Monseigneur D'Esgly | Microbrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans

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Monseigneur D'EsglyMonseigneur D'Esgly
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans
Quebec, Canada
microorleans.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called "Extra Stout"

Added by rodenbach99 on 12-24-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of biegaman
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hard to know what Monseigneur D'Esgly, the first bishop of New France, would have thought of this stout. During his time the colour black was symbolic of many things, ranging from death and sin to dignity and temperance. So either this beer is pure evil or an admirable emblem of the simple and sober...

And we can rule out the latter two - this bouquet is neither. It is a potent, indulgent, involved aroma. Sticking your nose in the glass is little different from jamming it into the center of a fresh-baked brownie - it has that doughy, cookied chocolate note encased in a similarly baked, hardened black crust.

But it's not just delicious fudge we taste - there's also vanilla, espresso and toasted hazelnut. Such is the magic of roasted barley! Those who prefer cold pressed coffee, single origin chocolate bars or buying their desserts from a proper bakery will enjoy and appreciate what this flavour has to offer.

So will those that simply enjoy a good, approachable, easy-to-drink stout. Nevermind that it's 7.5% - the alcohol doesn't factor in (at least not where it shouldn't). Despite the added dimension in the taste department - whether for better or for worse - this drinks like any run-of-the-mill dry stout.

Hence I don't consider Monseigneur D'Esgly an Imperial Stout, even if it technically qualifies. It's not the answer to anyone's prayers, and those hoping to have their socks (or in Quebec I'm guessing mittens, long-underwear or toques) blown off won't be fully satisfied, but everyone else will be pleased.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +12%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick mocha head that dies down moderately and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel and a touch of vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, light chocolate, caramel and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Hoppypocket!

Appearance. Pours deep brown, pretty much black with a massive, 4 fingers of foamy light brown head.

Smell. Sweet dark chocolate, metalic grassy hops, some molasses and smokey dark malts.

Taste. Dark chocolate, acidic coffee with raw sugar, some citrus and light fruits, and some dark, lightly smokey malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. A good stout but a little short of imperial in my eyes.

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3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hoppypocket for this bottle.

A - Poured black with a substantial amount of medium brown head that slowly reduced to a finger's width and a lot of visible carbonation.

S - A huge roast aroma up front accompanies lighter notes of smoke, licorice and cocoa. A fairly robust nose.

T - Roast up front with a fairly big sweet molases and brown sugar flavour. The prominent licorice and smoke aromas from the nose are preset as well, especially in the finish. Dry throughout with a noticeable bitterness and some warming alcohol.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. A little too much carbonation for my liking.

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Jeffo
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Got this one at Peluso in Montreal.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: This one foamed out a bit upon opening. A careful pour yields a two finger, medium looking, light mocha colored head with half decent retention. Head quickly fades to a decent wisp. Black body with slightly lower levels of carbonation. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa powder and some roasted coffee beans. Pretty bold chocolate notes on this one. Some burnt malt aroms as well. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Roasted and burnt malts with lots of coffee and dark chocolate at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of roasted and burnt malts again, pure, bitter dark chocolate, and more burnt coffee beans. This is very robust and flavorful with lots of roasted and chocolate flavors, but it's slightly less complex than hoped. The feel also doesn't help out at all.

PALATE: Just awful, just like Turcault. Light body with very high levels of carbonation. Airy on the palate, goes down slightly harsh and finishes slightly dry. Way too light, carbonated and airy. The feel makes this difficult to drink.

OVERALL: Like their scotch ale, this one is a disappointmet. Lots of potential here, as the aromas and flavors are definitely bold and interesting, but the light, abrasive feel makes it really hard to enjoy. Let's hope this brewery gets this sorted out and their beers are able to shine like they should.

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Monseigneur D'Esgly from Microbrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans
3.75 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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