La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged) - Le Trou Du Diable
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Reviews by EnemyWithin:
4.03/5 rDev -4%
bottle into Duvel glass on Mar 30, 2012.
Clear copper body with 1’ white head has good retention. Good presentation even after 1+ years storage.
Notable sour funk with notes of tart candy, lemon. Also get faint caramel presence for malt and slight spiciness from yeast.
Initially, a mild slight lemon, tart funk is noticed. Then midway through get more presence of malt with caramel notes as well as pick up faint notes of brandy from the barrel. At this point, this is a sharp spiciness from the yeast that then fades away to linger on the palate. The beer now becomes much more tripel in taste. A very minimal bitterness of the hops detected, mixed in with a bit of more barnyard funk. Also, slight warmth in body from alcohol. Overall, complex, but the flavours are little rough around the edges IMO. Beer does soft a bit and come together more to significant improve as the beer warms.
Mild to moderate carbonation and thickness. More on astringent side from sour aspect and hops, with mild sweetness in contrast.
Second time having this beer, with me sitting on this bottle for nearly a year. Not sure if age really benefited this one. The sour presence is still quite mild; more aroma than taste, and the yeast aspect of the beer tends to dominate at times. Flavours are interesting, but not as good as I remember. Would be interest to try another fresh beer again to compare. Overall, soild offering, but unsure if I’d wouldn’t go out of my way to seek out again, esp with a price of $25+.
Consider to try.
05-26-2012 12:56:01 | More by EnemyWithin
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4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
Presented in a 750ml Burgundy-style bottle, with one hell of a flavour description, en francais, on the label. And it's always nice to see, that despite its seemingly dear price here in Alberta, that it's still half the going rate for the same in Quebec-adjacent Ontari-ari-o.
This beer pours a hazy, sediment-strewn, medium bronzed amber hue, with two Michelin Man fingers of puffy, fizzy, and eventually creamy beige head, which leaves a random, but solid plastering of ropy lace around the glass as it settles to a simple surface cap.
It smells of acidic apple juice, a sharp gritty woodiness, pithy pale orchard fruit, a mild crackery graininess, white pepper, and tart, funky yeast. The taste is softly bready pale grainy malt, oak staves, tart apple pie, fruity, slightly funky yeast, earthy, floral, and perfumed hops, and a strangely understated brandy booze warming.
The carbonation remains fairly strong, but in a buoying and frothy manner, the body a steady medium weight, and fairly fruity in its last chip shot approach at smoothness. It finishes surprisingly sweet, but duly moderated, of course, some sugary apple and pear esters rearing up against the inherent yeast tartness and crazily restrained alcohol edge.
I definitely got a fruit lambic sour impression at first toke of this heady barrel-aged offering, but that soon proved to be but one of the many components of this cornucopia of flavour. While definitely heavy on the tart, yeasty fruitiness, it is well balanced by the understated malt sweetness and wood, and in the end, the sour funk is but a side note in a much more complex experience. Try this if you get the chance.
11-17-2010 06:47:26 | More by biboergosum
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
$46 bottle plus t&t at Bar Volo, shared with Jason. Funky aroma, cuvee aromas. Hazy golden with a generus soapy head. Very lacey. Above average mouthfeel. A little seetness from the brett, otherwise various fruits from rich apple through apricot.You can almost taste some fruit skin. The alcohol is well hidden. Better as it warms, and starts to grow on you. Very unusual barreling, glad I had the Captain lawrence apple brandy barreling as well which helped develop the palate.
Had it again at Barhop 1.5 years later. Very good with apple right there, not as rich and perhaps not as aged, still great drinkability.
11-14-2010 19:37:14 | More by Sammy
4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
just plowed through several reviews on notes so that this beer could be my 400th official review
A - mostly clear golden orange, tall white head retained very well with consistent lacing
S - acidic apple and nectarine, tart with a strange yeasty odour, some floral odour
T - sour apple, peach, and pear fruitiness, floral and spicy hops, odd yeasty flavour, fresh cut grains, and mild alcohol
M - well carbonated, thin and sweet, finishing tart and dry with some lingering heat
O - a very unique and flavourful tripel with the alcohol deceptively integrated, although pricy it is a must try for any serious beer advocate
07-31-2011 05:29:55 | More by joemcgrath27
4.45/5 rDev +6%
750ml bottle, part of Trou Du Diable's first bottling run. Seems to have been a success, I hope to see many more bottles from this brewery.
Cloudy and a dull hay colour. A huge, thick off-white head recedes to a solid covering over the surface, sticking around until the end. Awesome lacing.
Nice, big funky smell with apples, candy and light floral hops. Really unique, there's a lot of stuff in there I can't describe.
Spicy, hard liquor of some kind (brandy I suppose), apple juice (the fresh-pressed kind), musty, sweet, bitter, lemony, astringent, a touch funky. So smooth at 10%; feels like it could be 6-7%. The alcohol is well incorporated. Very complex and yet well-balanced. Really interesting.
Sparkling carbonation with a medium body; seems to suit the beer well.
Easily one of my favorite Canadian brews and definitely one of the most unique. For the 10% ABV, this is crazily drinkable. Hope I get the chance to pick some more of this up sometime.
02-07-2010 07:29:51 | More by eat
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
From notes I forgot to put in a while ago. Thanks to orrshow for sharing this bottle.
Dark orange-brown in colour with a big rocky beige head. Body is hazy enough to be basically opaque.
Aromas of toffee, funk, fruit salad. Brett acidic sourness.
Very fruity flavoured, peach and melon sweetness. Brett tartness. Not strongly sour, but enough to be the most distinctly notable feature of the taste. Altogether smooth and subtley flavourful.
Medium to full body with almost no carbonation - not bad in the mouthfeel.
Quite pleasant overall. Plenty of flavour but nothing overbearing. A treat.
11-03-2010 02:57:26 | More by elricorico
British Columbia (Canada)
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with two fingers of thick white head that paints the side of the glass.
Smell. Apples and pears, some nice funk, apricots and honey with a little booze. Yum.
Taste. Tangy fruit and funk. Mainly apples and pears with a little strawberry and citrus fruits. Oak and brandy are present in the end. Alcohol is there, but not in a bad way.
Mouthfeel. Medium body with pretty high, lively and smooth carbonation. A little warm.
Overall. Pretty decadent tasting beer here. I like the funk and the complexity while still remaining somewhat light. A little bit boozy, but it works.
10-07-2011 00:07:17 | More by Rutager
4/5 rDev -4.8%
Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett is dominant with some balanced sweet malt also noticeable with light fruity ester. Taste is also a quite complex mix between some funky ester with dominant barnyard notes and a typical Belgium tripel malt base with balanced sweetness. Body is above average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done though I was expecting a more pronounced taste from the cider barrel aging process.
04-16-2010 02:34:44 | More by Phyl21ca
4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
Review from 7-17-12 incorrectly written in the regular version, when in fact I had the barrel aged version.
Bottle to CBS snifter. Bottle date of 10/11.
A - Cloudy medium orange colour with a big yellow glow. One finger of thick cream coloured head that reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.
S - Massive oak and quite a bit of funk up front that dominates the nose. The background offers lighter notes of bready malts, candy sugar and apple.
T - Big oak flavour up front with a lot of funk as the nose indicated. Some sweet bready malt flavours, candy sugar, lemon and light citrus notes add depth. Not getting the brandy at all.
M - Medium body with a really good chew. Light to moderate carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2012 20:23:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.88/5 rDev +16.2%
This beer is amber color with some red notes in it. A very nice color for a beer. I think the color suggest that it will be spicy. The head beautiful. Huge, thicky but disappear quickly. It is almost a perfect color beer. The aroma is complex. It is fruity and I get some sugar notes with the presence of apple brandy. The smell is so good, I have to give it a 5.
In the mouth, the beer is warm, fruity and I get the sugar too. I get also some floral notes. On the bottle it says there is some tobacco notes, I would guess it is the floral I get on the taste side.
The beer is full body and feels mellow in the mouth. This is an excellent beer for special occasion. The drinkability is excellent for a 10%ABV beer.
This brewery knows what it is doing. One of the best brew I had so far since I'm drinking craft beer.
04-10-2010 22:21:47 | More by ZorPrime
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
From a 750 ml brown bottle. Pours out an appealing opaquely hazed amber hue, spongy white head that quickly settles to a creamy cap.
Sharp tart acicic aroma of Bretts reigns supreme, with notes of wood and cidery apple in the background.
However the flavour holds far more balance than was anticipated from the aroma. Mild caramel malt with hints of toast up front, bittersweet spicy acidity from the yeast and Bretts reveals itself in a refined way throughout the middle, while finishing with wood and a slight hint of apple. The aftertaste is amazingly clean for the style. Low alcohol warmth throughout. It's like the funk and flavour of a classic Belgian Pale but dressed up in a double-breasted suit with shiny spats and a fresh haircut--refined!
Medium-full mouthfeel, smooth yet well-carbonated, especially on the finish.
A solid ale on its own, yet one of those rare instances where the sum is still greater than it's already fine parts. The barrel-aging, and the choice of an apple brandy lacing helps to not only add to the flavour profile, but also helps tone down the acidity of the yeast. Even now with the still somewhat clean aftertaste I have a beautiful non-invasive ghost of apple barrel to enjoy on my palate.
11-07-2010 04:01:05 | More by IronDjinn
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
Recently found my notes on this beer, written before the night slipped away from us.... big thanks to eat for providing this sought after bottle!
750 ml, pours a slightly cloudy golden, a hefty bone white head builds on the pour and slowly recedes to a thin layer, leaving spots of lacing.
Smell is delightful, fruity (apple, pear, oranges, apricots) mix with a light funky Brett, hint of wood and spicing.
Full flavored, a touch of the brandy comes out in the flavor that wasn't there in the nose. Light barnyard funk, slightly musty, apples and pears, a hint of citrus, oak, juicy yet a little tart, perhaps a touch more alcohol coming through than I would like but not distracting. Sparkly but not prickly carb, medium body, pretty drinkable except for the ABV heft. Reminds me a bit of Allagash's brews....
Top marks for this coming from a Canadian brewer. Perhaps a touch rougher than some of the more refined examples coming out of Belgium and the US but for a 1st go around this is a huge winner. Would love to get the chance at this one again, if I were to see it I would certainly grab a few. Highly recommended. Thanks Colin!
04-21-2010 03:07:03 | More by ritzkiss
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
Finally get around to reviewing this.
Poured from an undated 750ml. bottle and shared with my wife.
Appearance: Fuzzy peach color, very hazy and the color is lightly reflected in the huge head. It's not too big though and clings pretty good though would have expected more retention.
Smell: Fresh apples, peaches, apple peelings, brandy peeking through and a light wood aroma.
Taste: Apple brandy brings out a semi-sweet fruit flavor and mixed with the Tripel base, it's pretty darn good. Dried apricots, mild vanilla, bit peppery and a cascade of flavors.
Mouthfeel: Starts sweet-tart but comfortable, lingers just a tad before finishing dry.
Overall: Nice to have a world-class beer locally (though it is hard to come by). A bit pricey but worth it.
07-21-2012 14:13:59 | More by papat444
4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottle from wordemupg, quite some time ago. Finally got around to cracking this one. 750ml bottle conditioned into an oversized snifter. Dates are listed on the side of the bottle, but nothing is ticked off. Regardless, I believe this is from 2010.
Poured a hazy orange brown, with nice white head of a finger or two. Head has some moderate density and great retention. Nose has some typical tripel fruity esters, oranges are prominent but at times almost resemble something 'cleaner-like' (Orange-Glo?). Some sour green apple, funk and spicing. Gentle, subtle and complex throughout. Taste is funky, with similar citrus notes. Green apple, a touch phenolic. Some lime and a hint to this 'cleaner' note again. Lightly oxidised, but the carbonation is perfect - certainly encouraging of larger sips than should be taken for this ABV. Quite a nice beer, and I'm not put off by the cleaner notes I was getting. Maybe should've had this a bit fresher.
10-29-2011 15:54:41 | More by liamt07
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
A: Deep copper, great clarity, swirling globs of sediment. Volcanic carbonation.
S: Lots of 'damp' brett character, buttery apple crisp, some herbal qualities. This smells amazing.
T: Phenolic spiciness leads the charge, with some booze-soaked pear/overripe apple fruitiness. The brett has really taken over after a few years in the bottle. A bit one-dimensional but otherwise good.
M: Boldly thick, I'd prefer this beer were a little drier.
A big complex beer that has improved with age. The sweetness became a bit overwhelming.
08-07-2012 00:13:19 | More by mattsander
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
Brother and I Trudged all the way to Volo from BeerBistro in a head wind snowstorm, wearing slippery leather soled shoes to try this one.
A: It's pretty dark in Volo, but the head seemed nice and lacing was quite pretty.
S: The kind of beer that makes your face go :O and a really gay sound comes out of it when you take a whiff. This is incredibly unique and well crafted. There definitely needs to be more Brett infected triples out there.
T: This was everything the nose was and more. Buttery (in a good way) Oak, toasty malt, perfect balance with the brett character.
M: A real winner here as well. Medium bodied, not sticky
D: Well I sure could drink a lot of this if I were a wealthy man. I understand this is probably a labour intensive beer, and the laws of supply and demand come into play as well, but should I really have to pay $55 with tax and tip for a single bottle of beer?
Anyhow - this is great - try it if you can find it.
01-15-2011 04:20:00 | More by uno99
La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged) from Le Trou Du Diable
92 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.