Pro-Am Series No. 11 - Le Coeur Noir
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
3.84 | pDev: 10.16%
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Pro-Am Series No. 11 - Le Coeur NoirPro-Am Series No. 11 - Le Coeur Noir
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled Dec 23 2015 and served near cellar temperature.

Pours a dark-hued mahogany-brown colour with some crimson highlights - not totally opaque, but close enough. It is fitted with a two finger crown of pillowy, light beige-coloured head that displays superlative retention; slowly receding unevenly into a lumpy, foamy, enticing-looking mess of froth and lace. Looks brilliant, but the nose is decidedly more subdued. I am getting notes of earthy hops and pine resin, with lighter notes of coffee, cocoa and tree bark. Nothing too noteworthy.

An easy-drinking, smooth-textured, straightforward example of this style. It boasts mild treacle/caramel sweetness, along with roasted malt flavours of black coffee and cocoa which overlap subtle notes of prune and raisin. The tail end of the profile is overwhelmed by hops - earthy, piney, resiny, and just a tad leafy, with a bittersweet aftertaste that slowly fades into a combination of bitter coffee and resiny hop oils. Feels silky and creamy on the palate, with medium body and very soft carbonation. No sign of the alcohol, and the smooth mouthfeel lets this one just slide down the throat effortlessly.

Final Grade: 3.95, a B+. While it may lack the intense hop flavours and the rich, complex malt backing of some of the best black IPAs, Le Cœur Noir is still a well-crafted one that I am glad to have tried. As is often the case with Beau's beers, this is fine for what it is, but seems to avoid the extremes in a presumed attempt to avoid offending anyone. It would be an excellent introductory black IPA, but at nearly 8 bucks a bottle, I doubt it will be a regular purchase for me.

Jan 25, 2016
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andrenaline from Canada

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black, thumb of nice fine bubbled light mocha head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing. Nose is earthy pine and cedar, burnt grains, hints of leather and dark cocoa. Flavours on the tongue are bold with loads of bitter earth hops, nice burnt toast malts and a lingering bitter citrus rind. Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet. A solid offerin and one of the better ones I've tried lately from Beau's. Keep it up!

Jan 23, 2016
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bylerteck from Canada

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/23/15.

A - Black with two finger head that fades to a half finger. Good lace spots and retention.

S - Roast, chocolate, earthy.

T - More hop. Balanced with a good amount of roast and espresso notes and earthy and citric hops.

M - Nice gripping bitterness. Medium creamy body with minimal carbonation.

O/D - Not a bad Black IPA. It leaves an odd dryness but otherwise enjoyable.

Jan 21, 2016
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CanadianBacon from Canada

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - this beer poured black with 2 fingers of tan head the head fades leaving over half a finger that does not fade and carbonation seems lively,

Aroma - leafy, earthy, piney hops, roasted malts, and coffee. this smells absolutely delicious.

taste - The flavor is exactly the same as the nose just amplified.

Feel - This beer is medium bodied with lightly sharp carbonation and goes down very bitter.

Overall - This isn't the most complex black IPA I have tried, the flavors are a simple hybrid of a west coast IPA and a nice coffee stout and They mesh Beautifully. I'd definitely recommend this beer.

Jan 10, 2016
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51mmz0rz from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jan for the bottle! Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. Hand written date says packaged on 2/12/15. A little late (my bad) for an IPA but I bet it will still be delicious.

A: Great looking beer. Fully opaque body with a strong head and good lacing.

S: Apricot hop aromas mixed with the roasted malt aromas. I wasn't expecting to like it, but the fruitiness plays well with the roast.

T: Maybe it's because of the little bit of age on it (4 months), but I'm getting way more stout than IPA. (Label says "I.P.A Noir"). There is definitely a stronger hop presence than most stouts, though. Reminds me of Stone RIS for example, which is strongly hopped, though this is not as powerful. Very tasty.

M: Could be slightly dryer, otherwise no complaints.

O: Overall a really tasty beer. Feels like an aggressively hopped strong porter.

I am not usually huge on black IPAs, but I like where this beer took it.

Jun 17, 2015
Pro-Am Series No. 11 - Le Coeur Noir from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 15 ratings