La Grivoise De Noel - Le Trou Du Diable
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3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-20-2011 20:14:45 | More by Sammy
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
05-30-2014 02:16:14 | More by metter98
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
01-30-2010 03:55:04 | More by Phyl21ca
3.36/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
02-02-2013 10:44:19 | More by Mebuzzard
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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!
10-03-2010 21:54:55 | More by Viggo
4.18/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
12-30-2012 05:18:01 | More by popery
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
08-13-2010 16:24:53 | More by bobsy
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
10-03-2010 22:27:04 | More by grub
3.79/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-15-2013 02:06:27 | More by jrenihan
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
12-15-2012 00:44:42 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
02-20-2011 02:20:20 | More by peensteen
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
12-27-2012 01:44:48 | More by beergoot
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
12-09-2012 00:55:39 | More by ryan1788a5
La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.