Octo-Pyroclastic Black IPA | La Brasserie de Fleurac

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La Brasserie de Fleurac
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Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 24.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by liamt07 on 06-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings:
3
Avg:
2.97
pDev:
16.84%
 
 
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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A black IPA/Eisbock hybrid? That's a first...

33cl brown glass bottle. Orange unbranded pry-off crown cap. 24% ABV. Cost was 27 euros (fuck!) at Brewberry in Paris.

No carbonation hiss whatsoever upon opening.

HEAD: None. A weak floater head forms and then dissipates within 5 seconds.

BODY: Solid black colour. No yeast is visible within.

Appears dark - even for an eisbock. Suggests a decent beer within the style, but it doesn't look unique or special.

AROMA: Nowhere near as boozy as I expected. Dark & schwarz malts. Dark fruit (prunes, mainly). Whisky. Grape. Caramel. Port/Madeira.

Aromatic intensity is merely average. I detect no yeast character, booze (though I'm not sure how that's possible), or off-notes.

Suggests a chewy brew with some nice flavours, but little else.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Chewy and withered. Raisin, prune, maybe withered dates, dark malts. Hop profile is practically nonexistent - why are they calling this a black IPA? Similarly, roasted barley profile is nonexistent; again, why are they calling this a black IPA?

Viscous, smooth, wet, a biteen syrupy, a biteen sticky, full-bodied. Nowhere near as boozy as you'd expect, but it's still unapproachable. Well-carbonated.

Not real dialed in, but enjoyable for what it is. Depth of flavour could be better. Flavour duration and intensity is average (for the style).

Do I like it? I'm not sure...it's neither intense nor fruity like the best eisbocks. Doesn't seem in line with the German tradition.

OVERALL: More drinkable than it should be at its liqueur-esque level of alcohol. But it's not a mind-blowing French beer, and I find myself wishing I'd spent my money on something else. At this price point, it isn't even worth a glance. But it's not the worst Eisbock in the world, and since financial considerations do not affect my ratings, I'll concede that it's a nice attempt at the style for what it is. But the whole "Black IPA" tag is merely a marketing ploy, and in no way accurately reflects the beer's flavour profile; there's no overt hop character here whatsoever.

C+ (3.15) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of liamt07
2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at Mondiale 2013, a quadruple black IPA that was eisbock'd and then aged in whiskey barrels. Apparently the strongest French beer ever made.

Dirty brown, no head or lace but some serious legs. Nose of whiskey and ethanol. Not much else save for some sweet malt and dark fruit notes. Palate is bitter, fusel, dark fruits, sweet malts and a hell of a lot of whiskey (almost like taking a shot of one). Pretty hard to put back, but my fellow Mondiale-ers all chipped in to have me chug a half pint of this stuff. Brutal.

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Octo-Pyroclastic Black IPA from La Brasserie de Fleurac
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