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La Morsure - Le Trou Du Diable

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84
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

biegaman, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of mick303
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

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

mick303, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of FiveByFive
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

FiveByFive, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of kwjd
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

kwjd, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of hotsudge
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

hotsudge, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

evil_liver, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of TerryW
3.29/5  rDev -12%

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.

TerryW, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

dipso123, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

WeissBoy, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

DenisKolkin, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Mattias, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +7%

RedAleMan, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

andrenaline, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Bf_89, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of CanuckRover
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

CanuckRover, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of craigdb
4/5  rDev +7%

craigdb, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of bluetrevian
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

bluetrevian, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

yancot, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Caudalie
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Caudalie, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

IanSpindler, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

schopenhauerale, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Rutager, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

wordemupg, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

schnarr84, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Kmat10, Nov 16, 2013
La Morsure from Le Trou Du Diable
84 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.