1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged) - Le Trou Du Diable

Not Rated.
La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

82 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 49
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Apple Brandy barrel-aged version of Buteuse. Available only in 750ml bottles.

(Beer added by: rfgetz on 07-27-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of andrewdanks
5/5  rDev +19%

andrewdanks, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of unibroue4ever
5/5  rDev +19%

unibroue4ever, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of fortierv
5/5  rDev +19%

fortierv, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of oldp0rt
5/5  rDev +19%

oldp0rt, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of ZorPrime
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

ZorPrime, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of peensteen
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange colour with a thick 3/4" white head, lacing is almost immediate. The head lasted the entire time. Looks close to perfect. The nose is insanely complex I got lots of yeast, apple, brett, citrus, bread, earthy notes as it warmed vanilla and caramel showed up. Also faint notes of alcohol are there. The taste is as complex as the nose. Big apple is present, oak, fresh bread, yeast, brandy with a nice candy apple sweetness. Nice mouthfeel, full but not overpowering. Very, very drinkable but with its price tag this may be my only shot at it. Outstanding.

peensteen, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of FilumDee
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

FilumDee, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of SFLpunk
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much love to Freud for bringing this down for me. He said he bought it 01/2010. Stickered at $18.49.

750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. No date marked.

Appearance: Pours a murky amber with some bone white tight head.

Nose: I could smells Brett the second I poured it and it's all over the nose somethin fierce. Green apple and toffee, egg-washed bread rolls, Grand Marnier (props to sleepnbballrlife for that note), herbal digestif. Complexity level is off the charts. Started out as dominated by Brett and now it's all about fruits and herbs.

Palate: Crisp and lively carbonation. The green apple thing is dominant, followed by charred wood, braised herbs, plum (props), a little prickle of alcohol. The finish is all about lifted notes: high notes of apples, some piney saaz-like hops and that alcohol just lift everything up to an ethereal high point of awesomeness.

Notes: THE most complex beer I've had from Canada, bar none! This is an absolute delight to drink. The barrel aging has added complexity, not white-washed it. All too often barrels just tromp the nature of a beer, but this seems to be a case where it's much better for it (although, to be fair, I haven't had the regular release).

SFLpunk, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

JonnyBeers, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rutager, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, batch #1. Amber color with white head. Fruity nose, something punchy; a bit woody; a little citrus like grapefruit; a bit of spice, cinnamon mostly and a bit of alcohol. Fizzy carbonation but it fades quickly and provides full mouth feel. Taste is spice, sour oakbarrel but with a nice bitter finish that provides excellent balance. The alcohol is quite present, warming but not unpleasant. Pricey but definetely worth at least a try.

Luk13, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of jrenihan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has month and year numbers on the label, but nothing ticked off. I picked this up only a couple of months ago, but I expect it is from 2010, as that is the latest year available to be ticked. Who knows.

Pours a nice golden orange colour. Reminds me of marmalade or caramel. A large off-white head bubbles and dissipates at a moderate pace.

At first, it smells like a good but standard tripel- light fruits (peach and apple stand out), Belgian yeast, caramel and bready malts, honey. Also a little bit of funk along with the yeast. Then the barrel effect starts becoming noticeable- very nice undertones of brandy, booze, spices, vanilla and oak intermingle with the tripel. Really good.

The barrel flavours are more immediate in the taste. Vanilla, brandy, apple. Beer has some booze flavours, as well as some spice (pepper in particular). The peach and other light fruit flavours are present, and backed up by the caramel malt. The whole thing is very well integrated and incredibly well-tamed. The alcohol heat is almost zero, despite the strength.

Beer is very smooth, velvety. Carbonation is present but incredibly restained- micro bubbles that give life to the beer but do not interfere with taste or irritate.

Overall? Excellent. A tremendously good tripel. The barrel effect is fantastic- interesting, well-integrated and tasty. Great stuff!

jrenihan, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Kmat10
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
Photo of strang
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

strang, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Corson
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Corson, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of yancot
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

yancot, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

canucklehead, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Jayship
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Jayship, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of tom10101
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

tom10101, May 19, 2013
Photo of markaberrant
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy, light orange, whispy white head persists, effervescent,

S - funky, soft fruitiness, doughy, peaches, pears, light spice, smells pretty interesting

T - dry, light wood, but very fruity, tons of ripe peach/pear/apple throughout, funky barnyard, earthy, spicy, not sour or tart, but has some acidity to it, aftertaste is funky, dry earth

M - well carbonated, the beer is dry and easy to drink, but there is a sensation of full body in the mouth, carries the flavours very nicely, very smooth, alcohol is amazingly well hidden

D - just about perfect execution on a very complex beer, most impressive

There is a lot going on here. Many times, I find "complicated" beers don't always have a high success rate, but this one pulls it off. You get a little bit of everything, but not all at once, it is not muddled, you can enjoy different nuances with each sip. It is dry, but not bone dry like some beers (RR Damnation, Duvel), which brings out the fruitiness that much more. The apple brandy barrel aging adds complexity to the fruitiness and the wood adds to the dry finish.

Definitely one of the most interesting and complex beers I have ever sampled.

Thanks to Hoser for the recommendation and making this beer available, glad I picked up a case!

markaberrant, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in trade from papat444 in July, 2010. Thanks! Popped open to celebrate the birth of my third child.

A: Copper and clear with a nice white head and cap that retains very well, although little lacing is apparent
S: Apple juice, pepper, light caramel, some sort of funky aroma joins the party over time.
T: Pepper is the dominant player with a sweetness from the apple. Very, very nice, although the apple dominates at times. Finishes very dry and peppery. Some sort of barnyard flavours are playing in the background too.
M: Dry, no discernible alcohol character.
O: Deliciousness... How can I get me another bottle of this?

kjyost, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of eat
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

eat, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. Thanks, Tony, for sharing this obscure treasure.

A: Clear medium amber body with a finger of soft, pillowy off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: Rich + vinous, with caramel malt, apple, grape-skin, grapes, oak, and vanilla. Excellent.

T: Starts out oaky and vinous, then opens up with toffee sweetness, vanilla, and more oak. Rich and delicious.

M: Hugely lively, with tons of roiling carbonation filling out the medium body. Fun.

O: This was just a delicious beer, plain and simple. The wine barrel was a perfect compliment to the malty base Tripel, as the vinous components went great with the apple esters and the vanilla oakiness blended beautifully with the caramel malt. Fantastic stuff.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of ForkAndSpoonOp
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my dearest friends got married this weekend. She's the manager of a wine bar, and her new hubby is from Chile, so they both know a thing or two about the good stuff. I wanted to break out something special for their post-reception, post-brunch barbecue today, so I pulled this bottle out of my meager cellar and shared it with the couple and her parents, who have always been as good to me as my own.

No brandy snifters available out by the pool, so we used wine glasses. Poured a stunning golden orange with a huge, fluffy white head that refused to dissipate. One of the nicest looking beers I've seen.

The smell has a huge amount of gingery spices and green fruits. A little bit of vanilla. The apple brandy comes through clearly from the aging. The brett gives it the faintest twang.

Fancy fancy. Got a lot of the Calvados in the flavor, along with the barrels themselves. Slightly bready malts and that tiny bit of funk. Something seems slightly buttery, maybe? The alcohol is warming, but not unpleasant; this could cause problems if you're not paying attention to the ABV.

Nice, full body without being heavy on a hot, humid day wearing jeans by the grill. Carbonation seems medium-light, but the bubbles just keep on coming somehow. Very nice.

Overall, a fine beer that pleased the wine snobs and the beer snobs equally. Worth the price to have shared with special people on a special day.

ForkAndSpoonOp, May 30, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged) from Le Trou Du Diable
93 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.