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Cuvee Delphine | De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
4.23/5
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663 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer takes its name from Delphine Boël, the unlawful daughter of King Albert II. She has struggled for acknowledgment in both her professional and private lives, so we decided she deserves a tribute fit for a princess. Cuvée Delphine is our Black Albert, carefully matured on Four Roses bourbon barrels for 12 months. Mrs. Boël has kindly allowed us to use her artwork for its label, which speaks for itself.

In a sea of sickly sweet and heavy bourbon aged stouts, we wanted Cuvée Delphine to shine brightly as a pinnacle of balance and restraint. Only with a base beer as potent as Black Albert could we manage to make the aging process shine. Notes of oak and slight vanilla pair extraordinarily well with the familiar coffee and brown sugar notes from the Black Albert. The subdued alcohol ties it all together in a lush, mellow experience. Cuvée Delphine will set you free.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,030
Reviews:
227
Ratings:
663
pDev:
10.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
162
Trade:
12
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Photo of zonker17
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 330mL bottle poured 12/4/17 to tulip, black, viscous, big brown head, no lacing. Nose a bit flat, some wood. Taste is not flat. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla meld on a big body roasty malt base. Some booziness and a slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Voss
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my God... What a wonderful beer... Almost black with a surprising brown foam and intense smell of raisins and wood.
Taste begins with a strong feel of liquid dark chocolate, then leaving the place to beer goods. Sweet but not too much, no hops, wood and raisins again.
Goes very well with brie de meaux and camembert, less with gorgonzola.
An incredible brew, another masterpiece from de Struise.
A must have.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with very dark, but quickly dissipating, head. Beautiful beer. Nose is full of bourbon. Also chocolate, licorice, and caramel. Spectacular. Taste is amazing. Sweet bourbon and intense chocolate. Vanilla, marshmallow, caramel as well. No bitterness, and no alcohol heat. This is truly an amazing beer with perfect complexity and balance. Moutfeel is amazing - creamy.

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Photo of mig100
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I'd never guessed I'd have the chance to try one of these at a reasonable price. Found a 2012 vintage (bottled in 2014) in July 2017 in the great bar «Au bon coin» in Nernier, France.

L - Perfect look for a 5 years old beer. Pitch black with a beige head. Glorious 1 finger lacing all along

S - is that a dessert or a beer? It smells like «riz au lait», rice with milk, caramel, rum soaked raisins. Vanilla, hints of oak

T - It follows the smell with a big chocolate presence. A bit boozy, but balanced. No bourbon presence. Some sweetness.

M - Thick and lucious. Graceful

O - Definitely a classy beer. Greatness in a glass

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Photo of wanderingpints
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of desint
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage. Bottle received in trade with Ian.

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

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

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CoreyC
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

4+ year old vintage, 2+ year old from bottling
This is beer is a barrel aged version of Black Albert. Pours very dark near pitch black with a strong tan head. The nose and taste were chocolate, vanilla, and really nice dark stone fruit (raison) much more so than I'm used to in an IS - more like in a great aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale. It made it a bit different, more complex and better than most really good barrel aged Imperial Stouts. And it was the smoothest IS I've ever had - no bitterness at all (which I loved) and no bite whatsoever even at 11% ABV. One of the best beers I had.

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Photo of gatornation
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottled on 04/20/14. Pour a thick black/brown color with a chocolate mocha head. smells of coffee and malt with molasses vanilla wood and bourbon. coffee and roasted malts right away are complemented by 4R barrels they are present and delightful, vanilla and mocha chocolate mix in as well . A beautiful barrel presence mixed with coffee and malts mix with hops and slight fruity wine in the finish. A delight to drink.

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Photo of Johncnh
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a motor oil color with a bigger, bubbly beige head. A beautiful lacing coats the surface of the glass entirely after a few minutes, regaining its fluffiness after swirling.

Smells of milk chocolate, dried orange peel and a flowery barrel quality. The barrel consists of old oak, peppers and cinnamon, amped up by the fruity orange peel.

Offers a lower carbonation with tiny bubbles to it, producing a nice refreshing aspect to the otherwise creamy malt foundation. Maintains a pleasant balance, with a lighter mouthfeel and only a note of Bourbon becoming recognizable.

Tastes of dark chocolate with lots of cream, fudge and a pleasant warmth, bringing the barrel to the palate. It consists of dried lemon peel, black pepper hull, a flowery hop note and cinnamon, leading to a soft milk chocolate and toffee sweetness. Finishes with a warming bite, more peppers and toasted malts among caramel and a faint fizziness underneath the cream, topped off by rock sugar.

Sweet and warming with just a peppery, spicy note of Bourbon amongst a nice chocolate creaminess. This too brings the De Struise typical sweetness to the palate, while the body of this is huge enough to process it playfully.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peabody
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of retry4z
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Bottlecraft.

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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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