La Sang-d'encre
Le Trou Du Diable

La Sang-d'encreLa Sang-d'encre
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Style:
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #94
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,295
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 9.28%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
125
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Le Trou Du Diable
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  30
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 125
Reviews by biboergosum:
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Krot1974
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

From Bierkraft. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 2. Good coffee aroma, but in mouth a strong carbonation and light acidness keeps it from being something notable

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Photo of Mousel
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kristinc
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abbott
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ikidunot
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nightgardener
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another dry stout, black with big head. Roast malt, chocolate malt. Lighter mouthfeel, light alcohol, with C hop in there. A tad of coffee, it all is OK but mediocre rep of the style.Nitro may have added creaminess but which may have impaired flavour.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Goldorak
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Perfect darkness, the thick compact head looked like insulating foam.

Smell: Subtle notes of coffe that mellows out into milk chocolate with a hazelnut finish. Not bad.

Taste: Mocha flavors with little cocoa sprinkles, body is quite light and the bitter finish is coffee-like and mild. A sessionable if not spectacular stout that Guinness lovers will dig, I tend to like mine with a little more substance.

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Photo of Viggo
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of deg
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Electros
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucBasil
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ujin
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jeffo
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from Hopsolutely in the ultimate beer care package. Thanks for keeping me alive!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with great retention. Clear bistre brown in color with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and coats the sides of the glass with foamy lacing. A slight wisp remains leaving more lacing. A bit foamy and very brown.

SMELL: Spicy notes with spicy yeast, dark fruits, hints of roast and chocolate. Bold. Not quite your average Irish dry, and the Belgian character is quite forthcoming.

TASTE: Roasted notes with some caramel up front, then more flavor after the swallow with roasted barley, dark chocolate, some dried dark fruits, bitter coffee and spicy yeast and hop notes. Not sure if the spicy flavors come from the hops or the yeast, but in any case, it give this stout a very Belgian character. Not sure it fits the Irish dry stout style.

PALATE: Thinner body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy but a touch watery as well, goes down fine and finishes somewhat dry on the palate.

OVERALL: This is okay, but a bit of a confusing creation. It’s categorized as an Irish Dry Stout, but there is a definite spicy character to it that just doesn’t fit. If they have indeed used Irish yeast, then I can only imagine the spicy flavors come from the hop additions. Regardless, this factor makes the brew more Belgian in style, which is interesting, but not necessarily to style. A decent effort and an enjoyable beer, but a bit of an oddity. Thanks again guys!

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La Sang-d'encre from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 125 ratings