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Punkrauch - Le Trou Du Diable

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: biboergosum on 11-10-2013

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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 12
Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Punkrauch doesn't pour with much glitz or glamor. It's a dark and reserved looking beer, one slow to show any colour and hesitant to reveal transparency (even while it does have a good deal of both). Despite the melted chocolate complexion its foam is bleach white; body and head are two very different tones and it looks kind of odd.

Trou Du Diable claims this beer "will bring you back to long, beautiful nights spent around a campfire". True. But it may just as well bring you to a Polish deli. The smells of singed wood and cured meats like kielbasa are about on par here. This recipe also puts a fairly strong emphasis on malts; cocoa and coffee make unusually bold appearances too.

The palate really leans away from the smoke and more towards the grain. That's not to suggest there isn't any beechwood flavour because there is, but there's certainly no charred or burnt taste (nor should there be). Notions of bacon and smoked meats are minor at most. Toasted bread crusts and especially creamy milk chocolate have more of a presence if you ask me.

The malt-driven formula makes this a more approachable Rauchbier for the unsure and/or inexperienced. More than smoke, the mouthfeel can be characterized as having a roasty bittersweet quality like that of a stout. By the same hand, however, this robs the beer of the kind of depth and balance present in the offerings of Aecht Schlenkerla.

Punkrauch is a nice ode to those famous beers of Bamberg but, truthfully, it doesn't compare on the same level. In fairness, few do. For a style that's typically incomprehensible to most mainstream lager drinkers, I think this Trou Du Diable offering has a better chance than most at getting through to a wider audience. Once they acquire the taste for Rauchbier, however, this might not cut it anymore.

Photo of DaveBar
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO on clearance for $4.50 for a 600ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that films out in a minute. Very dark brown and filtered clear

S- Light smoke and some malt. Very subdued

T- Way too much smoke. Intense to say the least. Touch of coco

M- Dry

O- Way too much smoke. Almost a drain pour.

Food Pairing

I didn't like this beer but if I guessed at a food pairing it would be..... some kind of stinky cheese. Stinky cheese would knock off some of this heavy smoke flavor.

Enjoy

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Avant_Garage
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Mack
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Raziel313
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

SERVING: Bottle
Bottled on: 09-19-2014

A:
Pours a cloudy amber brown that is effectively black except when pouring, big three fingers of beige head that settles to a healthy coat. Very good retention; some lacing. (4.25)

S:
Caramelized, toasted malts. Roasty grains, smoke, sausage, wood, hint of dark fruits. (3.5)

T:
Caramel-coated sausage. Hard water, nuts, wood fire, caramel, toffee. (4)

M:
Prickly cream feel that is very smooth, light-medium body with a soft finish. (3.5)

O:
Tasty smoked beer.
This beer (brewed with one of the dudes from Nomeansno, with his recipe!) is a nice drinking darker lager with a good smoke character, that doesn't taste like a campfire.
Pours lovely with a roasty smoked aroma/flavor. The taste has a little more maltiness to it, but it is subtle and the slight smokiness dominates. Very drinkable and smooth.
Would have again; worth trying. (3.75)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, smoke, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice smoke characteristics in the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Syl78
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of beerly_there
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Triat00
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TRiGS
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Larz_73
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SebD
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Punkrauch from Le Trou Du Diable
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.