La Buteuse - Le Trou Du Diable

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 135
rAvg: 4
pDev: 5.75%
Wants: 17
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this at the Trou Du Diable event at Wvrst in Toronto.

Beer is amber in colour, with a white head. Good retention.

Smell consist of sweet malt, comes across as quite creamy. Light fruit scents are present but I cannot pick out particular fruits. Very nice.

Taste consists of fairly sweet malt, a creamy flavour that works well. some yeast. Light fruit that is somewhat subdued- the flavour is present but is mixed in well with everything, does not standout on its own. Nice flavour.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, a very nice tripel, particularly for North America. Not as good as the barrel aged version, but very good. (661 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

***2010 Vintage***

Had this last night while watching Game 3 of the Habs-Bruins series. Shared a little with my wife.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle.

Appearance: Easily 4 fingers worth of white foam that refuses to budge. Very slowly recedes with incredible lacing and a patchwork of fluffiness. Body is a nice honey color.

Smell: Estery, fruit, banana with a slight touch of honey. Quite aromatic.

Taste: A nice spicy bite at the start with a hint of cloves. Banana with some tropical fruit. At room temp, some orange is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A solid, strong body yet quite mellow. Carbonation is active but doesn't hurt the palate. Some underlying bitterness is also present.

Overall: A very nice tripel. Not expansive but pleasing nonetheless. Worth getting for sure. (776 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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 Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
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 flipper2gv
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden colored beer, fully translucent. THe head is HUGE, tan colored, creamy looking with a good retention. Lacing is good too.

S: Very powerful smell. Very strong yeast smells: apple, pears, orange juice, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, saffron. Then, there is a solid malt base that gives smells of: white bread, honey, brown sugar. Definitively orange zest in this as well as some light funk.

T: Goes right with the smell. Green apples, pears, orange juice, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, saffron are all there. Again with the malts: white bread, honey and brown sugar. Orange zest is there for sure as well as the funkyness. This beer has also more bittering hops than anticipated at first with the smell and also by considering the style. Quite dry at the end even with the good amount of residual sugars. It must be from the yeast that also gives the funk in the taste (somewhat similar to orval).

M: Medium to heavy body with medium to low carbonation. It is also quite sticky. Really not the appropriate mouthfeel for a tripel, it should have been a bit lighter with more carbonation being totally mandatory.

O: This is a good beer. The saffron is quite strong in this beer and I could easily see this putting off people. Personally, I quite liked it and thought it made for a quite different tripel than what I'm used to. It's a good thing considering how tripels are really similar one to another. Mouthfeel killed it a bit for me. It's very similar to its barrel aged version (minus the apple brandy tastes) and worth to try (considering it's about the third of the price of the barrel aged version). (1,617 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange, tight sticky white head, nice lace spots showing up, dark/grainy in areas. Smells of yeast, floral hop, spice, a little alcohol and bready notes come through. Taste is yeasty, Spice, banana, floroal hop, big malty presence, citrus is really present as well especially in the finish. Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, medium carbonation that pushes it along well. Very drinkable Tripel the ABV is undetectable and makes it slightly dangerous. (463 characters)

Photo of grub
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev 0%
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 laituegonflable
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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 lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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 (580 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev 0%
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 weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev 0%
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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Goldorak
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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)

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La Buteuse from Le Trou Du Diable
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