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La Sang-d'encre - Le Trou Du Diable

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BA SCORE
85
very good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 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.

Photo of deg
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of Petitetouale
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of groleau
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A:
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.

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

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

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

O:
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of montrealbcr89
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ujin
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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