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:
660
Reviews:
224
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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231
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Photo of Sammy
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black Albert barrel aged. Pours perfectly black body with a design of brown head and lace. Aromas of rich Belgian chocolate, booziness, sherry, and funk. Initial sips, and it is a sipper, is funk and stout, leaving a residue of chocolate aftertaste, and roasted malt. Substantially above average mouthfeel, the yeast and caramel are synthesized and seem to cradle you.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nakalakaboom for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

2009 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I prefer the smell over the taste.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

this is a crazy beer, maybe the driest of the bourbon barrel stouts going. although the nose is sweet like vanilla and corn sugar, its not like that in the flavor. i have to imagine this didnt spent a ton of time in the four roses barrels, as thats a rather sweet spirit in its own right, depending which one on the degree. tiny bottle poured four ways, pretty murky in my glass, but heady though, spiderweb lacing and a tan color to it. after the bourbon nose, i get a lot of dusty dark dry bakers cocoa powder in this, and the wood underneath it. rich and earthy, but it does a good job of being stout before bourbon, and the malt layers are pleasing. not as bitter and heavy and thick as others, i was surprised to learn this is as strong as it is, it drinks far lighter, and warms up with the best of them, releasing more vanilla and chocolate into the fold, but never showing its booze. not the biggest four roses guy, even their single barrel stuff, but i like what it does to this beer, its almost like it was made for that barrel. took me awhile to get into this one, but glad i finally did. worth the high praise it is receiving in the market in my opinion, but we need more beer from these guys here period.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malted milk, semi-dark chocolates, nutty coffees, and chocolate covered cherries hit the high notes of this crazy Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Stout. But it's sturdy demeanor and unwaivering character gives a ruggedness that Stout lovers can appreciate.

Extremely dark brown with complete opaqueness, the beer builds a dense head of mocha stained foam, tightly knit and very structural, even after several minutes, the beer seems to form a barrier between the beverage and the drinker- I have a feeling I'm goin'a win this battle. Thick striations of lace lingers after the beer falls.

Dense semi-sweet chocolate, medium bourbon, and cherry-like tartness fill the early nose along with mild acidic mustiness and mild coffee.

Creamy, smokey chocolate flavors hit first, with a quick follow up of columbian coffee (somewhere between chocolate covered cherries and espresso beans). Sharp Belgiany tartness of cherries, under-ripe berries and grapes take the beer from its savory lucious start and into a sharper, more acidic coffee finish. Impressions of Imperial Stouts, Belgian Strong Dark Ales, and background bourbon create a three-headed attack on the taste buds.

Rich and lucious textures also fit the bill. Very froathy, creamy and full at the onset, the beer processes through a smooth and even fade past a velvety and smooth mid palate and into a warming and dryish finish. The malt character never disipates into the finish, only allowing for a tepid dryness, but this beer is meant as a digestive or desert.

Belgian Stouts generally leave me with a struggle between the balance of roast bitterness and Belgiany tartness. I generally find that these flavors and texture to combat eachother and confuse the palate. But this one does much better than most because of its lucious maltiness and malty-dry toast character.

Thanks aficionado!

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3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into trappistenbier goblet in Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head of nice lovely cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Dark black colour.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and caramelized malt. A moderate strength scent.

T: Chocolate, toffee, and a hint of coffee. Cream and vanilla, but more towards the climax. Cocao. Complex layering of hops. Brilliant. No roast. I love it. Subtle and balanced. Very well built for the style. Jaysus, lads, this is class.

Mf: Coarse enough, quite wet, and very complementary of the flavour. Maybe a bit too thick and perchance syrupy.

Dr: High ABV, very drinkable, and very high quality. Worth a go for any beeradvocate. I don't know the price point as I acquired it from a friend. I suspect it's rather high based on the quality.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super large dirty beige foamy head with great retention and some perfect lacing. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla is quite straightforward but well enough balance with the malt to provide some good enjoyment. Taste is a well balanced mix between some light roasted malt with light note of liquorice and vanilla and a creamy finish full of bourbon. Body is quite full with usual creamy texture from the bourbon with some great carbonation and alcohol is never to apparent. Very well done and a great variation from the original.

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Photo of largadeer
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nick3 shared this one a while back. Thanks, Nick.

Pours black with a massive tan head. Amazing retention and lacing, this is downright impressive to look at. Smoke, cherries and subtle bourbon are the first things I pick up on the nose. There's a tart fruity character, and a touch of alcohol. Tastes of chocolate-covered cherries, smoke, anise and roasted malt. Medium-full body, but the effervescence gives it a light mouthfeel. Smoke is surprisingly prominent mid-palate with an undercurrent of bourbon, and the finish exhibits some light roasty bitterness and lingering fruit flavors. I'm not always impressed with De Struise beers, but this is very good.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mothman
3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 vintage

Poured into Founders snifter.

Pours 1.5 fingers of creamy tan head. Fades to a thinner layer. Leaves some lacing. Color pours caramel brown but settles black.

Aroma: Roasted malts, sharp bourbon, cream, oak, vanilla, chocolate. It seems to have a sourness or funk to it. Nothing to impressive here.

Taste: Creamy and roasted. Cocoa powder and chocolate with some roasted malts. Maybe a touch of coffee, vanilla, and caramel. The bourbon is very subtle, but it is fairly oaky. Again, it has an off flavor in the taste. Fairly mediocre.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky, and creamy. Probably the best aspect about this beer. Medium to full bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends overly dry and roasted.

Overall, meh. It is alright, but there are much better beers around at a fraction of the price. Nothing special or worth seeking out again. Slightly above average. Somewhat drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this at a recent tasting.

Poured a very, very dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Pretty good retention. Smell was of roasted malt, fresh cherry, anise, a bit of barrels, molasses, and some dark fruits. Maybe a little bit of chocolate in there as well. The taste is quite nice, with a bit of roast acidity coming through atop the bourbon and chocolate flavors. Medium bodied with good carbonation and not too hot. A great drinking beer and one of the more unique stouts I've had in a while.

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Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
4.19 out of 5 based on 660 ratings.
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