Punkrauch - Le Trou Du Diable
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3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber color to it. It has a nice frothy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves next to no lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of rich roasted malts, smokey campfire, smoked meats, raisins, sweet caramel and pizza dough.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some rich malts, a definite smokiness, smoked meats, dark fruit, sweet caramel and some doughy bread.
Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2014 20:05:29 | More by SebD
3.26/5 rDev -11.4%
On tap at Mule Bar. Served in a snifter.
Appearance - Deep brown, reddish at the edges. Creamy off white head. Looks like a nitro head. Leaves little spots of lacing inside.
Smell - Smoked malts and some dark fruits. Not a real intense smoke. Some dark brown, caramelly malts.
Taste - Sweet and fruity. Smoke is present, but still not intense. Fruity. Sweet. Dark malts give a bit of chocolate. Lingering sweetness.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, but very sweet. Creamy. Low carbonation.
Overall - Too sugary for me to really enjoy. It had promise.
08-03-2014 20:44:16 | More by Alieniloquium
3.96/5 rDev +7.6%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. The drinker is greeted with a moderately dark cloudy cola brown hue with an impressive beige head, along with an aroma of rich aromatic campfire smoke, dried dark fruit (raisins?), meat curing brine and associated spices (hard to describe this element, it is probably the product of an association in my mind and the smoky malt), and toffee. Inviting. On the palate the smoke is refined yet assertive, evokes maple bacon or some other sugar cured meat, combining with some sweet flavors to remind me a little of campfire marshmallow. I am getting all kinds of cool stuff here ... Raisins, walnuts and vanilla, perhaps a little celery seed, with the smoke building in intensity but never reaching acrid proportions. Body resembles that of a well-attenuated porter, mid-range and a little chewy, with moderate carbonation lifting up the smoke. Finishes quite sweet, with little bitterness or roast. Great silky smooth, cultured rauchbier that comes pretty close to my preferred smoke-sweet balance for the style.
05-24-2014 17:52:56 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.89/5 rDev +5.7%
Appearance - Pours a deep chestnut brown with two fingers of foamy off-white head.
Smell - Campfire smoke, smoked meat spices, cocoa, raisin, roasted malt, light earthy hop.
Taste - Roasted malts along with campfire smokiness and smoked meat (with kielbasa-like spices). Hints of cocoa and raisin at the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall - A rauchbier with good flavour elements, however I would have liked to taste more smokiness from the malts. The smoked meat spices was a unique twist, something I have never drank before.
05-18-2014 03:06:47 | More by leaddog
3.45/5 rDev -6.3%
Two fingers of meringue-like light tan head float on top of its deep and rich red amber body. It has clarity but it's hard to tell if it isn't held up to a light. As the head gradually diminishes, faint strings of lace stick lazily to the sides of the glass.
Its smoked quality is tame, with its rich, meaty notes matching the weight of its sweeter side that's composed of raisins and caramel. It's more woody than smoky. A faint grassy hop character lurks in background.
Cherry wood with a delicate meaty sweetness fill out the center with a lick of smokiness on the tail end. There's a bed made up of raisins, soft chocolate and a drop of caramel that latches on to the tongue until the finish. Hints of grassiness throughout impart a subtle bitterness, adding to the balanced quality of this beer.
Light to medium bodied with a rounded center and watery edges. Very quaffable for a 6% Rauchbier. The finish is a bit dry with a pinch of bitterness.
Overall, I found this to be a decent rauchbier. I've had much better from this brewery. I liked the pull between the woody/meaty quality and it's sweeter, sticky side. For the style, I love when the Bamberg smoked malts are highlighted to the fullest degree, where the smoky, meaty, woody quality is pungent, rich, and in your face. I found this to be the watered down version of that, where drinkability supersedes flavour.
05-04-2014 00:00:39 | More by ludachris
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Bottle: Poured a light brown color beer with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of medium smoked malt notes with some caramelized malt. Taste is a superb balanced between smoked malt with some dry caramelized sugar and just the right amount of residual sugars. Body is about full with nice creamy touch and good carbonation. Love the balance in this one with the just about the right amount of complexity.
04-04-2014 20:48:57 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +8.7%
750ml bottle poured into tulip 26/11/13
A slight haze in brown liquid, large 3 finger head has decent retention and leaves a collar of lace followed by some random patches
S lots of campfire ash, burnt bacon, smoked meat, faint bourbon, lots of charred wood, chewing tobacco, burnt brown sugar, just a hint of booze, and some sugar coated raisin
T smoked apples added to the mix, meaty, a little leafy, not quite what the nose had going on but still great, the tobaccos burnt and I get just the faintest hint of coco
M a little thin, the bubbles give it some life, a little grit on the gums, smokey finish
O solid smoked brew, the barrels subtle but works, lots of meaty smoke and that suits me fine
I had this the other day at a tasting and it smelled like shit, well a fart actually, was the worst brew of the evening. It's possible the bottle we shared was a little off, wouldn't be the first time I had a bad bottle from LTDD. This time around I'd say it was a solid beer that I'd drink again but I'd be hesitant knowing there's a variance bottle to bottle and its not cheap.
11-27-2013 03:57:19 | More by wordemupg
4.29/5 rDev +16.6%
750ml bottle, with a weird suctioned plastic insert cap. A collaboration between John Wright of venerable west coast punk band Nomeansno as well as their somewhat alter ego, the Hanson Brothers, and TDD. I'd vote for this to be up there in the 'Best Beer Name Puns' category.
This beer pours a murky, dark red brick amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, fizzy, and ultimately dense creamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky circumpolar lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of smoked and salted ham, toasted bready pale malt, mildly perceptible wooden barrel notes, a hint of spicy booze, and very faint earthy, singed leafy hops. The taste is still replete with a smoked porcine meatiness, but now has a stronger, more even keeled bourbon-tinted pale maltiness with which to contend, as the barrel bolsters things with its inherent caramel, vanilla, and edgy alcohol, and some herbal, weedy hops dust off the ashes, and emerge, well, not exactly quite like 'that' guy.
The carbonation is generally soft, and rather pleasantly frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and surprisingly smooth, the swirling ashes somehow not having much effect. It finishes off-dry, the smoke, meat, booze and now caramelized malt all lingering on, reverberating like a cool bass line, and playing tightly, like they've been doing it for decades.
Mon dieu, these rock-band-themed offerings just seem to be getting better and better (remember, though, the AC/DC Eurolager we started with), and this is the cutting edge at the current moment. A stellar Franconian lager, all meat and smokey tears up front, and a more balanced, crazily drinkable affair thereafter, which if it wasn't, who'd want anything to do with that (looking at you, Fantome)? Anyways, highly recommended, even if smoke isn't your thing when it comes to beer. And though I must confess that I'm only passingly familiar with the guest brewer here via the 'Hockey Song', I appreciate the CanCon all the same.
11-10-2013 05:02:20 | More by biboergosum
Punkrauch from Le Trou Du Diable
83 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.