Postiche | Brasserie du Lion à Plume

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Brasserie du Lion à Plume

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Jeffo on 05-01-2012

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large dirty brown color head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of roasted oatmeal with light black chocolate touch and a somewhat fruity and bread-like yeast profile. Taste is also a mix between some black chocolate notes with a serving of roasted malt and a light dry finish with light hoppy notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting beer with a Belgian approach and an American hops profile – not sure I would drink this regularly but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of fank2788
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle served in a snifter
Topped with two fingers of dark khaki bubbles this inky black beer is mostly opaque letting only the faintest bit of light through. The smell is a bit thin as I'm only really getting a bit of bitter roasted malts and maybe some floral hop character. If I try a bit harder, there is a bit of yeast ester maybe a touch of chocolate as well. Taste is pretty good with more of the chocolate coming through to match with the roasted malts. Hop flavor is low but there is a good dose of bitterness some of which appears to be from the malt and some of the yeasty flavors come through with some dark fruit characteristics as well. The finish is tinglingly dry with a roasty bitterness that lingers for a while. This beer is relatively full bodied with a good dose of carbonation and it tends to get just a bit boozy as it warms. It bills itself as a RIS and compared to the best of that category this falls well short but it isn't the worst I've ever had. I'm grateful for the opportunity to try it but don't think I'd have to have it again.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Got this one at Geers in Gent a while back. Relatively new brewery.

From a 75cl into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A dark but transparent brown pour produces a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, tan head with very good retention. Black body with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thick foam top. A wisp cap remains and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Not quite opaque black enough, though the lacing works well.

SMELL: Quite hoppy for sure. Citrus and pine on the nose with notes of roasted and spicy yeast as well. Touches of cocoa powder in there, but this is mostly about the citrus amarillo hops. Interesting, but not very imperial stout like.

TASTE: Lots of hoppy bitterness on this one. Citrus and floral hops up front with a touch of caramel sweetness as well. Moves into a slightly cocoa powdered roasted flavor at the swallow, then a wave of bitter, citrusy and piny hops dominate the aftertaste. Very bold finish and lots of biter amarillo overpower the minute roasted and cocoa notes. Tasty, but not an imperial stout at all.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth, no bite, and finishes quite dry. Fine here.

OVERALL: This is an imperial stout in name only. There’s nothing really stout like about this beer. It is too hop forward, which has completely dominated the malt bill. Not that there is much of a malt bill to begin with. You could leave it sit for a couple years I guess, hoping it’ll turn into an imperial stout once the hops die off a bit, but the malt bill is too weak to hold up that long. All that critique aside, however, this is actually an enjoyable hoppy black ale and I tried to score it as such. It’s mislabeled, so if you get a bottle handed to you, don’t cellar it. Drink it now, as it won’t get any better with time.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Postiche from Brasserie du Lion à Plume
3.71 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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