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Brewed by Trois Dames
Style: Black IPA
Sainte-Croix, Switzerland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
C’est ma version d’une porter avec un houblonnage renforcé: 50 IBU pour « seulement » 5,2-5,5 % d’alcool. Elle contient pratiquement la teneur en houblon d’une IPA, mais sa couleur brun-noir provient des malts rôtis. Je la brasse une ou deux fois par an.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kingvit (304) - - MAY 1, 2014
Aroma: yeasty, citric; Appearance: reddish brown, foamy head; Taste: medium bitterness, slight sourness; Palate: fizzy carbonation, astringent finish, slick texture Cool black Ipa, hopped generously.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Case (279) - GERMANY - JUN 8, 2014
Pours ruby red-brown with big thick head. Aroma is roasty, coffee. Taste is sharp bitterness, followed by caramel and fruit. Ends dry. A hophead’s delight.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubCapt (23) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 14, 2008
Very dark brown with a cream.couloured head. Rich molasses, cocoa, treacle-like nose, with a citrusy, resiny hop edge seamlessly merged into it. Splendid rich, yet dryish malty palate, smooth cocoa, treacle, and more resinny hops leading into a long dry roasty bitter finish. Very drinkable hoppy porter, might work as a session beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle as L’Exploratrice Hoppy Porter: Pours a clear deep copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel malty nose with some fresh citrusy hoppy notes and a touch of toffee candy. Starts with good fullness and nice dark caramel sweetness with a good piny resiny hoppy balance before a slightly drier lingering bittersweet finish. An enjoyable and well-made India brown ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2008
Bottled, thanks omhper! Pours out in a hazy dark brown colour with a large dense tan-coloured foam. Resinous and grapefruity aroma with solid undertones of toasted malts and roasted nuts. Medium-bodied with notes of crackers, toasted malts and nuts with strong notes of resin and garpefruits. Long bitter and aromatic finish of resin, flowers, grass and grapefruit with dense undertones of roasted malts and spunned sugar. Still dry. really nice hoppy dark ale from an excellent brewer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2234) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2010
From notes. L’Exploratrice Hoppy Porter tasted from bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours muddy brown orange with a thick white head that leaves spotty lace. The nose is brown malt with some brown sugar sweetness and nice aromatic hops. The flavor displays the zesty hops a little more with the malt, brown sugar, and light yeast acting as backbone. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long hops and malt finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1514) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Tasted from bottle into nucleated pint glass. Mine was labelled Bière Trois Dames L’Exploratrice Hoppy Porter. Poured an opaque, very dark reddish-brown color with creamy foam, somewhat lasting with Belgian lace. Aromas of toast, caramel, strong toffee, coffee with cream, some (though far fewer than expected) perfumey hops. Complex malt-sweetness with roasty and nutty notes, moderate bittering and flavoring hops. Medium-heavy body, syrupy mouthfeel, lasting bittersweet aftertaste. My bottle was labelled Hoppy Porter, but was apparently an alias for this entry which is labelled as Black IPA. It was definitely not true-to-style for either of those descriptions. Which is fine; the best, most sophisticated brews defy clear categories. If I had to, I’d say this most resembled a refined old-world bock or dopplebock (though only 5.3% ABV). My first Swiss beer, and I’m impressed. I wonder if their others are this interesting and well-balanced? Delicious. Recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8653) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
Dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Kaffee, fruchtig herb. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, bittere Schokolade, hopfig, fruchtig bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (2066) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle pour@FdB Köln 2014. Pours a solid bodacious brown with dark cherry inflections. Mild impressionistic nose, dry woody malts and maybe some berries. Taste delivers: a confident piney hop bitterness accompanied with Alt-quality malt wood, roast and caramel. Lingering earthy, leafy bitterness, carried and offset by a round body. True to the substyle in asfar as expressivity here are converted into "brown" shades of caramel, earth and wood and another beautiful Trois Dame exercise in cross-pollenating styles to achieve heightened subtlety.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma is very sweet with caramel malts and berries. Taste is also pretty sweet, medium body. Good.


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