Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale) | De Struise Brouwers

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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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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by treyrab on 07-21-2013

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by cosmicevan:
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4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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 tbryan5
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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 BierMeJohn
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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 DrBier
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -29.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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 beerpirates
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of 77black_ships
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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