Cuvee Delphine | De Struise Brouwers

Cuvee DelphineCuvee Delphine
BA SCORE
93.3%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 661 ratings
Cuvee DelphineCuvee Delphine
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:
#1,003
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
661
Liked:
617
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
10.17%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
162
Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 225
Photo of rab53
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey. From notes. From 4 Roses Bourbon barrels.

Presented with little head, but a very large bubbled collar. Dark mocha bubbles on that collar accenting a dark reddish brown body.

Nose hints at red berried fruit. A bit hard to distinguish, nice roast angle, but hard to distinguish the flavors hinted on the nose. Mild sense of coffee beans.

Palate is incredibly warming and vinous. Light roasty action with a soft dark chocolate feel. Dark chocolate hits in the mid palate with a nice bitterness. Lingering roast malts on the swallow that go long. Body is like a real nice cabernet sauvignon. Hints at real round feel and depth.

Overall a real fun beer to drink, almost has a big wine like character to it, very impressed.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, deep, and motor oil-esque black, with a quarter inch, thick mocha head, and no lacing.

Smells like rich dark fruit and cherries, chocolate, and strong bourbon.

I took a long time making my way through this beer- it changes a lot in taste as the temperature changes. Right out of the bottle, the bourbon and the dark fruit flavors are the most prominent- slightly sour cherries, raisins, plums, and delicious Four Roses bourbon, with a some spicy booze and oak as well. As the beer warms, rich Belgian chocolate and decadent caramel come to the forefront, with charred oak and some light grassiness that hints at a small amount of hoppiness, which is surprising. I get some acidic coffee as well.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly thin (but not detrimentally thin) mouthfeel. This is very sweet, and very decadent, necessitating a slow sipping session here.

It's interesting how every barrel-aged variation on Black Albert has been better than Black Albert itself. I'm not sure this is better than Damnation 1 or 2, but this is still really, really tasty, and one of the more complex BA stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
3.01/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was graciously shared by sixthglass, thanks Tim!

It pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a beige lacing around the glass. The aroma is very big and roasty with a moderate amount of bitterness. You don't get any bourbon or barrel notes at all. You do get a lot of chocolately sweetness. The flavors mimic the aromas. It's a lot of chocolate with almost a woody and grainy aspect. It's pretty interesting. Again, it's very heavy on the dark chocolate. It drinks light in body, for the style, medium overall. This beer didn't live up to the reputation for me. It just wasn't very complex and you didn't get any bourbon at all. I wanted to be able to detect the Four Roses.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyebrews for throwing me a couple bottles of this one. Served in an O'Hara's mini pint glass. Lot A, best before May 2014.

A - Huge dark tan foam on this one - even in the little glass there was like three fingers. Amazing retention and volume for a 13% beer; tons of sticky lacing too. Black, with a touch of red-brown at the fringes. Just an amazing looking beer.

S - This is not really what I was expecting from a barrel-aged Black Albert. There's the spicy Belgian-style yeast and candy sugar for sure, but then this unusual collection of vinous fruits, bourbon/vanilla notes, some nuttiness and cocoa, a touch of funk, and musty earthiness. The alcohol is actually better hidden than regular Black Albert. The only knock is that the smell doesn't explode out of the glass.

T - The taste is quite different, with licorice, vinous and dark fruits, and some roasted malts. The earthy funky flavors are a little more understated than in the smell, but still present. The bourbon influence is light, showing up at the back end with some sharp whiskey bite and woody tannins that linger well into the aftertaste. There's a surprising tartness that pops up as well.

M - The body is a little thinner than I expected, but with lower carbonation than Black Albert. The finish is dry with a touch of stickiness, and some nice alcohol warmth.

D - The 250ml serving size makes a lot of sense. Even though the alcohol is very well hidden the buzz creeps up pretty quickly. Still I feel a little sad that my glass is getting low - I'll have to get Urbain to send a few of these my way.

This is not at all what I expected when I heard they were barrel-aging Black Albert. I just expected the same beer with some bourbon, but this is quite a different animal and an unexpected surprise. I'm not sure if Four Roses barrels are more conducive to bugs, but there's something funky going on that makes this a unique treat.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a half finger light brown head that dissipates slowly leaving patches and light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, light chocolate and vanilla, Belgian yeast with mild dark fruit elements, lightly spicy. Flavor is dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fresh fruit, Belgian yeast, licorice and a hint of bourbon. Finishes with an excellent balance of dark fruit and rich chocolate malt. Excellent creamy body with good carbonation and mouthfeel. The arrival of any new De Struise into my area is welcome and especially a stout. I had high expectations which were completely satisfied. I wish I had had the chance to have tried Black Albert, but this makes me look forward to that opportunity. This has the classic Belgian yeast profile of melding dark malt with dark fruit flavors without sourness. Very nicely integrated and balanced. Dark malts blending into a creamy mouth feel and finishing with malt and Belgian yeast dark fruit was a great flavor progression. The bourbon infuence was quite subtle, but I didn't feel that I needed any other flavors to enjoy this. Very enjoyable.

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

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With as much De Struise beer I'm drinking I should really go out and get a Struise glass. I wish they were more available. Beer poured into my Bruery tulip.

Beer is black with a thick brown head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks really good.

Aroma is sweet and has a liquor quality to it, roast is minimal, this smells like a bourbon barrel aged RIS.

Well...first thing is first, 13%...really? Are you sure? No alcohol bite in this one at all. Lots of bitterness late to after with the beer from the roasted grains. Beer is pretty sweet but the majority of the flavor is in the back of this one, lots of coffee, roast, mild smoke, liquor is a little lost in there but it is up front. Pretty nice.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of ShanePB
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to David for this bottle! Vintage 2011. Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured dark black with one finger of mocha coloured head that slowly receded to a thin layer with good retention.

S - Roast, smoke and licorice dominate with sweet milk chocolate and vanilla notes. The barrel is barely discernible.

T - A big, bold flavour profile. Roast, licorice and bakers chocolate up front that give way to sweet molasses, vanilla and some oak. As the beer warms a big cherry flavour asserts itself. There is no bourbon presence at all.

M - Medium to full body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

O - This was an excellent beer but the bourbon was non-existent, which was a little disappointing.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Hayley_86
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer comes in a dark black color with a bit of head.

The aroma offers a chocolate covered dark fruit. Figs, dark grapes, and balsamic. It almost smells like red wine barrel aged. Some vanilla and hint of bourbon barrel.

The flavor offers bitterness in the front of molasses and chocolate. A cherry fruitiness comes through with sweet bourbon and coffee bitterness on the finish.

An interesting bourbon barrel brew that does not taste exactly of bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of bigred89
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sd123
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 93.3% out of 100 with 661 ratings
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