La Morsure - Le Trou Du Diable

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-02-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mondiale 2007. A good head and high bitterness, with a melange of hops Chinook, Kent, Goulding. The hop profile gave it some distinction, as well as significant yeast. Medium mouthfeel. most of all I need balance and I think that takes more skill, maybe I will try it again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty amber color ale with a big thick foamy head with excellent retention and loads of lacing. Aroma of floral earthy hops is quite enjoyable. Aromas of floral earthy hops with a nice solid dry caramel malt backbone and a very interesting bready yeast profile which distinguish this beer form the pack of IPA available out there. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very nice IPA though more floral based then bitter with excellent yeast strain used which provides a different experience them most IPA out there.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz snifter at Beer Revolution YEG, among a few new offerings from this brewery. If I recall from my extensive, if not particularly memorable French classes, 'morsure' means a bite, or a strong nip. Not a bad name for an IPA, I suppose.

This beer appears a somewhat hazy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of tightly foamy, loosely bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a nice limestone rockface pattern of lace around the glass as things slip away.

It smells of meaty citrus, earthy herbaceous, and wet pine needle hops, soft crackery caramel malt, and a mild twinge of metallic alcohol. The taste is rather bitter orange and tangerine, denuded of any fleshy fruitiness, still with a certain pithy meaty character, forest floor flora, crisp pale malt, a hint of grainy caramel, and a slight booze warming.

The carbonation is a bit tightly wound at first, but eases up a little at a time, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with just a wee metallic hop astringency. It finishes on the dry side, the hops really running the show now - bitter and green, all.

A bit of a one-sided IPA, as the malt is so damned timid, and that meaty essence in the fruit kind of tires my palate sooner than otherwise expected. I'm not sure that I would want mor (sic), should that be in the offering.

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. This beer is orangish and has a slight haze to it. Forms an off white head that leaves a lot of lacing behind, carbonation moderate.

The aroma is a combination of malt and hops. The hop aroma is a little like pine. Overall its a pretty weak aroma.

Beer is bitter and sweet. This is probably better classified as an English IPA. The malt is really forward in the profile. Beer has an aftertaste and drinks with a medium body. There is nice palate connectivity, the hops coat the mouth and the bitterness and the aftertaste grow as you drink this beer. Overall, its pretty good, drinkability if fine mouthfeel is good.

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian SpecTapular.

Nice orange/amber colour, with a filmy but solid enough white head that leaves some English ale style lacing. Lots of carbonation. Not bad.

Lots of butterscotch on the nose, with a weird cinnamon character coming through - some washed out hop notes that give a vaguely English twist to the aroma. Quite English in style overall. Eh.

Taste is also quite English - with notable sweet malts only partially alleviated by the straight vector of cleansing hops. Finish is clean at least, but it's certainly missing some intensity. Mouthfeel clear and smooth.

Eh, it's drinkable enough. I certainly feel it leans towards the English style than the American style -- and it's just not that interesting.

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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 have 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.

Photo of Viggo
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Mondial de la Biere 2007.

Pours a clear orange/amber, huge off white head, massive lace, good retention, looks pretty nice! Smell is sweet, caramel, decent malts, citrus and floral hop tea, light pine, not bad. Taste is sweet, piney caramel, bread, citrus and floral, hoppy clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not too bad, close to average but in the right direction.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

600ml bottle poured into tulip 22/11/13

A hazy golden yellow with lots of tiny particles being snow globed by steady streams of bubbles, massive three fingers of cream colored foam just sits there for ages leaving partial rings deep down the glass and ends up as a pencil top island

S peachy, mango, apricot, sweet orange, has a little pine and some caramel providing some balance, just a little herbal tea and orange sherbert

T a little lemon rind, not quite the fruit I was smelling on the nose, more caramel and some bread, still tastes solid but the nose has a little something on it

M medium bodied, somewhat creamy, mild bitter snap, a little grit, herbal hops and rind on the finish

O I rather liked this one, more of a hopped up pale ale but I could easily drink another, went down way to fast, my 600ml bottles gone at this point

I'm a little surprised this one doesn't get a little more love, some balance but the hops are still in charge, very drinkable, I thought it was well made and would drink it again no questions asked.

Photo of spinrsx
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

600ml bottle from March Omni QC for 7$ taxes in

Appearance - Clear golden/amber with an above average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, grassy notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit, lemon zest and some grassy/grainy notes. It ends with a malty slightly astringent dry hop aftertaste.

Overall – More of a lager with a dry hop aftertaste if that makes any sense. After having their APA the other night, I had high hopes for this.. but this one is a miss in my books. A boring beer that has an odd astringent aftertaste. Not worth my $7 and the first sub par beer I've had from this brewer.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Devil's Den.

Orange with a dense white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is green, fruity and floral hops with some honey and caramel. Citrus and tropical fruit character are present, this is nice stuff. Opening bitter with fresh, green hops, there's bitter grapefruit, citrus peel and some caramel. Drying on the finish with mild resin and green hop character, this is solid stuff. Carbonation is moderate, this is a little bigger in body than I like. Still, decent.

Photo of tbeckett
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 120114. From notes.

A - Golden pour with a mildly hazy body. Good carbonation. Fluffy two finger white head left great lace rings and retention.

S - Nice sweet fruits, biscuity malt, honey, some mild pine.

T - Sweet fruit again, more grain, really restrained. Quite sweet with a weird metallic and rotten fruit component. Not the most pleasant flavour.

M - Not that bitter but it's there. Good carbonation, medium to full body.

O/D - This didn't strike me as an IPA. The hop character didn't seem like much and it came off sorta lagery. Not sure what happened but it's simply not good enough for these guys, especially these days for an IPA.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly orange colour, gilded edges. Head is beautiful but sinks after a while, leaving some extremely pleasant lace behind. Clear body, very slow carbonation running up the glass. Pretty nice.

Good aroma. Lots of tangy, fruity, sherbet notes to those hops. Citrus and pineapple with rosewater, lychee, and nectar, pretty sweet overall with big vanilla and a hint of cherry as well. Maybe too sweet, but overall good.

Taste is also quite tangy but also very sweet. Lots of malt, with vanilla notes, hints of rosewater and pineapple sherbet. Doesn't quite have enough bitterness to clean up, although the bitter flavour is prominent at the back, woody and phenolic in essence. Definitely lacking balance, with the sweetness dominating until the very last gasp, and complexity is all over the place. I like my IPA profiles to go Sweet > Hoppy > Bitter and this just muddles around the three throughout the palate. If I were to choose one flavour I'd like to dominate it would be hops. In this case it's sweet, so am not hugely impressed.

Feel is decent, not a lot of body to it but it's OK.

Not too bad overall, a little sweet for my taste but it's drinkable.

Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Wvrst during the TDD takeover.

Beer is clear amber coloured. Small white head fades quickly. Some lace.

Nose is quite hoppy; grapefruit and a bit of soap.

Flavour is heavily grapefruit dominated. The light body of the beer makes it initially taste very thin and unimpressive, but it improves. Quite bitter.

Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Thin.

Overall, the thinness detracts, but not a bad flavour.

Photo of oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of kwjd
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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La Morsure from Le Trou Du Diable
84 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.