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Kabert | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 01-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 220
Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black and appears to be fairly thick based on a quick swirl, with a small mocha head that sticks around for a short while before falling into a thin collar.

The aromas begin more Black Albert forward with some light berry fruity notes from the Kate the Great. Chocolate, oak and light roast come through after that. You can definitely pick out each of the beers, though I think Black Albert makes a stronger showing in the nose mainly because of the Belgian yeast esters.

The tastes follow the nose, unfortunately, and the flavor profile doesn't quite meld as well as I had hoped. Light roast and oak, but only mild fruity port and chocolate notes from the Kate element. More dark fruit and Belgian yeast flavors emerge as it warms.

The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied with lighter levels of carbonation, which brings through a nice smooth and smooth finish.

Overall this was a nice beer, but I like each of the original base beers better on their own than in this blend. The blend removes the top characteristics of each beer, port-like fruit and chocolate with the Kate and big roast and Belgian dark fruity yeast esters.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 06/09/12 notes. Big thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing this one; another Want of mine.

a - Pours an almost black brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, port, oak, licorice, anise, and some alcohol. Nice nose, was expecting it to me a little sweeter.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, light dark fruits, sweet fruits, licorice, anise, wood, alcohol. Again nice, more alcohol than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and touch hot, but very nice.

o - Overall a good beer, though nothing earth shattering. Personally I prefer KtG and the normal Black Albert to this; considering I can buy Black Albert off the shelf consistently I probably wouldn't seek this out again, though it was good and fun to try.

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Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a huge dark chocolate head. This is how an RIS should look.

S: Stale coffee, mild chocolate, palpable vinous character from the port. Port character grows as it warms.

T: Lots of roasted grain and heavy oak. Slight chocolate, light grape skin and tannic liquor notes. Dark fruit. Gets sweeter and smoother as it warms. A bit boozy.

M: Viscous, but high carbonation hurts the thickness of the feel slightly.

O: Not the best blend, but the port character is nice.

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Photo of Dudeabide
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Etan for the extra.

Served at room temperature.

A ~ pours black with a mocha large mocha head

S ~ the port barrels really come thru at room temperature, pleasant with hints of coffee.

T ~ Slightly boozy, lots of dark fruit, some light chocolate and very dry at the end

M ~ A bit over carbonated making the beer seem light bodied

O ~ I enjoy this beer at room temperature, I've only had it chilled once and didn't really care for it served that way, but room temperature I think it's a very good beer.

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Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very black beer, poors like old engine oil. The head is bark brown and looks powerful.

S - Dark chocolate, wood, wine & coffee

T - This I have never tasted before! If one would tell me that there is plastic inside, I would say that is possible! This taste is so complex and interesting it is hard to find good words for it. Wood, oak, port, candy sugar, peat, chocolate, coffee, vanilla etc.

M - A medium carbonation and no bitterness. In the end there is some alcohol warmth. The body could have thicker to my opinion.

O - A good RIS, but slightly over the top, but now I am nagging.

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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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mthomas84 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness to it. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is jet black with tons of creamy dense caramel colored head. Nose is light, roast and dark chocolate with berry sweetness behind. Taste is more bright, soft roast, maybe a touch of sweetness from the port but a lot of Kate mid palate on. A decent milk chocolate runs through mid palate as well. Sweetness dominates with virtually no barrel and a tinge of alcohol in the finish. Fair amount carbonation on a creamy full body. The balance is done pretty well, nothing overly special and lack of barrel.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cosmicevan for the generous extra. 11.2oz bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a dense, creamy, half-inch, mocha-colored head that dissipates into a consistent skim that coalesces around edges. Thin spots and strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is slightly vinous and expresses malted cocoa and perhaps a hint of oxidation towards the back. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a distinct earthy/roasty, coffee ground presence. Vinous flavors are present from start to finish. I also get some toffee notes as well as more vinous fruit at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a carbonation that is a little too effervescent for my liking. There's also some acidity. Having had both beers on their own, the sum is slightly less than the parts. Not sure if it is the port barrel aging or what; however, the vinous quality slightly detracts from the experience and I found the body a little thin and the carbonation just too assertive for the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this for a Nov. '12 Philly burbs bottle share.

Blend of port-aged Kate the Great and Black Albert.

Dark pour, seemed total black in the light, a wispy tan head fizzled out pretty quickly, leaving a few stray bubbles behind. Not surprising for a higher ABV beer. Aroma of dark roasted malts, anise, oak, bakers' chocolate; I didn't get much of a vinous quality in the aroma or taste. On the palate, dark roasted malts again of course, bakers' chocolate bringing in some bitterness, oak, anise, lesser notes of licorice and smoke. Maybe I'm mistaking the red wine for anise, but that's how it seemed to me. Not necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel was on the fuller side of medium, some alcohol heat, not incredibly smooth, but quite robust, and a good, drinkable brew overall.

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Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter. I picked this up at the Struise shop in Brugges.

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a reddish hint where the light hits it. There is a half finger of tan head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Definitely getting a bunch of fruit from the Port barrels. I'm also getting some roast and some alcohol heat, but the Port dominates.

Taste: The port is the strongest presence in the taste as well, but it is more complex than the smell. I'm getting some roast and dark chocolate notes. The finish is full of the fruity notes with a warm alcohol bitterness. The roast throughout is bitter and reminds me a bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on the thin side given the style and abv. The carbonation is aggressive and the finish is a bit dry.

Overall: There is a ton of fruit in this beer. The port barrels definitely took over. I enjoyed it, but I'm glad I didn't go through the hassle of trading for it. I'd have it again, but only if it didn't take too much effort.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PSF for bringing this back for me from Belgium-land!

Bottle says aged in Port Barrels.

Pours a medium bodied black with fluffy tan head. Nose is like smoked meats with a hint of Worcestershire sauce. Palate is medium-light bodied with a faint acidity. Roasty and toasty, meats again on the palate, a hint of soy sauce...not the best...and then all of the sudden this beautiful plum and red fruit wave of flavor comes rolling in and makes it all make sense.

I came around on this in the end. The Port barrel makes this beer work.

(My disclaimer is that I have tasted Black Albert but not KTG.)

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a huge fluffy tan brown head that shows great retention and minimal lacing. Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roast, ash, grapes and other putted fruits. there's a lot going on in the nose, take some time to let it warm and enjoy the aromas. The flavor is thick with darker sugars roast and caramel. There's a lot of dark fruit flavor coming through as well as a bit of oaken vanilla, smoke and burnt sugar. Thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. This is a big thick sweet roasty monster of a stout, but I'm not sure that this beer is any better than the sum of its parts. Glad I got to try it, but the difficulty getting this wasn't justified by being blown away with the final product.

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with lace and good looks even under the deck lights. A full mouthfeel. The aroma is neural, better by the bottle's end. Creamy smooth, lots of good chocolate, and coffee and sugar, alcohol warming.Shared Liam's bottle from Europe.Good drinkability.

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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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Photo of jegross2
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Kabert, a collaboration between De Struise Brouwers and Portsmouth Brewery. This beer is a blend of Kate The Great and Black Albert.

Score: 89

Batch 42. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 12/14/12.

Appearance: Black in color. Pours a finger-plus of mocha head that settles to a ring around the glass. Awesome lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Muted port, cherry, and fudge. Dark chocolate, light oxidation and some alcohol esters. Faint roasted malt. Some dark fruit too. When it warms, some brown sugar comes out. 4.25

Taste: Cherry, chocolate and light fruitiness. Finishes with bakers chocolate and faint fruitiness. More port in the taste than the nose led on. The nose was more Albert-heavy, but the Kate shines a bit more in the taste. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, just shy of medium carbonation that gives the flavor a little "fizziness." Sweet, but not as sweet as the aged Kate. 3.5/5

Overall: Better than the aged Kate and aged Double Oaked Kate we drank, but still very disappointing.

Recommendation: Worth drinking, but not worth the rarity.

Pairings: Steak.

Cost: $10 for an 11.2 oz bottle.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a non translucent jet black color with 2 fingers of silky chocolate head. Retention is amazing. Appealing, to say the least.

S - Boozy chocolate malts, cream, light oak, vanilla, sharp roasted malts, wine notes, cocoa nibs. A strong aroma. Inviting.

T - Deeply roasted malt and port notes star. Dark roasted coffee and cream throughout. Cocoa and fig near the finish. Sweet alcohol on the finish. Very well balanced and built. I love the roast. Very tasty.

M - A bit sharper than I'd like. Medium to full bodied. Needs to be thicker and silkier.

D - One of the better I've had. Insanely drinkable for 11.5%. I love the roasted malt in this one. I look forward to trying it with more age.

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Photo of GrapesofWrath
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep crimson- approaching black in the center with feigned highlights. Dark teen tan head with tons of carbonation.

Smell is slight roast with notes of vinous sherry and milk chocolate. Hints at slight oxidation.

Flavor plays heavier on the sherry and roast, but doesn't taste completely balanced- it doesn't have the lush finish that I associate with Black Albert.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but the carbonation is nice.

Pretty solid brew, but may be a bit tighter fresh. (No idea on the age of this bottle)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light sweet notes is subtler then I would have expected. Taste is a good mix between some roasted malt notes with light dry bitterness notes mix in with some light oak and black chocolate notes. Port barrel is not that discernable and probably would not have noticed if it wasn’t for the mention on the bottle. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad though I think I would stick to with the regular Black Albert.

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Photo of Treebs
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle served in a FFF teku. Received this an extra in a trade...can't remember from who, but thanks!

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Fruity yeast with big notes of grapey port. Big oak with some roasted malt and nice chocolate notes.. The port mixed with the struise yeast makes this very fruit forward for a RIS.

T: The barrel really comes through over the base beer. Huge notes of oak and port with a big roasted malt presences. Underlying notes of dark chocolate and fruity yeast, but the port barrel is the star of the show.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth and fruity finish. Medium carbonation level.

O: Nicely hidden booze with a big port barrel. I've had other port barrel beers and this was probably the most port heavy. It distracted slightly from the actually beer, but overall it was nice.

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Photo of baggio
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Apperance: Black brownish with a beige head and some lacing.

Smell: Ripe fruit, Chocolate and roasted malt. Not a very impressive aroma. Kind of weak.

Taste: Coffee, Roasted Malts, Ripe fruit, Vanilla and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Smoth and creamy with low carbonation and a dry ending.

A very nice stout but Struise has better offerings than this in the stout-department. Very drinkable but no complexity kind of ruins the experience.

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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 Doodler
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Bill's Big Stout tasting aside a 2011 KTG and a Struise Double Black. Poured a pitch black with a thin tan head and decent lacing.

Nose is dark chocolate, bread and roasted malts.

Taste starts with coffee and a light oak flavors. Offers up dark fruits along with hints of cocoa nibs, vanilla and sweet, boozy port notes. The side by side was the way to go - as it brought out the Struise and Kate elements to notice.

The mouthfeel was oily and medium bodied. Had a thin, slighlty bitter finish

Overall decent, with bready euro elements taking over the big chocolate flavors that Kate usually holds.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle 11,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 29/12/2016

Appearance: Kabert looks pitch black in the glass, with even a strong back light only revealing a hint of dark brown along the edge. A gentle pour yields a massive (as only Struise can do!), thick, creamy, dark tan coloured head. The head lasts pretty well for the Abv. and leaves a few patches of lace as it recedes.

Smell: The initial nose is dominated by big dark fruit notes (raisins, dates, cherries and stewed plums), oak and port. After a few minutes the nose begins to open up, with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, a little roasted malt, a touch of ash, black liquorice, molasses and hints of toasted almond and warm spices. As the beer approaches room temperature, the nose seems to deteriorate in terms of both power and composition. Tart cherry and yeast seem to dominate.

Taste: This is certainly a big let down. The flavour is dominated by a lightly tart dark fruit character (cherries and plums) and there is a distinct green apple peel flavour in the aftertaste. Other, more subtle note include: Chocolate, raisins, oak, a little roast, smoke and raisins. The finish is very lightly bitter and quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Hmmm, this certainly doesn't seem quite right - medium (or just under) bodied and quite thin. The carbonation is of a very high level, but thankfully quite smooth.

Overall: I am not sure what to make of this beer, the nose seemed pretty good, but the taste and specifically the mouthfeel gave the impression that this bottle wasn't quite right. I guess I will have to hunt down another bottle and see.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Struise/Portsmouth Kabert pours jet black, with about three fingers of mocha foam crowning the beer. Head retention is good, but lacing is a little bit spotty. The nose is nice but smells almost like straight port than an imperial stout. Huge aromas of dark fruits, along with maybe a little bit of vanilla. The flavor profile brings the base beer to bare a little bit more, with some rich chocolaty notes leading things off. Port flavors come through next, along with a bit of nutty, woody notes. Some harsh alcohols appear to close the beer out a on a more down note. The mouthfeel misses the mark by a little bit, as the body is on the thin side, and the carbonation a little too harshly bubby for an imperial stout. I was excited to try Kabert, and I have to say I'm a little bit let down by this collaboration from two great brewers.

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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
4.16 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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