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La Sang-d'encre - Le Trou Du Diable

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85
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Goldorak on 04-09-2006)
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Photo of Humphreyproject
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Photo of Mack
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of LarryAppleton
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Caudalie
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
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?

Photo of mick303
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of AussieAbroad
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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!

Photo of HATS4BATS
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SebD
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

La Sang-d'encre from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.