Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by KYGunner:
4.21/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The color was deeply hued black but it had layers of creamy froth swirling about the body. This was poured with little to no head as the beertender felt obligated to fill the small snifter to the top.
The aroma is mostly a vinous BlackBerry wine with an underlay of chocolate. There are hints of coffee with touches of dried fruit.
The flavor is very sweet from the blackberries and vinous. The wine like qualities become more apparent mid palate. I catch chocolate covered cherries and roasted coffee near the end.
The feel is velvety smooth, very full with a nice creaminess about it. The blackberry fruitiness does leave a tangy feel about the tongue.
I really enjoyed this as Black Albert is amongst my favorite beers. This is not as good as BA but the blackberry does create a new overall experience.
Serving type: on-tap
01-19-2014 15:20:00 | More by KYGunner
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3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased in a Brussels bottle shop for an outrageous price.
A - Deep black with a moderate tan head. It clings to the glass nicely. But lots of chunks; even in the earlier pours.
S - Blackberry, chocolate and roasted malts. The fruit certainly comes through nicely.
T - Lots of blackberry supported by a cast of chocolate, roasted malts, figs and Belgian spice. It works for the most part but there were moments when the fruit flavors didn't fully blend. The alcohol is very well hidden.
M - Slightly thin for the style, possibly due to an initially high carbonation of aggressive bubbles.
O - A tasty beer but not worth the price. I had a sample at the Bruges Beer Festival. That would have been enough. I didn't need to pay the ridiculous price. And it doesn't seem to be just the central Brussels shop. I've seen the Damnation series overpriced in the De Struise shop in Bruges and in US shops. It's good but not that good.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2014 12:04:23 | More by GJ40
Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.