Black Albert by DeStruise

DeStruise Black Albert

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Tasting: September 29, 2015

So, here I am…another milestone in my beer collection – Beer number eight-hundred. I really covered some significant ground in my bucket list over the last seven and one-half months since beer number seven-hundred. As a matter of fact, this past year was a terrific beer year and here are some of the highlights:

1. My trip to Hill-Farmstead. The weather was beautiful

2. Finally scoring my own case of Heady Topper at Hunger Mountain Coop.

3. The text that read “hey, I can get you a bottle of Vanilla Rye if you want it”.

4. Having a few different beers from Trillium. What a fantastic brewery.

5. My first Hunaphu and acquiring two more bottles after having the first.

6. Finally making it to Carton Brewing in Atlantic Highlands.

7. Sipping on a growler of Everett on my balcony at the Trapp Family Lodge.

8. Winning the opportunity to buy a Goose Island Backyard Rye after being duped out of one in a trade

9. A constant stock of Heady Topper in my fridge from Memorial Day until Labor Day (3 cases)

It’s been a long road to complete the last one-hundred beers. Number seven-hundred was consumed on Valentine’s Day in 2015. Here we are seven and one-half months later and I’m perusing my inventory for a worthy candidate. After a week of staring at my beer cellar, I picked this eleven ounce bottle of Black Albert by Belgium’s DeStruise. My wife bought this bottle for me in Baltimore a couple of years ago. It was not the intent of her trip but I gave her a shopping list for a “rare beer” sale that was advertised by a local watering hole.

I first learned about Black Albert through Chicago’s Three Floyds. They brewed a stout called Baller Stout that was a blend of their own Dark Lord (97 Points), Surly’s Darkness (in my cellar), Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (96 points) and DeStruise’s Black Albert. I’ve yet to find Baller Stout but I’ve gotten all the individual pieces.

Amazingly complex with raisins, peat, red wine, baker’s chocolate. Has some underlying Belgian yeast spice. Black Albert’s 13% ABV certainly comes in hot. Black Albert rates 94 points in my book.

Want to read my other milestone beers…

Beer # 700 Three Floyds Dark Lord

Beer # 600 Alesmith Speedway Stout

Beer # 500 Fifty-Fifty Elijiah Craig Esclipse

Beer #400 Founders Bolt Cutter

Beer # 300 Mother Earth Trippel Overhead

Beer # 200 Theakston XB

Beer # 100 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp # 37

Beer # 1 Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

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