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La Buteuse - Le Trou Du Diable

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 138
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 5.74%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | 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.

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 138
Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a snifter. Thanks to Matt and Paul for sharing.

Pours a moderately-hazy golden color with a thin white head. The nose is really powerful and sends characteristics in all directions. There is some strong banana and clove plus loads of yeast spice. All of these components are quite strong and do not meld together very well. The same goes for the flavor, which dials things back a bit, but still isn't terribly pleasant. Spice, banana, light fruit, and some mild grain come together to present a final package that lacks coherence. Medium body with good carbonation. Okay, but not something I'd look for again. (653 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

Full pour shared between me, Paul & Mike.

The beer appears a hazy, golden orange hue with a finger of head. As the head recedes, it leaves some good lacing in its wake. The aroma brings a heavy dose of spices and alcohol, followed by more subtle notes of yeast and citrus. The flavor is bold and forward - this is a big beer. The taste is decent, but I would guess / hope that spending a few years in the cellar would serve to improve this brew. As this was sampled on draft, that obviously wasn't an option at the time. In general, I found the beer to be a bit too hot, with flavors sort of running together, lacking cohesion. I'd be interested to try the barrel-aged version, though at $30 per bottle, I don't imagine it's worth it. (775 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled July 2012.

A - Orangey colour with a slight haze. Good carbonation with a great thick off white two finger head. Cloudy as all hell when the bottom of the bottle was added. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Yeast, orange, mild spice. Orange sticks out most.

T - Orange, sweet spice, yeast. Candi sugar kinda sweetness with a touch of alcohol. A bit dusty. A touch off.

M - Good carbonation, full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - A nice Tripel and I'm sure the year did this beer a favour. A little rough around the edges though and could use some work. (572 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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. (403 characters)

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

Pours a pale golden colour with modest white head, dissipates leaving some pleasant thick lace behind. Very mild haze in the glass and a good thick wobble to the body. Looks great, very Belgian.

Smell is quite Belgian as well. A lot of nice clove and peppery spice blending with lovely fruity malt giving off orange and apricot notes. Great blend, could just use a bit more spice, but pleasant, definitely, and now, I've used, too many commas,

Massive malt hit on the front of the palate, like a big huge caramel wave on the tip of the tongue. Fruit comes through after this, tangy orange, apricot and cumquat with a huge dessert wine stickiness to it. Reminds one of a late harvest Botrytis Semillon, with a strong boozey warmth at the back to heat the throat and hints of white peppery spice. A pleasant, sweet, warming brew.

Thick and syrupy on the feel. Nice, but just has a little too much of a treacly texture to it.

A bit strong overall, but something that tastes this good is always a great one for sipping. (1,019 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into Duvel tulip.
Bottled 07/12 as per markings on label.
Newly available at the LCBO in "Limited Quantities"

A- Super hazy, dark orange pour. Two finger soapy off white head with great gobs of lacing stuck to the glass.

S- The first thing that really pops is the noble hops. A nice grassy aroma with a touch of sweetness. The Belgian yeast is spicy but not as over the top as the majority of Tripels I've come across. Sweet tangerines with some digestive cookies.

T- Dry yeast up front with some sweet fruits, grassy hops and a slight peppery spice.

M- Medium body, good carbonation with a slightly silky finish. (630 characters)

Photo of Antilochus
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottled September 2014.

A: Pours a clear yellow, only a few bubbles, white head with medium bubbles.

S: Banana, vanilla, ammonia.

T/M: On the palate, very well balanced with just the right bitterness. Small bubble mouthfeel. Banana bread comes back in the nose. A reasonably hot finish with spices.

Interesting approach to the tripel here. Would love to try the barrel aged. (387 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 4.45$

Appearance - Hazy light copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Lemons, coriander/clove, yeast, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with bananas and lemons and green grapes. There is also a bit of coriander/clove and some peppery/yeasty notes. It ends with a ripe banana and citric bitter aftertaste.

Overall – A nice mix of flavours going on that allows for each sip to be interesting. I can pick up on different nuances throughout the beer. I bought a few bottles to try to see if I wanted to stock up... I'm not going to fill the trunk but I'll grab a few more. (817 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,359 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this in early March at Pizzaria Paradiso, in DC.

A: Dark clearish orange hue. Bubbly head, no lacing that sticks.

S: Nice sweet and spicy aroma. Cherry, oak, clove, sweet juice, raisin, dried dark fruit, and almost a little flutter of barnyard funk.

T: Nice full bodied taste. Notes of cherry, grape, honeycomb, cinnamon, alcohol complexity, vanilla tinged wood, some other kitchen spice like nutmeg??, and brown sugar. Dry straw malt.

M: Pretty much smooth and nice carbonation. Bitter at the back.

O: Good. (531 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its slightly hazed golden amber body is crowned with two fingers of creamy off white head. It recedes slowly and alcohol legs begin to show themselves. Very fine streams of carbonation are visible, but barely.

This has a gooey tropical fruit center. Papaya, pineapple, and apricot are all overly ripe and soaked in booze. This plays off the spicy and lively yeast character that is almost as apparent. Doughy bread and honey are also in the mix. There's a bit of band aid phenolics going on as well but its well integrated into the nose.

Everything comes at once in the taste. Ripe pineapple is the most obvious. It rests on the middle of the tongue and its sweetness extends almost into the finish. A heap of spices and bready malts stick to the back of the palate, morphing into a soft bitter taste that is intertwined with its inherent booziness. The latter is sweet and warming more than anything else. The alcohol amplifies the intensity of the fruity center. Syrupy apricot picks up where the pineapple leaves off, making its way into the finish. It cleans up nicely with some biscuit and grassy bitterness.

This is medium bodied with a full weight to it. With its low level of carbonation, the alcohol is what dictates its texture. It's soft, a bit syrupy and slick and unlike other highly effervescent and bottle conditioned Tripels I've had. Because of this, the sweetness from both the fruity character and booziness sit at the forefront. It still however does possess a foamy center. It just doesn't want to assert any more than its faint presence.

A great Belgian coming from Quebec? Who would have thought. I couldn't be more sarcastic. This is a wonderfully crafted Tripel with its uniqueness stemming from its emphasis on tropical fruits and weak carbonation. If I were to guess, I'd say the former, with the use of fruity hops, is responsible for the "new world twist" that's stated on the back of the label. Whatever it may be, I'm a fan. I'd love to get my hands on the oak aged version of this! (2,019 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazed dirty blond, a bit of amber and some golden highlights, very huge and fluffy slightly off white head forms and slowly settles to a thick layer and ring, great retention, lots of lace sticks to the glass, looks real nice.

Smell is neat, sweet and boozy, some apple juice, alcohol spice, a touch of cinnamon, some light biscuity malt, apricot, a bit of pineapple fruitiness, candi sugar, pretty nice.

Taste is nice too, quite dry and fruity, lightly spicy, solid alcohol, some candi sugar, sweet through the middle, wheat, a touch of yeast, cinnamon, pineapple and apricot, a bit of biscuity malt, very dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Some warmth going down but the alcohol is pleasant. A pretty nice tripel, thanks Russ! (836 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise to find at my local LCBO, and glad to have an opportunity to try the non-barrel aged version.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange colour, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by peppery spice, yeast esthers, sweet citrus, raw cane sugar and a soapy lemon finish.

T - Flavour profile offers up a fruity yeast flavour, peppery spice, hints of mandarin, bananas, bubble gum and a grainy bready malt flavour lingers alongside a touch of ABV sweetness.

M - Mediun bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty brew that is full flavoured, solid flavour profile, surprising complexity and a welcome treat to Northern Ontario. Would certainly be nice to see more of this type of offering readily available locally, but certainly glad this made it to the north. (824 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

20oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Golden/Amber in color with a haze that makes it opaque. Two fingers of fluffy off-white head retain well. Thick collars of lacing form as the liquid is consumed.

S: Sweet malt base is reminiscent of confectioner's sugar and clover honey. Yeasty. Medicinal phenols. Vague spicy notes. Grassy. Pineapple and fleshy tropical fruits. Whiff of alcohol.

T: Sweet honeyed malt base. Apple juice. Bready and yeasty. Very grassy and herbal. Generously hopped. Tropical notes flit to the forefront every now and again. Tangerine and star fruit. Medicinal. Alcohol brings a somewhat bitter character that helps to balance and trails into an otherwise malty sweet finish.

M: Full, round, and even chewy in texture. Silky. There's a definite sense of weight, though it glides easily over the tongue. A lightly raking hop astringency is perceptible. Stiff, fine-bubbled carbonation scrubs firmly.

O: A beer that takes its inspiration from the Belgian Tripel style, but has a strong sense of identity that is all its own. A great 'diamond in the rough' sort of find from a little known but excellent Quebec brewery. (1,144 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Removing a layer of complexity from one of my favourite beers this year, here is La Buteuse, the beer they later chucked into a barrel and won my heart. On tap at Le Mondial de la Biere.

Pours a slight hazy deep gold with a finger of white head. Good retention and lace. Grapefruit aroma, with honey, candy sugar and spicy yeast. Good grain backdrop to some delicious flavous - honey comes out again, and brings some good citrus hopping to balance the equation. Some caramel too, and a hint of flowers. Full mouthfeel with a billowy carbonation.

Nicely done tripel. Obviously not as good as the barrel-aged version, but this gives some insight into why that worked so well. (675 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian Strong Ale/Tripel with a rich, hefty and sweet backbone.

Presentation: 12 oz draft serving. Menu offers a short but fair description. Notes Alc. by Vol. (10%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy deep gold serving with a nice head, average retention, with a short surface memory and some lacing.

S - Sweet and spicy, honey with a touch of caramel.

T - Nice malty range, with a light yeasty sense, honey and caramel, small floral hoppy touch.

M - Medium to medium-full body, with good carbonation, and a smooth and creamy finish.

D - Nice serving, quite a rounded sweetness with a sturdy sense in its final balance.

Notes: Nice offering, maybe a bit too rushed on a social setting and the notes are a bit short. Worth revisiting to compare impressions. (776 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Cheers (808 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse's Canadian SpecTapular.

Pours a hazed golden colour with a very decent head of thick white foam. Some carbonation present - looks very decent.

Ozone on the nose; light geranium character with lilting tells of the more classic spice aromas. It's very robust and intense on the nose, even lending a fresh piney note. Wow. Really good, really fragrant and complex.

Taste is battered with a huge clove character, that almost overwhelms everything else. Very spicy throughout. Some light phenols are present on the back, giving a lightly bitter acetone finish to match the welling alcohol heat. Once I start filtering the clove, it gets a little more palatable, leaving some round Belgian yeast characters and a drier finish.

A big and battering beer to pound on the senses. Full of character, no doubt, but also a little too close to anarchy for more than a small glass. (899 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The bottle pours a slightly hazy orange colour with a good amount of head. Tastes slightly bready, with yeast and dark fruits in there, with the spices coming through in the finish. You can tell this is a big beer with each sip as its 10% alc. but it does not come through in the taste at all. Very easy to drink for the size of this big beer. Glad I got to try this one. (371 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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 (701 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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! (805 characters)

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La Buteuse from Le Trou Du Diable
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.