Kabert | De Struise Brouwers

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4.18 w/ 221 Ratings

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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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Photo of beerpirates
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours black, tan-colored head, pretty frothy, thick collar, thin cap with some wisps here and there.

S - The dark fruity port notes are right up front which is followed by some milk chocolate sweetness and light roast. The booze is pretty smooth, really overtaken by the port and chocolate...impressive.

T - The port and milk chocolate work wonderfully together, and the light booze compliments the sweetness. A good amount of dark fruits, burnt sugars, light caramel, and the perfect dose of oak. The finish is light boozy sweetness, light char, and oak'd dark chocolate.

M - Full, rich and smooth, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Well, color me very impressed! I'm truly surprised by this one, and it's definitely not the hype that allows me to praise this beer. I might say Struise has a lot of "misses", but I think this beer is a "home run". The port and chocolate sweetness are so good, while the booze is really well-hidden. Good stuff, guys!

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Photo of Jeffo
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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 FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1272nd Review on BA
Bottle to 4oz snifter

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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Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Masterski for this. Quite excited to enjoy this treat. I drink this with the news that Tod Mott is leaving Portsmouth Brewing… What’s the future of Kate? Who the heck knows….

The label on the bottle is upside down. Wonder if I should have just sold it on EBAY… ;-) (um, that was a joke) Enjoying out of my Smuttynose Big Beer series glass that I got at Portsmouth Brewing.

A rather large dark tan almost bronze colored head forms in the glass and stays for quite a while. Glossy deep brown in color.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt, some black licorice and perhaps a note of wood. Perhaps some dark plum.

Wood, dark roast malt and again a touch of anise or black licorice. There are certainly notes that do remind me of Kate and I am assuming that’s the Port. There is a richness and almost a note of dark chocolate in the background… but subtle. As it warms the malt notes just get deeper and more complex. Very nice. Notice more of the port/barrel notes as well.

Soft, rounded, yet not totally full bodied. Seems a touch less thick than straight Kate.

The more I work through the glass the more I believe what I perceive as black licorice are the notes from the Black Albert and the Belgian yeast in that portion of the beer. Pretty damn complex and a really nice beer.

Big Thanks, as always, Alex

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

142nd Review
330ml bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice
Best before: 29/12/2016

A: Opaque deep, dark brown. 1.5 (medium, bubbly mocha) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Very complex and a lot going on here - fig, vanilla, coffee, rum raisin, white chocolate, oak, hint of booziness, and dark roasted malt.

T: Medium candied dark fruit, vanilla, leathery oak chips, and raisins. Charred espresso beans and bitter chocolate come thru on the tail end, but it dies quickly leaving you wanting more. Very robust, but I feel like the flavors are muddled together a bit at this point.

M: Full bodied with just the right (medium) amount of carbonation.

O: Definitely a big beer that will not disappoint. It is thick and coating, but not too chewy. It smells absolutely amazing, but that taste isn't there quite yet. Will it get there? I think/hope so, but all in good time (it is still quite young). I will definitely lay this one down for a bit and enjoy in the future.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, port, chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's addition of some cream, burnt/charred malt and a bit of anise. Good mix of sweet, fruity and roasty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good overall brew, I'd pick this one up again and it's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kabert 2011

Comes out looking like Albert, just black with a nice thick creamy head although a touch lighter. Retention and lacing is on that Rick Ross(bawse).

The port barrel aging is wonderful on this. The sweetness melding with the red fruit and vinous character is great. That seems to dominate. Roasty espresso and dark chocolate as well.

The port, fruit, and sweetness come through first leading into the roasty espresso and dark chocolate aspects. Dry at the back end with some woody and cheese element.

Full bodied but with a slightly assertive carbonation so it doesn't feel top thick going down.

Most of the port aging these guys do is wonderful. I have no idea what Kate tastes like. This seems very Black Alberty in port barrels. Need to get a Kate.

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Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared generously by liamt07

Near black in colour, ring of reddish tan head, little lace on the glass. Smell is roasted and almost burn malt, bit of char, fruity (mostly dark fruits) with a bit of belgian yeast and liquorice, a bit of grape like port notes as well. Taste is very roasty with lots of fruity flavours, the barrel is a little more present than in the nose especially in the finish, grape and wine like flavours, a bit of chocolate, cherry and liquorice as well. Lightly carbonated, big full body, really nice feel. Have had Black Albert but never Kate on its own, this was quite the treat, really solid stuff and glad I got a crack at this one.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Three fingers of big chunky mocha head has nice staying power. Body is a very dark brown bordering onto true black . Thick lacing clings to the sides. Knockout appearance.

Smell: Dark chocolate dominates the nose, but we get some coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of nebulous fruity aroma. The fruits and port come out more as the beer gets nearer to room temp.

Taste: There's a lot going on, as it's a very complex beer with many layers that unravel over time. Chocolate, dark malts, and coffee are all there as would be expected from the stout. There's some dark fruit, raisins, plums, and Belgian yeast flavors that give a bit of quad angle to the beer. The sweet fruit from the port is very subtle, but there. The alcohol is well hidden but does let its presence be known from time to time. Then all of that gets wrapped into what is ultimately a bitter/roasted flavor with a twinge of fruity essence.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. Medium to high carb, particularly for the style.

Drinkability: Nice - It's strong and a small bottle is a perfect serving. You really want to experience this beer over a range of temperatures as it changes drastically. Don't share unless you have to!

Overall: It was mostly a foregone conclusion that sticking Kate and Black Albert together in a port barrel would taste great, and it does. So here's what you need to know… it's more Black Albert than Kate, but the blend is definitely something unique enough that you should seek it out even if you've had both. Also, this beer is a MUST drink closer to room temp. It's extraordinarily muted and boring when drank on the colder side.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kojevergas
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited for this one. Acquired from Belgium. "KAB No. 42 R.I.S." Aged in port barrels. 11.5% ABV confirmed. I've never had Kate the Great, but I've had Black Albert and really liked it. I'm a huge De Struise fan. 330ml brown glass bottle vintage 2011 served into a nonic bubble willi glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; I can't wait for it.

Served after a warming period following its removal from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

Interesting label art.

A: Pours a three finger rich tan colour head of excellent cream and thickness, and flat out amazing retention (>7 minutes) for the very high ABV. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque brown-black. Delightfully frothy. Decent lacing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style and fantastic; the retention is downright impressive.

Sm: Silky chocolate, rich port notes, fantastic subtle roasted java/coffee, roasted dark malt, cream, dark fruits, cocoa, and subtle red wine. Fucking fantastic. Very appealing. It does lack yeast character, but it's forgivable - and yeast doesn't suit the style all that well. Amazingly, no alcohol is detectable. A subtle, moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavier port notes than expected, but somehow it's dominant while simultaneously subtle. The roast at the core is just about perfect. Dark malts are well chosen and subtly executed. The coffee/java is as subtle as it could possibly be while contributing to the impeccable balance. Some caramel. Subtle fig when I look for it, accompanied by a well integrated sweetness. Rich and roasty throughout. Creamy as well. No alcohol comes through. Some creamy roast on the finish - a majestic end. A bit sweeter on the finish than it is in the early acts. Very well layered. An incredibly well built imperial stout; it doesn't need barrel aging to be delicious. Chocolatey with cocoa. Impressively layered and complex. Hot damn, this is some tasty stuff. Still, it doesn't have the depth of other great beers in the style. This is a tough style in which a beer can set itself apart, but this one manages to succeed though it does struggle against other masterfully brewed beers.

Mf: Delightfully creamy while coarse and just dry enough to be perfect. Luscious. Lacks the delicacy or fragility of other fantastic beers, but that's nitpicking.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the high ABV. I'd easily kill a bottle or more of this by myself (I'm only sharing it with one other friend, blakelive784). This is fantastic stuff. Meets my expectations in terms of quality, but it is different than expected. Very well blended in any case. Hides its ABV very well. At around $10 a bottle, I think it's very well priced. It's a decadent treat for a special occasion. For a non barrel-aged stout (post blend), its complexity and subtlety are nearly unsurpassed.

High A-

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is black with an inch of oily beige head. Lots of slick lacing visible on the sides of the snifter. The aroma brings port, oak, roast, chocolate, vanilla. Some noticeable booze. Big, thick, rich. Palate coating. Big time sweetness imparted from the port barrels. Red wine with a chocolate finish. This is tasty now, but I think this will mellow out nicely given more time in the cellar.

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Kabert from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 89.6% out of 100 with 221 ratings
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