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La Morsure - Le Trou Du Diable

La MorsureLa Morsure

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8.8%


Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-02-2007)
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Reviews by FrostBlast:
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

600mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Straw yellow getting lightly on orange. Cloudy. Head is perfectly white, starts off a medium size, quickly falls back down, leaving some lacing. Typical American IPA looks.

SMELL : First nose is pine, citrus and some malt. Second nose releases some more complex fruit profile, mostly exotic - pineapple, some mango. Strawberries, also. Third nose really gets the malts going at it. Caramel. Sort of reminds me of what I smelled at Hill Farmstead (which is no small compliment). Very pleasing nose.

TASTE : Much smoother than what I'd expected. The aromas from the nose are all there but melted together and toned down. This leaves more room for the malts to express themselves, and they're not all caramel, there's a bright presence of pale malt as well. Very well balanced.

MOUTHFEEL : Good carbonation. Very round texture, but still has a sharp edge to it somehow. Almost creamy feel. Surprising.

OVERALL : Among the best Québec IPAs I've had. Up there with the Charlevoix single hop Vache Folle series.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 19:47:38 | More by FrostBlast
More User Reviews:
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

04-18-2014 03:42:57 | More by WillAndSarah
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(4.0) A: Hazy copper with a moderately tall and creamy stark white head.

(3.75) S: Orange, hints of pineapple, pine, sour elements including lemon, and a more crackery grain base. Pleasant in general with a nice crisp and tart bite.

(3.5) T: Grapefruit, orange, bit of pine, lemon-like, spices, and crackers. A bit of herbal or grassy element in this as well. Not heavily bitter with a pleasing moderate dryness.

(3.5) M: Thinner bodied with a mod-higher carbonation. Semi-creamy and slick.

(3.5) D: This is very drinkable with a lighter body and more tart-crisp fruits presented. Prefer a fuller and more robust body but the lighter feel does add to the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 00:53:16 | More by Digimaika2
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

La Morsure ("the bite") does indeed pack one, but you wouldn't suspect it from the looking at it; a glowing, clear (at first) golden-amber tone gives this beer a friendly and approachable appearance. Its head is unremitting and leaves an intricate, almost psychedelic pattern of lacing that could pass for an Alex Grey piece.

Most people assume they don't like hops or at least have to acquire the taste for them. In fairness, we are born with a natural distaste for bitterness. But all it usually takes is one uber-floral pale ale or super-citric West-Coast IPA to convince them otherwise - who doesn't love perfumy roses and tropical fruits after all!?

Of course, those are but two of the many faces of Humulus lupulus. Hops can also be spicy, earthy, herbal, piny, or citrusy. Whatever varieties were used in this recipe they've created an earthy 'forest floor' persona and crudely herbal qualities. There's no colourful fruits here - melons maybe, but mostly just browned tree needles, green onion, tea leaves, twigs, and resins.

La Morsure is not the beer for lovers of zestful exotic fruits - it's suited to those who like delicate, grassy Chinese green teas. I'm not surprised to find the palate full of dried stone fruits, cut plant stems, mowed lawn clippings, leafy spring greens, jasmine and peas. The maltiness adds a touch of toasted chestnut that adds to the fired ("Long Jing" or "Dragonwell") green tea profile.

It's silly to expect an exotic, tropical beer from Quebec - they don't call it 'La Belle Province' because of palm trees or sandy beaches. To repeat: all 77 of this beer's IBUs are green, not a single one lemon yellow, grapefruit ruby or orange. Provided you enjoy and are in the mood for that brand of weedy, earthy IPA, La Morsure is a good one. But know what you're getting.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 19:24:24 | More by biegaman
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

La Morsure IPA
Poured from large bomber bottle into tulip, clear bright gold in glass with a strong initial rocky head and a nice lacing and film on. Light in colour and attractive. 4

S – lemon, American yeast, cardamom, clean, with some pale malt aromas, bright citrus and florals. Still has some fermentation esters, fairly muted, but interesting. 3.75

T – lemony citrus with ripe berries, some sweetness, also a really pleasant floral character, then some robust graininess, there is some toffee-ness and the lack of strong caramel malt notes lends it a clean foundation for some nice citrus-floral hoppy characters to shine, also some pine needles as well. Get some spicy and floral characters, but the hops are not as prominent as in some examples. Its good, but not a hop bomb. Good balance and flavor though. 4.25

M – balanced, a light acidity and moderate carbonation that offers a refreshing, cleansing feel, dry on the finish. Good and appropriate, has some bitterness but lacking a really hoppy resiny feel. 3.75

An enjoyable IPA to be sure. Drinks a bit lighter than it is, which is maybe my only slight issue. A nice citrus and floral character with some yeasty aspects retained in it. Good balance and feel, pleasant dryness, a solid all round IPA that I would have again as a tasty quencher or session beer. Awesome label as well! 4.25

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 12:56:05 | More by mick303
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FiveByFive

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice light head - almost meringue-like.
Takes about a minute to settle, but leaves a nice lacing that stays.

Aroma is woodsy - not overly hoppy but still quite pleasant and familiar.

Mouthfeel is light, a bit weak, still leaves a slight bitterness.
Medium body, cloudy.

For a strong ale, it's very easy (maybe too easy?) to drink, but not overly memorable.
Definitely would make a very nice summer patio AIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:10:55 | More by FiveByFive
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

04-07-2014 22:54:23 | More by kwjd
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-06-2014 23:40:19 | More by hotsudge
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-06-2014 16:50:38 | More by evil_liver
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks quite good. Hazy gold, big soft head. Settles to a thin cap and leaves lots of lace along the way. Quite a handsome beer.

Fairly ordinary after that. Subdued fruitiness in the nose. Soft mouth feel with gentle bitterness and a hint of sourness. Pithy citrus, some wood. Easy enough to drink, but nothing really memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 23:37:31 | More by TerryW
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dipso123

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-03-2014 02:25:52 | More by dipso123
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-02-2014 03:23:33 | More by WeissBoy
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-02-2014 03:19:40 | More by DenisKolkin
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-29-2014 21:53:05 | More by Mattias
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-28-2014 22:06:31 | More by RedAleMan
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-28-2014 01:13:23 | More by andrenaline
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-22-2014 16:11:21 | More by Bf_89
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a couple fingers of white head. Spotty lacings.

Really nice aroma. Plenty of juicy tropical fruit, zesty grapefruit with sweet melon.

Starts off pretty slow with not much of anything coming to the fore. Eventually a bit of pine kicks in and that kind of sweet melon shows its face. Pleasant resinous bitterness in this finish.

Mouthfeel is a disappointment. Fairly thin, if quenching.

An easy drinker, but found myself wishing for a bit more back-up on the malt side of things.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 22:27:04 | More by CanuckRover
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craigdb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-07-2014 23:56:18 | More by craigdb
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bluetrevian

Florida

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-10-2014 23:17:54 | More by bluetrevian
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-01-2014 14:33:21 | More by yancot
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

12-19-2013 15:19:58 | More by Caudalie
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-07-2013 03:57:32 | More by IanSpindler
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

11-29-2013 06:52:39 | More by schopenhauerale
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a hazy, rich gold colour with over a finger of thick off-white head that leaves some heavy lacing.

Smell. Floral hops, toasty light grains, and a bit of citrus and cedar.

Taste. Citrus rinds, floral hops and crackery malts, and a bit of caramel and cedar.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice IPA that I would call in between an American and and an English.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 20:06:23 | More by Rutager
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La Morsure from Le Trou Du Diable
84 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.