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

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 73
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 6.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: eat on 12-20-2009

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 73
Photo of grub
3.85/5  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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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! (875 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,473 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,346 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of rodenbach99
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (364 characters)

Photo of eat
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,586 characters)

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La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.