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Licorne Black | Brasserie de Saverne

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Brasserie de Saverne

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dentist666 on 12-12-2012

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 16
Photo of biboergosum
2.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml, sexy textured black labeled can, the first offering from this French brewery to broach Alberta's beerscape in quite a while, I'd say.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed brown colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves but a few disparate instances of pillowy cloud form lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, reduced store brand cola syrup, a hint of wispy smoke, sugary black licorice, and no real sense of hop bitterness, at all. The taste is more semi-sweet, barely grainy caramel malt, candy-bar toffee notes, free-range dark sugars, muddled generic black orchard fruit, a waning touch of vanilla and licorice, and still nothing in the way of off-setting hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite tame and ineffectual in its down-low frothiness, the body a sturdy enough medium weight, and mostly smooth, a sort of expected candy-like character carrying through at this juncture. It finishes well off-dry, the varied malt and fruit essences still not seeing anything in the way of counterbalance.

Overall, this comes across as one simple-ass, lop-sided, and pandering to the sugar-craving masses affair. I mean, I had my tongue-scraping sensors go off barely after popping the tab on this mo-fo, and remain on high alert ever thereafter. Yeah, not bad-tasting, sure, but not good, either.

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Photo of smcolw
2.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Modest starting head that settles to rim bubbles. A couple of spots for lace. The color is brown where light can pass--definitely not black.

Very mild smell of dark and dry malts.

The taste is far sweeter, almost as if there were corn syrup added. I find this distracting and disappointing. However, it is better than most offerings in France. Full bodied and low carbonation. The lingering aftertaste is cloy and sweet, like the aftermath of having a hard candy.

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Photo of stevoj
2.14/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Very sweet black beer, no evidence of any roast grains. As mentioned previously, like "A rum and coke" gone flat. Mouthfeel is light/watery, not much lingering aftertaste. Aroma also is overly sweet (sugary).

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Photo of Dentist666
1.81/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown beer with ordinary 2-finger golden head. Not very good aroma: too liquory, caramel and cardboard. Taste is sweet and repulsive, like weak alcohol was mixed with synthetic ingredients, neither good malts, nor hints of real hops. Rather low carbonation, absolutely failed beer.

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Photo of Daredevil
1.69/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

dark reddish color, almost opaque, not very firm head

smell is somewhat chemical, strong malts and some barley as well

taste is can be best described as pepsi crossed with orange juice with the add of some plain alcohol: sticky artificial sweetness and citric acids .... in a blind tasting I highly doubt I would have considered this being any kind of beer ...

really not sure why this brew gets exported ....

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Licorne Black from Brasserie de Saverne
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