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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
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#1,026
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
662
pDev:
10.17%
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Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Vintage '09 poured into a mini snifter. This brew looks a dark brown to black color with a very dark brown cap of head. As the head recedes, it leaves a patchy almost leggy appearance of lace clinging to the glass. A light swirl revives the head to a finger's strength. There is some fair clarity and lighter brown coloration shown around the edges of the brew.

The aroma of this offering has chocolate and coffee being imparted by the dark roastiness of the grain. There is a light vinous quality present but overall there is a surprisingly sweet smelling scent of cocoa along with some minor indications of vanilla and some oak qualities.

The taste has a roasted bitter dark grain flavor that lasts inside the mouth. Some bitterness comes through from the hops not just the bitterness due to the roast of the grain. A light vinous quality deepens the flavor of this brew and mingles well with the presence of the alcohol. Some dry oaked flavoring comes out as the brew warms.

This brew leaves a very pleasant dark burnt grain flavor inside the mouth. It is medium to full bodied with a light level of carbonation. Super drinkable. The whiskey barrel contribution imparts a bit of a twang to the alcohol character but overall it actually mellows out the brew overall. The barrel contribution here is not bold and painfully obvious, it is subtle which takes an already fabulous brew to a whole new level.

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Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a snifter a nice oily black hue with a one finger mocha head that left a ton of side lacing. Very nice.

S - Aromas of chocolate galore, bakers, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, nice roast malts, lightly smokey, inviting.

T - Taste is super chocolate, intense intense rich chocolate, bakers, powder, nibs, dark and strong. Very nice lightly sweet malts, soft roast. Faint Belgian notes, this is just super chocolate though...delicious. some light alcohol but for the most part this didn't drink anywhere near the ABV.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely creamy, light carbonation. Dangerously drinkable.

O - Overall this beer was very tasty, tons of chocolate with a great Mouthfeel. Awesome.

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09 Vintage, Batch 0 base room temperature, snifter.

Pours pitch black but with larger bubbles on its slightly lighter colored head than its non Barrel Aged brethren. The head's a bit rockier too.

Smell is very light on the bourbon, with some nice milk chocolate and light coffee smells, some caramel and vanilla can be found if you look hard enough. Very restrained given the strength and the style but well done.

Taste at the front has vanilla, bourbon, raisin, and dark chocolate which mellows out to bittersweet chocolate as it fades. it has some heat at the back with a nice smoky aftertaste. Alcohol Heat is present at the back.

Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, but not as creamy as BA but has some definite heat present at various stages.

Drinkability takes a hit from the heat but its very well restrained for its ABV and the taste/smell makes up for it

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Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 662 ratings
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