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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
85
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ZEB89, Today at 01:58 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

valianes, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

kwjd, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

rolltide8425, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +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.

mick303, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

tbeckett, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  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.

metter98, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

lgmol, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

trevorpost, Feb 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Krakpoff, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

sneaks2210, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

magnusdave, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

bigred89, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

vermilcj, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

yancot, Dec 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

alienlifeforcecube, Dec 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

chippo33, Jul 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

TheRuss9585, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

4ster, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Chrily, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.79/5  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.

jrenihan, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Florya, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of olfolxholme
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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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olfolxholme, Feb 23, 2013
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La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.