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La Sang-d'encre - Le Trou Du Diable

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
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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
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

schnarr84, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Kmat10, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

rale, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +7%

smcolw, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Whatup14, May 23, 2013
Photo of TheDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

TheDoctor, May 13, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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.

Rutager, May 12, 2013
Photo of montrealbcr89
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

montrealbcr89, May 01, 2013
Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Krakpoff, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

wizo, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of ujin
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ujin, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

ryan1788a5, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

peensteen, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

jrenihan, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of clesius
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

clesius, May 13, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

kwjd, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Viggo
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Viggo, Jul 14, 2007
La Sang-d'encre from Le Trou Du Diable
84 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.