La Sang-d'encre - Le Trou Du Diable
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4.24/5 rDev +13.7%
I poured the bottle into a pint glass. Wow, lots of foam. It died down, leaving some tan lace on the glass and a hint of foam on the top. Good dark color. I couldn't smell anything. The taste was good. Roast malt. Chocolate. Coffee. Maybe a little strong for an Irish stout, more like an Imperial Stout, but good.
08-26-2013 21:33:11 | More by deg
4.11/5 rDev +10.2%
600 ml bottle featuring cool artwork depicting a kraken battling a bunch of dudes with axes and such. Name refers to blood. Brew is a rich jet black with a burnt orange halo along the bottom of the glass. Ample brown head and smells great: Prominent roasted malt, spice seed like anise, along with a soft fruity top note and a whiff of leafy hops. Taste is light roast coffee, chocolate, and dark dried fruit like raisins and dates ... A touch of smoke. Some herbal hop notes which combine with other flavors to create a licorice root effect. I also detect a bright acidity reminiscent of red wine and although the finish is quite dry as per the style, with some toast and bitter husk, there is a lingering sweetness as well and this is a very well-crafted dry Irish stout that incorporates more noticeable sweet fruit and herb flavors than is generally the case. Medium body which belies the opaque demonic appearance (you'd think it would be thicker), with dryish mouth feel ... Its a little buttery and sweet yet highly carbonated. Neat take on the style. Stronger and more complex than usual ... An American stout/dry Irish hybrid?
12-14-2013 01:22:24 | More by CalgaryFMC
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
06-24-2011 15:17:27 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
04-18-2014 02:08:57 | More by Humphreyproject
British Columbia (Canada)
3.89/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
05-12-2013 02:19:28 | More by Rutager
3.89/5 rDev +4.3%
375 mL bottle into a tulip produced a voluminous head, really great retention and lacing, a light tan colour over a black-brown beer. 4
S- Definitely a noticeable herbal quality, licorice, bridge mix, along with lightly roasted coffee, roasty and vegetal notes with caramel, an interesting mix. Quite nuanced and good. 4.25
T- grassy and herbal start, lots of mellow hops without a lot of bitterness, grapefruit, peppermint, licorice, cinnamon? then lots of roast coffee and smooth mild chocolate, smooth transition to a lightly bitter chocolaty/coffee finish which dries out well. 3.75
M – smooth body, a bit thin, light on carbonation, easy drinking but a semi-substantial stout mouthfeel to it, some of the herbal quality gives it a bit of a funky tartness on the palate, dry finish. 3.5
Overall this strangely works, the strong coffee bitterness you’d expect is reserved for the finish, while the rest of the flavor plays with citrus grapefruit and herbal hops settling into a chocolatey roasty (tho not over the top) tasty drink. Short of amazing but I would have it again without hesitation as a flavourful session stout on a cool night. 4
12-07-2013 01:55:54 | More by mick303
3.88/5 rDev +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.
09-30-2013 20:00:41 | More by SebD
3.88/5 rDev +4%
Le Sang-d'encre ("Blood Ink") looks as intense as it sounds. Pitch black, this beer is definitely not for those afraid of the dark. Nearly true to its name, the complexion is indeed inky but has not a trace of red; it's too opaque to offer even a smidgen of highlighting. Its head is dirt-coloured and has the texture of a dry dish-sponge.
The stout's mild roast and gentle bittersweet flavours are first appreciated in the nose, which has subtle aromas of black licorice, coffee and chocolate truffles. Were it any stronger I might find it a little astringent but, mild as it is, it's simply enticing without being overwhelming.
The taste follows up with notes of chocolate chips, roasted grain, and weak-brewed coffee. It concludes with a pinch of anise spice and a trace of dark fruit esters. The hops are easy to miss amidst the smokiness but provide a dry herbalness and hints of tree bark or resins. The finish is very dry and bittersweet.
The beer is more roasty than bitter but, designed to be an Irish Stout, both are moderate (though a little more pronounced than usual for the style). Given the lighter, milkier texture and subtle roast I'd suggest skipping the steak - this is better paired with homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies - trust me, I speak from experience!
Although a French producer, this beer is one from straight out a British pub. I've always considered Dry Stouts to be the 'old reliable' of beer styles and Le Trou Du Diable Sang-d'encre is as solid as any of them. It is substantial and satiating without being too heavy or rich - one bottle was mighty satisfying though I like the idea of having two or three more.
10-08-2013 01:25:36 | More by biegaman
3.86/5 rDev +3.5%
From a 600 ml bottle into a pint glass.
A: deep dark brown with a small one finger root beer colored head which breaks down to leave a thin film of foam.
S: roasted malts, coffee, some toffee, and anise.
T: follows the nose. The roasted malts and coffee are prominent.
M: thinner than expected with medium carbonation.
O: not a bad beer, a nice dry stout. I quite like the roasty malt flavor and though there is a slight bitter finish, I think this is a nice easy drinking beer.
10-20-2013 19:55:02 | More by polloenfuego
3.83/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
06-28-2013 02:57:22 | More by biboergosum
3.83/5 rDev +2.7%
Beer is black with hints of brown. Large off-white head. Excellent retention, good lacing. Head looks very creamy.
Smell is simply but nice. Roasted malt, cocoa. Some coffee.
Taste is similar. Roasted malt, quite creamy. No bitterness, actually somewhat sweet. Chocolate.
Medium bodied, low carbonation. Very creamy.
Overall, a straight forward but nice stout.
07-28-2012 13:13:59 | More by jrenihan
British Columbia (Canada)
3.79/5 rDev +1.6%
Le Trou Du Diable 'Le Sang-d'encre' @ 5.5% , served from a 600 ml bottle purchased for $10
A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a hint of ruby red peeking thru a big frothey tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hints of roasted barley
T-ok tasting Irish dry stout
MF-ok/good carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer , glad I started Trou Du Diable with a somewhat inexpensive beer first , hmm
03-17-2014 06:23:24 | More by LampertLand
La Sang-d'encre from Le Trou Du Diable
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.