Cazeau Tournay Noire - Brasserie De Cazeau
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3.59/5 rDev -2.7%
33cl bottle served in a pint glass
Starts out with a couple centimeters of light khaki bubbles on top of deep brown beer that doesn't let much light through but does turn just a bit red at the edges. The smell is mostly sweet with a lot of dark fruit, plums and the like. Very little in the way of malt or typical stout like bitter chocolate in the nose. The taste is very smooth dark malts with only a hint of the bitterness that you would expect. The fruitiness comes through as well but the taste is much more dynamic than the smell with a lot of the more Belgian flavors of earthy, yeasty, vinous flavors in there as well, overall strange for a stout and more like a Belgian dark. Rather full bodied but quite smooth with low levels of carbonation and a finish that is only slightly dry with a touch of bitterness. An unusual take on the style that has enough in the way of interesting characteristics to make it worth trying but doesn't make it a great beer.
05-24-2014 01:44:22 | More by fank2788
3.01/5 rDev -18.4%
APPEARANCE- black with ruby highlights, thin tan head with stringy lace and poorly formed legs
AROMA- sweet maltiness with low dried fruit notes - prune, plum, - faint clove in background, big floral element of rose and violet, some acetylaldehyde, no diacetyl, maybe a slight hint of hop-derived anise,... more caramel malt on backend..no alcohol.very inviting, but im ready for this to be syrup
FLAVOR- unexpectedly dry, I suppose from dominant roasted malt flavor, low levels of caramel malt sweetness, spicy phenol or alcohol, and extremely faint cherry note. Very simple beer, that is basically it for flavor. Long finish
MF- a bit prickly and lightly astringent, but not unpleasant, medium-light bodied, turns a little plush as it warms, but alcohol and roast do needle the palate throughout, medium carbonation,
OVERALL- not bad, but a little dull, vaguely reminiscent of a St Fuellien yeast character
03-27-2014 05:39:14 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.76/5 rDev +1.9%
I think I got this on my last trip through Belgium last spring, lot #2 best before end of 2014, so should be right in its prime hopefully. Served at cellar temp, about 50F which is about what it recommends (10C), poured into my Kate the Great tulip.
Pours a much bigger head than I anticipated, creamy slight darker colored fizzy fluffy head that looks like it will disappear quickly but then just sits there mocking me since i had to stop pouring to keep enough room to nose it. Looks like I'll have to wait a bit longer, as it leaves nice foamy lacing on the sides, a just about pitch black beer with a thin layer of light at the thin parts.
Nose has that typical export stout dark malt blend, a dark black malt, with some roasted malts, a little charred malt character but not really acrid, hint of coffee with the roast and burned espresso bean, faint touch of cocoa and caramel, as well as a sweet candi sugar and mild toffee, with hint of booze. A dry powdered black malt thing too.
Taste starts rich, it hints at getting creamy but never really does. It comes in different waves too, the creamy hint leads to a melting chocolate taste, milk chocolate with a little bitter dark chocolate too, into a little black malt and hint of roast, a little charred malt character that hints at acrid and very dark taste like pure black. Next comes a bitterness cutting through, some earthy like hops that get a ltitle spicy mix with the bitter dark chocolate roast. Then a wave of sugary flavors wash over, a little candi sugar, caramel, mild syrupy note, before back to a mild warming booze with more black malt and roast, hint of over cooked coffee, hint of a metallic roast, and touch of a fluffy nougat carafa like note. Finish is pretty bitter as the earthy spicy hops kick up a bit, mostly dry but a little sticky, hint more cocoa dust, caramel, and more earthy bitter charred roasted malts.
Mouth is fuller bod but not super heavy or rich in the end, lots of fluffy carb maybe a bit over carbonated as it seems to get in the way a little.
Overall not bad, a nice export style stout with the dark malts, roasty, black malts, hints of cocoa and caramel, a little burnt notes, candi sweetness that still stays really dry, maybe a bit too much on the burnt like notes but not too bad, a bit too much carbonation too surprising for what it's gone through.
01-24-2014 02:02:46 | More by jlindros
3.69/5 rDev 0%
Lot #07. Best by date of "End of 12". Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color (just a very light touch of translucence at the bottom of the glass) and about 2/3 inch of light brown head that had low-moderate retention and very light lacing.
The aroma was pretty neutral, very light roast and just a light yeasty spice note. The beer was pretty similar on the tongue, although a bit better well defined. There was a fruity taste, some where in the cherry-grape range, and the roast note was there, but light.
The body was a bit thinner than I would have liked, and the brew wasn't sticky. The beer had a finish that was mostly dry, but did have a a touch of sweetness. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quickly and easily, and I could have a couple in a sitting. Overall, a pretty nice brew, worth trying if you see it.
10-25-2013 01:01:19 | More by beertunes
4.39/5 rDev +19%
11.2oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $6.99. According to the label, this was part of “Lot # 07,” and is best by December of 2013.
Poured a viscous looking black that changes not one iota when held up to light. Big, bubbly,two thick-finger tan head that hung around for a few minutes, then dropped to a still-substantial looking collar, leaving spotty lace on the sides of my Iron Goat snifter.
A rich smelling beer. Dark fruits, pipe tobacco, toffee and a little bit of coffee greeted the nose.
There’s more coffee in the taste than in the nose, with a coffe-like bitterness being the first element that hits the taste buds. That initiall bitterness is then wrapped in a sweet and rich cloak of chocolate and figs. There’s a moderate hop zap at the swallow.
Somewhat light in the body for such a flavorful beer, but probably about normal when you consider it’s a Belgian stout. Carbonation is about right for the style. The mouthfeel is prickly, yet creamy and coating.
A very tasty beer. I’m sad that I only have one measly Euro bottle of it. This is something to splurge on once in a while.
09-04-2013 06:59:40 | More by woemad
3.59/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Tournay Black is black with a fluffy tan head leaving sticky chunks of foamy lace.
Smell is bright fruity esters, with a pithy zest.l Over-ripe, there's some weight here...
Taste is robustly acridly charred. Fruity esters struggle mightily to break through. Caramel, some grape.
Mouthfeel is sharply crisp, dry.
Drinkability is decent, loads of flavor, but sharp elbows here.
08-18-2013 08:36:27 | More by ccrida
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!
A - Poured a nice rich dark black hue with a big, fluffy mocha head that fades very slowly and leaves nice retention.
S - Good milk chocolate, candi malts, brown sugar, faint coffee, and a rather strange peppery spice note.
T - Taste is similar. I love the chocolate and almost burnt molasses/brown sugar, but there is an almost phenolic finish that when mixed with the alcohol is somewhat unpleasant.
M - Mouthfeel is solid enough, nice and creamy.
O - Overall, glad to try it at the festival as it is something I see on the shelf quite often.
06-13-2013 17:03:54 | More by rudzud
British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +19.2%
A: 1" tan head over black liquid.
S: honey, yeast, figs, pears.
T: molasses, pears, figs, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a faint metallic aftertaste.
M: medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.
O: smooth and understated, a nice change.
04-07-2013 23:18:25 | More by DaftCaskBC
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
11.2 oz bottle dated best by May 2012 served in a snifter.
This dark mahogany beer has a durable tan head and leaves very good lacing. The near creamy texture overlays an unusual palate that seems both full and light, and has a pleasant, semi-dry finish. Although it is slightly light in color for a stout and has an unusual (yeasty, boozy and hoppy) aroma, in tasting this is indeed a Belgian stout: it has the flavor of a rather spicy and hoppy export stout with the added complexity imparted by Belgian yeast and in-bottle refermentation. The dark roasted malts do come to the fore for a moment now and again in the finish, then linger in the durable aftertaste.
03-31-2013 19:42:51 | More by chinchill
3.28/5 rDev -11.1%
Served in a narrow snifter.
A - Ruby brown hue with a large tan head. Fair retention and lacing.
S - Big milk chocolate, light bitterness, slight coffee and candi sugar.
T - Soft notes that follow the nose. Balance is good, but a lack of bold/robust flavors makes this beer forgettable.
M - Fairly creamy for the style. Medium- body with mild carbonation.
O - Not a huge fan of the style and this is no exception. Not painful to consume, although I'll look the other way next time I spot one.
03-20-2013 04:02:29 | More by mscudder
Cazeau Tournay Noire from Brasserie De Cazeau
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.