. Not offensive just different.

Taste- Its very much in the veign of Kate just has more of the fruits and tastes more like a port than beer again.I really enjoyed the heat mixed with the dark fruits and the malts.

Mouth- A bit thin and retains a light medium body with a light medium carbonation. Residual chocolate and dark fruits.

Drink- I enjoyed the side by side. Huge elements of the base beer. The blending did a good job but just dont think the blend made it that much better. It was a very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 15:54:33 | More by FosterJM
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a few bottles of this from mar02x and brabander a while back. Thanks heaps for helping us out with this stuff guys. Appreciated!

From a bottle into a snifter
Blend of Struise Black Albert and Portsmouth Kate the Great, brewed in Oostvleteren.
Drunk after a Black Albert batch 0.

APPEARANCE: A black pour produces a two finger, medium looking, fizzy, tan head with really good retention. Opaque black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap. Carbonation eventually calms down and the head settles to a nice full wisp but doesn’t leave any lacing down the glass. Some dots of foam slowly fall after each sip. Much more carbonation and a slightly lighter colored head than batch zero.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans and lots of dried dark fruits. Licorice, touches of molasses and some port notes as well. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Lots of flavor on this one. Roasted and burnt malts up front for sure. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and some alcohol through the middle into a bold and persistent aftertaste of roasted malts, dark, bitter chocolate, molasses notes and some nice boozy port flavors. An underlying base of booze through the whole ride. Lots of dried dark fruits linger as well. Very flavorful and enjoyable, with the port quality playing a nice supporting role.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation, but still slightly lighter on the palate than expected. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat sticky. A little more carbonation than batch zero, though it needs a little more weight to give it that heavy stout feel.

OVERALL: A really wonderful brew that’s been done really, really well. Lots of big roasted flavors and plenty of other complexities to ponder over. This one was certainly more interesting and complex than Black Albert batch 0, with the port qualities from Kate adding a very enjoyable dimension to the beer. To be sure, I’d love to give it another go against a fresher batch of Black Albert, but no matter the outcome, this is definitely one worth tracking down in quantity. Thanks again for helping out mar02x and brabander. This was quality.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 19:07:17 | More by Jeffo
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beerpirates

Belgium

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 19:13:45 | More by beerpirates
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beerdrifter

Germany

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 16:46:56 | More by beerdrifter
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:00:24 | More by DavoleBomb
Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.