Kabert | De Struise Brouwers

KabertKabert
BA SCORE
4.18/5
221 Ratings
KabertKabert
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 01-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
221
pDev:
9.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
69
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Jordy777
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of kif
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of GehenHerzog
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of daleyke
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of SStein
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of bluesplit63
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of Bonko_the_sane
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of PolarBear3
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick oily black colour with terrific deep coffee coloured head that retains well

S - A hint of port notes with some burnt but slightly sweet chocolate/coffee and dark fruit.

T - Get some Molasses, dark chocolate,earthy, liquorice, with some sweet candied sugar, loads of dark fruits with a hint of vanilla, oak. Wow!

M - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation

O - Well I haven't yet tried the Kate the Great but I look forward to it. With out a doubt its right up there with one the best beers I have had. Full of flavour and gets better as you drink it, with no hint of the 11.5% (2011 NO.42). Definitely recommend and one to savour. Enjoy!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Extreme gratitude to Stakem for sharing this bottle, poured into two tulips shared w/ tenderbranson69.

This stout is a beautiful black color almost totally opaque with a rusty hue and thick tan cream with ultra-fine bead and lace that clings in spots. A really beautiful stout. I love the way the Port is so expressive from first whiff with dark brown sugar and roasted chocolate notes coming along for the ride. The dark berry and cherry-like accent to the aroma brings a slight prune note w/ mild floral aspect and light alcohol ester. The nose is full of spice and lots of vanilla w/ some cocoa notes, but lightly woody with a mostly port dominated odor.

The feel is slightly sweet at first with some mild roasted and lightly bitter tinges with subtle warming and lots of residual sugar in the middle giving a nice amount of body. There is strong vinous tinge with light tannin and mild wood influence with a lot of dry and smooth roasted grain and slightly creamy aspect with a sweet texture that emerges with moderate carbonation and full viscous body that brings along a mildly toasted and sugary dryness in the finish with a very limited alcohol impact.

The stout is delicious I should mention that from the start. The malt is not overtaken by the port in any way, rather the two flavor components work in tandem with a sligtht dark sugar and vanilla with light molasses tinges. The vinous elements are very rewarding to pick out as the light spice and slight alcohol accent brings a mild tannic quality which is very well integrated. The flavor hasa lot of cocoa notes with slight bitter herbal and dark cocoa astringency which seems controlled into the finish with light biscuit and caramel.

Overall I could not have enjoyed this more, a perfect beer for a cold winter night with great port wine contribution to the taste and the stout itself is just great, the way it is sublte yet it still feels full and sturdy as a 12% stout should. You sense the strength but don't taste it, so drinkable. This is not cloying or aggressive and I could not fault it in this category, the only problem I had was trying to keep from drinking it too fast since I was enjoying savoring every drop. The best part is the balance you get in such a complex Imperial stout.

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Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks goes out to beerisheaven for procuring this bottle thorugh his contacts in Narnia, Middle Earth, or wherever it is he gets all this great beer. 330CL bottle.

Pour is dead black & surprisingly carbonated, very frisky, & I'm forced to put mouth to foam to keep precious drops from being wasted. The moment the cap is minimally cracked, I whiff Kate, that distinct melding of port & malts. Roast, licorice, chocolate peek.

Kabert is like a hen's tooth: a collaboration that's as good or better than what the brewers originally put out. Large roast mingles with the port barrels as the big-sticks; the port is exquisite. Bitter chocolate & more licorice. The bitterness & port linger. Drinkable as drowning; bottle is already 4/5 gone, wishing the glass container had been bigger.

This doesn't have Marina Trench depth or in-your-face anything, but it's delicious. Kate was good not great for me - this here is what I was hoping for. Top-notch, excellent beer that's a shadow away from elite.

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4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeReserva
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml Bottle into Struise Glass

A. Deep black, smooth, with a nice beige head that hangs around and drops slowly.

S. Malts, coffee, small hint of vanilla, dark fruits, licorice. Boozy.

T. Roasted malts, coffee, a hint of port although very subtle, and there's some oak as well. Some dark fruits. Nice long & bitter ending. I never had Kate The Great but there is definitely Black Albert in this bad boy. Very tasty.

M. Smooth mouthfeel, not too thick. Only a very little carbonation.

O. A brilliant collaborated stout with a rich, complex yet balanced character. The barrel ageing adds a nice extra, this time no bourbon, which results in a surprising, unique beer. Grab it when you see it.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Rhettroactive. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured pitch black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a great chocolate covered cherry presence to it. The dark chocolate and sweet, fruity flavors compliment each other very well. The port is a lot more forward compared to regular Kate which gives it a bit more of the fruity characteristics. The roasty, dark chocolate flavors handle it pretty well though.

The taste shows more of the dark chocolate and sweeter fruits to it up front. In the finish I get a little more roasty, coffee, bitter chocolate flavors to it. A little of the chocolate covered cherry flavors are there, which I love.

The mouthfeel is thick with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer, I loved the way the chocolaty flavors mixed with the fruity port flavors. The port was a lot more forward in it compared to regular Kate, but it worked well for it. Everything really comes together in it well, excellent beer overall.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the webshop. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Ample mocha foam with superb retention eventually settles to a thick cap, but lacing is spare. Body is near-black, displaying only the faintest brown tinge to it.

S - Plenty of milk chocolate, light roast, lots of vinous port notes, and some implied coffee - I'm guess from the combination of roast and acidity. There's an undercurrent of Belgian yeast as well. If forced to speculate, I'd guess this is two-thirds Black Albert. In any case, it smells quite delicious.

T - The taste reveals more barrel influence, with some dry wood mid-palate before yielding to vinous, sweet port in the finish. Plenty of milk chocolate, honey cake, dark and red fruits, tobacco, and licorice, and only modest roast characteristics. Mild char and oak bitterness in the finish.

M - Silky smooth, full body, with a mouth-coating liquid chocolate character to it. Carbonation is low but present, and alcohol is present but never exceeds the listed 11.5%.

D - I crushed the entire 33cl bottle on my own and wanted more. A really excellent beer, with nice elements from both blend components working in harmony. Not the beer you'd drink all night, but something I'd gladly purchase again in the future. I liked this significantly more than the version brewed at Portsmouth.

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Photo of cbridge27
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Bitterbill
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle with No. 42 on the label.

It pours black with a 2 finger head of tan foam and does well with the lacing.

The aromas I get are Port, chocolate of the very sweet kind, and roasted malt.

The taste brings big chocolate sweet, a near domination flavour of Port, roasted malt, a hint or 2 of some bitter notes that's dark chocolate and coffee like, and more Port with a nice snap of vanilla. It's VERY warming but comforting.

Full bodied with sometimes medium, sometimes lightish levels of carbonation, this is a brew to relax and enjoy but I dare not drink back to back. This sucker is potent!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. MAJOR, MASSIVE, HUGE thanks go to Stakem for gifting me with a bottle of this rarity.

Pours black as night in the glass, topped with a finger width cap of rich dark mocha foam. This retains with a thin creamy layer that skims the surface, eventually maintaining some frothy bunching around the edges, and then leaving back a cascade of brown gooey looking oils and light spotty lace. The aroma just DRENCHES the nose with a mélange of chocolate, vanilla, vinous smelling dark fruit, zippy coffee, and ight spicy notes. Going deeper reveals some woody edges and a moderate underpinning of alcohol but it’s not coming off as too intrusive.

The taste is just so smooth and silky and well blended, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, candied sugar, roasted espresso, and dark fruit, which has a big time presence here from that combination of Port barrel and Belgian yeast. Wood is felt on the edges of the profile and pulls into the finish, where tannins linger with leftover tart vinous fruit, roasted malt, and a light spiciness. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lower carbonated, with a strong creamy slickness to the feel that keeps this very easy feeling considering the higher ABV. This leaves back just a bit of lingering warmth after each sip but is otherwise exceptionally well hid.

While this marriage of two great beers didn’t exactly blow me out of the water, this was still VERY good; with dense and fairly complex profiles that kept me engaged and and were overall really accessible for the strength of this. Thanks again Adam for the bottle. It was indeed a real treat!

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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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