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La Grivoise De Noel - Le Trou Du Diable

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La Grivoise De NoelLa Grivoise De Noel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A darker amber color, looking almost plum like. One finger of quick dissipating head. On the nose I get some spicy belgian esters and sweet malt. On the palate some caramelized dark fruits. Plum and a bit of fig. I can also get a malty-grainy note along the lines of Munich malt. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Pretty carbonated and nice body. I believe this was spiced with something special but I can't be bothered to read the bottle again, long story short it's a fine example of a Dubbel but nothing other worldly. I'd happily drink it again but it's a touch pricey.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

SERVING: Bottle
Bottled on: 10-08-2014

A:
Pours a hazy honey brown/gold with a solid two fingers of creamy beige head that leaves behind a fat little cap. Good retention; little bits of lacing. (4)

S:
Fruity yeast aromas. Honey, banana, toffee, cloves, dry hop character (very subdued), oak, some chocolate. (3.75)

T:
Spiced banana and herbal hops. Cherries, mellow wheat character, bananas, clove, some rummy leather in the finish as it warms. (3.75)

M:
Champagne-like carbonation, rich feel, lingering yeast feel, light-medium bodied, subtle alcohol warmth. (3.75)

O:
Nice tasting 'winter warmer' (or whatever).
This is an interesting beer that drinks pretty good and manages to be nice and mellow like a hefe-weizen and a little bold like a Belgian ale.
Pours pretty with a yeasty nose of vanilla, bananas, and clove. The flavor is sweet and fruity but not as oppressive as it tastes like it could be (especially with a higher ABV). Palate is nice with the carbonation being a little surprising. However, it is pretty soft and does a nice job cutting the sweetness of the beer.
Might have again; worth a shot if you come across it. (3.75)

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Franck
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Smell of toffee, maple water and sweet banana.
Taste of toffee and red berries. Wheat malt is very present and bring a candi sugar aroma. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Medium carbonation. I'd like a better roundness. Nice beer, better than last year version.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle. Well, it's past mid-November, so I guess it's time for my first Christmas beer of the year - and perhaps a wee bit of the ol' ribaldry - yeah.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange brick amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some streaky Wile E. Coyote cliff lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, sort of acrid earthy yeast, muddled dark berry flesh, a suggestion of dry nougat, a clove/coriander and white pepper spice character, and soft alcohol esters. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, brown sugar, dead yeast, mildly tart black fruit, a hint of spicy, peppery wheat, biscuity honey cookies, mixed savoury seasonal spices, and a well-behaved metallic booze warming.

The carbonation is rather actively frothy and in your face up front, before settling into a dull roar thereafter, the body actually on the light side of medium weight, and generically smooth, the yeast and spice kind of doing a drive-by neutering. It finishes off-dry, the brown sugar and caramel malt both guarding the door, but with a certain elan, rather than a sledgehammer of sweetness.

Definitely more of a laid-back and subtle dose of Belgian-style strong dark ale - the typical flavours are all there, but not so much, y'know? Perhaps the proclaimed ribaldry of this offering is illustrated in that - dial everything back a notch or two, including the ABV. What charlatans are these?

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of valianes
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle at volo, poured into a wine glass it was a medium dark caramel brown, clear with a light lacing.
S- plums, candied figs, pears, with a light cinnamon spice.
T- sweet fruitcake, raisin, and dark Madeira dried fruits, lighter and getting more biscuity as it transitions, ending with a slightly spiced and malty finish. Semisweet caramel malts, a bit tannic and leathery, smoky pepper, and some cherry, but the dried dark fruits persist to offer some interesting complexity. Drying on finish.
M- fairly moderate bodied for the abv, hefty carbonation with caramelly malt and sweetness. Decently balanced and an easy satisfying Xmas beer.

Overall, a well balanced, though predominately caramelly and spicy dark ale. Certainly one I think would make an excellent holiday staple. Interesting array of raisin, plum, and spiced apricot flavours, fair bit of dark caramel/balsamic maybe, all done quite nicely, so I think this is a solid offering, light on the hops but a tasty full ale.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.