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

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La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 106
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 60
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rfgetz on 07-27-2009

Apple Brandy barrel-aged version of Buteuse. Available only in 750ml bottles.
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Photo of jrallen34
3.14/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another Alex mystery beer, thanks dude! Bottle poured into a tulip...A great looking beer, then its down hill from there. A dark honey gold body that is coyly see through. A huge off white head that rises about four fingers, great retention and lacing... The aroma is very herbal, lemongrass, spice, really fresh orange zest, medicinal. Some components are individually nice, but together just doesn't work for me...As little as the aroma worked, taste was even less successful. Alex kept saying perfume and that's dead on. I felt like I was drinking an organic bottle of perfume, more medicine and spices, lest of the great orange zest. A hint of brett peaks through. Lemony brett throughout...Mouthfeel was very pleasant. I drank very little of this.

Another awesome tick but not something I would have again.

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Photo of HopBacchus
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep honey with lots of frothy head, great retention and lacing, slightly murky difficult to see through.

There is a faint trace of malt and cognac in the nose followed by medicinal herbs. Does not posses the belgian citrus I was expecting.

Tasted a bit like an organic tonic. Herbs and spices overpower the palate in a less than pleasing fashion. Subdued malty sweetness that finishes with a spirity cognac flavor, not particularly enjoyable.

Effervescent and bubbly think champagne.

Overall this beer was a big let down. I was extremely excited to try this beer as it was my first brew with wild yeast. I admire what they are attempting to do but I think in the end it turned out to be too much. Tripels are complicated to begin with when you add wild yeast and cognac barrel aging...

Not the experience I was hoping for but if you see it and you'd like a real challenge pick up a bottle.

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Photo of Dope
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy reddish-gold. Big fluffy off-white head. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. Little fluffs of lacing here and there but nothing substantial.

S: Strong fruity aroma. Apples mainly. Pear maybe? Some other fruits I can't quite identify. Very floral aroma. Big and sweet. Can almost smell pure sugar.

T: Apples and pears up front with some oak. Quite sweet. Maybe even some peach? Turns into a yeasty bread in the middle with some earthiness and black pepper. Get some old wet hay into the finish. Tart, funky and bitter - gets even stronger into the aftertaste. A little lingering, drying oak in the aftertaste too with some more black pepper.

M: Heavy and thick.

O: Meh. Tough to score. It has promise up front with the sweet fruity flavors and overall complexity but finishes like decaying grass which is unpleasant to say the least. I drain poured it, bleh.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cool looking bottle. Shared by Alex.

A - Orangish yellow beer with a frothy head that rose up pretty high. Good retention and some nice lace.

S - Not really sure what to make of this. Some phenolic yeast, stone fruits, herbal notes, grass, and orange peel. The phenol/yest combination and herbal notes meld to make me think of chemicals or medicine, which isn't the best combination. I don't get tons of apple brandy on it, just a little.

T - Taste is about in line with the nose, although medicine seems more like just cough syrup now. On the plus it has a lot going for it, but there is just a few off flavors in there that detract. Somewhat sweet and herbal, with some decent barrel.

M - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, no complaints here.

O - I wasn't a big fan, I expect my tripels sweeter with less floral notes. It was nicely complex, but it wasn't a combination that really worked for me.

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Photo of GradyS1
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought this on back from a trip to Vancouver, poured into La Chouffe tulip. Great pour and the aroma that comes off both the glass and the bottle are amazing. Pours a deep hazy golden orange. Nice two finger straw colored head. You get large smells of the apple brandy, some barnyard funk, this one is a little hot some booze but not overwhelming. Not really liking the taste, after great anticipation because of the smell, apple brandy but almost to boozy, brett and alcohol are trying to compete against each other, brett has started to overpower the barrels which throws off the taste. Lots of Brett on the taste. Light to medium bodied, creamy finish, not a bad mouth feel

Overall, great smell and look but the taste could not back these characteristics up. I really did not like the taste, did not hate it either, average. I still enjoyed this though

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Photo of deereless
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A serious head on a hard pour, sea foam froth with patches that cling to the sides of the glass, large champagne-like bubbles, light copper color - 4.50, S: Tartness on the nose that reminds me of an cider, some powdery yeast and a touch on the side of funky, slightly floral, hint of alcohol on the nose - 4.25, T: Wild yeast almost certainly has played a large role in the flavor profile, brandy flavors and oak are also apparent, crisp and refreshing, grapefruit flavors - 3.50, M: Clean finish - 3.75, D: In the interest of full disclosure - I'm not a huge fan of Brett beers and Brett seems to rule this beer but it is certainly refreshing and one of the better wild ales I've tasted - 3.50

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Shane.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a big white head.

S: There's a bit of booze that is detectable right away. Oak, apple, and brandy aromas are quite pungent as are the floral and citrus notes. A light funkiness, mostly cheesy, with a touch of vanilla and pear.

T: The cheese is still there on the palate. The oak and apple brandy come through strongly, as do the vanilla and citrus peel notes. Still very floral with a light booziness to go with the sweet malts.

M: Medium bodied with a rather high level of carbonation.

O: A really interesting beer. A touch boozy (mostly on the nose), but nice overall.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Vermont Brewfest. On-tap but maybe via bottle.

A-Hazy orange. Even the sample pour had some head to it.

S-Didn't even know it was a Tripel, had to look at my guide. Then I realized this was the barrel aged version. Made more sense afterwards. It's like the apple brandy barrel swept over the more aggressive aspects of the Tripel and soaked them in sweetness and mellowed them out a bit. It also added some light funk. Sweet barrel and apple with a perfumey aspect.

T-Interesting to say the least. Sweet brandy mixes with the maltiness of the beer. Funky yeast flavor. Sweet flowers. Booze soaked bread. Light wood. Pears and apples.

M-Creamy. A bit sticky. Some alcohol heat. Soft carbonation.

O-A treat. This one didn't stand out all too much at the time but thinking back on it now I kinda wished I was more ready to indulge in this beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4



A: Hazy dark orange with a creamy white head.

S: Strong apple brandy with perfumy floral notes. Sugary bread builds a strong foundation. There's a decided cheese note.

T: Sweet bread with a sugary profile and prominent apple brandy notes. Booze is evident. Notes of apple and pear. The beer is moderately sweet.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A unique and enjoyable beer. I fear we drank it slightly too warm, though.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dyan for tracking this one down. Served in a wine glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving sheets of lace. The body is a semi-transparent peach color.

S - Vanilla, spicy esters and perfume, oak, stone fruits, faint apple brandy, and some slightly salty yeast character. Alcohol peaks through when it reaches room temperature. I didn't realize this had brett in it, but it did have an Orval-like sort of mustiness to it.

T - The taste is more smoothed out, with less independent flavor elements as the aroma. Belgian yeast, spicy esters, floral perfume notes, oak, lemony brett. Not much overt apple brandy - I might have missed it if it weren't mentioned on the label. Alcohol is better hidden here.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, no booze or heat, finishes dry and tannic and slightly sticky at the same time.

D - I liked this more than my friends, and probably drank the lion's share of the bottle. The unique and fairly deep flavor profile was a nice sort of puzzle to worth through, especially after some mono-dimensional beers (Cisco Kriek, Cedar Zhukov, etc.). If it weren't so pricey I'd have this one again.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into Duvel glass on Mar 30, 2012.

Appearance: 4.5
Clear copper body with 1’ white head has good retention. Good presentation even after 1+ years storage.

Smell: 4
Notable sour funk with notes of tart candy, lemon. Also get faint caramel presence for malt and slight spiciness from yeast.

Taste: 4
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.

Mouthfeel: 4
Mild to moderate carbonation and thickness. More on astringent side from sour aspect and hops, with mild sweetness in contrast.

Overall: 4
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.

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Photo of mattsander
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eulogy

A: Cloudy, Light caraml. Puff of white, frothy head. (looks like a belgian!)

S: Light apple, brandy, wood, vanilla and sweet fruit. Defnite Brett yeasts add a little "funk".

T: The Spécial is aged in oak barrels that previously contained apple brandy, giving it a faint apple cider taste, but not too sweet. Not a lot of wood or brandy charachteristics, but they are there. Brett yeasts add some "funk" which is the backbone.

M: Smooth, light, crisp, refreshing.

D: Excellent... the apple brandy barrel complexity with the smooth, light, crisp. refreshing finnish and the wonderful "funky" Brett yeasts make this excellent.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to try this courtesy of Alex (masterski), who has a wonderful knack for providing good yet obscure things. This poured a golden color, orange hued, with a lightly hazed body and a billowing foam.

The aroma is complicated and not easily described. Here goes, spicy in a way than hints at aged hops as well as actual spice, maybe coriander or lemongrass, with an authentically Belgian feel to it. Maybe a little honey too, not in that it smells like honey but more from the floral sweetness that honey provides. A touch of cough syrup but thankfully very light, outside of that this smelled very nice and complex.

All of this presents in the flavor, lots of good things and very solid tasting in the end. I didn't get any apple brandy, although this was aged in apple brandy barrels? Maybe some apples though, a nice tart character along with aged hops and honey that I think better define this beer.

Full bodied, tasty, and complex. Not much more you could ask for from a BSPA, I liked it a lot.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serious thanks for sharing the pricey rarity, Nathan.

Pouring a beautiful, clear amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention, this is a gorgeous beer. The nose is just as attractive. The blend of a mildly sweet tripel base (one that I don't typically care for) and the apple brandy with just the hint of funk and tartness is excellent. Deep and complex, there's some brandy, pomace, a little caramel, ripe apples (red delicious, maybe?) and vanilla. The palate is similar, though the sweetness is expressed a little more (and drinking it right after a Doesjel didn't help either). Some caramel and toffee is noticeable, but the sweetness does have quite a bit of apple flavor as well. Some vanilla and oak are present. A mild tartness is present, with the flavor profile that you'd expect from a moderately Bretted beer. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this feels great on the palate, and I thoroughly enjoyed my pour. It's such a pity this stuff is $30 a bottle, 'cos I'd love to drink this more often. Highly recommended.

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Photo of strangemusic
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Trou du Diable night at Volo!

The beer pours a nice golden orange colour with a floaty, bubbly head (not too dense.) Good evident carbonation.

The aroma is very fresh and interesting, and has elements that compliment each other quite well! Honey, ginger-like spice, green apple, earth, and yeasty funk. It tickles the nose a bit.

The taste has a lot of bright qualities. Orange zest, crisp apple, honey, ginger, earthy spiciness, and then a smoother oaky, vanilla-influenced finish that balances out the brightness. Yummmm.

The beer starts out with a dry, effervescent quality and then becomes buttery smooth and sippable. I only had a little sampling glass of it, but it was nicely drinkable for 10%.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, big thanks to eat for sharing this one.

Pours a lightly hazed amber, some golden highlights, thick white head forms, settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is neat, apples and caramel, very fruity, apricots, alcohol, pears, tobacco and vanilla, lightly spicy and funky, some wood, sugars, honey, touch of brett, real neat.

Taste is similar, pretty intense flavour, hay, apples, alcohol, pears, spice, some oak and vanilla, brandy, lots of fruity character, apricots, light funkiness, very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. This was pretty great stuff, lots of layers. Thanks Colin!

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Photo of elricorico
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one at my local shop and I forced myself to get a bottle even though it was so expensive. The beer poured out as a darker than expected color. The beer looked more like a blend of a dubbel and Tripel. The head was pretty good leaving a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer had a good amount of spice to it, along with some aged wood, and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer had a bit of tart funk to it which got better as it warmed. The spices and the barrel aging went well together creating something unlike any other Tripel I've had before. The mouthfeel was a little bubbly but pretty smooth. Overall this beer was good but very expensive. I can't say whether it was worth that price or not, but I know that I probably wouldn't spend that much again for it.

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La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged) from Le Trou Du Diable
92 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.