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La Sang-d'encre - Le Trou Du Diable

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 99
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | 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: 28 | Hads: 99
Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black pour, small tan head.
Rich roasted grains and dark chocolate on the nose, almost smokey. Hint of vanilla, faint licorice, walnut, herbal hop underneath.
Fruit shows up in the taste, generic raisin, but rich juicy fig, smothered in baking chocolate. Hints of red apple. Licorice, faint vanilla bean. Gets a bit bready only towards the finish, more and more roasted, finishing on an almost ashy note, with a bit coffee bean and some earthy hop.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Aftertaste has toasted dark bread, roasted grain, lacks the fruitiness, but gains a bit of bitter hop. Really nice, asking for a new sip right away.
A really tasty stout, roasty and robust when it needs to be, but refreshing too. Really nice.

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Photo of biegaman
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Viggo
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from Hopsolutely in the ultimate beer care package. Thanks for keeping me alive!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with great retention. Clear bistre brown in color with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and coats the sides of the glass with foamy lacing. A slight wisp remains leaving more lacing. A bit foamy and very brown.

SMELL: Spicy notes with spicy yeast, dark fruits, hints of roast and chocolate. Bold. Not quite your average Irish dry, and the Belgian character is quite forthcoming.

TASTE: Roasted notes with some caramel up front, then more flavor after the swallow with roasted barley, dark chocolate, some dried dark fruits, bitter coffee and spicy yeast and hop notes. Not sure if the spicy flavors come from the hops or the yeast, but in any case, it give this stout a very Belgian character. Not sure it fits the Irish dry stout style.

PALATE: Thinner body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy but a touch watery as well, goes down fine and finishes somewhat dry on the palate.

OVERALL: This is okay, but a bit of a confusing creation. It’s categorized as an Irish Dry Stout, but there is a definite spicy character to it that just doesn’t fit. If they have indeed used Irish yeast, then I can only imagine the spicy flavors come from the hop additions. Regardless, this factor makes the brew more Belgian in style, which is interesting, but not necessarily to style. A decent effort and an enjoyable beer, but a bit of an oddity. Thanks again guys!

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Photo of peensteen
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of SebD
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very drinkable stout that I'm glad to try before the southwestern LCBO stock is depleted. First time it's been seen out here...

Pours a very dark, near-black with auburn highlights at the edges of the glass and a nice coffee-coloured head. Aroma of roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a smoky, bitter background. Surprisingly robust taste for the 5.1% ABV listed on the label. An initial mild sweetness of roasted dark malts before the coffee bitterness engages and a nicely bitter finish.

Hope it ages well, as I believe I'm about to buy many!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

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Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

prost LampertLand

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.47/5  rDev -7%
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


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Photo of TheDoctor
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with tinges of red. Has an okay head that quickly reduces down to a fair covering but nothing spectacular. So-so retention, great lacing.

Smoked meat (salmon), coffee, malty smell overall. Really smells like smoked fish.

Smoky, acrid and surprisingly metallic/sourish. Pretty flat.

Flat, crisp and clean with no intense carbonation. Mellows and gets a little nuttier. Quick, dry finish.

Not bad. It didn't produce "oos" or "ahhs" but for the style it seemed about par. I think it would be good out of a nitro tap since the head was the main issue for me. Would have again.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 375ml bottle to a snifter.

A: Pitch black with very very slight ruby red hints coming through when pressed against the light. A some what mocha colored head about a finger or a bit less in height. Lacing was left all up the sides of my snifter. Retention was great.

S: Very rich and dark coffee.

T: Luscious and rich tasting roasted barley and coffee instantly take over. The beer is fairly malt dominant but some slight hop flavor is also detectable in the background. Its not overly sweet and balance is accurate.

M: A touch thinner than i'm used to for a stout but it makes sense for the style being an Irish dry.

O: a pretty good beer. It was nice to sip on a stout a mist my summer craze of ipas and low abv Belgians.

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La Sang-d'encre from Le Trou Du Diable
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