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Black Albert | De Struise Brouwers

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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:
#758
Reviews:
858
Ratings:
1,792
pDev:
9.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of ucsbmullet
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMZB
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jayhunter357
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Peter1977
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap.

Pours a dark shiny black color with a thick frothy tan head that dissipated slowly but left a thin film ring around the outside of the beer.

Smell has aromas of milk chocolate, intermingled with an array of dark fruits - ripe cherry, raisins and plum. Nice malt backbone is present in the aroma.

Taste follows the nose with notes of milk chocolate, ripe cherry, plum and cocoa powder. Certainly some sweetness to this beer that is good, but noticeable given the style. Sweetness taste sort of like toffee or caramel. Bit of mild bitterness on the finish with a coffee like flavor. Really a wonderful array of flavors that is so delicately balanced.

Feel had mild carbonation. Nice thick velvety feel on the beer, but it doesn't quite coat the mouth like you'd like from a Russian imperial stout. Also the finish is more sweeter than dry. Would have liked a bit more dryness on the finish again given the style.

Overall - in its own right this is a wonderful stout. Truly outstanding. Had been wanting to try this for some time and it did not disappoint!

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

Photo of StoutHunter
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of De Struise's Black Albert for $9.48 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time and now that this it's availiable I knew I needed to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a unique look to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had just a little bit of dark brown bubbly head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left lots of nice spotty lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, it's just what I would expect for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice chocolate and roasted malt aroma with some slightly charred and cocoa aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes the Belgian yeast which imparts a signature estery belgian yeast aroma that goes right into a cherry and slight dark fruit like aroma that has just a slight bit of tartness to it with more roasted and charred malts showing up towards the end. This beer has a good aroma, it's just what I would expect for the style.

T= The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the roasted malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did int he aroma, but this time there's also a slightly smokey flavor and a little more charred malts with a slight caramel flavor. Up next comes the belgian yeast which impart the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it shows up just as much. Up next comes that same fruity aspect I got in the aroma with some cherry aromas coming through and it's just a little lighter than it was in the aroma. On the finish there's more sweetness with a little bit of bitterness with some chocolate and cherry flavors in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it's just what I would expect from the style, but it's a little on the sweet side.

M- A little smooth, alcohol is hidden well, a little creamy, velvety, full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, for the most part it's just what I expect from the style and it had all the key flavors, but it was a little sweeter than I would like. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink the full bottle, but anymore than that would be too much. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and how true to style it is, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness, I wish it had a little less sweetness. I would buy this beer again and I would be interested to see how it ages. I would recommend this bee to anyone who lies Belgian style Imperial Stout, it's pretty close to being a text book example of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, but I wasn't super impressed with it, I think if it had a little less sweetness and a little more complexity it would be very good. It made for a good first Impression for this brewery and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, keep it up.

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

Photo of gjoker321
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of burnstar
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours extremely dark brown to black with a very dark head. Some lacing on the surface after it recedes. Smell is huge chocolate and coffee malts. Taste is sweet upfront with a big dark chocolate flavor. A little on the sweet side but nicely balanced by the bitterness from the dark malts. Kind of unbelievable that this is 13% since the booze isn't noticeable at all to me (edit- as it warms it tastes much boozier). Heavy bodied and a little on the syrupy side- could use a little more carbonation. Overall, it's a very good huge imperial stout.

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

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

Photo of Fabianno
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage

L - Pitch black with a small beige head

S - Boozy, grape, roasted malt

T - Very balanced between the roasted malts and the herbal hops, a light yeast character, a bit of grape and apple, cocoa powder. Very neat. Sweet but not cloying

F - Thick and almost perfect gentle carbonation

O - A great beer, not as complex as some Imperial Stout but it has a certain deepness but stays drinkable with a clear taste and not boozy in the taste even with the 13% ABV. It gets better as it warms up.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (2015 vintage) to a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated March 28, 2016.

A-The beer pours with a short, dark-brown head. The foam fades immediately leaving a shiny collar. The beer is nearly black, and mostly opaque. It looks think and viscous.

S-The aroma is more fruity than many high ABV stouts. I sniff plum, prune, and raisin, as well as dark molasses, licorice, and some baker's chocolate. It is an intense and unique aroma.

T-The taste, like the smell, is intense and somewhat different than many in the style. I detect dark, dried fruits (think prune and raisin), as wells as molasses, baker's chocolate, and black cherry. The finish lingers forever on my palate. As the beer nears room temperature, I taste some milky, lactose flavors. Odd.

M-The feel is a bit of letdown. It is watery and nearly flat.

O-This is a unique beer. The European takes on the American-style huge stouts are always interesting to me, because the Euros seem to produce a more fruity take on the idea and this beer is no exception. Black Albert is less of a chocolate and coffee bomb than many Americans, but I like it that way. The water feel is a bummer, however.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours completely opaque with a little brown head that quickly dissipates into a ring that laces nicely throughout.

S: Smell is coffee, roast, hops and a little alcohol perfume. Slightly daunting.

T: Lots of dark chocolate, some coffee notes with chocolate and hops on the back end. Fantastic balance!

M: A nice round body with a touch of alcohol warmth. Smooth and silky with a light carbonation that dances on the palate.

O: A delicious stout that exhibits why the Belgians are so good at making beer. Superbly balanced with rich, delicious flavors that compliment everything this beer puts into the nose. Definitely one to keep in the Beer Cave!

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Photo of drone
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xdtfx
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dewsby
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Caseyk1088
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,792 ratings
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