La Grivoise De Noel - Le Trou Du Diable

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BA SCORE
85
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
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(Beer added by: eat on 12-20-2009)
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Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Rado
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A darker amber color, looking almost plum like. One finger of quick dissipating head. On the nose I get some spicy belgian esters and sweet malt. On the palate some caramelized dark fruits. Plum and a bit of fig. I can also get a malty-grainy note along the lines of Munich malt. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Pretty carbonated and nice body. I believe this was spiced with something special but I can't be bothered to read the bottle again, long story short it's a fine example of a Dubbel but nothing other worldly. I'd happily drink it again but it's a touch pricey.

Photo of olfolxholme
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a Westmalle chalice

A - brilliant, ruby-kissed golden orange. dazzling in the light. thin layer of effervescent foam dissipates mostly. a bit of head retention, no lacing.

S - nice yeasty, honey-ish, sweet candied sugar, malt, cherry candies and "dark fruit."

T - "Dark fruit" forward with a cherry candy coating. Some roasted malt. Lingering honey aftertaste.

M - perhaps slightly thinner than expected, but with a nice sugary coating. Nice dryness - almost astringent, but still pleasant.

O - A big "It" factor for this beer. Can see how it might not be everyone's favorite, but it really rang the bell for my tastebuds. If you're not afraid of a sweet sweet beer, this might just do it for you, too.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle. Well, it's past mid-November, so I guess it's time for my first Christmas beer of the year - and perhaps a wee bit of the ol' ribaldry - yeah.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange brick amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some streaky Wile E. Coyote cliff lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, sort of acrid earthy yeast, muddled dark berry flesh, a suggestion of dry nougat, a clove/coriander and white pepper spice character, and soft alcohol esters. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, brown sugar, dead yeast, mildly tart black fruit, a hint of spicy, peppery wheat, biscuity honey cookies, mixed savoury seasonal spices, and a well-behaved metallic booze warming.

The carbonation is rather actively frothy and in your face up front, before settling into a dull roar thereafter, the body actually on the light side of medium weight, and generically smooth, the yeast and spice kind of doing a drive-by neutering. It finishes off-dry, the brown sugar and caramel malt both guarding the door, but with a certain elan, rather than a sledgehammer of sweetness.

Definitely more of a laid-back and subtle dose of Belgian-style strong dark ale - the typical flavours are all there, but not so much, y'know? Perhaps the proclaimed ribaldry of this offering is illustrated in that - dial everything back a notch or two, including the ABV. What charlatans are these?

Photo of jrenihan
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

SERVING: Bottle
Bottled on: 10-08-2014

A:
Pours a hazy honey brown/gold with a solid two fingers of creamy beige head that leaves behind a fat little cap. Good retention; little bits of lacing. (4)

S:
Fruity yeast aromas. Honey, banana, toffee, cloves, dry hop character (very subdued), oak, some chocolate. (3.75)

T:
Spiced banana and herbal hops. Cherries, mellow wheat character, bananas, clove, some rummy leather in the finish as it warms. (3.75)

M:
Champagne-like carbonation, rich feel, lingering yeast feel, light-medium bodied, subtle alcohol warmth. (3.75)

O:
Nice tasting 'winter warmer' (or whatever).
This is an interesting beer that drinks pretty good and manages to be nice and mellow like a hefe-weizen and a little bold like a Belgian ale.
Pours pretty with a yeasty nose of vanilla, bananas, and clove. The flavor is sweet and fruity but not as oppressive as it tastes like it could be (especially with a higher ABV). Palate is nice with the carbonation being a little surprising. However, it is pretty soft and does a nice job cutting the sweetness of the beer.
Might have again; worth a shot if you come across it. (3.75)

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Luk13
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Franck
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Smell of toffee, maple water and sweet banana.
Taste of toffee and red berries. Wheat malt is very present and bring a candi sugar aroma. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Medium carbonation. I'd like a better roundness. Nice beer, better than last year version.

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of groleau
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Chrily
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of valianes
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.