Le Baron Noir | Le Trou Du Diable

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Le Baron NoirLe Baron Noir

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Goldorak on 08-23-2007

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 42
Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark cola body. Nice retention on a bone white head.

S - Killer molasses nose.

T- Chocolate, gingerbread, and molasses throughout. Buckwheat honey finish.

M - Super light.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black with tons of glass clinging activity. Slightly creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of walnuts, cocoa, coffee beans, dark berries, cherries, dark grains, herbal spices. Thick sugary molassy feel, with bitter earthy spices. Slick oily medium body with prickly carbonation. Strong finish, a little dry and port like, tongue coating roasted dark malts, toffee and walnuts, with a (too) faint fruity barrel aged feel. Good freshness for the style. Tasty flavors and the finish is not excessive. Overall, for a Baltic porter, good quality craft.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Weird bottle format. Says it's a pint and 12.4 ounces. Interesting.

Poured into a porter glass, this thing looks beautiful. Wonderfully chewy and frothy mocha-colored head over a deep brown pouring beer that settles ebony black. 5

Aroma is nice too. Dark fruit, brown sugar, floral yeast, raisin and grapey notes. Molasses. Well-rounded and attractive to my nostril piece. 4

Flavor doesn't initially do much for me. Feels kind of light in flavor and what I do get is cola-like. There's dark bread and dark malt and light molasses alongside a pervasive yeasty feel. I'm okay with the flavor but just don't love it. 3.25

Feel is more of a disappointment to me. So thin and light. I guess I expect a fuller, richer and creamier feel from this style of beer where as this beer is thin, light, heavy on the yeast presence and has some soda-like qualities. 3

My introduction to this brewery and it's not the standard-bearer. I'll have to see what else they do that might be more noteworthy.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours a deep black letting absolutely no light through, It poured with a 3 finger mocha head which took a good while to fade and still leaves a thick enough layer of foam. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Aroma - Burnt malts, Roasted nuts, Coffee, Chocolate, toffee, and some sweet fruits like banana. Very nice Balitc aroma.

Taste - The flavor has a very roasty up front taste with burnt malts, roasted nuts, expresso, followed by milk chocolate and again some banana at the back of the mouth, there is also a slight amount of earthy hop perceivable throughout. Some people may find it slightly too sweet but for me it hit that "sweet spot" pun intended where the flavor profile meshes very well.

Feel - The body is pretty light, Definitely not AAL light but its close, The carbonation is silky smooth and the beer goes down really easy.

Overall - I Really am enjoying this beer, I think TDD did a great job with this recipe the nose look and taste are all killer examples of a baltic porter. the feel leaves a little to be desired but it wasn't a deal breaker that's for sure.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Almost pitch black with one finger of dense looking head. Retention was good as was lacing.

S: A bit of roasted malt coupled with a slight booziness.

T: More roasty and less sweet than I expected. A hint of coffee-like roast along with some baker's chocolate. It's lacking the prune/dark-fruit flavours I typically expect from a baltic porter. Fairly clean, suggesting this was done with a lager and not an ale yeast. Bitterness is mild, and the beer is well balanced.

F: Silky body. Almost creamy and drinks really nicely. Carbonation is perfect.

O: Pretty good, but it lacked the sweetness and fruity malt or Munich flavours I look for in a Baltic porter.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a big creamy head with big bubbles. Kind of a metallic smell at first, subtle chocolate and espresso aromas too, and some hops. Tastes better than what it smells. You get dark chocolate in the mouth again with espresso and it has a nice hoppy finish. Not that incredible but definitely not bad.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color stout with a medium size brown foamy head with OK retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of black chocolates with light roasted malt notes is OK. Taste is a mix of black chocolates notes with light residuals sugar notes and dry roasted malt notes. Body is too thin for the style with good carbonation. Not bad but falls a bit short on character.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery store, enjoyed in my hotel room in the beer wasteland of Havre St Pierre Quebec. Solid black color with a huge bubbly tan head with great retention. Rich chocolate with light fruitiness and somewhat of a dubbel profile. Tasty, but not quite what I was expecting.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown with moderate beige head.
S: banana notes dominate roast.
T: similar to mouth, but some coffee in finish.
M: super carbonated and fairly light bodied.
O: meh

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two finger beige head which leaves some streaky blankets of lace. Dark, dark brown liquid (no light passes).

Chalky, milk chocolate aroma. Quite sweet.

The taste is far more dry and closer to cocoa. There are dark chocolate elements but they are subtle, providing some bitter flavors. The swallow and aftertaste draw out some sweetness. The body is smooth and the carbonation average--an overall good combination for this beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A black beer with ruby highlights. Not opaque like a massive stout, can see through it a litle bit. This is actually a pretty good looking beer with a nice brown head that had a little bit of lace.

S - Burnt malts, coffee, toffee, chocolate. It smells sweet, like a solid Baltic.

T - A little too sweet for me, but there's some interesting berry flavors in this one that I was not expecting. Some roast notes and a bit of coffee and cocoa. Not exceptional in any area, but good.

M - Body is a little thin, moderate carbonation.

O - Good beer, not one of the best ever, but I was pleasantly surprised as I had no idea what this was.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like cola when poured. Seriously, it's dark, red-tinged brown with lots of big bubbles around the side. Leaves a nice ring of cream-coloured lace which is where the resemblance falls down. Not a huge head, otherwise looks pretty...hmmm...mediocre.

Nose is pleasant and chocolatey. A lot of smooth, dark chocolate on there, slight cola (again!) character, lots of dark toffee as well, burnt sugar really. Yeah, sweet, dark, maybe some milky coffee on there as well, pretty pleasant.

Taste is a bit thin, some pleasant roastiness on there. Cocoa with hazelnuts, mild coffee bean character and a slight hint of English toffee. Starts sweet, gets nutty and a bit roasty at the end but never reached a 'lot' of flavour. Thin on the mouthfeel and palate. It's decent but I wouldn't really rate this against some other Baltic porters I've had, it just seems a bit insipid for something I expect to be richer, heartier. This is a good porter, but I expect more flavour and texture when you ramp up the ABV to 7%.

Certainly drinkable, I'm just a little disappointed in the palate.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Local Taphouse's Canadian Spectapular in Sydney.

Deep, dark red colour, almost black except for the clarity in the body which allows the passage of some light. Head is a pleasant film of dusty light brown. Decent lacing. Nice.

Very boozy on the nose - pleasant with dark rum and bourbon noticeable, all balanced with a base of dark roasted grain. Very delicious indeed; so dark and nice.

Taste is also good, with a big welling of booze and darkness, matched very pleasantly with some rugged grain notes. Even a hint of kirsch or cherry seed coming through along with the liquor characters. It's all very nicely matched together. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I'd expect, but not bad.

Yep, this is a very nice brew all up. Tingling with flavour and very rich. I'm quite the fan.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark as night, it first had a perfectly pearly white head that was an amazing contrast in color. I had to ruin it all by swirling my glass around, which promptly turned the head into mocha.

Smell: Cocoa powder and freshly ground coffee, it smelled like inside those high-end coffee shops/dessert caf├ęs.

Taste: Plenty of dark fruits (blackberries) gives it a good sweetness and licorice - not enough for me not to like it, I'm usually not a big fan but it worked. Moderate body and flavor tends to be more chocolate than coffee, which suits me just fine. Perfect amount of alcohol warms your throat without burning it. Another winner from a great brewpub.

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Le Baron Noir from Le Trou Du Diable
3.79 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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