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Cazeau Tournay Noire - Brasserie De Cazeau

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BA SCORE
83
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Cazeau visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Suds on 10-17-2008)
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Reviews by jono311:
Photo of jono311
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pitch black, no light is escaping this one.

S-light nose of roasted malt, hints of bitter chocolate.

T/M- Rich dark chocolate stout deliciousness, followed by some lighter coffee flavors, not much in the way of hops, just enough to keep the finish only slightly sweet and not cloying.

O-we don't see many stouts out of Belgium so its always interesting to try one when it appears. This one was a quality rich foreign stout but nothing to set it apart from other foreign stouts besides its country of origin.

I'll confess this one was late in a tasting night so perhaps I'll need to revisit it at some point to refine the review.

jono311, Jan 27, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Big head, black liquid.

SMELL: Charred grain, broth, yeast, dried currants, herbal, earthy.

TASTE: Very smooth, burnt sugar, espresso, faint ripe fruit, mellow esters, yeast, dark bread.

Very drinkable for its size, the warmth from the alcohol does not really set in until half the glass is gone. Very well balanced, a treat to drink.

Jason, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +8.7%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

chinchill, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter) best before end 2011
A- This beer has a black body with a bubbly tan head that slowly boils away over a few sips. There are a few microbubbles that glide to the surface up the sides of the glass.
S- The clean aroma has a faint roasted grain hint and some more fresh candy estery notes in the finish.
T- The soft roasted char note gives way to a soft tartness and finishes with light black coffee taste that grows as the beer opens up.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The very clean light flavor won't improve much with age and there was very little character to begin with.

rhoadsrage, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

acurtis, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of mattfancett
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, to be sure I had two bottles o this. I completely drank both, with some otehr beverages including lemon water inbetween. What I got was an interesting stout. Black with a white foam head leaving some lace on the aides, at tehe dnd of the drinking were lots of lace bits. The first bottle more than the second I detected some sourness, served just below room temperatre each time at Beer Bistro. Some sweetness, yes, but th sourness dominated the first bottle and was more balanced but still there in the second bottle. A creaminess in th mouthfeel, a liuttle chocolate. drying.Not a swett tout as advertsied. the astringency is in the way.

Sammy, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a deep ruddy brown, with a finger of thick light mocha colored head. This retains with a frothy ¾ finger which leaves back swathes of lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa, brown sugar, dark fruit, and a good bit of peppery spice. Underlying alcohol warmth adds a bit of fullness to the nose.

The taste is cocoa powder, caramel, mellow ripe fruit, and then some darker roasted malt character along the back. This ends dry and spicy on the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a softer creaminess to the carbonation that expands out into the mouth and prickles the tongue a bit. The overall mouthfeel is pretty mellow though while the alcohol warmth that is present mostly pops the spiciness of the finish.

The was decent enough I guess and while there was an assortment of flavors here, the strength of the spice just kind of overran everything else at times, giving the profiles a bit of a flat feel. This wasn’t offensive or anything but I doubt that I’ll be trying it again either.

Kegatron, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lot #01! Best before end of 2011! Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured pitch black with a two finger beige head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, slight roasted malt, hints of caramel, and slight nuttiness. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, cream, and a slight roastiness. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great. Neither the aroma nor flavor were very robust in this one which was quite disappointing. The elements that were there were quite nice, but it just lacked in intensity. Glad I got to try this one, but once is enough for me unless they can work on the robust aspect.

thagr81us, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of mscudder
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

mscudder, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Macs Steel Creek.
Opaque black pour, minimal white head.

Aroma has malty chocolate mixed with some red fruit/banana.

Taste has much more roast. Dark chocolate and then some very faint banana. Fainter yet molasses and coffee to go along with cocoa in the finish.

Lighter mid bodied. Easy drinking, I've been enjoying the lower 7-8% stouts lately like this. Somewhere between a Belgian and Foreign stout really.

Not normally a fan of Belgian yeast strains in stouts, this is somewhat in agreement for me. The banana just doesn't work with the flavor/aroma profiles to me. Still not bad though.

Bung, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a large off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with Belgian malt and some light DMS. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet Belgian malt with some lightly roasted malt and some overcooked vegetables which is not strong enough to ruin this beer but not very pleasant either. Body is somewhat full with great carbonation and no alcohol is showing. Interesting take on the style but too flawed to try on a regular basis.

Phyl21ca, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of fank2788
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

fank2788, May 24, 2014
Photo of Psychmusic
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Psychmusic, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of MisterSH
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. Picked this up at Bierkraft in Brooklyn. BB 2010 notched. I've got an American label here... "Tournay Black" instead of the "noir" pictured.

Pours a deep garnet brown with a sizeable mocha looking head.
Aroma is yeasty, chocolate, dark fruit, rather sweet and slightly alcoholic. Smells quite like an American imperial stout to me.

Taste is moderately malty with some spice and subtle licorice, not nearly as fruity as the aroma would have suggested, also not nearly as full bodied as I expected. Quite bready. Blossoms into a mellow, creamy coffee note and some hints of estery yeast on finish, slight lingering bitterness.

MF is fairly chewy and thick with moderate to heavy carb that dissapates pretty quickly.

Rather interesting. I've little experience with belgian stouts, but this is quite subtle and seems an easy segue into the style from the American and British stouts I'm more used to. A distinct estery belgian spice is surprisingly hidden and well integrated. Pretty subtle and easy overall, a stronger malt profile with some amped-up roasty notes would add another layer of complexity from which this beer would doubtlessly benefit. I'm certainly glad I tried it, I wouldn't go out of my way to buy another bottle but I'd drink it again without hesitation, if offered.

MisterSH, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a dark ruddy brown, appearing nearly black in the glass. Healthy three finger brown head with good retention and massive lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of dark fruit with a lot of plum, toasted malt, chocolate and a slight mineral element. Flavor of dark and dried fruit, chocolate, coffee and slight hops on the finish. A Belgian influence to the yeast and fruit. Complex with interesting flavor progression. Nice medium body with excellent creaminess and active carbonation. Appropriately somewhat dry and slightly sour as expected from an export stout. I lean towards the Russian and American style of stout, but I really enjoyed this, one of the nicer export stouts I've had.

LiquidAmber, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of rhenning
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tournay "Black" label, purchased in US. 11.2 oz btl poured into a tulip. This pours completely opaque black with 2" of bone white head with staying power, but very little lacing left on the glass. Nose of raisins, malt, citrus/grapefruit hop character. Initial flavor of warm brown sugar, yeasty baked goods with citrusy hop resins mid palate. Finish of smoke, roasted malt and charred oak. The mouthfeel is medium. It feels like it could be thicker without becoming sticky. Drinkability is only average. I rated the taste highly for its multifaceted character, but the grapefruit flavor is a little off-putting.

rhenning, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of organicbrewer
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Huge tan head. Black. Nice

S-Chocolate and cinnamon. Some mocha. Belgian yeast. Not too much going on

T-Some roast and a little ashtray (black patent?). Belgiany esters. Not overly bitter, could use more hop bitterness.

M-medium to dry. medium carbonation. No alcohol warmth.

D-Very drinkable. Hides its 7.6%abv very well. Could use more stout like qualities. More bitterness from either the roasted grains or hops. Either way not bad.

organicbrewer, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

raythealeman, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle received from mday in the Vets BIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Label shows a Best Before End Oct 2010.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 1" tan head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Pillowy head lasts and lasts, with coating chunky lacing. Aroma is chocolatey sweet, with alcohol wisps at the end.

Taste starts with creamy chocolate malt, a peek of dark fruit in the middle, and a clean, lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is so smooth, but not as much depth of body as I hoped/expected. Drinkability is good. Nice brew, just not quite all I was hoping for.

ppoitras, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of girlmeetsbeer16
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

girlmeetsbeer16, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Fallingonwater10
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Fallingonwater10, Mar 30, 2012
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Cazeau Tournay Noire from Brasserie De Cazeau
83 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.