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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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92
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 52
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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 jrenihan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of unibroue4ever
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of kjyost
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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?

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/26/2011

Thanks!

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Photo of AgentZero
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Photo of GradyS1
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
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

Photo of ForkAndSpoonOp
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of HopBacchus
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of strangemusic
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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%.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.14/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of peensteen
4.77/5  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.

Photo of uno99
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Unfiltered light honey color with a creme white head. Good retention and correct lacing.

S: What a great nose! Of course this is very fruity. There are lemons, green apples, strawberries, orange. Eventually, the apple brandy (aka calvados) is very present. Strong scents of vanilla, light honey and white sugar. Some oak in there too. Light scent of spices: cinnamon and cloves. Some floral elements in the smell. Very complex, inviting and pleasant smell.

T: Wow, never thought the barrel aging would come off THAT strong in the taste. Very strong taste of calvados, vanilla, oak, pepper and leather. Good malty sweetnesses of light honey. Spices are stronger here: pepper (like mentioned before), cloves, coriander and cinnamon. Also, very fruity: lemons, green apples, strawberries and oranges.

M: Medium to light body with medium carbonation. As expected with strong belgian pale.

D: Dangerously drinkable at 10 ABV. Very complex, yet not intimidating, sweet, yet not cloying, dry, yet not too much. No alcohol in sight. If you don't watch yourself, you'll get drunk pretty fast.

Photo of markaberrant
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of QuestionableScum
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a deep dark hazy yellowy orange with some red and brown notes, and a thick creamy head. The colour is very distinctive but this looks great.

In terms of smell I get alot of bready yeasty notes, as well as alot of fruitness. The fruits range from tart apple and peach, through to pear and apricot. Also, I get some distinctive champagne/chardonnay notes in the nose. It also smells like the love child of a belgian beer, a champagne and a cider.

In terms of taste I initially get alot of bready sweet malts followed by an excellent earthy peppery spiciness. The brett and the general belgian funky notes in this beer are among the best I have tasted. The bready sweet malty flavour has some excellent fruity overtones that both include dark fruits like raisin, as well lighter fruits like tart apple, peach and apricot. There is a nice tartness that counters the bready sweetness of this beer, without constituting an entirely separate flavour. Also, there are some nice woody oaky notes that blend in with the earthy spiciness, that is part of the finish of this beer.

Mouthfeel is quite good as well. Fairly dry, and medium bodied with a nice coating feel without being overly sticky.

Drinkability is good all things considered, although this beer is definitely boozy. The alcohol is hidden fairly well, but this beer has a fairly significant warming effect.

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