Les Bières du Chat Noir
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rixensart, Belgium


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
Brewed for The Black Cat Brewery SPRL (Rixensart-Genval), (unofficial name for "Bières du Chat Noir").

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Idiosynkrasie (7858) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2017
330ml bottle. Clear, copper colour with average to huge, frothy, moderately to mostly lasting, well lacing, off-white head. Slightly perfumed, floral, herbal hoppy and yeasty aroma, hints of mint and sage. Taste is perfumed and floral hoppy, herbal, mellow malty basis, hints of mint, sage, woody pineapple.

Rubin77 (2496) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 18, 2017
F: thin, light tan, quick gone. C: coppery, light hazy. A: malty, mellow fruity, caramel, light floral, coriander, peppery, honey. T: malty, a lot of caramel, mellow fruity, bit of spicy, grassy, very nicely balanced, medium to full body, low to medium carbonation, good, enjoyed, BB: 02/08/18, 33cl bottle from BelgoMarkt in Brussels.

TBone (18105) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2017
Bottled 330ml (Beergium)
Murky dark amber color, good creamy beige head and lace. Toasted, ryeish, grassy, Belgi yeast fruity, a bit alcoholic nose. Medium-bodied. Taste has licorice, Belgi yeast, pineapple and toffee. Some alcohol, but it is mostly covered by sweetness. A bit messy.

blackisle (2765) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle 33cl. poured into a teku glass. Clear medium amber, good thick frothy off-white head, half-way lasting, heavy lacing; aroma malty, caramel, honey, (over)ripe fruit, dough, yeasty; taste medium to light heavy sweet and medium bitter, malty, toffee, burned caramel and peppery notes; grainy; sharpish malty sweetbitter aftertaste, pepper and dried dinger notes, bit husky; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; solid caramel-driven strong ale.

Vignale (3988) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2016
Flaska från Bergrum, drygt ett år gammal. Mörkt bärnstensfärgade, lätt disig, högt krämigt tjockt bestående skum. Söt doft med torkade päron, fikon, persikor, honung, rostade mandlar, karamelliserad socker. Söt smakbild som doften, mjuk, rund och len munkänsla, lite gräddig och med en bra beska som balanserar och stramar upp fint. Omisskännligt belgisk och samtidigt med lite söt DIPA-kraktär. Bra balans. Riktigt gott.

Michael27 (2294) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2016
Aus der Flasche in Brüssel getrunken. Rotgold, leicht trübe im Glas mit schnell schwindenem Schaum. Im Antrunk fruchtige Hopfigkeit. Nur wo bleibt der Alkohol.....?????

Alengrin (5639) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2016
Strong ’ambrée’ with IPA ambitions from a low profile beer company in Genval, brewed at the Proefbrouwerij. Very thick and frothy, egg-white, dense, quite heavily lacing, stable head, amberish orange blonde with somewhat pinkish hue, made slightly hazy by tiny bits of yeast divided throughout the liquid and turning completely clouded and more brownish-hued amber with sediment added. Aroma of peach, sweet cherry tomatoes, bread crust, dried violets, dough, some orange, soap, coriander, dried ginger, gin, fried egg, old cheese, cooked potato somewhere, sweet paprika, black pepper, honey, some oxidation setting in with that typical ’rusty’ effect. Fruity onset, apricot, green banana, redcurrant, more sourish than sweetish but soft and rounded, with medium carbonation; supple malt middle, bready and caramelly with a toasted bittering edge in the end, reinforced with a firm dosis of drying, resinous, grapefruit peel-like, peppery hop bitterness countering the initial malt sweetness and lasting quite long; above this basis, fruity esters and phenolic as well as actual, soapy coriander spiciness play along, and a notable warming, but non-astringent gin-like alcohol effect shows up in the end too; lastly there is some lingering bready yeastiness, especially after adding more of the sediment in the bottle. Caramelly malt juiciness and sweetness go down along with the hop bitterness. I’ve seen this being classified as a DIPA, but it remains very Belgian in all respects, basically a classic Wallonian-style strong amber ale, but contrary to the more classic examples in that substyle, strongly hopped up, with a very pleasant, long spicy bitterness in its finish. It’s not because you add a big dosis of hops to a Belgian amber ale that you automatically get an IPA, double or not, though it does fall in the "Belgian IPA" category, a loose category of hop-forward Belgian ales gaining more and more recognition as a separate style in recent years. In short: dryish, well-bodied, earthy (and perhaps just a little bit ’dirty’), fruity and hoppy: no game changer for me, but in itself a decent Belgian strong ale, I enjoyed it - even if this is from an older (33 cl) bottle, so I do suspect the hop character is perhaps somewhat more ’vivid’ and aromatic when young. I keep wondering which hop varieties went into this...

Lore (2873) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 13, 2016
hzy orange-ish amber colour, large, creamy yellowish off-white head; aroma of toast with marmalade, taste of orange peel oil, bitter orange, some floral honey notes and slight roastedness; interesting

corkyrory66 (2163) - BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2016
Tof bière (en bruxellois) de la brasserie artisanale Black cat de Genval, brassée chez de Proef .. mais pourquoi la met-on seulement à de Proef, alors qu’elle est de la région bruxelloise en plein !!! Le brasseur a répondu à cette énigme surréaliste : « les femmes savent parce que !!! ». Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas le bruxellois, c’est intraduisible !!! Signalons que l’étiquette est remplie de calembours Bruxellentiques ... Attention tout cet article va continuer sur la même veine … Alors soit vous êtes amateur de surréalisme, soit vous êtes bruxellois, soit … vous abandonnez !!! Puisque les femmes savent pourquoi, ma bière a été dégustée 4 mois avant terme … (!!??). Couleur ambre caramel Bruxelles, à la clarté nette (klette Mariette à Jette). Bulles fines, en colonnes droites (comme la colonne du Congrès …). Mousse plate zak qu’on dirait un zivereer … Arômes de candi à la va comme je te pousse, malt caraméliquement bon, ambre de cachalot. 1ère bouche douce à souple (passe le balai Marieke), à la belle entame sur malt vanille, mais plutôt grillé … Arrière-bouche au bel assemblage, non peut-être !! 2ème au format d’une ambrée anglaise, mais bien plus riche (que la reine …). Arrière-bouche grillée sur le grill (c’est marrant !!). 3ème moins riche que la 2ème, mais moins idiote aussi (si je puis me permettre …). Arrière-bouche on ne peut plus british (sauf le chapeau de la reine …). Longueur qui en dit long (mais pas plus). Jambes avec des bas résilles (sauf si je ne m’y connais pas, mais je m’en fous !!). Levure qui en ferait relever plus d’un (et j’en connais, mais pas plus de deux). Alcool très bien, mais qu’est-ce qu’il fout là ? Finale à la gare du Nord (ou centrale, mais pas plus loin). CONCLUSION : bière qui ne dit pas d’où elle vient, mais qui ne peut s’en cacher .. tant Genval je vas à Brussel une fois par tous les 3 jours …(!!??). Qu’on a plus soif, mais qu’on la boit quand même … Non peut-être !!

Pinball (12263) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2016
cloudy red borwn, small white head. aroma is mainly caramelly. got some dusty hops, but that’s bc the bottle i am sampling is a year or two old. Flavor is malty, slightly caramelly, distinct dark dried fruity. quite a fruity experience, but taste is good and interesting. quite typical strong belgian non-wild ale.

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