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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1,783
Reviews:
857
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head and good lacing.

Scent of chocolate, candi sugar, dark fruits, spices, cola, and alcohol. There is a lot to the scent, but it isn't overly complex, very good.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol. This stuff is pretty hot right now, but I think it will be excellent with some age.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and heavy, but it seems a little thin.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A RIS? Huh, struck more as a Belgian quad than anything else. Obviously, like everyone else, I'd heard a ton about this beer before actually trying it. In fact, I'd even looked for this beer during a trip to Belgium a few months ago, albeit unsuccessfully.

This beer struck me as distinctly quad-like. Color was dark, head was minimal, aroma was faint (which I would blame on it being served far to cold at The Terminal), and flavor started with a touch of roastiness, but to me offered a lot of dried fruit, like raisins and dates, with maybe a touch of cognac flavor. Mouthfeel was pretty good.

I thought this beer was good, but not exactly up to the hype. I really enjoyed it, but I thought it honestly inferior to some more widely distributed Belgian beers such as Rochefort 10 or Achel 8 Brune. I would recommend, but I also wouldn't recommend driving for hours or paying huge quantities of money to obtain it.

I had this on-tap, and served far too cold, at The Terminal, near the airport in Milwaukee.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle and monks cafe

pour is like a RIS but would have to say that it sort of dwelling in the interesting in between of a quad and a ris that i love so much as a night cap. there is a equal part of chocolate and coffee and dry roastiness with a hop drying quality as there is complex ester of dark fruit and pollen. there is a tad meaty and a hint of sour note that are quite subtle. sour like coffee is acidic... sour like plum. nose of forest fruit and coffee. beautiful head. wonderful balance and a mix of two worlds of beer. abv totally undetectable but think in this case that could be something that is not letting out some constituent in the nose. it does open up for about a half an hour though.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been meaning to try this one for years now - saw that it popped up at Holiday Wine in Escondido and had my brother snag me a 11.2 oz bottle for $10. - comes in capped dark brown bottle.

A: Pours, as my wife exclaimed, looking like molasses with a thick brown head that dissipates a bit early giving way to small amounts of lacing.

S: Noticeable hop up front - earthy & mossy, fresh baked brownies, charred wood, cherry & vanilla bean, trippy yeast strain, slight hint alcohol.

T: Dark chocolate, taffy, dried figs, woody coconut, cherry spiced rum (really balances the the 13% abv well with the cherry flavor) earthy hop lingers well beyond the hint of booze on the finish - outstanding!

M: Big fulled bodied, lightly carbonated - which is nice for the style, lending well to the creaminess of this one. Hop oils leave a bitter finish like a good IPA which is rare for this style, but is just another dimension it reveals, especially as it warms up a bit.

A pricey brew, but one that won't let you down!

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Photo of greg4579
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Batch 14, 2007 vintage.

Very port like in flavor. Lots of vinous notes. I found the nose faint, and almost nonexistent. I thought the mouthfeel was good and as expected.

A dessert in itself and an enjoyable way to start watching Thursday night football.

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Photo of BColton1
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jjanega08
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A= The pour is a pitch black color with a nice two finger head rising out of it that holds some nice retention and has steady lacing for such a big beer. The heads color is a nice mocha color.

S= Big booze comes from the nose. That's the first thing I notice. There's a lot of roast to it as well as some odd estery sweetness to it. The esters are true to any Belgian beer I suppose. The only problem is that it smells a lot of alcohol. Almost reminds me of WWS in a way only less sweet in the nose.

T= The taste tops the smell anyday! Wow this is a smooth easy drinking stout. There is plenty of roast to it as well as sweetness to balance it out a little. The alcohol never comes through in the taste at all and the Belgian yeast leaves a little fruityness to it that I've never had in a Impy stout.

M= This unfortunatly is a little weak. It is so thin however that you never really notice your drinking such a huge beer.

D= The thin mouth on this leads to huge drinkability. This is such an up and down beer as far as the rating categories go but it is still amazing. One of a kind beer that I have never and possibly will never have anything like again. I'm happy I found a spot that carries these because I'll be going back for more that for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle tried 12 May 2010. Lot B/6/BB is marked on the side. Acquired this in trade last year, but don't remember who from.

Served in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Large brown head. Well carbonated. Pours an oily black, a few red highlights. Serious aroma, dark fruit, burnt sugar, molasses, fruity sour, ethanol. Flavor delivers on the promises made by aroma. Deep sweet molasses, dark figs, burnt sugar. Some vanilla, maybe oak. 100 IBUs keeps the edge off it being cloying but still a sweet beer. Finish and aftertaste is warm and boozy. Alcohol noticeable throughout. Bourbon and dark sugar linger in the mouth. Medium body.

Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Ajlvt
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice

A: Pours a beautiful deep dark color. Opaque. The head is very small, bubbled and beige. practically no lacings left

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. A bit fruity. Belgian yeasts

T: Strong on roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. Belgian yeasts. Quite bitter

M: Heavy body. Low carbonation. High ABV. Roasted bitter end

O: Simply excellent

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz into a goblet

A - Dark brown, almost black with just a few touches of light amber. Head is big tome mocha, but not very big. Breaks down to a film. Light amount of lacing.

S - Chocolate and a light amount of roast. THe hops are present, somewhat floral, but plays a secondary role to the malts.

T - Starts off with some chocolate malts, a bit of yeast breadiness. Chocolate and caramel in the midstream, just a bit of vanilla. Very strong alcohol note present throughout. Finishes bitter with some charred oak notes as well.

M - Super strong carbonation. Full bodied but gets a little bit lightened up by the bubbly texture.

O/D - A long slow sipper. high ABV will come right after you. A bit filling. Sits heavy on the stomach.

A huge RIS.

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Photo of kmoen
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Fabiand
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Etan
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml into a snifter. Batch "0", Ba no. 14, so 2007 maybe?

A: Pours a nice jet black with a thick dark chocolaty head. Great retention.

S: Lots of chocolate, molasses some dark fruit esters. Sugary with some vinous esters.

T: More robust and bitter than the aroma. Heavy roasted malts and grainy bitterness, black coffee and dark chocolate, slightly sweet alcohol and some grape-like dark fruit esters.

M: Yep, this is thick as all hell. Slight carbonation, viscous and creamy body.

O: A very good robust RIS. Perhaps a little more sweetness in the taste would be good, but other than that this is very good.

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Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of dunix
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Westvleteren Chalice

A - Pours a beautiful thick black oily appearance with a tight bubbled tanned head that does not reduce at all/

S - So many different aromas of roastyness vanilla, coffee etc

T - Immense flavours of chocolate, coffee, bread , yeast, smokey roast (Just a little)

M - Fuller than full body with pewrfect carbonation.

D - Every now and then you come across a beer that is hard to fault ... This is one of those. We need a Belgian Royal Stout Category as well because this beer is in a league of it's own.

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Photo of deebo
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 330 ml bottle of Batch 0 BA No. 14, lot A with a BB date of Dec.31, 2017 picked up in December at De Struise shop in Bruges for a hefty $4.70 Euro.

Poured into a snifter this brew is black as a bowling ball with a little head that is mocha in color-no lacing present as the head quickly recedes. Smells like a big RIS, heavy boozy malts with notes of molasses. bourbon vanilla. Initial taste is big smoky, heavily roasted malt with an alcohol kick. As it warms I get a hint of that estery Belgian yeast but it is dominated by the wealth of malts. Dark fruity character as it warms, lower in bitterness than most. A rich heavy body but not sticky or oily. Low carbonation. This high alcohol content volatilizes the beer through your nose very noticeably. This is a big fucking beer. A beer to sip and contemplate. A must for fans of big rich RIS.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black/brown body... massive tan head... super retention and good lacing..

S: Chocolate and coffee... Distinctly belgian notes of figs, raisins and cherries... not detecting too much of the booze here in the nose

T: Much like the nose, coffee (and to a lesser extent chocolate) dominate the experience... nice highlights of dark fruits... again the booze, which I know is there, isn't shining through!!!

M: Somewhat viscous... flavor lingers for quite some time...

D: The 13% ABV, while relatively undetectable in the nose and flavor, made itself known as I tried to finish this guy off!

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Black Albert from De Struise Brouwers
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,783 ratings.
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