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La Buteuse - Le Trou Du Diable

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89
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46 Reviews
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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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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,363 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 Poljazz22
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice warmth to this trippel. Apple overtones and a bit of sourness. Very easy to drink so be carefull 10%! Well worth buying. Can be bought in Montreal. (154 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 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 BGDrock
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 (788 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an exceptionally clear true gold with 2 fingers of off white head. Small amounts of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

S: Pale caramel and butter followed by overripe bananas, light spices and yeast. Slight hints of rum and overal reminicent of bananas foster.

T: Yeasts are more prominant than the scent, along with malts and honey, light spices and overrie bananas.

M: Medium to chewy bodied with light carbonation.

O: Another great offering from TDD which is a slightly more malty take on a Belgian Tripel style. (538 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 polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 600 ml bottle to a snifter

A: hazy orange with a lovely two finger head that breaks down leaving a nice cloud and good lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, sweet fruits and orange.

T: follows the nose, the yeast comes through and there is a sweetness that befits the tripel category. A touch of alcohol lingers in the far back.

M: high carbonation, full body and sweet finish.

O: a solid beer. This is my first experience with this brewer and I am impressed. I have 4 more of their brews in my cellar and now I can't wait. I enjoyed the sweet finish on this beer and I have to say it was pretty easy to drink. I will be revisiting this one. (652 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (690 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 TheDoctor
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a slightly opaque amber-orange with a lovely tan head that starts out big and beautiful before settling to a suitably creamy cap. Excellent retention; gorgeous, excellent lacing.

S:
Really sweet. Kind of took me aback to be quite honest. Smells a lot like an amber. Toasty caramelized malts, dash of cirtus, yeast and bread, vanilla and cloves. A lot going on. Very pleasant.

T:
Really caramely. Smooth, consistent flavor with a slightly burnt finish. Similar to the smell: yeasty, nutty, malty, sweet. There is a definite hop presence but it is really understated. Just enough to notice.

M:
Sticky sweet. Medium body. Carbonation is good, head is creamy. Nice.

O:
Really solid beer, on the whole. To be fair, I am not a huge fan of sticky sweet beers. Thus, this whole beer kind of conflicts with that. That said, it is definitely worth trying. Beautiful looking (a little more head and it would verge on a 5); great, complex aroma; the taste is a little intense, though.

Great beer, I just think it suffers from being too bold on too many counts. It is an in-your-face beer.

I think it would benefit from bringing the hops out a touch more (not much though). These guys make REALLY good beer and have gorgeous bottles/labeling. I probably won't get it again, but I am SURE that someone more tolerant of sweet beers would in a second. Worth getting. (1,367 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 biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Living up to its brewer's name, La Buteuse is much darker than even dark tripels tend to be and has fiery, flickering highlights. Ignited against the light it looks like the glass is entirely ablaze, too hot to touch. Even the initially soapy, thick head starts to melt under this bright orange heat; only the trim of the glass is shielded; all lacing imprinted quickly evaporates.

The aroma is properly perfumed with fragrant notes of orchard fruits and savory spice. It's like something out of a baking cookbook: lemon curd, marmalade, banana bread, pear compote, hell I'd even accept the notion of strawberry-rhubarb crumble! It has lots of sweetness, a good dose of spice, a hint of underlying tartness and a browned oats-like graininess.

Like an over-eager waiter, the palate follows up immediately with more of those sumptuous dessert-like flavours. The sugary lemon, banana, pear and marmalade notes continue with more intense rose-like florals introduced and additional rolled-oats maltiness piled on. There's more citrus than is typical of classic Belgian examples; its fruitiness is more bright and bubblegum-y. The spice is also more intense; yeast-produced phenolics shine bright like diamonds in the aftertaste.

The first time I tried La Buteuse was in a side-by-side tasting along some of the most iconic Belgian tripels (Westmalle, Gouden Carolus, Karmeliet) and it was decidedly the odd man out. Truthfully, I didn't care for it. It lacked the understated strength and sophistication of those timeless classics. It was too flashy for a style characterized by sneaky, soft subtleties.

But sitting down with it tonight I'm just short of enamored. I can taste why others have rated it so highly. It deserves it. So rich, strong, sweet and spicy, it is a zippy aperitif (or digestif) you'd swear was concocted by the devil himself. The monks might be overwhelmed, but New World palates will rejoice in this sinfully delicious tripel. A beer to definitely shake hands with! (1,993 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 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)

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 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 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 SebD
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, peppery spices, citrus, banana and some breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some bready Belgian yeast, peppery spices, lemon, citrus, (almost tropical) and light banana.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (557 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 Groulxsome
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

La Buteuse pours (from a bottle into a snifter) a cloudy amber orange with a thin ring of white head. A big, bread-y yeast aroma is complemented with sharp, peppery spice, marmalade, and sweet sugar. There is a little hint of grape (maybe more raisin) and some funkiness, for some reason I'm reminded of a trip to Niagara wine country! It's starts quite sweet and ends quite bitter. Full bodied and aggressive carbonation with a very pleasant alcohol warmth. A brasher approach to the Abbey Tripel which is really worth seeking out. (532 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 mxchap
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber/copper color. One of the darker tripels.
Aroma: A little bit of spices, but more phenolic. A hint of bubblegum as well!
Taste: Malty front (caramel and bread flavor) with spices towards the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, slightly sticky, not too dry. Highly drinkable for 10% abv.
Overall: To be honest, I like amber tripels! This is not a classic representation of the style, but the taste and mouthfeel are very nice. A highly drinkable amber tripel! (480 characters)

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