Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale)
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Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale)Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale)
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #174
Ranked #3,392
4.2 | pDev: 9.05%
De Struise Brouwers
Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale)Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale)
Notes: Numbers, couples, and Stout are at the heart of this nuptial ale, in this case known as NUPTIALE. Ashley and Trey received the blessing from family and friends to be married on 8.17.13. The sum of their wedding date is two, however it’s added together:

or 8+(1+7)+(1+3)=20…2+0=2

Struise is mindful of numbers and math, especially considering the above scenario. As 2 = a couple, we decided to make two versions of the NUPTIALE.

Alias A2 is our Black Albert, secondly fermented on peaches and aged in Anguilla Rum barrels. Alias T2 is the same ale, but secondly fermented with black currants and aged in Port barrels. Of course A stands for Ashley, T for Trey, and 2 being their lucky number.

Whenever you have such a bottle in your possession, it will be your lucky day upon opening this marvelous barrel-aged stout. Just like any couple though, one is not complete without the other.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 86
Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty brew. 750 ml with cap and synthetic cork. Lots of nice thick mocha head. Mouth is decent, not overly thick. Tons of dried fruit and prune with a nice boozy finish. Holding up very well, could see this continuing to age gracefully.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a tight, quarter inch, mocha-colored head that quickly disperses into a soapy froth. Nose expresses cocoa, char and black licorice. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a distinct spiciness to the flavor profile (maybe cinnamon or chilis) and an ashy quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body and comes off a bit thin for the style. Carbonation is mild and even and some heat pervades the quaff from start to finish and lightly lingers. Overall, a solid RIS that has held up well - just the lightest touch of oxidation was present.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black pour with a very dark toffee colored ring, super viscous with a lot of legs that ooze down the glass.

S - Dark/black cherry, light char buried in the aroma, oak.

T - Black cherry, rum, oak, light cocoa.

M - Heavy and oily/viscous mouth feel, slippery.

O - This beer is a world contender, way underrated on here at (89) and don't understand why. All good.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a deep black color, The head was brown. moderate lacing and retention. The smell of the beer has a lot of roasted aromas with some subtle fruity sweetness. The taste is pretty bold with the dark malts working pretty hard to keep this very "stouty". There isn't a lot of fruit in the taste from what I can tell, but it still tastes damn good. The feel is pretty dense, good for the style. Overall it's a good brew.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Black with a big khaki head. Smells strongly of caramel. Lots of booze. I guess it's rum barrel. Some sort of bright aroma behind all of it. Taste is very sweet. Caramel and a fruity brightness that almost tastes acidic. After a while, as it warms up, it begins to taste like peaches. Heavy and boozy. Well carbonated. Intense. Strange fruit addition, but it kinda works.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, midnight black. Smell is roasty with hints of boozy barrel. Taste is insanely deep and rich, with chocolate, some coffee and just the right amount of booze and wood. Top notch.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, cherry, and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting fruity qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

OCT 3, 2014
Cheers, Ash and Trey! Bottled May 30 2013. It's been a while since I?ve had a Black Albert variant and I?d forgotten how awesome they look. Jet black, sense, dark brown head, creamy and long lasting, this looks amazing. The nose opens with creamy and fruity milk chocolate with the peaches surprisingly potent and the brown sugar and vanilla from the rum quite noticeable. This pairs well with the spicy, yeasty base beer, making me think of grilled peaches with rosemary. Mild mineral, mild herbal, moderate roast character are present. Grainy bitterness us low but an acidity is perceived. Moderately minty. Nice. The palate opens with a big, chewy Black Albert base, milk chocolate, roast, malted milk and brown sugar along with a mild peach flavor. Vanilla and brown sugar in a very rum like ratio are present on the mid palate. Spicy on the finish with green peppers , mint, chocolate and vanilla, this is great. Full in body,mildly and creamily carbonated, this feels awesome on the palate. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

To Ashley and Trey...

750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a big, thick 2 finger dark mocha colored head with excellent retention. Beer is viscous and pitch black. Lacing is spotty with decent cling and huge legs. Certainly carries the Black Albert pedigree.

Nose is mild booze, lactose, chocolate, fudge, cocoa and the slightest bit of fruit sweetness. Peach flavor is nearly indistinguishable. Nice but a bit muddled.

Opens sweet chocolate, booze, lactose and liquorice. Dark fruit mixed with more alcohol bite and cocoa powder in the middle. Brownie and fudge towards the end with a helping of boozy molasses and sweet dark fruit at the finish. Lingering, sweet aftertaste. Really desert-y!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and warm and viscous going down. Finishes messy with a sticky, long, lingering aftertaste. Exactly what I want.

This is one heck of a beer and certainly worthy of a toast. I couldn't think of a better way to say cheers to the happy couple!

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Pitch black pour with a gorgeous two finger caramel-colored head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose is a unique combination of fruity and roasty with a lot of vinous notes as well. Hints of mocha, espresso, subtle peaches, oak, dark chocolate, and booze. The taste follows suit with tons of roasty mocha and fruity peaches along with hints of espresso, oak, apricot, dark chocolate, subtle vanilla, vinous notes, and booze. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side for such a big stout, with fizzy carbonation and a subtly sour, vinous finish. And even though the booze is evident in both the nose and taste, the 13% ABV doesn't hurt the drinkability at all. Overall, this is yet another unique and flavorful offering from Struise!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

big thanks to jim for bringing this and the T2 to the southampton release. great to try them, let alone side-by-side. enjoyed at the release with notes taken and revisited later in the day with left-overs from the bottle. enjoyed from a de struise glass.

a - identical in appearance to the T2. deep dark all the black damnations. some head formed (even on day 2) but not much lacing to speak of though swirling the glass definitely coated it with a thin veil of stoutiness.

s - here's where things differ. the A2 sings with a nice peach glazing over black albert's dark fruity magic. the rum seems to also impart lighter fruit booziness over the richer T2 nose which carries more of black albert's dark fruit and a nice medley of thick boozed soaked fruit from the port. i prefer the A2 slightly due to the fluffiness of the nose and gotta love that peach!

t - again, peach is at the forefront over such a powerful stout.

m - the carb didn't last for day 2 of this bottle, but my notes from yesterday speak of a well carbed brew. either day you try it, this brew doesn't drink like a 13% behemoth, but rather a silky fruit infused stout.

o - overall, i'm a fan. always dig what de struise does (especially with stouts) and this beer is an amazing departure from the others i've tried in the series by imparting peaches and rum to black albert. it really works. quite delicious and one of the more impressive beers i've tried from de struise. keep on pushing the envelope urbain, we love it!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok Ashley and Trey- I know that the charming story of the ale and how it captures the aura of your love for one another. I know about this mystic moment and how the Struise brewers are supposed to personify that in taste in atle form. I simply don't care about that- all I care about is the taste of the ale and this is what I think...

Pouring with an elevated creaminess, the beer smolders into a tall column of tan foam that caps the beer with sturdy structure and laces the glass with a mix of lace and concentric rings. Ominously black- the beer is simply mysterious in every light.

Both pungent and tart, the beer's aromatics open up with sour peach, apricot, and mango- its tangy scent only matched by roasted espresso and cocoa. Its shift toward acidity tricks the mind into believing that this ale is acrid, sour and astringent....

Yet none of that happens in taste- instead, the flavors of savory caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, smooth espresso and whipping cream delivers a milkshake-like flavor that invites nuances of peach, mango and apricot- (think fruit "Roll-Ups") Its culmination is all-things-stout, but does so much more that your average dark ale. Its savory sweetness and fruitiness delves into a deviant rummy-spice finish.

Its full body is lightened a little by the expressive carbonation to follow- its heft is lifted by the bubbles that pop underneath and offers a greater sense of drinkability even though its alcoholic warmth suggests otherwise. Its fruit acidity is somewhat of an oddity that balances the sweetness and provides a tangy finish to accompany its silky-smooth chocolaty feel.

I rather like the beer a lot! Its dance of fruit acidity, smooth roast and strong alcohol creates an orgy inside the mouth that we can't help to brag about.

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Photo of 77black_ships
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

75 cl. bottle sampled during Borefts 2013. Pours black with a very creamy mocha head. Nose is roast, light wood, roast, light berries & I can pick out peach skins because I am looking for thme. Taste is big roast, ashes, burned toast, coffee grounds, earth, liquorish, too roasted, thinner than other version & too high carb. Bitter herbs & no taste of the peaches what so ever. Black Albert with peaches sounds incredible but this was pretty disappointing. Easily the weakest Black Albert variant, so far, a downer.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75 cl bottle poured into my de molen tastingglass

A :very dark black with a nice 1 finger brown head
S : nouse is very much oak , rum , coffee and chocolate , realy nice !
T : this is very good ,the first sip you can stil taste the base beer black albert and also a soft bitter / coffee taste what is so typical for black albert , then the oak and rum come's to live and short after the sweetnes of the peaches with a light vanila taste , very good , very wel balanced !
M : nice carbonation , thick body And a very creamy mouthfeel , i like it .
O : this is a very well balanced beer , i never had the feeling that i was drinking a 13 % abv beer , very wel hidden , perfect balance between the base beer the barrel and the peaches
Nice job Urbain !

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Photo of treyrab
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A big thank-you goes out to my friend Urbain for generously offering to make two special wedding ales for Ashley and my wedding. So very grateful and honored, thank you Urbain, you have added the special touch to our big day! Nuptiale A2 is Black Albert secondly fermented on peaches and aged in rum barrels from the island of Anguilla.

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into two Struise glasses. As our wedding date is 8/17/13, Urbain ingeniously discovered that this equals our lucky number, and thus inscribed it on the label and made 2 versions (bride & groom) of this ale:

or 8+(1+7)+(1+3)=20...2+0=2

A: Pours a deep, oily and rich black with a billowing creamy beige head. A quick swirl leaves a solid, sticky lacing on the glass, while still retaining the thick, frothy head. The head lasts the entire glass. Held to the light, this is completely opaque.

S: Bursts with charred oak and sweet Caribbean rum, blended with sweet molasses, a combination of fruit esters from the yeast and peaches, dark bakers chocolate, cocoa powder and perhaps port/sherry. The lightness of the peach and rum really play well together in the nose!

T: Think Black Albert while sitting on an Anquilla beach - Take a bite of a peach, sip of rum, and gulp of Black Albert, and you have this beer. The base Black Albert comes through first with rich, sweet chocolate, followed by fruity peaches and some heat from Caribbean rum. This is wonderful now, but will age gracefully for many years.

M/D: One to savor. Thick and creamy with enough carbonation to give a slightly airy feel to the thickness. A beer to have occasionally when you have friends around and can open T2 alongside it!

I cannot wait to share this with family & friends at the wedding to top of a fantastic day. Cheers!

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Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale) from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 86 ratings