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La Sang-d'encre - Le Trou Du Diable

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La Sang-d'encreLa Sang-d'encre

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27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 95
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Goldorak on 04-09-2006

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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 95
Reviews by Digimaika2:
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.25) A: Near black with a very tall and creamy mocha head. Long lasting retention and lacing that hangs in patches down the side of the glass. Impressive.

(3.75) S: Lightly roasted malt (mostly dark chocolate), licorice, caramel, faint anise, and nuts. Quite aromatic considering the ABV with nice variety.

(3.75) T: Faint roasted malt, caramel, nuts, bit of smoke, and subdued herbal qualities. Smooth with a slight mineral aftertaste. Appropriately dry throughout.

(3.75) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Creamy with a slight chalky texture.

(3.75) D: This a good tasting stout with an outstanding appearance. Glad to see this available in Ontario. (673 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600ml bottle, 5.5% ABV. The term "Sang d'encre" seems to have both literal and metaphoric meanings - both of which are displayed on the label, i.e. being worried sick about an octopus' ink sac? (How crossword puzzle-esque) A bit weird - good thing that there's beer to go along with it. Not sure about the Irish connection here.

This beer pours a solid sooty black, with slight basal cola highlights, and three fingers of dense, finely foamy, and puffy beige head, which leaves a solid wall of pock-marked painted lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds (hah!) away.

It smells of bitter-sweet cocoa, grainy caramel and pale malt, an underlying brininess, toasted oily nuts, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more middling dark chocolate, a hint of spicy spice, ethereal nuts, some middling toffee-tinted caramel malt, a wee bit of ashy smoke, some dry coffee notes, and more earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is quite laid-back, but with a supportive fizziness, the body on the wan side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, a bit of ash seeming to pick at it all. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, graininess, and even coffee barely keeping things ahead of the drying embers of smoke, spice, and hop.

Not really a traditional interpretation of an Irish Dry Stout, but this is good all the same - roasted, sure, but with those spice and coffee adjuncts, which make for a more complex and interesting affair all around. I'm hardly worried about any inherent sickness I might have for these increasingly interesting Quebecois offerings. (1,542 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another dry stout, black with big head. Roast malt, chocolate malt. Lighter mouthfeel, light alcohol, with C hop in there. A tad of coffee, it all is OK but mediocre rep of the style.Nitro may have added creaminess but which may have impaired flavour. (251 characters)

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Goldorak
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Perfect darkness, the thick compact head looked like insulating foam.

Smell: Subtle notes of coffe that mellows out into milk chocolate with a hazelnut finish. Not bad.

Taste: Mocha flavors with little cocoa sprinkles, body is quite light and the bitter finish is coffee-like and mild. A sessionable if not spectacular stout that Guinness lovers will dig, I tend to like mine with a little more substance. (423 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO in the discount section.... $2.50 for a 375ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a huge head that lasted forever. Very dark brown color

S- A bit metallic. Low scent factor overall.

T- Smoke, chocolate and malt. Very light on of them though. Not the best blend out there but nice

M- Dry and carbonated.

O- Ok at best. Nothing special and not worth remembering

Food Pairing

This ok at best brew went well with...... Spicy stir fry

Enjoy (498 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks montrealbcr89!!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with over a finger of thick, light tan head that leaves some nice lace.

Smell. Chocolate, roasted nuts, and dark malts. A little briny as well.

Taste. Cocoa powder and dry roasty malts, a little hop bitterness and a little roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nothing fancy here but a well made beer. Seems a little thin but that my only real complaint. (471 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft: Poured a black color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with nice aromatic coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by dry malt roasted notes with some aromatic coffee which is surprising considering there is no coffee in here and those roasted malt do make a wonder. Body is about average for style with OK carbonation. Very well brewed for style. (417 characters)

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mtomlins
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of montrealbcr89
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Anatole
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Caudalie
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

600ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for $6

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy/frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some burnt/smokey notes and a bit of a dry/spiciness.

Overall - Pretty solid stuff, as are most of the beers from this brewer. Price point might keep me away when 6 packs of St Ambroise Stouts are $7.99 at the same store.. but it was worth a try. (649 characters)

Photo of BrunoPettipas
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Krot1974
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Humphreyproject
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Of all of the Québec microbrasserie stouts, this is my favorite. It has a dry punchy taste to start off with and offers cacao and coffee flavours with a hopsy spice to it. The feel is creamy and it isn't too sweet but not too bitter either. The aftertaste seems to be indecisive in the sense that it borders on bitter while leaving a little sweetness. In a nutshell, this is one of the more complex Québec micro brewery stouts and the boys in Shawinigan are on to something with this little pearl. It goes down great on its own but also accompanies strong cheeses very well. (576 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately/slow and leaves great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some nutiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, faint nuts and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (543 characters)

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La Sang-d'encre from Le Trou Du Diable
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