Cuvee Delphine | 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): 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
Ratings:
657
Reviews:
223
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Roelleke1986123inkijk
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CoreyC
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
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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4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of retry4z
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Bottlecraft.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MickeyHops
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Umdrunner
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured nearly black with minimal head that dissapeared quickly and did not lace. Scent was roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavor was roasted malt, oak, chocolate, subtle coffee and even subtler bourbon and vanilla. I would have liked a greater bourbon and vanilla presence. Mouthfeel was pretty thin with limited carbonation. Overall, very good beer, though not world class.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Sovereign. Served in a white wine/aperitif glass.

What one should expect from a bourbon barrel aged beer. Plenty of taste imparted by the barrel ageing but not so much that you think the bartended dropped a shot into your beer. 4.5

A - Pours black with a creamy brown half- finger head. This lady has massive alcohol legs. 4.5

S - Very fruity, dark fruit, raisins, black cherries. 4.5

T - Bourbon, vanilla, a bit of alcohol bite, but appropriate for the aging. 4.5

MF - Medium heavy body with a surprisingly dry finish. Smooth and creamy. Good viscosity. 4.75

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Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
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