La Buteuse - Le Trou Du Diable
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Reviews by hopsolutely:
4.08/5 rDev +1%
Bottled 7 12 and purchased in recent LCBO release. Not certain it's true to the Tripel style in a biblical sense, but that's probably why it appeals to me!
Glad to be trying a non barrel aged version, as there's a lot going on and adding oak might make it overwhelming. Pours a hazy orange amber, with the minimal head dissipating near-instantly. Pleasantly surprised by the hops in the aroma, although the Belgian yeast and caramelized malts are in the forefront. A complex taste, from an initial malt focus to a nice tropical fruit hoppiness and bitterness. Although the Belgian evidence is there throughout, the spices aren't overpowering. The 10.5% ABV is well hidden, with only a hint of alcohol warmth in the lingering finish.
Very much looking forward to anything brewed by this Shawinigan micro!
02-23-2013 20:30:04 | More by hopsolutely
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4.31/5 rDev +6.7%
Appearance: copper colour, a little misty; very fine, big head, colour of aioli, sticky and good retention
Aroma: great, full aroma - apricot, peach, mango, and mild spices & herbs - cilantro, touch of vanilla; butterscotch is the backbone; more exotic than expected
Taste & Mouthfeel: big butterscotch flavour is nicely cut by alcohol burn and astringent hops, preventing any chance to become cloying; more intense spice comes through just before the finish as well, and lingers - would call it peppery if anything, but hard to really place; very dry finish; fruit notes of aroma are negligible here; perfect carbonation, fine like champagne, and medium body
Overall: surprisingly easy drinking and keeps your interest throughout with interplay of spice, butterscotch and alcohol burn
03-10-2014 22:39:59 | More by BGDrock
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
500ml bottle, thanks to papat444 for passing this westward.
This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with a tower of fizzing, foamy, bubbly off-white head, which renders a few broad swaths of lace as it genially (especially for its initial reach) subsides.
It smells of sugary caramel malt, sweet tropical fruit - pineapple, guava, and mango - with a soft peppery spiciness, and some ethereal yeast. The taste is more sweet grainy, sugar cane-esque malt, with some newfound banana fruitiness, more dynamic spice - some clove and nutmeg joining the now more generalized peppery notes, with a wee bit of dry, earthy hops wedging their way in. A twinge of warming alcohol is apparent at first, and grows to no more than a thin metallic edge, at most, as things wind along.
The bubbles are subtly zingy and rather uplifting, the body on the light side, but only academically so - it duly supports a smooth, semi-enveloping nature. It finishes surprisingly dry, the malt absconding, the fruitiness flipping, and the hops and alcohol just doing their faithful job.
A pretty decent tripel, nice fruity, booze-moderated flavours, an endearing sideshow of spice, and an appetizingly dry, but not hot, end to it all. I am so craving some pomme frites right now, and hold the ketchup...uh, right, the beer - grab this if you can, you shan't be disappointed.
06-06-2012 03:23:51 | More by biboergosum
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
Orange coloured and cloudy, with a small and poorly retained white head. Fruity, yeasty, and spicy aroma with notes of orange, banana, coriander, dry yeast, and pepper. Fruity and spicy flavour, and very lightly sweet. Citrus and banana, bready, cloves, and peppery. Light bitterness in the finish. Almost medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels very smooth, but a little bit dead on the palate. I think a little bit more carbonation would be an improvement. A pretty good take on the style, definitely tending towards the drier end of the spectrum.
02-27-2013 01:42:46 | More by mintjellie
3.88/5 rDev -4%
at Festival Bières et Saveurs 2009. Grapefruit cloudy body along with white lace. Taste is some sourness, and grapefruit. Its hoppy. Its a good drinking ale, with average mouthfeel. Yeast was secondary. I wonder how it is in the bottle with brett and oak ageing.
I had this again 2.5 years later in bottle and found it a very decent triple, though apple juice flavour and very boozy. Smooth mouthffel.
09-07-2009 20:52:56 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
Shout out to andrenaline for including this in our last trade
A - fully hazy burnt orange hue, thumb of off white head fizzed but maintained its presence nicely
S - yeasty esters, sour orange and light tropical fruits, mild pepper and light floral
T - out of the gate strong with strong yeasty esters and grainy malts, mandarin, lemon pepper, and a bit of a fresh soapy thing going on, definitely interesting
M - creamy and well carbonated yet still relatively light, bit of a minerally mouth coating, touch of alcohol dryness and warmth through the finish
O - this is a nicely well rounded tripel with a lots of layered flavours, very drinkable at this ABV and a nice treat on this hot summer evening
07-04-2013 03:30:37 | More by joemcgrath27
3.58/5 rDev -11.4%
Sampled on tap at the brewpub, keg was aged 10 months.
Appearance: Great looking golden brew with slightly amber reflections, with a ring of pearly white lace.
Smell: Spicy and sweet, bitter orange peel and lightly hopped, finished off with a bit of madeira/port.
Taste: Quite a sweet first attack, it hits you like maple taffee or hard sugar candy, it then takes on a more boozy, citrusy flavor. The complex sugars give it plenty of backbone, as they linger on your palate long after each sip, but it did get a little cloying near the end, not exactly something I look for in the style. I still liked it, but it could have used a little more time to mature and round out the sweetness.
02-28-2007 00:30:19 | More by Goldorak
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and excellent lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian Malt with nice fruity ester and medium peppery yeast. Taste is an exceptionally well balance mix between a solid Belgian malt backbone with great notes of fruity ester and light peppery yeast. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Triple is one of my favourite style and this is one is exceptionally well balance with sweetness not overwhelming the whole mix. Probably one of the best North American examples of the style.
04-26-2011 02:31:42 | More by Phyl21ca
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
Bottled on 07/12. Poured in to snifter.
A - Very hazy medium orange with a golden glow around the edges. Half a finger of bright white head formed and reduced to a thin film along the top of the beer.
S - Big spice nose up front with big Belgian yeast and clove aromas. Some sweet bready malt notes in the background.
T - Big clove and Belgian yeast punch up front with a heavy spice profile. A big bready malt sweetness, peppercorns, a light fruitiness and some warming alcohol are also present.
M - Medium body, slightly chewy. Very dry. Light carbonation.
02-09-2013 20:24:52 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.16/5 rDev +3%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle Dated: 2012/07; Poured: 2013/09/13
A: Hazy, dark orang/copper color; 2 – 3 fingers of sudzy off-white head, lasting a long time and leaving lots of lacing.
S: The nose is the dominant Belgian nose, yeasty and spicy, lots of orange peel and other citrus; maybe a hint of grassiness from the hops.A very pleasant malt, bread character.
T: Again, it is dominated by the delicious Belgian flavor profile, yeast and peppery spice, hints of orange peel, bananas and bready malt. Lots of residual sweetness but not cloying.
M: Medium high body and lots of carbonation.
O: A great example of the style, well balanced and complex.
09-16-2013 16:40:32 | More by mtomlins
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
Appears a semi-transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious apple, vanilla, ripe fruit, cinnamon sticks, spices, oak, and light honey and brandy.
Taste is of the aromas with apple and vanilla pulling to the front of the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and boozy.
05-25-2010 23:54:04 | More by weeare138
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