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La Petite Mort - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beertunes on 07-15-2009

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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 8
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a brownish color with ruby highlights, good carbonation, nice white cap and bubbles

S: Some dark fruits and sugar

T: Caramelized sugar, brown sugar, toffee notes with fig and raisin and a hit at nuts and a nice booze presence

M: Nice body, easy to drink the mouthfeel is abit thin but tasty and very drinkable

O: Good

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The brewery lists this as a "Abbey Brown Ale", so if this review is miscatagorized that's my bad. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, sharp, medium brown, sort of leather colored. Had a over an inch of fluffy light tan head, that dissipated at a moderate pace leaving just a hint of lacing.

A sweet aroma hits the nose first, followed by a slight hint of spice. The flavors are much bolder than the aromas lead me to expect, with a sharp tang on the front, followed by the expected malt sweetness and finishing with a nice touch of spicieness.

The body is solid and full without being heavy. The only reason drinkability suffers is due to the strength making it tricky to have more than a couple. I think this beer will develop a nice smoothness with a little time. Worth seeking out.

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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

I had this on-tap in a snifter at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: rich dark amber with minimal haze and a thin layer of creamy ivory foam. Very attractive indeed.

Smell: lightly toasty, spicy aroma. Quite subtle.

Taste: very toasty and biscuity malt with a lightly fruity, yeasty character; there's also just a touch of chocolate here. It reminds me very much of a dubbel. Not bad for the style, but in general it's a bit biscuity for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not as largely creamy as a nice bottle-conditioned Belgian, but nice enough.

Overall: it is the rare Belgian dark ale/dubbel/amber that grabs me, and alas this beer is not among them. Not a bad beer at all for the style, but not really to my taste.

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3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgian Abbey Strong Brown 2011 release 7/14/2011 draft pour at the brewery.
Nice dark deep red/brown appearance.
Nothing significant on the nose that I could pick up.
Taste nutty, sweet, balanced.
Mouthfeel smooth and somewhat on the thin side.
Much fanfair from my favorite brewery left me a little disappointed. Drinkable alright but too much so. I expected more.
I'm glad I tried it but wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

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On tap at Hopvine in Seattle. In a snifter.

It appears a deep, dark, brackish ruby with a solid finger of off-white froth as a head.

Smells like bourbon, raisins, cherries, maple, and molasses. A tempting aroma.

It tastes pretty much exactly like it smells, but with the addition of a classically Belgian, bready finish. The flavor also has more vanilla, I think.

The feel isn't overly spritzy for a Belgian ale, which I like. Sweet and syrupy.

Really a lovely dark Belgian ale.

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La Petite Mort from Black Raven Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.