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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Black Damnation - Black Berry Albert (De Struise Brouwers)

This beer won a Beer Geeks release ahead of Evil Twin's Biscotti Break Natele (with black cherries). I got back in town after a long week and wanted to try this special brew. It was a good one! After that taste I ended up staying for a couple more, watching some blues and eventually Sammy Hagar on the screens above the bar. I needed to wind down before dance. I never did get back for that Biscotti Break.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This black brew had a coffee-colored head that hung around as a slick on top. It smelled like brow sugar and molasses.

Taste: It tasted like fresh berries, with the slight bitterness from the skin. I tasted some tobacco and vanilla. It was creamy, but also had a coffee acidity. It tasted like gritty dark chocolate as it warmed. It was complex and delicious. It was a big, heavy, sipping brew. It was one to savor.

From Wikipedia (they link to it on their site):
Black Albert, with the addition of blackberries a year matured in port barrels.

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