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La Buteuse - Le Trou Du Diable

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very good

48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 141
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 19
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Goldorak on 02-28-2007

Non barrel-aged version. Available only 500ml bottles and on-tap.

If you have a 750ml bottle, please review here:
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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 141
Reviews by liamt07:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsner malt and abbey yeast strain does not a tripel make, and the improper balanced caused by such reckless consessions often leads to an ale that's simply messy with sweetness, fruit and spice. But no such worry here as the Le Trou Du Diable brewers have taken no such shortcuts.

La Buteuse catches the eye with a diffused glow of goldenrod hues. Its swath and meringue-like froth laces the glass beautifully and projects its fruity and spicy bouquet. As citrus and orchard fruit tease the nose, the taste bounces off of the early palate with sweetness of angel-food cake, confectioner's sugar and a whimsical honeysuckle upstart.

The ale simply blossoms over the middle palate, delivering waves of flavor- starting with an estery mix of papaya, apricot, pear, honeydew, lemon, orange and apple. A quick rebuttal from freshly grated white pepper, delicate clove, vanilla and mild earthy green cumin. But the saving grace of the tripel is its firm hop balance that's boldly bittered with a bright grassy flavor and a snappy, pepper-like bite.

The beer's medium body registers a milder weight upon the palate through is militant carbonation that gives the sweetness and breadiness a lift; drying the palate with promoting a peppery, hoppy finish. Warming to the senses, the tripel closes with mild Riesling-like acidity and a linger of bitterness and perfume.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BRB1978
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewdanks
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Janeinma
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BGDrock
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mintjellie
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Goldorak
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 500 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice Belgian style tripel pours a hazy golden orange with a fantastic head of white foam that dissipates to a thick layer and generous ring of foam featuring wonderful lacing. Nose of light sweet breads, light lemon grass, light banana, sweet candy malts, and light herbal notes. Flavors are excellent featuring smooth moderately sweet candy malts to the side and back, a moderately spicy herbal note of lemon grass and light coriander, followed by a nice earthy yeast flavor. One of the best for this style I have had in some time. Medium effervescent and bubbly mouth feel gives this nice spritz to the stronger alcohol contained therein. Sweet aftertaste. Excellent. Hope to try more from this brewery.....especially the brandy version.


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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows funky Brett, booze, sultanas, wine notes and apple cider/brandy.
Flavours include soft oak, more wine notes, funky Brett and light acidity. Some dried figs, sultanas and booze.

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Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of frothy white head, good retention.

Smell. Bright citrus blossoms, light fruity Belgian yeast, some light malts, light clovey spice and some ripe banana.

Taste. Sweet malts, light citrus and orchard fruits, fruity belgian yeast, and a touch of bubblegum.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Good for the style.

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Photo of shanny_koenig
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 1pt 4.3 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep amber orange, with a real nice glowing orb shine to it. Some carbonation on the sides, pinhead in size, can't see much else through the body. Head is a little tiny, but bright white and very creamy. Manages only about a finger and a half height, but manages to keep a good size bowled puck throughout.

Subtle aromas. Maple sweet sugar, with an airy perfume like quality but not overly sweet. Small sensing sucrose. Mild and very simple nothing crazy, nothing really impressive either, just very solid in balanced sweetness, esters and heat.

Palate is a big shocker. Hints at lighter body, then the carbonation blasts in with huge depth and mimosa like feelings and power. Mid palate is awash in bright tropical fruits, mango, then some lemon , and big notes of papaya and thick cantaloupe like sweetness. Chewy finish, and popping champagne like quality but with a sweet malt depth and thick backbone. Almost crisp as well, hints of green herbs of sage and thyme to go with it.

Real solid impressive tripel, very memorable and a unique one for the North American side. Excellent job.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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La Buteuse from Le Trou Du Diable
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