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:
659
Reviews:
224
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Photo of Lare453
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GregJ
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nick_isthatstillcool
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdeese21
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Gasc0igne
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black syrupy pour. Hands down the best lacing I've ever seen on any stout. Medium-sized bubbles with a modest creamy-looking dark brown head that settles to a solid cap.

Bourbon...let's dig deeper...overwhelming strong bitter dark chocolate, some milk chocolate thrown in for good measure. Some roast follows shortly after. Heavy vanilla backing, maple syrup too...? Cherries soaked in coffee liqueur. Bourbon makes itself more known as it warms.

Far from the nose (apart from the bourbon). Almost all sweetness after the initial sip. Heavy bourbon front, but still clearly a stout, it doesn't get carried away by it (as quite a few do). Earthy charred oak tags along with the bourbon through most of the experience. Very rich sugary Belgian dark fruits carry a strong sweetness until sour plums and a hint of acidic coffee cut through. There's a definite soy sauce/meaty presence that's quite pleasant.

Hides the alcohol so so well. Very chewy and well carbonated. Medium body. Cloying, sticky finish.

Far better than the base beer; the bourbon is so well balanced. One of the best beers I've had to warm me up on a cold night.

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Photo of sunnrider
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenBreeg
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - MA - ZING !!

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Photo of Nat1975
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Carlalwin
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vallorean
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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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Photo of safaricook
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful RIS. Deep, oily and boozy. Bourbon is there but does not dominate. Great sipper. Do not rush!

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Photo of bainard
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ShanePB
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of charcarias
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ptrck_nl
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
4.19 out of 5 based on 659 ratings.
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