La Semeuse Espresso Stout | Brasserie Trois Dames

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La Semeuse Espresso StoutLa Semeuse Espresso Stout
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Brewed by:
Brasserie Trois Dames
Switzerland | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tpd975 on 10-17-2008

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Reviews:
24
Ratings:
61
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
24.3%
 
 
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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The label no longer has the words "La Semeuse" in the name but it is listed in the ingredients.

$ 5.52/11.2 oz ($ 0.457/oz) from State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Bottle at 42 degrees into snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma of coffee and chocolate
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to a one mm ring and no layer; looks more like coffee than beer
Lacing – none
Body dark brown/black, opaque

Flavor of coffee, slightly sweet; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

*Edit* Latest batch purchased has "La Semeuse" back in the name.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of sweemzander
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Produced an enormous fluffy tan head that stuck around for quite awhile. Plenty of clumpy lacing too.

(S)- An obvious deep roasted chocolatey coffee aroma that immediately reminds me of espresso. A cafe mocha anybody?

(T)- Not quite as rich as the smell led me to believe, but still some good roasted cocoa and coffee in there. A subtle vanilla sweetness at the end as it warmed.

(M)- The carbonation level is way too high for a stout; it really kills and masks some of the excellent espresso flavors in the body.

(O)- Aside from the carbonation level, this is a really excellent stout with espresso.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trois Dames 'Espresso Stout' @ 7.2% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $5

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a large spotty lace along the pint glass

S-mild espresso

T-smooth tasting , lingering bittersweet finish

MF-medium carbonation , medium to full bodied , dryness lingers on the palate

Ov-good tasting beer , pricey for small bottle , glad I tried it

prost LampertLand

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into crooked stave tulip. Purchased at World of Beer in Rochester, NY. The bottle label on this BA page looks way cooler than the plain label on this bottle...
Pours a deep black color with a bit of white lacing...
great coffee and sweet lacto aromas mixed with a hint of slight hint of funk...ever so slight, but something earthy or spicy or funky.
Very crisp sweet lacto stout flavor with a hint of woddy or earthiness but remains very sweet.
Super easy drinker...a bit bitter or tart but not overly anything..just all around balanced and way more personallity than most sweet stouts. Really nice brew...just wish it was more available and a bit less pricy.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, 7.2% ABV, and no longer named after the Swiss mountain coffee brand, but it does indeed still contain it.

This beer pours a hazy, very dark reddish cola hue, with three fingers of fizzy, foamy, and puffy beige head, which leaves some nicely thorough haunted forest branch lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of earthy, bitter espresso coffee grounds, medium-sweet cocoa, slightly acidic cafe au lait, and a touch of leafy hops. The taste is rich, creamy milk chocolate, cut with a tart espresso edge - quite earthy, and somewhat woody - some mild sour black fruit, a wee bit of wet ash, and stunned leafy hops.

The bubbles are on the low side of the median, the body likewise under-performing where percentiles might be concerned - a thin medium-light weight at best, and actually somewhat smooth, once the espresso bitterness fades, at least. It finishes just off-dry, the coffee/chocolate morphing into a crackery tea-accompaniment sort of thing.

A decent enough strong coffee flavoured stout, however, so much so that the milky goodness of the style really has to struggle to be seen and heard (ok, tasted). It could also use a step up in weight class, as my perception of it becomes more and more like real cold coffee as it fades from memory.

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Photo of beergoot
2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A decent dark brown body with a thin, tan head. Your nose fills with dark, bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, and lightly burnt toast. Taste is overpowering sour with some bitterness fighting to be noticed. Weak, watery mouthfeel.

Wow, I sure wasn't expecting this off-taste. I probably should have rated it 1 or less for taste, but I think the other scores and this write-up pretty well sum up my experience.

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Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. just barely more black than a brown cola pour. Whispy layer of light tan.

Aroma, a sugary malt and chocolate. Not really picking up any coffee.

Taste, More malt, caramel, light milk chocolate. Nice caramel latte. Really pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side. Carbonation seems a tad higher but doesn't really detract. The barely mid body detracts here more. Does drink very easy though.
Nice to try, though not real cheap here in the states.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a dark beige, rocky head that lasts a short while, leaving modest lacing. There is lots of carbonation on the glass and a viscous film with each sip.

The aroma opens with some strong chocolate and licorice then quickly turns to milk chocolate malt. There is also some roasted coffee.

Opens like a milk stout, sweet with roasted malt, quickly followed by a sour note. Otherwise not quite to style, but there is a big plum finish that lingers.

Light body with modest carbonation and some alcohol.

This is a good occasional beer that brings a varied experience to one’s afternoon of relaxation. It also warms well.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly to a ring leaving a good lace. Deep brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee nose and flavor is chocolate and coffee. $6.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got from Beervana as an extra bottle dished out for the volunteers.

Pours a smaller fizzy head that fades fairly quickly to just a head covering, over almost pitch black beer with the slightest hint of light coming through dark brown edges.

Nose has nice rich chocolate, dark but creamy chocolate, then some espresso, freshly ground espresso beans bringing the slightest hint of roasted almost burnt acrid aroma but barely, and just a touch of dark fruits. Also hint of cocoa nibs.

Taste starts fairly bitter, with a tinny burnt flavor from the roasted malts and coffee, the tannic acrid and acidic coffee flavor from hot brewing before adding, but it's not too heavy. Then a light espresso flavor itself, with a slight roasted malt. Again chocolate but much less with a slight dark chocolate and hint of cocoa nibs. Luscious creamy feel maybe lactose in it. A drier but still bitter and slightly acrid finish, more coffee and a bit of dark chocolate, and more lactose.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, creamy, decent but lower carb.

Overall not bad, they brewed coffee before adding it and it brought the acrid acidic burnt coffee flavors, as well as some roasted malts, but it's not too bad. Nice chocolate and roasty aroma, and the coffee overall isn't huge, more of the burnt flavors than coffee itself.

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Photo of illidurit
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with some minor sediment and a creamy tan head. Aroma of cheap chocolate, slight ash, freeze-dried berries. Taste is slightly acidic with old coffee, milk chocolate, molding raspberries. Pretty uninspired but drinkable if a bit watery.

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Photo of silentjay
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a murky brown that settles to an almost black with a decent sized light mocha head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some spotty lacing.

some chocolate milk, vanilla extract, a bit of coffee but its heavily creamed and sweetened.

hit first by some surprising sour flavors. not sure if its intended, but i definitely wasn't expecting it. behind that is the chocolate, coffee, and chocolate milk. its surprisingly decent for the odd mix of flavors.

medium bodied, almost, with tingly carbonation and a prickle left after the swallow from the lactic sourness.

I'm not sure if they intended it to taste like this, but its decent as it is. just odd.

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Photo of bfields4
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep amber almost black, but for a nice amber hue. Not much head just a little mocha lace.

Smells very malty. Espresso and slight caramel characteristics.

A slight Belgian twang accompanies coffee and roasted flavors.

Very light and refreshing for a beer with coffee. Interesting concept. I was told it was a sour coffee beer, and I could see that. The flavors play off each other nicely. I'm surprised this beer does not get more love. I guess people are looking for that big RIS flavor.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip. Nice dark amber body that appears black when in the tulip. There is a thin tan head that leaves a few bubbles.

The aroma is sweet molasses with a bit of mocha. The coffee aromas aren't particularly potent; this smells good anyway.

This is very sweet, not too roasty. Again, the coffee is almost nonexistent. This is just very sweet without any complexity with a gnarly aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slightly cola-like. The body is light to medium.

This just isn't that good. I don't know if it's the freshness or what, but I don't see myself finishing this one.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Deschutes Tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown. I see no light shining thru this one. A very bubbly light brown head leaves some spotty lacing as it fades.

S - Espresso all over. I get some hints of chocolate malts, but the prodominant smell is espresso.

T - Espresso as expeced, dark chocolate, and slightly woodsey. Leaves a coffee aftertaste, but besides that, finishes rather dry.

M - Light-medium mouthfeel. A whole lot lighter than I prefer my stouts to be. Borderline watery.

O - I guess I was expecting something different with this espresso stout. Maybe I was spoiled with the Peche Mortel. Either way, this beer is adequate, but not great by any means.

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Photo of dantheman13
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a sour stout, yes a SOUR stout.

A:Pours a dark stout-like appearance, but with a slight reflection of light that appears as a dark red around the edges of the glass.

S: Lots of coffee. Some roasted notes as well. No aromas that you get from a typical sour...

T: Definite sour flavors. There are coffee notes, and roasted notes. I am really getting sour plus stout coffee flavors in this.

M: Medium mouth feel, very drinkable. Nothing really lingers on the finish.

O: This stout really caught me off guard with the sour flavor. I would not be surprised to learn that this one has added wild yeast or something else that creates a sour flavor. With the roasted and coffee flavors of the traditional stout, this is actually a very enjoyable sipping beer.

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Photo of skandha
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a good example of the style. Yes, it's a coffee-tasting beer...we knew that going in. The smell is warm with just a hint of coffee, and pleasant toasted vanilla overtones. Taste has a nice balance like a well-pulled espresso diluted with a bit too much milk and sugar. A little thin feeling on the tongue, and very slight amount of bitterness on the finish to remind us we're drinking beer after all. Tasty like dessert, strong but not brilliant in the final analysis.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black, with a few fingers of tan head that slowly drops. Lacing evident.

Aromas of strong dark mocho java, sweet, roasty, a hint of anise. Cocoa.

Flavors of a mocho java shake, cocoa, coffee, roasted, a little "tinny" slightly metallic taste. Bitterness mainly from the roasted grains. Hint of anise with a roasty finish that is short.

Mouthfeel is light, not quite watery, odd considering the strength of the beer.

Nice, drinkable beer, but a light mouthfeel for the style. Overall, a very nice dessert beer. Try with a scoop of ice cream, coffee or chocolate flavored.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new Swiss brewery to the area.Poured into a standard pint glass a near opaque black except for a bit brown colored hue when held to the light,really not much to speak of.A good amount of char in the nose,along with some dark roast espresso,and mocha.A little sharp in the mouth,I would say to medium feel for the style as well.Highly roasted on the palate with some soft sweetness,both compliment each other well.A pretty good sweet stout,its got good roast and espresso-like flavors,just a little thin in my book.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from private order. Pours jet black, with little head. Coffee, mild expresso aromas. The mouthfeel is a bit above average, yet not as thick as I would expect, watery in the finish. Taste of expresso coffee is a little rich,on the bitter side. One of their better ones.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Really interesting beer. The taste of coffee is really evident.

A: Dark brown color with a discreet yellow head
S: Coffee, vanilla and toasted malts
T: Coffee, vanilla and roasted malts. Good. A bit sour taste to a black beer
M: Medium body and medium to low carbonation. Soft bitter end
D: Good quality beer as expected from a Trois Dames. Recommended

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a light medium brown foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of medium dry espresso with light roasted malt also noticeable. Taste is a nice enough mix between some espresso coffee and light roasted malt. Body is too thin for style with adequate carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall but hard to compare when you taste so many huge IS; this one seems a bit thin in terms of body and taste.

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Photo of Bov
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark black colour with a fast vanishing foam; strong aroma of coffee with notes of vanilla; sweet and full-bodied, fair and subtle carbonation; long coffeeish, mocha finish - a great dessert beer though quite one-dimensional; in any cases: another strong work from Raphaël

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Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one provided by the man known to me only as Sea Bass. (Kick his ass SeaBass!)

A: Pours a dark black hue with an average head. The head dies rather quickly leaving behind some spotty lace.

S: Bold sweet chocolate aromas with a big bold blast of fresh roasted coffee.

T: Rather mild considering the nose. Nice coffee flavors which meld nicely with the chocolate notes. Hints of roasty malt in the finish.

M: Medium to thin in body, rather smooth.

D: One of my favorite styles of beer, and I really liked this one. Nice suprise, Thanks Seabass for bringing this one back from your trip abroad.

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La Semeuse Espresso Stout from Brasserie Trois Dames
82 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.
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