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La Grivoise De Noel - Le Trou Du Diable

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 78
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: eat on 12-20-2009

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of gingerbread, candied fruit, fruit juice, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit juice, candied fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice mix of fruit and spice aspects in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on: 10-08-2014

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)

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

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

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

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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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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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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Photo of mick303
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a Westmalle chalice

A - brilliant, ruby-kissed golden orange. dazzling in the light. thin layer of effervescent foam dissipates mostly. a bit of head retention, no lacing.

S - nice yeasty, honey-ish, sweet candied sugar, malt, cherry candies and "dark fruit."

T - "Dark fruit" forward with a cherry candy coating. Some roasted malt. Lingering honey aftertaste.

M - perhaps slightly thinner than expected, but with a nice sugary coating. Nice dryness - almost astringent, but still pleasant.

O - A big "It" factor for this beer. Can see how it might not be everyone's favorite, but it really rang the bell for my tastebuds. If you're not afraid of a sweet sweet beer, this might just do it for you, too.


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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, this is a bit odd. A beer somewhere between a dubbel and a dark. The holiday spices move it away from the dubbel, but not necessarily toward the dark.

Nice brown beer, some ruby tints. Off white, creamy head. Little lacing.

The spices come through in the nose and flavor. While they aren't dominant as, say an Anchor OSA, but they are there. Red apple and some clove. A bit of coriander and maybe ginger? Nothing excitingly special about this beer, and that's its appeal. It would bombard you while you're trying to relax at home, reading a book or chatting with holiday guests. Subtly is its strength.

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Photo of fatmusic14
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

While the numbers might seem skewed, as this beer has lots of great qualities, the taste is really lacking. And to me, taste is clearly the most important element.

A - pours a beautifully dark amber, translucent. Not much head, no lacing

S - smells of spice and clove, remisnicent of Christmas and snowflakes

T - tastes like a watered down Christmas ale. Very little kick, lacking in general flavor. Doesn't live up to the smell.

M - mouthfeel decent, drinkable.

O - not my favorite. Would not buy again.

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Photo of popery
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a reddish mahogany brown with mild haze. The head is small and beige and fades to a ring of bubbles after a minute or two. The initial aroma is a tad boozy, but once I took a sip and stuck my nose in closer for a better smell, the alcohol presence blends into the mix of sweet malt, Belgian Christmas-y spicing and earthy yeast. Nutmeg, peppercorns, cinnamon, cookie dough, honey, gooey caramel, wood, raisins, figs, dates, candied plums and overturned earth. It's warm and sweet. Kinda makes me think of eating fresh snickerdoodles and oatmeal raisin cookies next to a Christmas tree. It really just oozes Christmas in a Belgian-style ale way without getting cloying or overly spiced like many Christmas beers. More of the toasty, bready malt notes come out as the beer warms. The taste is similarly strongly holiday-ish - sweet, spiced and earthy/woody - without pushing any one note too hard. More honey flavor comes through than expected. It's a warm, rich beer. Lots of malt flavor. There's an unexpected hoppiness and a mild chalky note in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, though there is a bit of booze lurking around the edges. It's mostly just warming, though. I had no real expectations with this beer, and happily, it turned out to be one of the best holiday spiced ales that I've tried.

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Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark copper body with a thin, off-white head. Molasses, sugar cookies, slightly spicy cinnamon and nutmeg tones; rye; roasted grain in the aroma. Graham crackers and cinnamon dominate the taste; nice mild malt backbone; strong hop bitterness combined with a strong alcohol warmth showing up at the end. Medium-body; sharp and dry finish.

An interesting and tasty spicy holiday beer. Uneven in some areas yet the bottom line is the taste, and this beer pretty well nails this with loads of holiday flavors.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich looking dark brown with a quarter inch of a slightly off-white head that doesn't lace. The nose is yeasty with a spice profile reminiscent of Christmas...Nutmeg, cinnamon, and black mission figs come to mind with a good whiff. The taste is a smooth drinking belgian yeast and malt forward Belgian with some spice to keep things interesting. The taste is sweet and spiced, reminiscent of the honey, malt, yeast, and cinnamon used to make it. This beer isn't over the top with spice for a winter ale...which is refreshing. The mouthfeel is a heavy-medium bodied with residual spice that lingers. It's quite a drinkable beer with great balance, but not particularly special.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage (bottled Oct. '12), lightly chilled 500 ml bottle into shaker pint.

Look- Clear amber-brown with a soapy three fingers of foam that settles fairly quickly,

Smell- Molasses cookies, cinnamon, vanilla, candied fruits, eggnog/nutmeg, rice pudding with raisins, slightly woody background. Wow, a Christmas beer that actually smells like Christmas! Normally this would be a 4.5, but they really hit this one spot-on for the theme.

Taste- Similar to the nose, although not quite as complex. Malty, rich fruity character that could be interpreted as either a barleywine or Belgian strong dark, significant toasted/caramel malt, the grains are bold and distinct. Fresh brown bread, mild Belgian ester character, maple and molasses, cinnamon, bread pudding. Aftertaste is quite dusky/dry spices, nutmeg again, light sweetness, tastes like spiced sugar cookies, reminds me of cinnamon gumdrop candies. Lingering toasted brown bread. This is no everyday beer, but it is certainly the most comprehensively Christmas-y beverage I've ever consumed.

Mouthfeel- Full body with carbonation that lightens without being prickly, fairly smooth, chewy. Abv well hidden. Cleaner than expected finish, surprisingly easy drinking.

Overall- Well, first off I want to say that I'm deeply saddened by not being able to finish the bottle. What with the number of days I'm in Quebec, the number of beers I'm trying to sample, and the amount of alcohol I'm willing to consume in one day, I simply couldn't finish the 500 ml bottle. It's a shame, particularly as it's growing on me as I sip. I imagine that this beer was a happy accident- whatever the brewers were aiming for, they may have devised the perfect Christmastime beer. Get it, keep it, cherish it, but above all, drink it!

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Photo of BrewerB
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at City Beer Store for 9.99 (500ml bottle). Not seeing a bottle date anywhere but I suspect it's this year's batch.

Pours a medium copper color. Foam formation was modest, very light tan, and only partially retaining. Scant bit of lacing clings to the glass. An inviting array of aromas reminiscent of the holidays. Gingerbread cookies, fruitcake, cinnamon, and dried apricots all making their presence known. As the beer continues to breathe I'm also picking up some caramel/toffee notes. Spicy gingerbread cake flavor upon the initial sip with snickerdoodle cookies, raisins, toffee, all making an appearance. Cinnamon candy, too. Modest body and carbonation bordering on medium-high. Definite warming sensation from the alcohol but this adds to the holiday cheer in my opinion.

Overall this is certainly a tasty brew and reminds me of spending a day in grandma's kitchen while she bakes up some delicious sweet and spicy holiday treats.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a deep ruby red. The lively, off-white head retains well enough, though it does settle after a little while. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Rich malty base of blackstrap molasses, bread pudding, and fruitcake. Black licorice. Yeasty with some light fruity scents. Spicing complements it all very nicely.

T: Bread pudding and licorice. Fruity esters of pear and perhaps a touch of banana. Yeasty and spicy. Malt complexity begins to pull through mid-palate with layers of fruitcake, honeyed bread, molasses, caramel, and more. As in the nose, the spicing is very well integrated and plays a supporting role. It melds together nicely, so it's tough to distinguish exactly what's at play, but it tastes as though there's some cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps even cardamom. Sweet finish leaves lingering tastes of bready desserts and mixed spices.

M: Very full, rich, and creamy in the mouth. Thick-ish body. Ample carbonation supports the mouthfeel well in that it allows the beer to feel rich and decadent without seeming overly heavy. Great mouthfeel.

O: Now this is a Christmas beer I can really get behind. Rich, deep, and complex with a spicing that's incorporated perfectly. Drink this beer for some holiday cheer.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

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Photo of Caudalie
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle via glouglouburp- Christmas beer in August, why the hell not? Pours a light cola and ruby with surprising clarity and minimal fizzy head. Nose- slightly musty, belgian candi sugar, hint of dark fruits. Taste- plums, raisins, mint leaves, touch of molasses and some spice but quite understated. Finishes clean and not at sweet for the style and also manages to not have any underlying alcohol heat. The lack of cloying sweetness and lack of booze like qualities make for a very drinkable belgian ale.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Fred for the bottle. Pours a clear garnet with a fizzy head. Nose is spicy, grainy, some "raw" malt. Super high carbonation, but pretty smooth in the mouth. A mash-up of spices, hops, malt, Belgian yeast. I'm not sure what this beer is trying to be. The carbonation is way too, that much I will say. Almost closer to an American barley wine than a Belgian strong ale, if it weren't for the distinctive yeast. Not bad, some nice flavors, just not cohesive.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to freud for this one! 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. $5.99. 7,5% ABV. No vintage marked, but there's a note on the front label that it won an award in 2010 so it's got to be this year's.

Crystal clear reddish brown body with thin off-white head that collapses quickly without much trace.

Nose is all about banana peel and spices. Reminds me of banana bread, really. Bright smelling despite the dark color.

Palate is crisp with densely infused carbonation and some alcohol edginess. Lots of banana and cinnamon/nutmeg on the palate. Texture is crisp and sharp. Finish is abrupt and yet leaves a faint note of banana bread.

Notes: Not my favorite from these guys, but more crisp than others in the "spiced" category.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light brown, transparent ruby notes, minimal soapy head, no retention to speak of, looks a lot like a glass of coke. Smells of cinnamon, yeast, fig, dark fruit, licorice like sweetness, banana, earth notes and alcohol. Palate of cinnamon, malt, bread, dark fruit, medium bitterness and sweet candy like notes round this out. Syrupy mouthfeel, sticky, very aggressive carbonation that I found hard to get past, medium to heavy weight. Drinkable and I would try this again for sure, the carbonation and stickiness take away from this but its still pretty solid.

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.