Kabert - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 109
Gots: 70 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website

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 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Photo of PolarBear3
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick oily black colour with terrific deep coffee coloured head that retains well

S - A hint of port notes with some burnt but slightly sweet chocolate/coffee and dark fruit.

T - Get some Molasses, dark chocolate,earthy, liquorice, with some sweet candied sugar, loads of dark fruits with a hint of vanilla, oak. Wow!

M - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation

O - Well I haven't yet tried the Kate the Great but I look forward to it. With out a doubt its right up there with one the best beers I have had. Full of flavour and gets better as you drink it, with no hint of the 11.5% (2011 NO.42). Definitely recommend and one to savour. Enjoy!

Photo of maximum12
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.

Photo of MikeReserva
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml Bottle into Struise Glass

A. Deep black, smooth, with a nice beige head that hangs around and drops slowly.

S. Malts, coffee, small hint of vanilla, dark fruits, licorice. Boozy.

T. Roasted malts, coffee, a hint of port although very subtle, and there's some oak as well. Some dark fruits. Nice long & bitter ending. I never had Kate The Great but there is definitely Black Albert in this bad boy. Very tasty.

M. Smooth mouthfeel, not too thick. Only a very little carbonation.

O. A brilliant collaborated stout with a rich, complex yet balanced character. The barrel ageing adds a nice extra, this time no bourbon, which results in a surprising, unique beer. Grab it when you see it.

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 billab914
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Rhettroactive. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured pitch black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a great chocolate covered cherry presence to it. The dark chocolate and sweet, fruity flavors compliment each other very well. The port is a lot more forward compared to regular Kate which gives it a bit more of the fruity characteristics. The roasty, dark chocolate flavors handle it pretty well though.

The taste shows more of the dark chocolate and sweeter fruits to it up front. In the finish I get a little more roasty, coffee, bitter chocolate flavors to it. A little of the chocolate covered cherry flavors are there, which I love.

The mouthfeel is thick with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer, I loved the way the chocolaty flavors mixed with the fruity port flavors. The port was a lot more forward in it compared to regular Kate, but it worked well for it. Everything really comes together in it well, excellent beer overall.

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 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.

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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Kegatron
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!

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 Sean9689
4.38/5  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!

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 FosterJM
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

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.

Photo of Jeffo
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
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

Photo of cbeer88
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of peensteen
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.

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