La Grivoise De Noel - Le Trou Du Diable
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4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
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!
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2012 04:11:43 | More by Lawl3ss
La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.