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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

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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beergoot

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 01:44:48 | More by beergoot
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KCM

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-20-2012 00:59:28 | More by KCM
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 00:44:42 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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
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BrewerB

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 07:40:37 | More by BrewerB
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 00:55:39 | More by ryan1788a5
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-07-2012 03:23:55 | More by PEIhop
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-05-2012 02:31:16 | More by tom10101
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 01:12:09 | More by CliffBrake
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-11-2012 19:54:56 | More by Pencible
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 03:06:27 | More by Caudalie
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-18-2011 16:33:26 | More by oldp0rt
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unibroue4ever

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-14-2011 18:58:59 | More by unibroue4ever
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 01:27:34 | More by oakbluff
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 00:18:01 | More by JAXSON
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 05:30:53 | More by SFLpunk
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:14:45 | More by Sammy
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:20:20 | More by peensteen
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 05:23:44 | More by Yoonisaykul
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 22:27:04 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 21:54:55 | More by Viggo
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grivoise de Noel pours in between a Belgian Strong Dark and Belgian Strong Pale, with its ligt mahogany hue and thin off-white head that laced spottily. The nose is chockablock of spices, with cinnamon, nutmeg and perhaps even ginger. In behind that there's a doughy background and some sweet dark fruit. Certainly a very appropriate Christmas beer even if it's the middle of summer.

This is a sweet, spicy beer with all the ingredients you look for in a good Christmas beer. The spicing is heavy, yet somehow well-integrated, with sweet cinnamon, clove and nutmeg notes. The sweetness is perfectly accented by brown sugar and cookie dough, with the odd dark fruity ester poking out. It does seem to be a bit of a hybrid between two styles, but if I had to place it in one camp or the other I'd place it in the strong dark category, even though the fruit notes are more muted than expected and the colour is also on the light side. The carbonation provides the only negative point, as it's a bit too fizzy and short-lived. By the end of the beer the issue seems to have rectified itself, but off the bat it's a little crude.

Trou de Diable know how to deliver, and they've done it again with Grivoise de Noel. The brewery was a big hit at this year's Mondial de la Biere, but I feel they're overlooked amongst beer geeks in favour of bigger and more prominent breweries like Dieu du Ciel. Sure, they're not quite at the level of JF and crew, but they're well on the way.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 16:24:53 | More by bobsy
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 02:54:04 | More by ritzkiss
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:55:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 500ml brown bottle bought at Peluso. A very nice label indeed ! very apealing.

Nice brown colour with a beige head. The nose is spicy with a hint of yeast. Nice mouthfeell, with some spices, nice malt, sweet, the alcool is not that present albeit its 9,5%. nice clean finish.

Overall a nice strong dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 02:37:14 | More by rodenbach99
La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.