La Sang-d'encre - Le Trou Du Diable
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3.1/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
06-03-2007 04:02:29 | More by Sammy
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
3.83/5 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
3.88/5 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
2.85/5 rDev -23.6%
At Mondial de la Biere 2007!
Pours a nice dark brown/black, red edges, thick tan head, nice lacing, good retention. Smell is very alcoholic, fruity, some dark roast, grassy, kind of weird, not very stout like. Taste is better, caramel malt, light roast, chocolate, but pretty weak and watery. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Not horrific but not very pleasant, pretty weak attempt at a stout.
07-14-2007 02:14:16 | More by Viggo
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
600ml bottle poured into tulip 5/7/13
A dark cola with a deep edge, two fingers of mocha foam quickly falls to a thick film and leaves a single thick ring followed by some random patches
S coco, coffee, herbal and citric hops and I may be crazy but I'm getting some farmhouse yeast, smoke and chars not intense but noticeable and some nutty toffee round things out
T musty and a little more coffee and the coco's not quite there, mimics the nose otherwise but I preferred the smell
M a little thin but the bubbles fluff it up a bit, a little coffee and chocolate covered raisins on the finish
O decent stuff but nothing amazing, smells solid and other then an average feel I don't have much to complain about
worth a try but a I doubt I'll be a repeat customer with other LTDD brews beside it on the shelf that I preferred for the same price.
07-06-2013 01:39:12 | More by wordemupg
3.73/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-09-2013 00:09:54 | More by spinrsx
3.76/5 rDev +0.8%
Sampled at VT Brewfest; I think it was on tap but I am unsure.
A-First, I must say that this is one of the coolest forms of bottle art I have seen. I could get a tattoo of this artwork.the beer poured black as far as I can remember.
S-Dry, dry, dry! Dry Stout for sure. Powdery cocoa. Some chalk. Some char. Black roast coffee.
T-Powdered baker's chocolate and dark chocolate chunks. Bitter, dark coffee. Slightly burnt roast. Maybe a hint of dark fruit.
M-Creamy. Medium bodied. Bitter. No alcohol. I took my time with the sample.
O-A rather assertive Dry Stout. I enjoyed it but fear I will remember the artwork far longer than the actual beer.
07-22-2014 23:22:14 | More by VelvetExtract
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
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Had this on tap last night at Volo. Pours a pitch black colour with thin off-white head. Some lacing around the glass. Ok head retention. Smells of coffee and roasted malt. Very sweet flavour, only a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very smooth mouthfeel. This seems to be a better version of and Irish Dry Stout than Guinness, but nothing too exciting. Was a bit expensive for the half pint, so likely wouldn't order again at the price point.
01-12-2011 01:43:24 | More by kwjd
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
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
Deep brown colour, over a finger of thick off white head, some lace as well. Smell is roasted and chocolatey, some coffee, clean in the nose. Taste roasted and dry, coffee and a little astringent as well, bit of hop and a nice mixture of coffee and hop bitterness, a bit of chocolate as well. Lightly carbonated and creamy, bit of a light feel but quite smooth. Nothing groundbreaking but a simple and effective dry stout.
08-08-2012 17:06:46 | More by peensteen
La Sang-d'encre from Le Trou Du Diable
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