Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Stout
Esquelbecq, France


on tap

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Collaboration with Patisserie Vandewalle, Dunquerque, www.auxdoigtsdejeanbart.com
with cocoa nibs (grué de cacao)

fiulijn's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle from La Cave à Bulles, Paris
lot 330, bottled 28/09/12, bb 04/2014

Dark brown color, almost black, with generous creamy head. Mild aroma of cacao and light aroma of roasted malts; a bit dusty. The mouthfeel is dry, but smooth, there is some roasted malt and some chocolate; also a light astringency, from the yeast maybe; the final is drier and weaker.
An average Stout, with a chocolate hint, but without vibe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4364) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with a strong off white head. The aroma is mildly malty with roastedness, the flavour has plenty of bitterness with roastedness and maltiness. Overall a nice stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (5159) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours black with a thin tan head. A lot of pale floaters bobbing about. Aromas of chocolate, toffee. Taste is more of the same. Thin, sweet finish. One-dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is chocolate, cacao, toffee, taste is similar, dry roast, a little sour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1986) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
75cl bottle from Racines, Cassel, brought to the 11th Shrewsbury Bottle Share, Feb 15. Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a tan head. With a name like ’Cocoa Fever’ I was expecting a lot more chocolate here than was present. In fact, not much at all. Quite a lot of roasted elements though but, although good that respect, is a bit disappointing in relation to the cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4435) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2015
17th Feb 2015: shared 0.75 litre bottle (lot 390) at the Shrewsbury Bottle Swap. Black pour with a deep tanned head. Malts all the way, giving coffee, cocoa and chocolate aromas and flavours, the cocoa nips obviously help too! Fairly sweet overall, my sweet tooth liking the flavours immensely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (10980) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2015
Bottled, 330ml from Leamington Wines, Leamington Spa, Warks. Virtually black with cream head. Deliberately chose a French beer for tonight to show in a small way fraternity with our friends across the channel. The beer is sweet with a dark roasted malt, chicory, some bitter chocolate and reasonably silky, but probably too sweet for me. In my small way though it is joining in with a protest against a brutal, barbaric and twisted ideology that encourages the slaughter of innocent, free minded citizens. Mon nom est Glen, je suis Charlie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sebwaw (40) - POLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Served in TeKu. Pours pretty dark with thick, browny head which disappears quickly. Aroma consist mostly of some coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate, some plum, almonds and maltiness, no hoppy aroma. Beer seems watery at first, but then leaves some acrid and earthy aftertaste on palate. There is a strong hint of roasted malts, some nuts and cocoa, but overall its pretty one-dimensional. Carbonation is quite soft. Its at best a decent beer, very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (6808) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle @ DØE Sommerfest. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, oat, light dark chocolate, cocoa. Flavor is roasted malt, oat, cocoa, dark chocolate, light fruit, little cinnamon. Thin to medium body, average to lively carbonation. 200814

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2014
33cl bottle from Brasserie Thiriez. Aroma comes across with a strong black patent chicory roast quality, chocolate in the sense of chocolate malt but not in the sense of nibs, which is a good thing IMO. It’s a bit too burnt / char-heavy, but otherwise enjoyable: dusty, herbal, clove-like... In the mouth it’s medium bodied, off-dry, roast-heavy with low hop bitterness. Creamy carbonation release but the mouthfeel is more husky / starchy afterwards into the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (9431) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle @ home shared with Dutchdrebus. Dark brown to black color, medium sized lightly creamy beige head that lasts for quite a while and leaves fair to good lacing. Aroma is malts, sweetish, cocoa, a hint of iron, liquorice. Taste malts, dark malts, lightly cocoa, lightly bitter. Decent body and carbonation. Thought it would be more outspoken. A decent beer though.

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