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Kabert - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
92
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79 Reviews
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Reviews: 79
Hads: 216
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 106
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
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De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 216
Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  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! (1,635 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.35/5  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. (472 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours black, tan-colored head, pretty frothy, thick collar, thin cap with some wisps here and there.

S - The dark fruity port notes are right up front which is followed by some milk chocolate sweetness and light roast. The booze is pretty smooth, really overtaken by the port and chocolate...impressive.

T - The port and milk chocolate work wonderfully together, and the light booze compliments the sweetness. A good amount of dark fruits, burnt sugars, light caramel, and the perfect dose of oak. The finish is light boozy sweetness, light char, and oak'd dark chocolate.

M - Full, rich and smooth, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Well, color me very impressed! I'm truly surprised by this one, and it's definitely not the hype that allows me to praise this beer. I might say Struise has a lot of "misses", but I think this beer is a "home run". The port and chocolate sweetness are so good, while the booze is really well-hidden. Good stuff, guys! (996 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (2,206 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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 (1,332 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

142nd Review
330ml bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice
Best before: 29/12/2016

A: Opaque deep, dark brown. 1.5 (medium, bubbly mocha) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Very complex and a lot going on here - fig, vanilla, coffee, rum raisin, white chocolate, oak, hint of booziness, and dark roasted malt.

T: Medium candied dark fruit, vanilla, leathery oak chips, and raisins. Charred espresso beans and bitter chocolate come thru on the tail end, but it dies quickly leaving you wanting more. Very robust, but I feel like the flavors are muddled together a bit at this point.

M: Full bodied with just the right (medium) amount of carbonation.

O: Definitely a big beer that will not disappoint. It is thick and coating, but not too chewy. It smells absolutely amazing, but that taste isn't there quite yet. Will it get there? I think/hope so, but all in good time (it is still quite young). I will definitely lay this one down for a bit and enjoy in the future. (972 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, port, chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's addition of some cream, burnt/charred malt and a bit of anise. Good mix of sweet, fruity and roasty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good overall brew, I'd pick this one up again and it's definitely worth trying. (582 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kabert 2011

Comes out looking like Albert, just black with a nice thick creamy head although a touch lighter. Retention and lacing is on that Rick Ross(bawse).

The port barrel aging is wonderful on this. The sweetness melding with the red fruit and vinous character is great. That seems to dominate. Roasty espresso and dark chocolate as well.

The port, fruit, and sweetness come through first leading into the roasty espresso and dark chocolate aspects. Dry at the back end with some woody and cheese element.

Full bodied but with a slightly assertive carbonation so it doesn't feel top thick going down.

Most of the port aging these guys do is wonderful. I have no idea what Kate tastes like. This seems very Black Alberty in port barrels. Need to get a Kate. (766 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  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. (666 characters)

Photo of cbeer88
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Three fingers of big chunky mocha head has nice staying power. Body is a very dark brown bordering onto true black . Thick lacing clings to the sides. Knockout appearance.

Smell: Dark chocolate dominates the nose, but we get some coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of nebulous fruity aroma. The fruits and port come out more as the beer gets nearer to room temp.

Taste: There's a lot going on, as it's a very complex beer with many layers that unravel over time. Chocolate, dark malts, and coffee are all there as would be expected from the stout. There's some dark fruit, raisins, plums, and Belgian yeast flavors that give a bit of quad angle to the beer. The sweet fruit from the port is very subtle, but there. The alcohol is well hidden but does let its presence be known from time to time. Then all of that gets wrapped into what is ultimately a bitter/roasted flavor with a twinge of fruity essence.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. Medium to high carb, particularly for the style.

Drinkability: Nice - It's strong and a small bottle is a perfect serving. You really want to experience this beer over a range of temperatures as it changes drastically. Don't share unless you have to!

Overall: It was mostly a foregone conclusion that sticking Kate and Black Albert together in a port barrel would taste great, and it does. So here's what you need to know… it's more Black Albert than Kate, but the blend is definitely something unique enough that you should seek it out even if you've had both. Also, this beer is a MUST drink closer to room temp. It's extraordinarily muted and boring when drank on the colder side. (1,642 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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- (2,998 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is black with an inch of oily beige head. Lots of slick lacing visible on the sides of the snifter. The aroma brings port, oak, roast, chocolate, vanilla. Some noticeable booze. Big, thick, rich. Palate coating. Big time sweetness imparted from the port barrels. Red wine with a chocolate finish. This is tasty now, but I think this will mellow out nicely given more time in the cellar. (395 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A blend of Black Albert and Kate the Great. So, what do we get when the king gives his balls to the queen?

Effervescent pour gives birth to thick medium-tan head with great retention that hangs to the walls atop of opaque black body.

Nose is very vinous, almost tart berries-like - not surprisingly knowing that the beer was matured on port barrels - imitating a well aged example of the style. Red wine element is a wee too heavy, overshadowing the cocoaish and coffee qualities of roasted malt. As the beer warms I pick up tanninic and vanilla notes, as well as some brown sugar.

Starts smooth chocolaty-sweet but the initial sweetness passes on to vinous flavors and finally melds into mildly roasted, coffeeish finish with subtle alcohol warmth in the aftertaste.

Softly carbonated smooth body is quite thin (almost quad-like) for a descendant of such highly acclaimed royal predecessors.

I had BA on numerous occasions while I've never been fortunate enough to taste Kate so I can only assume which organoleptics have been inherited from the empress.
Noble blood weddings often produce offspring with genetic disorders. Nonetheless, heir to the throne is a healthy child and not an anaemic hermaphrodite I feared the blend of both royalties would result in. (330 ml, BB date 12-29-2016, into tulip.) (1,314 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33 cl bottle, 2011 vintage, best before 08/30/2017, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with a thick , creamy mocha colored head, leaves lots of thick lacing.

S- Chocolate, dark fruit and red wine, mild roast and yeast notes in the background.

T- Milk chocolate, moderate roastiness, lots of dark fruit, as well as nice oak and tannin barrel flavors and lots of dry, vinous port flavors.

M- Full-bodied, smooth and creamy, has some nice boozy warmth on the end.

O- An interesting stout, nicely blended and makes the port barrel flavors work really nicely, definitely try and get some of this. (599 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown bottle into a Portsmouth snifter. The brew appears black in color with more than a finger of frothy brown head. The cap recedes slowly leaving strings and spots of lace all over the glass. Nearly each sip creates a webby pattern of lace on the glass. A light swirl easily revives more than a finger of froth back to the surface of the brew. When held to the light, there is some faint brown clarity seen through the edges.

The smell of this offering is immediately reminiscent of KtG with hints of port mingled with dark roasty grain. The vinous hints mingle with the alcohol to create a fruity inclusion that initially jumps out but then hides behind the character of the roasty grain that is very chocolate forward. The chocolate character seemingly has a sugary sweetness about the way it smells that integrates with some raw woodiness and soft vanilla sweetness. Some green tinges of yeast are evident across the back along with a faint herbal inclusion of hops. Overall, the smell of this brew is pretty darn solid with almost a brownie-batter sort of sweet appeal to it.

The taste is bitter roast of the grain right upfront. It imparts almost a char flavor across the tongue that coats the palate. First thoughts are of bitter cacao, ash, tobacco and leather. There is a fruity vinous quality evident as well as solid character imparted by the barrel aging that introduces some hints of raw woody quality. Mid palate and towards the back, some yeasty notes are evident that are reminiscent of black albert. The first couple of sips are interesting but as the experience continues, this brew really grows on me and comes together.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very solid arrangement of character to take in here. For 11.5% abv, the alcohol is masterfully integrated. This brew is neither black albert nor is it Kate the Great. It is very similar in some ways and those who have enjoyed both beers before will find striking similarity in this brew. However Kabert is very much it's own unique beast. I fully intend to revisit this brew again with some age on it. However, for the time being I couldn't help myself. I have been dying to try this brew for too long. If you get the chance snag some of this, you wont be disappointed! (2,300 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of dfclav
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.  (2,039 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of Auracom
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,048 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,143 characters)

Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.