De Struise Brouwers - Cuvee Delphine
This is quite a rare beer that I was able to get my hands on via a trade and finally decided to crack open and try. This is batch "0" of the tasty Black Albert from De Struise that has been aged in a Four Roses bourbon barrel for over a year. This one is not exported to the US, so if you want it you will have to find an online shop that ships to the US or get one in a trade!
25cl bottle. Pours into my glass dark as night black with a two finger head of creamy tan foam. Lots of chocolate on the nose with wood and some subtle, mellow bourbon accents. There is a quiet and unassuming balance here. Lots of tannins with a touch of caramel as well.
First sip brings smooth dark malts augmented by a big wash of chocolate flavors. Woody tannins meet with a creamy caramel accents. Smooth bourbon weaves in and brings a touch of sweetness and vanilla. The smoothness of the Four Roses barrel really shines through here. Deceptively smooth and mellow.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly on the lighter side with mellow carbonation. Akin to the Black Albert this is a tricky beer as it's powerful but not heavy like a normal bourbon aged stout. This one will creep up on you with a left hook and leave you on the mat. Happy to be able to share this bottle with autumnaldave as it packs quite a punch. Cheers to De Struise for this one.
Overall this one gets a rating of Great.
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