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Punkrauch - Le Trou Du Diable

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 51
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: biboergosum on 11-10-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 51
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark, hazy red-orange with a half finger light khaki head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of smokehouse, caramel malt; lightly nutty. Flavor is caramel malt with light toastiness, nuts, mild dark dried fruit, smoke; not quite as smokehouse as the aroma, finishes with toasted malt and smoke. Nice moderately creamy body with good carbonation. A nice, smoky rauchbier. The base beer has a brown ale profile, almost a nut brown ale and the smoke component works quite well with it. The flavor is a little mild, I would have liked a bit more malt character, but fit the rauchbier character. My first ale from this brewery and I will look for others.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Moose90
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A — Pours a deep brown hue into the glass, there is a bit of clarity to it, this thing actually looks smoky just sitting in the glass, its as though its been charred and is smoking in the glass.

S — Smells of big pungent smoked malts, lots of smoky under and overtones, good bit of a meaty component here too, lots of bacon character.

T — Tastes much like the nose, though its a bit more complex, layers of smoke, from light campfire, to hue charred brisket. Nicely done actually.

M — Medium bodied, high enough level of carbonation.

O — Pretty good overall, smells a bit intense, but it mellows out and does a really good job overall.

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Photo of SebD
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

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

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SABERG
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Dark caramel in color, a wonderful full crown tops the glass.
S - Smoke is in fine balance, malts and warm leather.
T - Fig, lite cocoa, and wrap tobacco.
F - this is the finest element. warm and rich textures show off the brewers skills.
O - A modified Rauch with delicate textures.
A treat to be sought out for certain.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
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.


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Photo of TheDoctor
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on: 09-19-2014

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)

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

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

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

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)

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Photo of ludachris
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark-amber color with a beautiful 1.5 inches head. Smell of caramelized malts with some smoke, it doesn't smell that much. Nice subtle smoke flavors it's not as intense as most smoked beer but you can still taste it. It's really well balanced, definitely easy to drink.

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Punkrauch from Le Trou Du Diable
84 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.