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La Buteuse - Le Trou Du Diable

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Non barrel-aged version. Available only 500ml bottles and on-tap.

If you have a 750ml bottle, please review here:
 http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 3605/51448 

(Beer added by: Goldorak on 02-28-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2009 20:52:56 | More by Sammy
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 11:52:58 | More by Thorpe429
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:31:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-13-2013 05:43:20 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -20%

02-05-2014 05:17:54 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:23:51 | More by biboergosum
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-02-2013 18:13:26 | More by JAHMUR
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 23:54:04 | More by weeare138
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 04:07:51 | More by lacqueredmouse
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 01:17:17 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 23:11:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange gold color with good head retention and lacing. I get considerable honey on the nose, but with considerable spice as well. On the palate, this is a very well crafted beer with orange honey on a fairly sweet frame, but with a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness to counter the sweetness. Ultimately, the beer is pretty well balanced, though I appreciate how the bitterenss dries out the beer on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with the beer delivering plenty of flavor. Drinkability is pretty good, though you can tell the abv. is up there a bit. Still, this is a very solid, well made beer. Impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 18:56:55 | More by John_M
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 21:05:03 | More by Viggo
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-23-2013 18:58:28 | More by liamt07
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into abbey glass july18 2010

A golden orange with decent carbonation feeding a thin film of head that leaves a couple patches of lace

S pretty hoppy with a good amount of yeast and a little tropical fruit

T not far from the smell but with a little more booze

M a little rough at first but gets smoother as it warms, just a little heat but just enough to warm you up

D overall a very nice beer, and for a 10% triple I could drink myself stupid with this one

Yet another thanks to hoser for a chance to taste this one, anyone who can should try this beer

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 03:10:49 | More by wordemupg
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 20:24:52 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-28-2013 06:57:33 | More by chippo33
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:24:31 | More by spinrsx
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 00:50:39 | More by tbeckett
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 04:10:03 | More by laituegonflable
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

07-24-2013 19:03:30 | More by tom10101
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 17:03:29 | More by bobsy
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 05:56:21 | More by andrenaline
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-10-2012 19:55:37 | More by oldp0rt
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a recent trade with papat444. thanks pat!

500ml bottle. sampled oct 3/2010.

pours crystal clear, a few shades past gold but not quite orange. the small very fine white head seems to last forever - i walked away for 15 minutes and there's still a decent cap on top. a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. belgian yeasty spice. light citrus and tropical fruit - orange, pineapple, bit of banana and mango. white bread. bit of cracker. lightly warming alcohol. slightly floral.

taste is good. sweet candied tropical fruit. orange, pineapple, mango, bit of banana. belgian yeasty spice. boozy warming alcohol. white bread and cracker. slightly floral.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body with a pretty dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. i love the candied fruit character in the taste, and the bit of sweetness, while not that common in a tripel is still welcome. my only complaint is that it's a bit boozy. knock it back to 8 or 9% and i think i'd be in love. a delightful tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 21:13:22 | More by grub
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La Buteuse from Le Trou Du Diable
90 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.