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La Grivoise De Noel - Le Trou Du Diable

La Grivoise De NoelLa Grivoise De Noel

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BA SCORE
85
very good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.81%


Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: eat on 12-20-2009)
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by CliffBrake:
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Nov 2011. Thanks to BlogueDeBieres for the chance to try this one. Cheers!

Very pretty, bright, deep red amber color with a short-lived light tan head that leaves a slick of bubbles on the surface and a very light coating of lace on the glass.

Fruity esters on the nose - banana and a bit of spicy licorice along with some stone fruit and toast.

Malty and sweet flavor of brown bread, raisins, hard candy, and a touch of spice. Licorice, cardamon and a bit of black pepper all line up for attention. However, the spices are well integrated with the malt. This doesn't seem like a spiced beer so much as a unique whole creation of its own type.

Medium body that is not too heavy but just light enough to give the beer a sense of finesse. The carbonation seems a bit fizzy but perhaps contributes to the sense of lightness, keeping the palate from bogging down.

Overall this is a great sipper and amazingly pretty and lithesome for the abv and amount and variety of flavor it packs. After we have had summer weather the past few weeks, it is helping me deal with the arctic blast that decended on us today. Merry Christmas, whenever it is!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 01:12:09 | More by CliffBrake
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La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.