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

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Ratings:
1,784
Reviews:
858
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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Photo of womencantsail
3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ryan for this one. Batch No. 14, according to the label.

A: The pour is certainly fitting for the style. Nearly black in color with an initially formbidable tan head that eventually settles down to a thin cap.

S: A heavy aroma of dark fruits, particularly prunes, figs, and plums. A touch of alcohol but no real roast, chocolate, or coffee. Almost cloying, to be honest.

T: The flavor is somewhat complex. Certainly the fruits noted in the aroma are well represented, but there is an underlying flavor of roasted malt and some light bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a fairly substantial level of carbonation, which I am unsure of at this point in time--even after drinking a fair amount of my glass.

D: As this one comes to temperature, the alcohol becomes more noticeable and the bitterness becomes more of an astringency. Not my favorite, but certainly worth trying.

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Photo of LoRezDave
3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good - but not up to my expectations based on the hype surrounding it. I had a 8oz pour in a sherry glass for $10 at Binny's in Chicago's south loop.

The pour was far too cold but produced a completely black brew with a creamy chocolate-milk type head of tight tiny bubbles. Slight lacing.

Taste was chocolate malt, roasted malt at the front; dark fruit (dark sweet cherries plums) in the middle; and little hop balance and alcohol burn in the finish.

Nose - nothing. Seriously partially because how cold this beer was there was zero aromatics. After I warmed it a bit in my hands I detected rich dark malt and sweet cherries - but you really have to search for them.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, alcohol bite, viscous. The 13% alcohol is hidden well.

So hmm. This was good, but not great. I had this only once previously, about a year ago with BA member bgramer and I recall getting a lot more out of it at that time. I think this is probably better bottled and aged than on tap.

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Photo of bbeane
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... starts with a small light brown head that disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing. Beer is pitch black in color with no light showing through when held to the ceiling

S- First nose is kind of weak... some mild dark fruit aroma with a hint of wood. As it warms, the dark fruit aroma becomes more evident along with some booziness

T- Starts out with some dark fruit sweetness mixed with a hop presence and some heat. As it warms the malty sweetness starts to overpower the hops and surprisingly the boozy heat seems less evident

M- Has nice body... bit chewy with light carbonation

D- Honestly... total disappointment. The appearance, aroma, and taste were average at best for the style and especially for the price

CHEERS!!

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Photo of jaasen64
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lot C purchased through Etre about 10 months ago and cellared since. Best before date of July, 2015. Not sure how old this is, but assuming it's got a little bit of age on it, at least a year. 11.2oz bottle poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a very dark jet black with a half finger of creamy mocha brown head that has decent retention and slowly fades to a flat top. At the end of the glass there is a couple brown sedimentation specs, but other then that it looks awesome for the style.

S- Some dark fruits, chalky chocolate, a lot of booze that almost makes it smell like you are drinking whiskey, not overly aromatic.

T- Chalky cocoa, roasted malts, fairly boozey, finishes with a light lingering aftertaste of cocoa. Not overly flavorful with a lot of chalkiness to it.

M- Fairly on palate but a somewhat smooth finish, medium bodied, low carbonation.

O- At first I thought this might be a bad bottle, but the other bottles of Cuvee Delphine/Kabert all had the same chalkiness and weren't overly flavorful. Overall I wasn't that impressed and there are a lot of better stouts out there. Perhaps drinking Kate the Great right before kind of ruined it a little bit. I'd like to try it a little bit fresher and see if that makes a difference.

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Photo of hophugger
3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle at Bier Temple in Brussels. I'm immediately impressed by the huge boozy dark fruit nose. This is very comparable to a Baltic Porter. In fact, after tasting it I would have certainly assumed as much. As the beer warms chocolate and molasses shine through in the scent but the beer remains dominated by sweet/sour prunes, dried apricots, and currants. The flavor follows - booze soaked plums and raison served over espresso. This one is hot, full bodied, and at times syrupy. Very good beer but not as interesting as I would have guess from the hype. Not particularly drinkable. Too boozy and syrupy.

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Photo of MsRif
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had from a bottle purchased from Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured an oily black color with a viscous consistency. Chocolate head that quickly receded, leaving some spotty lacing. Had an aroma of BOOZE, roasty malts, dark chocolate, sweet malts and a bit of earthiness. Taste is of roasted/sweet malts, BOOZE, hoppy bitterness/earthiness, dark chocolate and coffee. The booze is VERY forward in this beer...there is no hiding of that 13% ABV. I almost found it undrinkable. I don't mind a high alcohol brew but I felt the booze overwhelmed the rest of the flavors/complexity of this beer. As it came up in temp, it actually tasted more booze forward to me.

Full bodied. Syrupy with light carbonation. Not creamy...sticky and thick.

Yes, it was good. Not "great." Hardly at the top of my favorites list. I'll pass on it in the future.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re reviewed since 12.08.08 as my last reviewed was disappointing.

A - Pours nice black and huge heavy sticky head.

S - Chocolate and coffee.

T- Nice, burnt coffee, black licorice, but ends with burnt taste in mouth.

M - Medium to heavy, good carb, not great balance.

D - Overwhelming after one.

Better than I thought, but it is still not one of my favorites.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

#14
Poured with nice head that kept it nearly all the way to the finish.
Sharp roasted malt with pronounced bitter finish.
Still some heat after several years aging. Surprisingly thin for EtOH.
Not impressed at all with the beer.

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,784 ratings.
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