La Grivoise De Noel - Le Trou Du Diable
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3.94/5 rDev +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.
07-31-2014 22:14:55 | More by mick303
3.28/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
02-23-2011 05:30:53 | More by SFLpunk
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
04-21-2010 02:54:04 | More by ritzkiss
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
A: Clear,amber/red color. No head at all, and no lacing too.
S: Cinnamon, spices (some cloves?)... a typical belgian aroma with the presence of some yeast. Medium intensity.
T: Still some spicy cinnamon in the taste similar to spicy candy. Light bitterness.
M: Warmth from the alcohol.
D: A nice sipper that does down smoothly. Definitely to go get some more.
01-01-2010 16:09:45 | More by ZorPrime
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
06-25-2011 00:18:01 | More by JAXSON
2.78/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
12-22-2011 03:06:27 | More by Caudalie
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
The label (a very nice one, I might add) lists the style as Extra Strong-Ale. No production date but it must be recent. Translated description: "Inspired by Christmas beers, this beer, refermented in the bottle, possesses a very complex but always agreeable taste thanks to it's little spiced-candy side."
Great cloudy, copper coloured beer with a frothy off-white head, receding to a solid layer across the surface which sticks around until it's all gone. Almost no lacing.
Crackers, candy, apple cider, wheat, yeast, light Belgian spices. Very nice. I originally gave it a 4 but the smell really opened up as it warmed.
It tastes like it could be a legitimate Belgian ale (as in...brewed in Belgium). Complex and warming, this is definitely a great winter beer. The taste is a bit acidic with quite a lot of warming alcohol (to be expected at 9.5%), though not an overpowering amount. Wheat, candy and a nice spice mix. The finish is dry and bitter.
Awesome feel, I noticed right as it entered my mouth. Creamy medium body with a sparkling moderate carbonation which pairs well with the flavour.
Quebec is known for their true-to-style Belgians and Le Trou du Diable ranks right at the top along with Unibroue and Dieu du Ciel. This isn't the most conventionally drinkable beer, but it isn't supposed to be. This is a sipper meant to be enjoyed by a fire on a cold winter's night and consumed as such is extremely drinkable. I would definitely buy this again and highly recommend checking out this or any of their other beers. I can't wait until they start bottling regularly.
12-20-2009 04:50:52 | More by eat
4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
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!
12-13-2012 04:11:43 | More by Lawl3ss
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
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!
03-27-2012 01:12:09 | More by CliffBrake
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
02-19-2011 05:23:44 | More by Yoonisaykul
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
08-15-2011 01:27:34 | More by oakbluff
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
12-12-2012 07:40:37 | More by BrewerB
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
01-19-2010 02:37:14 | More by rodenbach99
La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.