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

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659
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224
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/21/11 notes. Shared by BigSexy410 at a small tasting; thanks man, another huge want!

a - Pours a very black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lactic, roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Also quite a bit of sour fruit; afraid this one might be infected as well.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, chocolate, and roasted malts. Sour cherries and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Afraid this one was a bit infected. Enjoyable still, but much different than expected and I assume intended. Hoping to get another chance to try this.
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EDIT: Had a 2009 vintage bottle the other night on 12/3/11, and it was not infected at all.

Appearance and body were similiar, but no sour fruit or lactic ntoes whatsoever. Tons of roasted malts and chocolate, as well as alcohol. Definitely better than the infected bottle I had last January, however the alcohol was still quite strong. While this is a very good RIS, I personally don't find this to be an improvement on the normal Black Albert, and considering I can buy that off the shelf year round, would rather have that beer. Worth trying but I prefer Black Albert.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, bottle sharred with a fellow BA.

A- Pours similar to the Black Albert, pitch black body, 2 finger dark brown head, dissipates quickly to a think ring around the glass, nice lacing.
S- The aroma is fairly mild; vanilla comes out a bit from the bourbon barrels but not enough to take over the aroma, oak is present, dark malts, dark fruits.
T- Very similar to the Black Albert, slight bourbon taste, oak characteristics, some vanilla, roasted malt, the bourbon is very mild in the taste, which was a little of a letdown for me.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, dry finish.
O- Overall Enjoyable, well made, not as good as the black albert, I would of liked the bourbon characteristics to be more pronounced in this beer, still enjoyable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. This is a small bottle, like really small. Split it with a friend who wanted to kill the bottle. Barrel aged Black Albert. This is a beer which I liked the base beer over the BA version.

The appearance is dark black with a dirty brown head. It has a crisp carbonation that leaves really quick. Slight legs, nothing special in the appearance other than the dark black color.

The smell has that sour twinge that I liked in Black Albert, with chocolate and dark roasted malts. It has a bit of heat in the smell and taste, which is nice and mellow.

The taste is good, but not outstanding. There is a bit of berry and chocolate paired with the barrel notes that make it pretty unique. I like the bit of sourness that Black Albert had, but in this one it makes it muddled and confusing. Too many things going on, but still enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was a crisp carbonation with a bit of heat. I thought that all around it was a solid beer, but the base is better. I cannot believe how small some of these European bottles are though.
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Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
4.19 out of 5 based on 659 ratings.
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