Kabert | 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): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 01-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
221
Reviews:
80
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
69
For Trade:
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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kabert is a blend of Struise Black Albert and Portsmouth Kate the Great, which was aged in port barrels. Shared by ejyoung, this was poured into a tulip.

In color, it’s dark as brown can be before being black. A half-finger head of frothy medium tan becomes a soapy, scummy top layer that lingers for a long while.

The aroma does away with the weird cigarette character I don't like about Albert, and adds nice port notes and sweetness. Sun-soaked grapes and figs blend with smooth roast, biting burnt bread, a little coffee and a touch of vanilla.

A surprisingly subtle flavor leads with tangy fruits. Grapes are big — this might be a little port-heavy. A background of chocolatey syrup and soft oak before a clean finish. Lingering port and chocolate notes.

Funny that combining these beers makes them thinner in the mouth. Kabert feels medium-light and a little thin, with moderate bubbles and a good amount of silky fizz. Alcohol is still pretty well hidden, but some comes through the nose.

I’m surprised at how fruity this was. The port barrels kind of took over the flavor, but that isn’t such a bad thing. I like port.

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Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, spices, wood, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There were definitely a lot of nice things going on in this one. The dark chocolate touch was very nice as was the dark fruit. However, the mouthfeel for me left a little to be desired. The carbonation was a little too high for my liking when it comes to this style and the mouthfeel was a little thinner than I prefer. Other than that, it was a pretty good brew. Worth trying if you have not done so already.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Auracom
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ramiro is way too generous, great share brother. 3-4 oz. poured into a CBS snifter on May 18th, 2012.

A - Pours a very dark, murky brown coloring, more akin to a heavy barleywine in some regard. Light khaki, half-finger head. Poor retention but decent lacing and plentiful alcohol legs.

S - The port characters absolutely shine through. Cherry, wood, light coffee beans, winter fruit, a definite Belgian yeast, and touches of chocolate underneath.

T - Big astringent cherry and vinous port through front and mid-palate. Some dark chocolate and espresso bitterness. Roasted grains pick up into the back-end along with that Black Albert yeast quality. Lightly fruity, bitter aftertaste.

M - Moderate body, appropriate carbonation, semi-sweet finish, relatively smooth.

D - I was glad to hear that this seems to be drinking better now than it may have initially. For me, the Kate the Great portion of this brew is very prevalent. You have to be pretty accepting of both port and Belgian notes, otherwise this will not be an enjoyable experience.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, johndoe8!

Black as can be, thick, and substantial with a small dark brown head. This looks oily, decadent, and rich, and leaves very little stick to the glass.

A rich, bold, expressive, sweet aroma, with lots of molasses, chocolate, dark fruits like raisins and figs. There's a bit of alcohol heat here, but it's complementary and not distracting.

The flavor is more simple than the aroma, even after significant warming. It's excessively sweet with the molasses and rich dark fruit flavors dominating, with a bit of alcohol, raisin, and a bit of alcohol. The problem with this beer is that it's just overly, cloyingly sweet in anything but the smallest quantities. Rich and sweet, though still tasty.

Medium to full bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Though I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to try this beer, it doesn't rank as one of my favorites.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1272nd Review on BA
Bottle to 4oz snifter
330cl

Thanks to JazzPatel for sharing

Shared with JazzPatel, GuruDel & MrHirschybar

**side by side with Kate 2010**

App- The beer poured out a very dark brown with blacking highlights in the glass and had a large dark brown/khaki head that feel pretty slowly. Good cling

Smell- The beer smells more like a port wine than beer to me. Oak, dark fruits, chocolate, malts and some roast. Not offensive just different.

Taste- Its very much in the veign of Kate just has more of the fruits and tastes more like a port than beer again.I really enjoyed the heat mixed with the dark fruits and the malts.

Mouth- A bit thin and retains a light medium body with a light medium carbonation. Residual chocolate and dark fruits.

Drink- I enjoyed the side by side. Huge elements of the base beer. The blending did a good job but just dont think the blend made it that much better. It was a very tasty beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Jeffo
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a few bottles of this from mar02x and brabander a while back. Thanks heaps for helping us out with this stuff guys. Appreciated!

From a bottle into a snifter
Blend of Struise Black Albert and Portsmouth Kate the Great, brewed in Oostvleteren.
Drunk after a Black Albert batch 0.

APPEARANCE: A black pour produces a two finger, medium looking, fizzy, tan head with really good retention. Opaque black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap. Carbonation eventually calms down and the head settles to a nice full wisp but doesn’t leave any lacing down the glass. Some dots of foam slowly fall after each sip. Much more carbonation and a slightly lighter colored head than batch zero.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans and lots of dried dark fruits. Licorice, touches of molasses and some port notes as well. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Lots of flavor on this one. Roasted and burnt malts up front for sure. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and some alcohol through the middle into a bold and persistent aftertaste of roasted malts, dark, bitter chocolate, molasses notes and some nice boozy port flavors. An underlying base of booze through the whole ride. Lots of dried dark fruits linger as well. Very flavorful and enjoyable, with the port quality playing a nice supporting role.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation, but still slightly lighter on the palate than expected. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat sticky. A little more carbonation than batch zero, though it needs a little more weight to give it that heavy stout feel.

OVERALL: A really wonderful brew that’s been done really, really well. Lots of big roasted flavors and plenty of other complexities to ponder over. This one was certainly more interesting and complex than Black Albert batch 0, with the port qualities from Kate adding a very enjoyable dimension to the beer. To be sure, I’d love to give it another go against a fresher batch of Black Albert, but no matter the outcome, this is definitely one worth tracking down in quantity. Thanks again for helping out mar02x and brabander. This was quality.

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Photo of alamode
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of beerpirates
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl Bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

pours deep brown/black with a khaki head.
Aroma shows moderate roast, chocolate, tobacco, oak, ash, and some definite port character that begins to develop as it warms. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of vanilla, cherry, and raspberry jam. Overall body is full and finishes with nice roasted character as well as some well hidden alc. Outstanding blend that truly begins to shine if you allow it to warm.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Alvinne Beer Shop during their Craft Beer Fest. Pitch black pour with nice one finger tan head with decent retention and great lacing. You get an astringent whiff of the port right off the bat. It's nicely complemented by roasty dark chocolate, cocoa, and coffee, along with hints of oak, and a touch of dark fruit and booze. The taste is wonderfully complex thanks to the port barrels. Roasty, bitter dark chocolate and cocoa with hints of coffee, tobacco, dark fruits, and vanilla. Very vinous with subtle tannins and oak. It's smooth as silk with a subtle creaminess, and totally drinkable for an 11.5% beer. And it only gets better as it warms. I've never had Kate the Great, but I have to guess that it is a big part of why this beer kicked my ass. I'm kicking myself for only getting two of these, and seriously contemplating opening the second! World class offering from De Struise and Portsmouth!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is good, but no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Moderate supple roastiness and nearly as much toastiness. Chocolate comes next, then the port, which is surprisingly not that vinous. Light coffee, light cherry, prune, and raisin. Light Belgian yeast spiciness. Smokiness to round things off.

3.0 T: Much more vinous than the nose suggests and also much more astringent. Roasted barley with notes of char and ash. Strong port vinousity, light vanilla and oak from the barrels, and tannic astringency to follow. Chocolate, cherry, raisin, tobacco, and prune.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good active carbonation. The creaminess of Kate comes out, which I love, but the astringency leaves a harsh aftertaste.

3.0 D: Not quite sure how this is getting the reviews it is. I think this is far from spectacular. There are some good flavors in there, but also plenty of bad ones.

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Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Kulminator

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of tan head. Head has amazing retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Starts off with a slightly musty aroma, but quickly, chocolate, dark fruits and a bit of smoke come through.

T - Depp roasted malts and big chocolate taste with dark fruits and a vinous character. Creamy milk chocolate mixes with some bittersweet chocolate. Also some sweet port taste and a bit of smoke. Very nice.

M - Thick and creamy mouthfeel that finishes with roasted bitterness.

O - Nice blending of Black Albert. Maintains some of the quad-like characters of Black Albert. Very tasty.

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Photo of jethrodium
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle. Pours a dark black with a small tan chocolate head the disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is fruity, with some plum and wine apparent. There is also some light chalk, a bit of roastiness, some coffee, and light alcohol. Taste is sweet and also quite chalky. There is plum, wine, light chocolate, and roastiness. The finish has a bit of alcohol and leaves a chalky aftertaste. Medium body. Low carbonation. Pretty disappointing. This could have been a pretty good beer, but it was just way too chalky.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan for sharing this one!

Pours a thick tan head. Good retention. Color is black.

Aroma: A lot of port up front. Raisins, molasses, plums, and other dark fruits. Belgian yeast. Cocoa and chocoalte. Oaky with vanilla.

Taste: Port and oak spiral flavors. Raisins, plums, and molasses again. Vanilla with a lot of barrel flavors. Belgian yeast. Cocoa. Light roast. Pretty malty.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and warming. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasty.

Overall, this was quite the surprise. Lots of great port flavors. A good amount of kate with not an overpowering amount of albert. Solid brew.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle.

Pours pitch black with a big, thick ran head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is big and sweet with the port definitely coming through as well as dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts and some Belgian yeast sweetness.

Taste is sweet as well with dark fruits, licorice and cocoa powder. The backbone is heavily roasted malts but the overall character is highly vinous with lots of oak and port sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slick with soft carbonation and heavily influenced by the port barrel.

This is a really good beer but not up there with my favorites in the style. The port barrel is highly evident and lends a sweetness to the beer that seems fairly fruit-heavy.

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Photo of jodan
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a thick, creamy head. Good head retention. Great legs.

Big chocolate aroma with plenty of port and oak. A little sweet but rounded and awesome.

Big and chocolatey on the palate with a whole lot of wood coming through. There is definitely some port here and it adds a nice, fruity overlay to the ashy base beer. Well integrated and tasty.

Big, thick and oily with moderate carbonation. Really nice and creamy on the palate.

This is a big stout but it is sufficiently restrained to be thoroughly enjoyable. The big body, restrained but present bitterness and a great malt and barrel character makes this awesome.

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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
4.16 out of 5 based on 221 ratings.
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