La Grivoise De Noel - Le Trou Du Diable
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3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
Le Trou Du Diable event at Volo. A very decent X-mas beer. Yeasty with Above average mouthfeel of cardomon, ginger, corriander and spruce. Fragrance wafts of spruce and pine. Decent for the style.Decent drinkability.A little head on cocoa coloured body.
02-20-2011 20:14:45 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
Label on my bottle says 7.5ABV. DOn't know why there are no notches on any of the date markers.
A- Like a great looking light coca-cola. Almost-beige head.
S- Smells good. Alcohol. Hard to tell what it smells like a part from... spicy.
T- Cinnamon, alcohol and some other crazy spices I can't figure out. Reminds me of a less bitter chinotto. Alcohol is a major component.
M- High carbonation. Smooth and creamy if you swish it around. Pretty dry.
D- Good but I don't like brio or chinotto so the bitterness kind of wears me out.
Very good Christmas beer. I'd buy it again... if it was Christmas.
02-19-2011 05:23:44 | More by Yoonisaykul
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
The label (a very nice one, I might add) lists the style as Extra Strong-Ale. No production date but it must be recent. Translated description: "Inspired by Christmas beers, this beer, refermented in the bottle, possesses a very complex but always agreeable taste thanks to it's little spiced-candy side."
Great cloudy, copper coloured beer with a frothy off-white head, receding to a solid layer across the surface which sticks around until it's all gone. Almost no lacing.
Crackers, candy, apple cider, wheat, yeast, light Belgian spices. Very nice. I originally gave it a 4 but the smell really opened up as it warmed.
It tastes like it could be a legitimate Belgian ale (as in...brewed in Belgium). Complex and warming, this is definitely a great winter beer. The taste is a bit acidic with quite a lot of warming alcohol (to be expected at 9.5%), though not an overpowering amount. Wheat, candy and a nice spice mix. The finish is dry and bitter.
Awesome feel, I noticed right as it entered my mouth. Creamy medium body with a sparkling moderate carbonation which pairs well with the flavour.
Quebec is known for their true-to-style Belgians and Le Trou du Diable ranks right at the top along with Unibroue and Dieu du Ciel. This isn't the most conventionally drinkable beer, but it isn't supposed to be. This is a sipper meant to be enjoyed by a fire on a cold winter's night and consumed as such is extremely drinkable. I would definitely buy this again and highly recommend checking out this or any of their other beers. I can't wait until they start bottling regularly.
12-20-2009 04:50:52 | More by eat
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fruity ester is very enticing with some nice Belgian caramel malt. Taste of sweet Belgian malt with candy-like ester is very nice though a bit subdued for the style. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation and no alcohol was perceptible. The aroma is close to perfect on this one though taste could be sweeter and more full.
01-30-2010 03:55:04 | More by Phyl21ca
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
A: Clear,amber/red color. No head at all, and no lacing too.
S: Cinnamon, spices (some cloves?)... a typical belgian aroma with the presence of some yeast. Medium intensity.
T: Still some spicy cinnamon in the taste similar to spicy candy. Light bitterness.
M: Warmth from the alcohol.
D: A nice sipper that does down smoothly. Definitely to go get some more.
01-01-2010 16:09:45 | More by ZorPrime
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of candi sugars are present in the nose along with hints of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has some notes of earthy yeast and hints spices. The candi sugars lend bits of sweetness, but these are balanced off in the finish by the spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have as much complexity as some of the other beers in the style and doesn't have any aromas or flavors of dark fruits.
05-30-2014 02:16:14 | More by metter98
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
500ml as an extra from Pier-Luc, an excellent extra! Recently won a silver at the World Beer Cup in the Belgian Strong Dark category so it's certainly no Belgian Strong Pale as is indicated in BA's style...
Pours a rich, dark, cloudy, coppery brown with 2 fingers of head that fizz up on the pour but quickly recede to a thin layer on top.
Initially I pick up a fair bit of spicing on the nose, followed by some wheat, biscuits, raisins, a hint of herbal hopping.
A pretty balanced beer, perhaps a little on the sweet side. Initially the spicing and malts hit you, caramel, bready, allspice, cloves, anise, touch of vanilla. A bit of wheat presence followed by a minerally, earthy twang, sweetness running through with bit of cherry in it, finished by a nice dry 'pinch' and a touch of candy-sugar residual sweetness. Slightly thin body for the style and the ABV, just a light alcohol presence in the finish, well hidden. Carb is a little too aggressive, comes across as prickly and a touch bloating.
A pretty tasty beer that adds to this brewery's reputation. Perhaps a little better than this rating suggests, I just couldn't quite pull the trigger on the 4.5 for the taste. After having La Buteuse Brassin Special, it is great to see another Canadian brewery stepping up and delivering quality craftsmanship. Certainly worth checking out.
04-21-2010 02:54:04 | More by ritzkiss
2.78/5 rDev -26.6%
From a 500 ml bottle
Brown color, pretty appealing.
Everyone around told me of the great christmas spices aromas I would encounter in this beer. It was indeed spicy, but with a dominant banana smell, reminiscent of fermentation.
Mouthfeel was ok, but a bit heavy. Definitely not my kind of beer, but pretty good compared to many other christmas spices beers.
12-22-2011 03:06:27 | More by Caudalie
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
got this one in a recent trade with papat444. thanks pat!
500ml bottle. sampled oct 3/2010.
pours deep red with just the slightest hint of haze. the small fine cream coloured head sticks around forever and leaves a few spots of lace during its descent.
aroma is good. toffee and caramel. nice dark fruit - date, plum, fig. bit of alcohol. light belgian yeasty character. white bread. bit of cracker. hint of candied orange. just a touch of earthy character.
taste is nice. caramel. the dark fruit from the aroma is still there, but more subdued. light alcohol. belgian yeasty spice, and it seems like a little more spice added on top. perhaps some light ginger and nutmeg - nothing to overbearing or prominent though, nicely balanced against the natural character. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. touch of grain. light toffee.
mouthfeel is great. medium body with a nice dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.
drinkability is good. nice balance. i'd like more dark fruit in the flavour to fill out the depth a little more. otherwise a pretty solid strong dark.
10-03-2010 22:27:04 | More by grub
3.79/5 rDev 0%
Bottled October 2012. Thanks to Papat444 for the bottle!
Beer is brown with significant ruby-red hues. The pour results in a moderately-sized beige head. Head fades steadily, leaving a thin film.
Nose is very fruity, with a significant spice component. Plum, red grape, fig, with a bunch of nutmeg, clove, coriander. Candied sugar. Slightly medicinal. Certainly in the vein of a Belgian Christmas ale.
The flavours follow the nose faithfully, but are a bit thin. Plum, fig, nutmeg and clove, all quite sweet. Some Belgian yeast as well.
The body is the low point. Really quite thin, with a light to medium carbonation. The body detracts from the flavour- it feels like it should be much fuller.
Overall, pretty good, but I wish the body could step up to the plate.
03-15-2013 02:06:27 | More by jrenihan
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
500 ml bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.
Pours a lightly cloudy dark orange, some brownish highlights, big and thick slightly off white head forms, slowly settles down to a medium ring and layer around the glass, some nice lace chunks stick, good retention.
Smell is neat, sweet and spicy, orange peel, some holiday spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, brown sugar, a bit of molasses, biscuit, a bit of clove, alcohol, decent sweetness, a bit of yeast and wheat, a touch of raisin, some fruit, not bad.
Taste is similar, dark fruit, some raisin and plum, a bit of orange juice, very boozy, lightly spicy, a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg/allspice, biscuit, brown sugar, more alcohol, wheat, very dry and boozy finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very warm going down, maybe a touch too dry for the profile. Still nice stuff though, thanks Russ!
10-03-2010 21:54:55 | More by Viggo
La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.