Thursday, 21 April 2016

Brews Review: Le Tréfle Noir Stout


Spring has finally reached Ottawa and the weather today has been wonderful, which can mean only one thing: Treat myself to a stout! My favourite beer style especially on a warm day is a nice chilled stout. I know this is weird as most people prefer a lager or a pale ale. But I just love a cold chocolate/roasty stout. Personally I've been really enjoying Quebec beers a lot so I'm sticking with them and going to a brewery called Le Tréfle Noir. The packaging helped to sell this beer as I found it bold and striking on the shelf what looks like a lady from a First Nation tribe, holding wheat/grain. Not sure if there is a back story connected to this? If there is then let me know in the comments.

Details

Name: Trefle Noir
Style: Sweet Stout
Brewery: Le Tréfle Noir (website)
Country: Quebec, Canada
Price: $4.99 CAD- 500ml Bottle
ABV: 5.6%
Commercial Fluff:
"The Black Clover is a round stout palate that stands out for it's coffee aromas, toast and dark chocolate. The hop bitterness is present and frank, but coexists perfectly with other flavours"


Own Opinion

Sight: A super dark red, pretty much black beer. Topped with a good helping of tan coloured head. As the beer was consumed it left behind plenty of lacing on the glass which I love to see.
Aroma: Burnt roasted coffee and chocolate sweetness is hitting my nose. Two of my favourite aromas in a stout. Excited to try it out.
Taste: Dark Chocolate, coffee, roast flavours, yummy. Slight back of the throat bitterness like a burnt coffee. Little carbonation considering the foamy head.
Would I buy it again? Yes. I seem to say yes a lot!

I feel I am fast becoming a convert to Quebec beers, might have to learn french to help find more. The breweries on the other side of the river, seem to be producing a better quality of beer than Ontario. I know it's a shocking thing to say, but the Quebec brewers are just out performing the local lads. 
This beer is the type I like to sit and enjoy slowly. As the drink warmed up a little, it released more aromas and flavours. If you can find this beer I recommend a pint or two or maybe several. Also I feel it would make a great addition to Chocolate Stout Cake (maybe it's time to experiment).


If the brewery ever reads this then I recommend upping your social media game (or hire me and I will do it). Where is the Twitter and Instagram feeds! If I'm missing them then please tell me the links. 

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