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La Petite Mort | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States | website

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beertunes on 07-15-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
41
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
21.27%
 
 
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17
Gots:
3
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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 41
Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%

I had this on-tap in a snifter at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: rich dark amber with minimal haze and a thin layer of creamy ivory foam. Very attractive indeed.

Smell: lightly toasty, spicy aroma. Quite subtle.

Taste: very toasty and biscuity malt with a lightly fruity, yeasty character; there's also just a touch of chocolate here. It reminds me very much of a dubbel. Not bad for the style, but in general it's a bit biscuity for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not as largely creamy as a nice bottle-conditioned Belgian, but nice enough.

Overall: it is the rare Belgian dark ale/dubbel/amber that grabs me, and alas this beer is not among them. Not a bad beer at all for the style, but not really to my taste.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopvine in Seattle. In a snifter.

It appears a deep, dark, brackish ruby with a solid finger of off-white froth as a head.

Smells like bourbon, raisins, cherries, maple, and molasses. A tempting aroma.

It tastes pretty much exactly like it smells, but with the addition of a classically Belgian, bready finish. The flavor also has more vanilla, I think.

The feel isn't overly spritzy for a Belgian ale, which I like. Sweet and syrupy.

Really a lovely dark Belgian ale.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a brownish color with ruby highlights, good carbonation, nice white cap and bubbles

S: Some dark fruits and sugar

T: Caramelized sugar, brown sugar, toffee notes with fig and raisin and a hit at nuts and a nice booze presence

M: Nice body, easy to drink the mouthfeel is abit thin but tasty and very drinkable

O: Good

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Photo of NWer
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgian Abbey Strong Brown 2011 release 7/14/2011 draft pour at the brewery.
Nice dark deep red/brown appearance.
Nothing significant on the nose that I could pick up.
Taste nutty, sweet, balanced.
Mouthfeel smooth and somewhat on the thin side.
Much fanfair from my favorite brewery left me a little disappointed. Drinkable alright but too much so. I expected more.
I'm glad I tried it but wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

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Photo of boogyman
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from cask, this supposedly the last cask of this batch of La Petite Mort from the summer. Black Raven is releasing a new Bourbon La Petite Mort tomorrow which should be amazing. Anyways, to the beer!

Glass came to me with a light head and and left lots of bubbles around the sides. Lacing is alright. Color is a dark amber or maroon.

S- Very fruity like plums and pineapple and just of citrus. Very good smelling and the aging i am sure brought out a lot in this brew.

T- This has a nice woody flavor to it. All of the fruits from the nose come out on the palate. I also get a dose of hops on the back end which is just awesome.

M- Goes down and in very smooth. Cannot taste the high ABV at all which is nice.

D- At this ABV, it is dangerously drinkable. So smooth and good. I could start and finish my night with something like. Thanks Black Raven and can't wait to try the bourbon LPM.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at black raven and was really excited to try this!

Poured a dark rather clear beer with superb amber hints and a decent head into a tulip glass and due to the style i don't exactly know what i would pour this into if i had a bottle.... Nice 1/2 finger head that stuck around for a bit before fading

Smell was a bit funky with a touch of sour. A wbit sweet with spices and cloves.

Taste was sweet and malty with a bit of hops up front and a funky farm toward the back which made for an interesting brew with some weird twang to it..

Mouth was solid and well slid out for the expected style. I wasn't expecting anything too thick or over carbonated for the style... maybe a bit more carbonation but this works well..

Drink was well balanced and i really enjoyed it. a friend of mine said it was hoppy up front with some smoke in the back, but she was drunk =)

Overall a solid beer and i would get this again, but i would try a different style of glass just to check it out

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Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The brewery lists this as a "Abbey Brown Ale", so if this review is miscatagorized that's my bad. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, sharp, medium brown, sort of leather colored. Had a over an inch of fluffy light tan head, that dissipated at a moderate pace leaving just a hint of lacing.

A sweet aroma hits the nose first, followed by a slight hint of spice. The flavors are much bolder than the aromas lead me to expect, with a sharp tang on the front, followed by the expected malt sweetness and finishing with a nice touch of spicieness.

The body is solid and full without being heavy. The only reason drinkability suffers is due to the strength making it tricky to have more than a couple. I think this beer will develop a nice smoothness with a little time. Worth seeking out.

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La Petite Mort from Black Raven Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.
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