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La Morsure - Le Trou Du Diable

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 18.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sammy on 06-02-2007

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle smuggled back from The Republic of Quebec, shared with Todd.
Fairly clear light yellow with a decent head. Bready lightly sweet maltiness with some earthy pine and citrus. Nice dry maltiness but could really use some more hopping imho.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice foamy head but not much carbonation visible. Smell is pretty neutral for an IPA doesn't smell the hops much. Doesn't taste too hoppy either, you taste mostly the malts. Don't get me wrong it's not a bad beer, but it's not an "in your face" IPA.

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Photo of Ferran
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Un concepte de IPA diferent a la majoria d'avui en dia.
Molt lleugera i equilibrat, amb un nas molt golós i elegant.
Té el punt just de sabor a llúpol.
- BlackLab (Barcelona) 28/06/15 -

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Veiled dark gold, almost amber color, with powerful activity. Thick creamy sparkly white 2 finger head, lasting around 20 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of sweet fruits and caramel, a little faint. Flavors of zesty citrus like orange and lemon, caramel, clove, pine, mint, herbal spices. Balanced sweet and sour taste. Grassy and slightly bready.

Medium body with perfect carbonation. Medium strength and long finish, ending with
a faint sweet zest and a bitter astringent but still pleasant spicy hoppy and piney tongue coat feel.

Overall a good craft having tasty complex flavors and great balance. The freshness is passable while the body is a little flat with a perceptible alcohol feel.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -4%

Serving: Bottle

Pours a clearish yellow-gold with three fingers of tight-bubbled beige head that takes forever to settle (to ). Great retention; lots of sticky lacing. (4.25)

Fruity hops. Lemo rind, biscuity malt, spicy-sweet phenols. (3.5)

Evenly bitter with good malt presence. Piney lemon water. (3.5)

Prickly and evenly dry with a malty-sweet finish. Good carbonation, light-medium body. (4)

Obviously a decent American IPA (hooray QC!), but I think that the bottle is pretty old.
It pours nice and maintains a really luxurious little cap of head the whole time. Both the nose and the taste were very muted-tasting to me. Almost like ghosts of what they once were. I won't know, for sure though till I get a fresh bottle (if possible).
As I had it, this was a decent, drinkable IPA by standards for QC (sorryboutit); however, if indeed it tastes like it tasted like it could when it is fresh, it is probably a much better beer than I have rated here ; )
Will have again (now I'm on a mission); worth seeking out. (3.75)

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Photo of tbeckett
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of FiveByFive
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

600 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for under $6 CDN. Excited to try this as I rather enjoyed the Weizenbock offered by this brewery featuring a former Prime Minister. Served well chilled into a glass.

Appearance - Clear golden /copper color with 3 fingers of dense white head. Sticky lacing left all around the glass. Head takes its time in diminishing to a small white cap. Attractive looking beer.

Smell - Hoppy aroma, with a middling amount of base malts. Some earthy aromas there too. I found this beer particularly challenging to identify what I was smelling.

Taste - Some rice pudding, molasses and earthiness mixed with mild bitterness in some sort of cauldron is what I noticed. Taste was a bit thinner than I expected as most beers maintain some sort of aftertaste, whereas this beer the flavor was there and then suddenly it was gone. the flavors were good, but if the lingered longer thsi score would have been higher.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with a light feel, Still a bit syrupy also the medium carbonation and dry finish burn through that.

Overall - Kind of strange for an IPA as there's a number of high point and low points with this beer. Wish the flavor was a little bolder (especially for an IPA) and the taste lingered longer, but there are pieces here to build a great beer. Still good enough that I wouldn't turn some down if offered, but probably won't repeat this purchase.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.14/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
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-

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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from oldp0rt

Hazy golden orange, one finger of white head, some lace as well. Smell is a mix of citrus and tioasty malts, orange and grapefruit, fairly hoppy nose with a biscuity malt backbone. Taste has a big hoppy bitterness, citrusy with a good deal of orange flavour, semi sweet toasted malt mid palate before finishing hoppy and fruity. Lightly carbonated, dry medium body. Very nice stuff here, very much a "Quebec Style" IPA and one of the more drinkable ones around, would certainly entertain this again.

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Photo of 4ster
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, amber, good head on an aggressive pour, bright white, bubbles, and decently sticks to the glass with some nice lace.

S: Grassy hops, bitter, citrus rind/pith, plus that soapy pale ale smell.

T: Light pale malt overall profile with a slight caramel sweetness, then really hits you with pine, grass, grapefruit bitterness, finishing with a sudsy bitter aftertaste....

M: Light body, fairly balanced, light-med carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: This is a very light APA, leaning much more to that of a pale ale (or even slightly lager-ish)... light on the malts, and I'm really just not a fan of that pale ale sudsy bitter flavour, which really stands out in this beer, which is why I tend to like IPA/DIPA's more than pale's, because the citrus/floral/pine hop flavours usually balance out this other quality, and this one is just too one sided with the bitter hop, and too light in the body. A pretty standard offering from TrouDuDiable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600mL bottle from Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau. Bottle design is all kinds of awesome, with a sort of ouroboros fighting a griffon motif (or as my wife put it, Slytherin fighting Gryffindor, which I think is way better).

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Clear light amber, good half inch of head that has good retention and some nice lace.

Nose is grapefruit pith, pine resin, orange peel and an assertive grain - reminds me a bit of rye.

Tasty IPA that is has a surprisingly mild malt backbone, but nice citrus and resin notes. The grapefruit is quite pronounced and lingers for a long finish. Resin and dried grain husk as well, with some cracker and caramel.

Mild bodied, soft but zippy carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

I enjoyed this one, as it was an interesting lighter take on the IPA style that did have some 'morsure' to it.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.5% ABV
The label looks like a art class drawing stuck onto the bottle. I tried this beer on June 3, 2011 at 'Bar Volo' in Toronto. Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy golden orange with a huge rocky light tan coloured head. The aroma was mainly citrus hops, with a hint of sweet malt and grass. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was very much grapefruit hops, with sweet malt in the background. A nice bitter finish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Yoonisaykul for this one. Shared some with my wife last night with out take-out pizza.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle bottled Feb. 2011 (the highlighter marking is actually past the 10 since the label doesn't have an 11).

Appearance: Massive foam that takes 3/4 of the glass. Not a big fan of that but that's the only knock as the retention is great with spider web-like lacing all over. The body is a burnt orange color and very hazy, kind of like light colored pulped apple cider.

Smell: Resiny, hoppy with orange and tangerine and some sugar to it.

Taste: Not too bitter to start off but a decent amount of hops with some sugar sweetness in the tail end. As it warms, it actually gets more bitter a bit with a staying power on the lips and lots of fleshy fruit.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is slightly high for my taste but it's an otherwise well-balanced body.

Overall: A solid IPA with a good hoppy profile that doesn't necessarily knock your teeth out. Get it fresh for sure. EDIT: I have to knock off half a point in the Overall category because the price is kind of high for an IPA.

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La Morsure from Le Trou Du Diable
84 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.