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La Sang-d'encre - Le Trou Du Diable

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Goldorak on 04-09-2006)
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Photo of polloenfuego
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

polloenfuego, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ThinkAgain, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Bf_89, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Digimaika2
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Digimaika2, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

biegaman, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

liamt07, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +7%

andrenaline, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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!

hopsolutely, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of HATS4BATS
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

HATS4BATS, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of SebD
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

SebD, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

WeissBoy, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

spinrsx, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of deg
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

deg, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Petitetouale
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Petitetouale, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of groleau
3/5  rDev -19.8%

groleau, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

JonnyBeers, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

tom10101, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

yancot, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ritzkiss, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Haydn-Juby, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

wordemupg, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +7%

IanSpindler, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

4ster, Jun 18, 2013
La Sang-d'encre from Le Trou Du Diable
84 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.