Black Albert | De Struise Brouwers

Black AlbertBlack Albert
BA SCORE
4.26/5
1,786 Ratings
Black AlbertBlack Albert
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#735
Reviews:
858
Ratings:
1,786
pDev:
9.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Travlr
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Urbain at the schoolhouse. Thank you sir!
A: Black hole black, medium tan head that settles slowly to reveal moderate lacing.
S: Aroma of burnt espresso and dark fruits.
T: Very balanced dark roasted malt and hops, dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean flavor with bitter finish. Nice complexity.
M: Decent body.
D: This is good stuff. Looking forward to more.

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Photo of JKitchen23
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan thick head. A skim of head that turns to a tan ring. No lace.

Coffee and dark chocolate, with fruit such as cherry and cassis. Nice dark roasted maltiness.

Dark chocolate and booze up front, with some creamy tart maltiness, then coffee, some dark fruit, maybe anise. Dries out a bit, to long lingering bitterness. Fantastic.

Full bodied, with some prickly carbonation.

13%? could have fooled me. Easy to drink, incredibly complex. $11 for 12 oz bottle. Won't pass my lips again, sadly, but loved every drop.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those funky reviews because it's for Black Albert and Black Albert Batch 0. Part of a Struise tasting that also included Cuvee Delphine.

The Black Albert was a 2010 11.2 oz. bottle obtained in the U.S. Poured into a brandy snifter. Not much head but killer aroma and some decent lacing. The roasted malt notes hit you with the first sip, but they mellow out over time. The mouthfeel is good, and the chocolaty notes make this a very enjoyable royal stout.

The Black Albert Batch 0 was a 2010 11.2 oz. bottle obtained in Belgium. Poured into a brandy snifter. Even though this is Black Albert, my sources tell me this is technically a quad, and the same recipe as the batch sent to Ebenezer's Pub for their 1st Belgian Beer Fest. Everything about this beer is perfect. I love Pannepot, and it puts that quad to shame (ok not to shame, but Batch 0 is just "better"). Smooth, silky, subtle dark fruit notes, everything in balance. One of my all-time favorites.

So let's say A- for the Black Albert and A+ for the Batch 0.

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Photo of arizcards
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Magnums on 7-4-10 for $11.49.

Beer poured black as night with a nice brown head upon initial pour.

Nose is slightly boozy, some dark fruit, and mocha.

Taste is quite interesting, dark fruits, big hint of licorice on the first sip, roasted malts, some chocolate, well balanced by the hops.

Mouthfeel is thinner than hoped but pretty smooth.

Overall this is a very interesting beer, i like the belgian style spin. Alcohol is very well hidden. Definitely an artisinal beer, glad i had the opportunity to try it!

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Photo of Chincino
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer the other night and was happy to have it after having it originally at a beer festival in Belgium.

The beer poured to be black with dark mocha colored head that left lacing on the glass.

The aroma is strong of fruit-cherries and other dark fruits, chocolate, malts, and brown sugar. Full-bodied, good carbonation, leaves you feeling full. Great taste. This beer is definitely a slow-sipper.

I'm a big fan of De Struisse beers and the Black Albert is no exception to this.

Cheers!

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Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Inky, motor oil in appearance. Just jet black in color, with absolutely no light passing through this beer. A attractive looking huge, thick milk chocolate colored head of foam rounds out the pour.

Dank, earthy in the nose, with hints of espresso coffee and soy sauce. Lots of dark fruits as well. I get aromas of fig, plums and raisins, maybe even a little bit of prunes. Thoughts of baker's bittersweet chocolate, dark fudge or a rich chocolate cake back up the fruit. Roasted, charred and burnt malt aromas. Some booze, sweetness is also evident, but not overpowering.

Carbonation is low, giving the beer a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The sweetness and booze is more noticeable on the palate. Has a lot of similarity's from the nose in the initial taste. Soy sauce, nice dark fruits of fig, plums and prunes. Strong flavors of chocolate. Becomes more complex as the beer warms though. There's a faint smokiness emerging. Flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans and chocolate covered raisins. Dark fudge, reminds me of tootsie rolls, milk duds or a rich, chewy brownie. It's full of dark fruits. More sweetness appears as the beer warms. I'm thinking of a rich chocolate cake spiked with a shot of bourbon. Has a dry, roasted malt bitterness in the finish.

A rich, full bodied imperial stout, with great drinkability.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice; enjoyed at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton.

A - deep, deep black and thick; not a single bit of light passes through this ichor! One finger tan head with thin streaky lacing.

S - smoke, caramel, and Islay scotch! Heavenly.

T - interesting complex with only the slightest hint of bitterness that's quickly offset with bittersweet dark fruit, licorice and smoke. Very solid and enduring.

M - smooth and velvety; lightly carbonated and with some substantial alcohol warming.

D - definitely a sipper, but still approachable. Exceptionally complex and full of surprises.

Really delicious beer; absolutely lives up to its reputation. Must try for any beer fan.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ebony with no highlights along the edges of the snifter. After the loud escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the huge head of cappuccino colored froth was no surprise. It's whipped creamy and is beginning to leave a beautiful array of delicate lace. Given the ABV, glass coverage is fairly extensive.

The aroma is as concentrated as expected and is gaining complexity as room temperature approaches. Each sniff delivers dark chocolate liquor, blackstrap molasses and earthy dark fruit. Maybe a bit of licorice as well. If the flavor is this good, then the hype is well-earned.

Black Albert doesn't taste like an RIS because of the sourness. De Struisse Brouwers calls it a Belgian Royal Stout, so maybe beer of that sub-style is supposed to be this tangy fruity. Other first impressions include less malt than expected and a relatively light mouthfeel for the ABV.

The name is an appropriate one because this big stout definitely tastes *black*, or at least significantly dark. Flavors match aromas for the most part: plums and raisins macerated in a mixture of espresso, molasses, dark chocolate sauce and Sambuca... along with a tendril of wood smoke.

The sourness is more easily tolerated over time. It's also nicely offset by a fair amount of both sweetness and hop bitterness. Room temperature is the only way to go. A fantastic job of alcohol masking gives me no choice but to bump the taste score. This really is a lip-smackingly good brew.

The body/mouthfeel doesn't quite make it all the way to impressive. It falls a fraction short on fullness and the carbonation isn't as well-integrated as it could be. On the other hand, the slick stickiness makes sipping a pleasure.

Even though Black Albert doesn't make my 'Top Beers on Planet Earth' list, I'm fine with the fact that it's on the BA list (near the bottom, where it belongs). Yeah, it's overhyped. Yeah, it's overpriced... but I got quite a bit of pleasure out of this little 330 ml bottle.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The black pour, opaque body, and khaki head were prototypical of the style. The head was small and very short lived, which I am sure was the result of the high ABV. The smell was like molter chocolate and very intoxicating. The taste was like dried berries soaked in coffee. There was a up front hint of sourness which gave way to roasted grain astringency. The beer felt simple at first, but after realizing the amount of alcohol hidden under there, I became of the opinion that the seeming simplicity was actually due to the extremely elegant balance that felt so natural. Glided off the tongue after each sip, leaving a chocolate aftertaste. Simply amazing.

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Photo of jmalex
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What was once an elusive mystery is now available to all, including me! Tonight is the night to open one of my 2 bottles.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Unibroue tulip black in color with a giant light mocha colored head which wants to last forever. It's somewhat rocky and tightly bubbled, eventually settling down to a one-finger high head. The lacing is all over the glass in true stained-glass fashion. Damn.

SMELL: I have to say, this is the first multi-staged aroma I've ever come across. At first whiff, there's no taking this for anything other than a big stout. The roasty chocolate is unmistakable. But then the authentic abbey yeast kicks in, and you're left wondering what kind of Belgian Strong Dark this is. It's bready with big time dark fruit esters going on. Man, this smells crazy... in a very good way.

TASTE: The taste is waaay more in favor of the Belgian Strong Dark aspect that the stout, but the stout flavor are still there, especially on the finish. Dry up front with a bready sort of dark chocolate flavor happening. It goes a bit empty across the palate before coming back strong with caramels and chocolate and a dessert-like sweetness. The slightest bit of alcohol warmth lingers with you long afterward begging for another sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Thinner than you might expect, though Belgian beers should be. So no criticism there. The body is velvety smooth and rich. I can't imagine anything more luxurious feeling.

DRINKABILITY: 13%?! No f'in way. Off-the-charts, crazy-good drinkability. I could drink a 750ml of this easy. Except for the drunken stupor that would follow. Damn, this is good.

I didn't want to buy into the hype, but this beer has A LOT going for it. Not perfect by any stretch, but legitimately a beer worth seeking out. Get it if you can.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So I finally got a hold of some of the elusive Black Albert. I have been looking to try this overly hyped beer since last year, so I naturally jumped at the chance to get some when I finally could. I let this twelve ounce bottle settle for a couple days after I received it and then pulled it out of the fridge, letting it warm up to the cellar temp before decanting into my famous terrapin snifter. It poured black as night, with a nice two inch rise of tan foam which came over the top. Very nice retention left behind even an inch of foam after about 5 minutes. Very impressive lacing on this one as well now, with a rich, and silky looking layer swirling around in the glass. This was a very impressive looking beer from the first look of it.

So I go in for the smell, deep chocolate aroma just whaffing off of this one. Very sweet with hints of vanilla and unroasted coffee. A touch of molasses as well. The Belgian yeast is very noticeable now with lots of underlying dark fruit notes and touches of figs playing around in there. The flavor was very good, though I have to admit not great. It was a different kind of flavor then what I was expecting. Very creamy and frothy, and nowhere near as heavy as any of the big stouts. Lots of carbonation here as it literally is silky smooth on the palate. Lots cocoa and coffee, with hints again of vanilla and figs, prunes and several other light touches of fruit. No alcohol in this at all. Very surprising. There is just no way that this is anywhere near 13% ABV, it's just not even close. This thing is drinking like it's a 7% stout, really very interesting. It was ridiculously smooth with an almost dessert like quality to it. Nice and sweet, but I cannot help but adding that my final thoughts on the flavor were ones of a muted nature. I just kept wanting it to be bigger then it was, and this is where hype attributes negatively.

Overall this was an Excellent stout, above excellent actually, but it did not anywhere near live up to the hype surrounding it. Had I just stumbled upon it I would have thought this was great, and I still do, but it was made out to be so much better then everything else, and while I do have to admit it was one of the smoothest beers I have ever seen, it was by no means the best. Still though its one you need to try at least once as it is highly worth it.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 0, poured at right around cellar temp into a snifter. Poured an impenetrable black body with a HUGE milk chocolate colored frothy head after a semi-vigorous pour. Just like a good Belgian ale, the retention was superior and lacing was great. Smells like dried plums and raisins with molasses and vanilla. Burnt caramel, bitter chocolate, and earthy aromas round out the nose. The taste is largely the sweet sugary fruits at first, followed by the acidic cocoa and coffee flavors expected in a stout like this. Interesting characteristics from the Belgian yeast strain used, somewhat spicy. Very clean and balanced flavor profile, but rich and complex with bold flavors. Feel is about as thick and heavy as I'd expect in a RIS, but carbonated like a dubbel or tripel, which lightened the body a bit. An all around exceptional beer, and it lives up to every bit of hype it gets. Now I'm really curious to see how Cuvee Delphine compares.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pours a deep black with a finger of dense, creamy, light brown head that lasted forever and left great streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Rum soaked raisins, bitter coffee with a slight metallic twinge, and dark roasted malts come through on the nose.
T: Strong flavors of both dark and milk chocolate along with big notes of raisins and toasted grains. There are some hints of molasses, caramel and maybe honey in there as well. Finish is almost sweet with dark fruits (dates, figs, prunes, raisins) and honey, and the aftertaste has a light dark-chocolate/grassy hop bitterness that isn't overpowering.
M: The first thing I noticed when this beer hit my mouth was not its flavor but its incredibly velvety soft yet full and chewy mouthfeel. The carbonation is very light and gives this beer a fluffy texture on the palate. For 13% AVB, the alcohol is masked extremely well. I only get the slightest flavor of it, rather than the warmth or burn.
D: Definitely a little different from a standard RIS, but oh man is this one good! One of the easiest drinking beers out there that contain this much body and flavor. I can only wish this bottle was bigger (and cheaper) so that this glass can never end.

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Photo of BeefTongue
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer yielded a beautiful, frothy two-finger head with an amber/butterscotch hue; the lacing held for a while and made the sides of the glass appeared frosted and shimmery. True to its name, Black Albert remains black in appearance even when held to light, making for an appealing contrast to the colorful head. The smell was sweet with a smoky aroma and scents roasted malt and coffee that manifest also in the flavor. Tasting was a delight; not only was the mouth feel thick and velvety, but all flavors seemed to compliment each other very well. The balance was superb, and at 13% ABV the alcohol is relatively hidden amongst the other flavors. One can tell immediately that this is a big beer, but "booziness" does not permeate (not to say that this isn't sometimes enjoyable in other heavy beers) the other flavors. I could drink a lot of these; they're delicious! However, at ~nine bucks per 12oz. bottle, this beer is a bit out of my sessionable price range. I would buy again for a special occasion, hands down. A definite must-try for fans of the imperial stout or darker/heavier beers in general.

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Photo of stakem
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Batch "0" poured into a mini snifter appears pretty much black in color with a lighter brownness around the edges. A very dark brown head appears and slowly fades. As it recedes, patches of lace cling to the glass with smaller spots in-between. Swirls revive the head showing a bit of clarity when the brew is thinned out during the swirl.

The nose is dark roasted grains reminiscent almost of a bitter baker's chocolate. A slight vinous twang is present along with a bit of citrus hops. Other smells suggest some deep dark roasted coffee.

The taste is seemingly dry but that is mostly a feeling imparted by the heavily roasted grain which makes itself known straight out the gate with a wallop of alcohol. The flavor of the alcohol opens up some dark fruity flavors of plum, raisin and some more vinous quality. Once warm there is minor indication of a liquorice type of taste.

For such a bold brew this brew is ridiculously smooth and drinkable. The grain is heavily kilned and leaves a lasting roasted dark flavor residing in the mouth with each sip. There is a moderate bitterness that equally matches the solid alcohol presence. Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. If I haven't said it enough already, this is a very drinkable beer. Despite any hesitations about infection issues or variance from batch to batch, you gotta give this one a try.

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Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep flat coal black with a nice foamy tan head. The rentention was okay and spotty lace was noted.

S: Hints of bitter chocolate and some. Tinges of dark fruit and caramel. All of this is very muted though. Not big and bold like you would expect for a 13% brew.

T: Wow I got 12 of these to drink and trade, and after finally trying it I am not real impressed. Like the nose the taste is somewhat muted for the ABV. There are hints of dark fruits, chocolate and smoke for sure. Touches of coffee and a splash of tartness in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth somewhat creamy. Really drinkable for the ABV.

D: Fairly drinkable. I expected alot out of this beer and was let down. I have several more bottles set back, I guess I will let them age a bit so see how that goes.

Update, my first review I rated this beer a B- it was the quad version and I was less than impressed. While at the Oldsmar Taphouse today Tony the owner brought a bottle out of his personal stash. This is most defiently the RIS version and it was quite tasty. Now on to the proper review.

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with a nice 1/2 finger head. The retention was okay with some streaking lace noted.

S: Nice and roasty. Hints of chocolate dipped dark fruit and licorice.

T: Wonderful flavors. Bold roasted malt with chocolate pushing thru. Wonderful sweet figs and raisins. Anise and a bit of sour. Quite complex very wonderful.

M: Medium in body, as smooth as crushed velvet.

D: When I shipped this beer in from Belgium this is what I expected, instead I got the quad. Had I got 12 of these I would have traded quite a few less.

Thanks Tony for sharing.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black into a La Chouffe tulip. Thick tan colored head that leaves thick lacing on the glass. Aroma is of sweet cocoa and roasted malt.

Taste is very roasted with an espresso like bitterness. Some of the sweet chocolate noted in the aroma. Also some dark fruit is in here. This beer kind of reminds me of Peche Mortel minus the coffee. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, full-bodied, with a perfect carbonation level. The alcohol is almost unnoticeable, making this 13% monster dangerously drinkable. This is a damn goood beer, if I have the opportunity to purchase this again I will.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this lovely beer with grassrootsVT at Erasmus in Brugge.

App: Pours into an Erasmus goblet bold and black with a beautiful, full, rich dark head. Consistent and thick lacing. Really wonderful.

Aroma: Smell is actually mild for the strength (13%) with not much alcohol presence. Solid chocolate and nutty characters, with some vanilla and warm rum.

Taste: Chewy and delicious. Chocolate and roasty nuts. Some vanilla and mild rum alcohol characters. Flavor finishes with a touch of burnt bitterness and crisp hoppiness, but full roasted chocolate dominates.

Mouth: Really, really nice. Velvety and smooth, like a warm fleece blanket. Gorgeous. Full carbonation but it's delicate and satiny.

Drink: Yeah, this is incredibly drinkable especially considering the alcohol strength.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to hoppymeal for the opportunity. I didn't think I would get to taste this one so soon.

I put this one in the fridge for about 20min so it's around cellar temp.

Is this a RIS, Belgian Royal Stout? I don't know so I just poured it into my Duvel tulip glass.

Pours as it should, black with no opportunity for light to penetrate through and a thick, soft, 2 inch crown of milk chocolate foam. Very good retention throughout; the beer maintains a nice thin layer of foam and a quick little stir brings this one back to life.

The aroma is enticing that's for sure. There is a good amount of sweet, dark, fruits and it has a yeasty profile that is characteristic of quads. Very soft and floral on the nose, the chocolate is more like cocoa than a dark Belgian chocolate. There's also hints of vanilla, maybe some wood. I'm also picking up some dark Belgian candy sugar. Can't quite pick out all the aromas since it's quite subtle, it's a soft fragrance. After a while I detect the roasted malts, some husk, and a bit of coffee. After a few sips the beer develops some green grape skin or apple skin...no it's more like dried apricots that I smell. There's also a bit of a coca-cola aroma going on in there. As complex as it is on the nose it just doesn't have a powerful bouquet, it's just a tad shy and quiet. I'm actually a bit torn on the aroma, it's very good, and maybe it's not meant to be a pungent chocolate etc...aroma for this style, but it just didn't impress me as much as the other categories.

The first sip is like a carnival ride, it just takes the palate out for a ride. Starts out with a little sour cherry, sweet raisins, and dates; then it moves into roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of wheat, yeast, and alcohol. Again, really soft and elegant. Near the finish and aftertaste I get a tangy wheat flavor as well as some dry roasted barley. The alcohol also brings a fruitiness in the finish, not hot by any means. Near the finish of the glass there beer has more roasted malts, a little charred wood, even more dark fruits, and more dryness. Not really a 4.5 but it's a little higher than a 4 for me.

Mouthfeel, well, it has to be perfect for me. The beer is so smooth on the palate, it is sweet and airy. Drinks rather easy for 13% I could easily drink one or two more.

It's very good for what it is, but wouldn't make the list of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Pabs311
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours very dark black, not light passing through. a nice looking mocha colored head tops this beer, slowly settling to leave some good looking lacing.

S- Aroma is a bit different from most RISs i've had. Some coffee and chocolate notes as expected but also a good amount of dark fruit, molasses and some licorice or soy pokes through as well.

T- equally as complex as the nose, but more intense. malty sweetness, mingles with some bitterness. flavors come off with coffee, some chocolate, dark sweet fruit and that same soy or licorice (can't nail it down).

M/D- Full bodied and chewy just the way i like my RISs. low carbonation. very nice moutfeel, almost silky smooth. good drinkability as well. gonan cellar the other one i have and check it out in a few months.

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Photo of lzepplin01
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Crosling
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pros: The appearance is perfect. Very Belgian, natural carbonation, long lasting foam. I've had 3 bottles of it so far and it's perfectly conditioned. Mouth feel is very thick & layered. Flavors are brilliantly unique, concentrated and complex.

Cons: The nose gives off a potent dark fruit and fudge-like scent, but is the weak point of the beer. Smells a bit out of balance.

Such a beauty. A beer to put away. It should evolve and improve for at least a decade.

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Photo of Antyk
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with light brown edges. Mocha head rises with an inch of head, but dissipates quickly. Lacing is modest.

Nose is dominated by dark fruits, sweet and deep, with a good bit of roasted back ground. Alcohol is present, but is not overly dominating.

Palate is very rich, starting with an earthy malt beginning. Mid-body is dominated by dark fruits, a bit of spice which leads into a very smooth and mellowed roasted finish. Alcohol is present, but adds more to the beer than takes away. Comes off as port wine in essence and character.

Silky smooth mouthfeel with a great resonance of flavor. An exceptional beer that would age gracefully for years. Absolutely divine.

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,786 ratings
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