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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232
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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Snallygaster 2014. Hot. Good scent and taste otherwise.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very well balanced with no alcohol on the nose or palate. Dangerous at 13%. The bourbon barrel aging adds a great smoothness and complexity without being overpowing. Nose is as if sour cherries had stinky feet. I would describe this as a cross between a RIS and a quad. Delicious.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11 oz bottle purchased for $10. I'm usually leery but I've heard good things about black albert and figured I'd give this a shot. Typical stout appearance, black and not much head which given the alcohol and barrel aging doesn't surprise me. Aroma was very mild whiskey barrel, mostly stout. Flavor was the same. This was good but I prefer something with a little more viscosity.

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

Photo of dataylor21
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prospero
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of djhowell
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.64/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Review from memory - pours thick, creamy and pitch black, with a fine espresso head. Smells of dark fruits and chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of caramel. Taste follows the same notes, with chocolate, a bit of coffee and roasted malts and faint vanilla notes from the barrel ageing. Smooth mouthfeel.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -10.3%

Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
4.19 out of 5 based on 657 ratings.
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