Biere Noir | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hopdog on 01-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Growler generously provided by russwbeck, thanks Russ!

A - Pours a muddy brown, plum-like color and has almost no head despite the reassuring pop of carbonation upon opening the growler. Looks a bit flat and lifeless, and is hazy. Practically no lacing as well.

S - Smells strongly of candied fruit, yeast, raisins, plums, and figs. Also has a prominent alcohol nose as well, hidden beneath the sweetness.

T - As in the appearance, the taste is a bit lifeless as well. Sweet malts dominate the front of the taste, blending nicely into the dark fruits. Slightly tannic as well, drawing inspiration from the grapes. The alcohol is a bit astringent, but isn't nearly as forward as it was in the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and is relatively crisp. The sweetness lingers in the finish. What really hurts this beer is the complete lack of carbonation. There isn't much body to it as a result, and it just sort of lies on the palate.

D - Drinkability is pretty low as a result. It tastes more like over-sweetened juice rather than beer. I could see this raising a few points with some carbonation, but the flavors are still relatively uninspired.

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4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at North Wales (Mug Club size).

Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of chocolate, lighter roastiness, dark fruits, candi sugar, lightly bready and I was getting vanilla beans. Vanilla-rum bread. Tastes of candi sugar, vanilla, chocoalte, lighter coffee, and some dark fruits.

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3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brownish pour with a few finger light brown head. Little retention or lacing.

S: Smells faintly of plums. Very subtle smell.

T: Tastes lighter than I expected. Tastes of dark fruits, with a hint of classic Belgian spices.

MF: Nice carbonation, light to medium bodied.

D: Pretty decent. The alcohol is masked well and the taste, while light, is enjoyable.

Bought this growler from their West Chester, PA location.

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Photo of afksports
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Described as a "dark strong Belgian ale with notes of plum, raisin and rum," my buddies and I were wondering where Professor Plum was. Maybe if I had a clue as to how to taste beer I'd get it, but I didn't see it in the bar.

What does pleasantly come through in both the nose and the taste are the raisin and the rum. Rum especially. As for her looks, she's got a meager head that dissipates and leaves happy lacing around the top of her deep amber body -- not really "noir" in appearance.

But despite the weak points in appearance and smell, this one delivers a creative taste that finishes like rum raisin cake. A bit too much water in the mouth for me, and the 7.5% booze comes through too.

Like a long shadow lurching towards the maltese falcon, Biere Noir just misses the mark.

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Biere Noir from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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