La Mort Rouge | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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La Mort RougeLa Mort Rouge

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by flagmantho on 02-03-2013

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 30
Photo of gandres
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap to glass @ brewery tap room@ Redmond, WA
Appearance: dark reddish brown, clear, white head that slowly dissipates
Aroma: Boozy, woody, oaky, wine smell, hint of whiskey
Taste: Sweet then tart
Feel Palate:
Overall: excellent beer
Drank April 5, 2015 9pm

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Photo of mabermud
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Clear burgundy body. Like Ron Burgundy's sports coat. Very light brown head. Minimal lacing and legging.
Smell: Red wine barrel. Sweet red fruit. Soft cherry cough syrup.
Taste: Above with a slight medicinal taste. Very, very slight tartness. Medium to long finish with a taste that lingers.
Feel: Slight astringency. Light lather. Medium body.

Overall - No bad. Well crafted. Clean.

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Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany brown w/ minimal head that settles to a wispy film.

Aroma is sweet dark fruit, red grapes, bready Belgian yeast. Smells really "red."

Taste is a complex blend of toffee, prunes, brown sugar, vanilla, black cherries, molasses, oak, and a touch of dry red wine. As red as it smells, it tastes more brown. Echoes of English barleywine here.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, surprisingly light on the palate. Medium body.

Overall a tasty little dark Belgian, somewhate reminiscent of Russian River Salvation. Very nice.

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Photo of beerophilia
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep, dark brown with mahogany hues when held up to the light. One-finger fizzy head collapses quickly, leaving the appearance of a fizzy cola -- think bubbles popping like tiny beer eruptions.

Smells of booze-soaked black cherries, raisins, cola, buttery oak, figs.

Rich. Tastes like figs, black cherries, molasses, cola, vanilla, licorice in the finish, Red wine tannins are present, but not overpowering.

Medium-light body, lighter than I expected for the style. Quite effervescent at first, but the bubbles decrease significantly after a few minutes.

Overall, a delicious and very drinkable rendition of the style -- very flavorful, but not quite as intense as a St Bernardus abt 12 or a Rochefort 10. I could drink this just about every evening.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a dark red amber with a half finger light khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, cherries, dark stone fruit, vanilla, port and oak. Although this was aged in wine barrels, an unexpected whisky element. Flavor is deep dark stone fruit, cherry, vanilla, oak with red wine tannins developing late in the taste, finishing semi dry with lightly tannic dark fruit and a hint of hops and wood. Nice medium body with light creaminess. A flavorful and complex dark ale that tastes more like a barleywine than a Belgian ale with good red wine influence from the barrel. The flavors really work quite well with each other with an interesting flavor progression from barleywine/strong ale to a more vinous influenced dark ale. I'm usually not a fan of wine flavors in beer, but the base ale here really combines fine with the wine barrel character. I liked this a lot and enjoyed it more as the glass emptied. Well done. And it looks and smells great.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on-tap at WABL Belgianfest 2013 in a snifter taster glass.

This beer is their La Petite Mort aged on Chelan cherries in red wine barrels.

Appearance: rich, deep ruby amber red. Dark and deep and alluring!

Smell: I am going to be using the word "rich" a lot, I'm guessing. Wonderful aroma of rich, sweet, smooth dark cherries. Strawberry, plum and caramel aromas also come through. Delicious!

Taste: very sweet, with an up-front caramel character and a mild berry fruitiness. Cherries are present as well, but not quite as in the aroma. Oak and vanilla are also present, and the overall effect is almost of a strong ale or barleywine but without the hops. A little bit astringent, but overall quite good.

Mouthfeel: a medium-light body with a decent carbonation. A nice, entertaining, refreshing fizziness, though not really creamy.

Overall: an interesting and satisfying beer. I like cherries in beer a lot, so this was geared to appeal to me. I hope they make it available again!

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La Mort Rouge from Black Raven Brewing Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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