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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
THE BROS
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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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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
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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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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-12-2014 14:10:46 | More by trevorpost
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-23-2013 01:05:32 | More by Luk13
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-09-2014 04:04:57 | More by Krakpoff
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-24-2013 13:03:50 | More by vermilcj
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-20-2013 16:31:23 | More by yancot
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sneaks2210

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-17-2014 13:19:26 | More by sneaks2210
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Chrily

Norway

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-16-2013 12:49:58 | More by Chrily
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-23-2013 16:08:32 | More by 4ster
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magnusdave

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-16-2014 00:07:01 | More by magnusdave
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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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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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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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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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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 02:16:14 | More by metter98
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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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KCM

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-20-2012 00:59:28 | More by KCM
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-21-2013 09:29:08 | More by chippo33
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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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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 10:44:19 | More by Mebuzzard
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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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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14%

12-19-2013 07:17:55 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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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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TheRuss9585

Vermont

3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-20-2013 02:10:42 | More by TheRuss9585
La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.