Black Albert | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed exclusively for Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.

Added by brewandbbq on 08-23-2007

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4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've had this on tap in Belgium, in a bottle I bought there and brought home and from a bottle purchased in the States. On tap it's the best food product I've ever had, unbelievable texture, depth, mouthfeel, and richness. Inefable, really, so trying to describe it can only fail.

Out of a bottle you've handled with care it's almost as startling. A bottle you buy in a retail store is a toss up, might be a magical experience and might be so-so, depending on the conditions it's been subject to, and its age. However, if you see it buy it! Even somewhat mishandled it's at 4.0+. A reasonably fresh bottle that's had a good trip is 4.8+.

Really, this is the ne plus ultra of beer, and you don't have to be a Belgium beer fan.

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4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Struise Bottleshop, Bruges (€5):
Strong & thick, this one was a beer I really had to take my time with given the alcohol content & how boozy & warming it was at times. It opened with some nice chocolate & bitter coffee flavours that were complimented by a vanilla sweetness & some sugars further on but it definitely wasn't a beer to rush. It seemed a little too strong at times, particularly early on but it was complex & rich with some pleasant dark malts & dark fruits showing too.

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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick jet black with some fluffy, light brown foam.

Smell is a bit sweet, with big notes of brown sugar, cocoa and plums, with some raisins in the back.

Taste starts off with a hint of salt, then adds roasted coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar and just a hint of ham. Some booze and a nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a terrific stout, that would have been even better if it was just a little bit thicker.

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4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +17.4%
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily black with a very small tan head that quickly forms a thin crown.

Big chocolatey aroma with hints of plum, cherry and bourbon. The taste follows the nose with a flipped script: bourbon like vanilla, cherry and alcohol; more plum and touch of raisin; and some chocolate and even molasses that prevents it from being overly sweet.

Thick bodied, creamy with strong carbonation.

This is indeed a treat. Lot No 230/2015.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. 2015 edition, lot no. 230, had 2/13/17.

Pours an oily looking dark brown, opaque, with only a smattering of a head and no real lacing. Seems thick. The smell is rich, roasted malts, Belgian yeast, coffee, some chocolate, molasses, smoke, raisins, prunes, a hint of vanilla. Really smells good. The taste generally follows the nose- roasted malts, more chocolate, cocoa, coffee, raisins, caramel, molasses, prunes, some yeast. A light level of bitterness, a sweet note on the finish. Smooth, fairly creamy, a great, full body, carbonated appropriately.

Big aromas and flavors, so much stands out. The heavy malt covers up some of the Belgian aspects, but still mostly retains the Belgian Stout identity. A bit pricey, but well worth a purchase when your see it.

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,804 ratings