Houblon Libre | Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

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15 Ratings
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Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by papat444 on 10-06-2013

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Krakpoff
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TimWakimika
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebD
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice very dark brown color to it. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some pine resins,

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some roasted malts, chocolate, bitter coffee and a nice piney bitterness.

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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Photo of groleau
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sherbrooke.
Deep black color with a huge tightly bubbled tan head. Big roast and light chocolate with a fair bit of pine earth and citrus. Very tasty beer but feels more like a hoppy porter than a black IPA to me.
I had to edit this review because as this warmed it really opened up with some big wood tannin and hints of vanilla. The wood actually started to get a bit oppressive in the aftertaste for me.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft: Poured a dark black color ale with a generous foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of piney and citrusy hops with a deep roasted malt profile. Taste is also a great mix between some citrusy and piney hoppy notes with some deep roasted malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice hops profile and great porter base beer.

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Photo of TJBaldwin
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got one 500ml bottle at a market in QC. great bottle and art. It's what it says on the packaging. nothing amazing

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Photo of Mack
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lgmol
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Almost black in colour. Large mocha head that hangs around for a long time. There is still a good half centimetre as I am finishing up. Lacing all the way down the sides. A truly beautiful beer.

S: Coffee and chocolate dominate. There are some other roasty notes and a faint smell of piney hops. This aroma leans pretty heavily to the dark side for a black IPA in my opinion.

T: More coffee and chocolate, and a definite bitterness. Surprisingly smooth finish with only a light bitter aftertaste. The 7.7% alcohol is hidden pretty darn well.

M: I'm not so good at judging mouthfeel, but it seems pretty medium-bodied to me.

O: I would drink this again if I could get it! Calling it a black IPA might be slightly misleading - I think the hop flavour and aroma is a little bit low for that title. However, there is no date on the bottle so part of that might be freshness.

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Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque deep brown/black color. Thick creamy brown 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with generous legs and a strong swirl effect. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, plums, pine, orange, caramel, soft liquorice and molasses, barley and herbal hops. Smooth and creamy medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong finish, slightly chalky and quite earthy, tropical fruits, clovey, dark roasted malts, ends with leafy hops and a bit smokey (rauch style). Although it's a long and heavy unaccessible spruce tongue coat. There's a barrel aged flavor turning the malts similar to a barleywine or Russian stout. Robust while still enjoyable, yet the freshness takes a hit. Nicely balanced, very tasty and warming. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of MatChar
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VbolieuV
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black in color with a nice creamy moka head. Smells good, nice roasted malt odor with some chocolate and moka. You get some hop spiciness in the nose too. The roasted malts and moka/chocolate are still there in the mouth, really pleasant. Kinda boozy too and warming with also a nice bitter after taste that stay on the tongue. Way more complex than what I expected, a solid and strong beer.

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Houblon Libre from Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 15 ratings