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Saison Du Tracteur - Le Trou Du Diable

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88
very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bobsy on 06-08-2010

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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by zhanson88:
Photo of zhanson88
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Rbald42 for sending this my way.

Appearance: Pours a moderately hazy straw color, with tons of carbonation. A good solid 2" of head forms, which has incredible retention and nice lacing. Good looking saison.

Smell: Smells a bit yeasty, with some green apple notes as well as a bit of clove, florals and grassiness. Nice smell.

Taste: Yeast, pale fruit notes, florals, grassiness, and some significant white pepper notes I did not notice initially on the nose. A bit of an astringent finish. Very pleasant taste overall.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light feel, high carbonation as I mentioned before. Appropriate for the style. Overall, a nice saison, one I would not hesitate to pick up again given the chance. Definitely worth the try if you're visiting our neighbors to the North.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ludachris
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A massive, billowing fluffy white head forms after a steady pour. It rests on top of a beautiful cloudy apricot orange body that looks like it's giving off warmth when held up to the light. As the head slowly collapses on itself it leaves dashes and dots of lace along the sides of the glass where they stick firmly.

The nose is incredibly fruity right off the bat. Pineapple, pear, and some dried mango. These characters stem out of a rich doughy center. It's hay-like and has an almost dusty quality to it. It makes me think this will have a fluffy feel. Mulled apples with the slightest tartness come forward as the beer warms.

Just like the nose, the taste opens up with a burst of ripe fruit. Pineapple and peach with some citrus peel and mango. The fruity character doesn't steal the show and go it alone. Instead, it's surrounded by a spiciness coming from the rye malt and yeast and a dry, doughy quality that stems from the rest of the grist bill. The more sips I take, the more I notice the influence of the rye malt with all of the spiciness it imparts. It blends well with both the fruity and doughy qualities of this beer.

This Saison packs some weight and sits comfortably at medium bodied. The use of rye and wheat and decision to forego filtration helps to explain this. The level of carbonation caught me off guard at first. It's sharp and tingly and is accented by the dryness at the back of the palate. The dryness is sticky and leaves a raw and almost astringent flavor in the finish. It's not off putting but it could be toned down a notch.

Overall, a deliciously unique and complex Saison. They've achieved balance between the fruity components of the hops and yeast and the bready, doughy, and spicy qualities coming from the grist bill. The use of rye malt made this Saison unique for me while complimenting the rest of the flavor profile. The dryness, which seems to largely come from the rye, becomes more pronounced as it warms and a proved to be a tad intrusive. That's a minor complaint and not something that would stop me from buying this again... and again.

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance: hazy, dull gold, almost opaque; fluffy, light, egg white head doesn't have the density to stay long

Aroma: lemon, musty, herbs & spice - like a garden; grassy, hay

Taste & Mouthfeel: light body but surprisingly powerful flavour, there's actually a sizeable amount of hops here, lingering long and drawing out the distinctive lemon flavour - although there are some pithy notes that distract; lively carbonation, dry finish, almost feels cleansing; spice notes too, mostly of pepper; a hot burn is interesting but odd, like chilli pepper

Overall: the label calls out thirst quenching and it's very true - a refreshing and bold saison with a variety of interesting flavours that do feel of the earth

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600ml bottle. The label seems a fair bit more straight ahead than the typical offering from this brewery. Still not altogether sure about this particular size of offering.

This beer pours a hazy, medium-dark golden yellow hue, with a teeming tower of rising puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky, thickly adhesive lace around the glass as thing sink southwards.

It smells of edgy, earthy yeast, grainy pale malt, indistinct, yet complex citrus peel, some weirdly rying chewing gum essence, and spicy, leafy, grassy hops. The taste is more astringent, leafy, bitter earthy hops, somehow up front this time, with a sturdy pale grainy maltiness, a hint of barnyard yeastiness, some stale lemon fruitiness, and zingy white and black pepper.

The carbonation is obviously quite tight, frizzy, and generally agreeably over time, the body medium-light in weight, and sort of smooth, the yeast and hops taking a chunk out of that, y'hear? It finishes barely off-dry, the graininess of the malt, the yeast, and the sassy hops doing their utmost to keep it that way.

A decent enough saison, the associated astringency having its time in the sun, insomuch as it obfuscates the fruity and malty goodness herein. Worthy of introspection, this one is, in order to find out for yo'selves. Anyway, it's nice to see the intransigence in the beer, instead of the presentation.

Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clouded tangerine gold with a large foamy white head. Big and frothy... Aroma is delightfully fragrant with flowers, hay, bread grains, grass, citrus, apple, white wine, and perhaps passionfruit. Dry and crispy aroma.... Taste is also dry, peppery, spicy, and very floral with banana, peach, and various wild yeasty flavors. Clean yet very farmhouse... Mouthfeel is unusually foamy and entertaining. Slick, smooth, and creamy... This beer is exactly the type of beer that should have a tractor on the label. Pretty good stuff that totally fits the wild saison style.

Photo of Sammy
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo. Barnyard aroma. Middle bodied but then lacey and smooth decent saison. Ok taste for a saison. Lacey. The taste does not make up for the off-putting aroma. Yes, some pepper and lemon sourness offset by malt, candi.Appropriate carbonation.Herbal,

Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - Poured a beautiful hazy yellow colour with a huge white head with lots of carbonation

Smell - Belgian yeast, spices, some funkiness

Taste - Some bitterness, typical Belgian yeast, some pepper, some fruits as well

Overall - A good, well made and complex saison

Photo of souvenirs
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw-coloured and cloudy, with three fingers of billowy head gradually collapsing in on itself. Smell is earthy - yeast, hay, maybe some banana. Taste is more bitter than I would have expected for the style - maybe a bit too hoppy? Nice mouthfeel.

Photo of DaveBar
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This wonderful S2.75 for a 375ml bottle goes a long way in the IPA department

A- WOW this one is wonderful and golden good

S- Same as above super good try this beer

T- Man o man super good and worth the extra money

M- Very excellente!!!

O- Buy it and try it

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA goes well with... Oyster and Shrimp Gumbo!!

Enjoy

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a light foamy head with good retention and traces of lacing. Aroma of spices with peppery yeast and light fruity ester is quite enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some rustic notes with floral hops notes and a peppery yeast with some fruity ester. Body is about right for style with a great drinkability factor and good carbonation. Very well made and something I wouldn't mind having more often.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm glad to get my hands on this bottle. Lots of hype regarding this beer... lets see if its that good!

The beer color is copper. A lots of bubbles, its quite effervescent. The cloudy looking head thrones on it and sticks to the glass quite well. The aroma is nice, no... its superb. I like it. Belgium yeast with some fresh fruits (tropical or passion fruits, which is probably the same) and some alcohol in there too. In the mouth, it is delicious. Fruity with a dry finish and a little bit bitter, just enough to be good. Medium body beer. Effervescent in the mouth.

Yep, for me it is as good as all the hype goes around this beer.

Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color topped with a big, fluffy white head that sticks well. Fresh, clean, floral farmhouse aroma...creamy, dried bananas, flowers, pithy citrus, chardonnay, potporri, and hay. Yeasty flavor; spicy cracked pepper, herbs, bubblegum, and bready grain. Fluffy, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Maybe a little too pointedly yeasty, but a pretty nice Saison overall.

Photo of mtomlins
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to Seblp for the bottle!

Tractear is a golden colored saison with a massive, persistent cloudy head leaving a curtain of lace in the glass. The nose is spicy and fresh with lots of lemon in the nose and a touch of Belgian fbarn in the back. The flavor is dry, clean and refreshing with a nice yeast profile in flavor and lots of lemon and pepper. The body was light and had heavy carbonation (but not overly). Overall, it is a clear, refreshing saison whose strength is the simplicity of the beer.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden straw with lots and lots of fluffy white head that lingers and leaves lacing.

Nose has a lot of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, some white pepper, bread.

Taste follows nose closely. Clean, crisp. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Good beer. Light refreshing and subtle.

Photo of fmccormi
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Straight pour from a pry-off 1pt 4.3oz/20.3oz bottle, into a teku. There’s some packaging information printed in black ink near the bottom-right corner of the label (“210414”), which I’d take to mean it was bottled on April 14, 2014. If that’s the case, this beer is currently just over four months old.

Appearance (3.75): The pour immediately boasts four fingers or more of bone white head, lightly crackly and spacious, capping a glowing, lightly cloudy, orange-colored body. Retention is average-ish, dying down at a moderate pace and leaving sparse lacing, along with a thin film around the edge and suds on the surface. The retention is a little lacking, but the head and body are really outstanding.

Smell (4.25): Right off the bat the beer’s full of damp hay, cracked grains, a little silage, fruity esters with a little passion fruit, pineapple juice, light orange, a little honey, and sweet apple cider; a spicy component layered with coriander, bits of white and black pepper, and maybe grains of paradise. Pale, biscuity malt and country bread make up a modest base. Smells great, and moderately complex, for a classic take on the style.

Taste (4.25): Quite a bit more dry and bitter than suggested by the nose, this beer tastes great. Coriander, light-to-moderate black pepper, and a sharp grapefruit skin bitterness quickly come out in front, giving way to a tart pink grapefruit flavor. The spice, fruit, and bitterness are underpinned by light citrus and estery notes (a little pineapple, some pear and apple), along with dry malt flavors (floury biscuits, crusty white country bread), and some dry straw/light musty notes. The finish boasts moderately strong, grassy, pithy, and herbal bitterness with a resinous undertone that unfolds and hangs on surprisingly long. This is an excellent, dry, tight rendition of the style in a classic, non-funky take on the style.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Right from the pour you can tell it’ll have a big, active carbonation, and it does: coarse, lightly prickly bubbles fill up the space quickly, giving way to a dry, light-side of medium-weight body. Drinks like a champ, honestly. It’s got body without the heft, and character without much challenge. I’d drink it faster if I didn’t want to savor it.

Overall (4.25): I reaaaaaally enjoyed this beer. It’s a bit like a little lighter, more bitter Hennepin in a lot of ways. I can’t say that it’s New World or Old World all the way, but it drinks like a champ, strays from the “classic” examples of the style, but still doesn’t indulge in the wild habits of new school saisons. New World-type classic? Sure, let’s go with that. Either way, just go out and buy it. It’ll make you happy.

Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, bottled Jan. 2012.

Appearance: Looks literally like liquid honey. Thick, fluffy and very white head. Fills good portion of the glass and eases back.

Smell: Grassy, lemon zest,some yeast and thick fruit syrup.

Taste: Honey, pepper, lemon rind, peaches, yeast and authentic fruit syrup.

Mouthfeel: Feels very plush, maybe a bit slick but otherwise very comfortable. Mild bitterness.

Overall: This is very nice to drink and well made but somehow it didn't move me as much as i thought it would.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to hoppypocket for sending this beer out west.

A: Golden and sunny hazy brew topped with a bouncy white head that's lacy and clings to the glass. I might be a romantic, but it looks like summer sunshine.

S: Sweet pale males and a barnyard funk mixes pleasurably. Fresh bright lemon peel and yeasts offer a simple and clean scent.

T: Sweetness of fresh wheat kernels upfront, chased quickly with yeasts and grains. Bitter on the swallow that lingers and rests on the tongue. Like the smell, fresh and clean offer simple a delightfully simple taste.

M: Medium carbonation that highlight the overall dry finish. Easy to drink and refreshing start to finish.

O: Represents the saison style very well and offer a pleasant barnyard funk. I personally really like this saison and would drink it often given the chance.

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ZorPrime, 500ml into a tulip. Thanks Eric! Bottled January 12, 2012.

Lightly hazy orange, with a very dense white head which becomes a bit soapier in quality as it subsides. Fantastic retention and lacing. Nose has light but complex spicing, sweet malt notes, citrus zest, peach and yeast. Tastes like a drier BSPA, more sweet malt, yeasty, herbal hopping at first but gets citrusy real quick. Drying, with the slightest tartness. Medium feel, lightly prickly carbonation. Sweeter than most saisons I've had recently, and again resembles more of a saison/BSPA hybrid I thought. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down very slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, peppery spices, lemon, grassy hops and some floral notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has yeast, lemon zest, grassy hops, some pepper and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +1.8%

On tap at Bier Market in Montreal.
Hazy, peach orange color with a frothy head. Foam lasts leaving trickle of lace.
Smells of saison yeast, bready grains, light fruit sweetness.
Yeast flavor kick, blend of sweet and biscuit malt, green apple, and some light spice.
Good body, not too heavy, well carbonated, dry finish.
Flavor filled, but not too funky or spicy.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap a clear gold color with two fingers of bright white head.

The aroma very sweet with candy sugar and a hint of spice and Belgian yeast.

The taste was incredibly sweet. Too much so. The light spice and yeast notes were present as well.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

The super sweetness of this Saison overpowered everything else. I actually couldn't finish it.

Photo of olivianjeremie
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good saison. It has a nice flavor, but is a bit to carbonated for my liking. It has a very nice golden cloudy color, nice cream colored head. Not to bad of a beer. Give it a try if you come across it. Its a good beer that you should try if you like a saison

Photo of duracell
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright, cloudy, orange color with 1-finger creamy head disappearing to leave a ring sticking well on the glass.

S - Malt is definitely present but esters dominate. It is very fruity overall! I pick out some apple and passion fruit. Besides, the yeast is also noticeable with a spicy character (clove).

T - Rich and complex. Nice spices brought the yeast. Finishing with a good bitterness.

M - Good carbonation, slightly crispy on the palate. Nice powderish feeling throughout the tasting experience with a dry finish.

O - Definitely rustic and to style. This saison has an excellent drinkability and is a really good choice for a hot summer day!

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

The beer comes in a hazy orange color.

On the flavor, the beer hits of sweet ripe fruit, peaches, oranges. This is along with a medium amount of spice and pepper. A sweetness complements the beer without being cloying in any sense.

A substantial, yet refreshing saison.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $3.60 CDN served fairly cold into glassware.
Advertised as 6.0 % ABV.

Appearance - vibrant hazy golden and yellow color, topped by over three fingers off off-white fluffy head, that in the manner it kept rising reminded me of a peacock. Millions of tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface and the head just kinda seems to be floating on a cloud, never retreating. One of the best looking beers I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

Smell - light, grassy and somewhat yeasty with a lemon lime aroma mixed in. Pretty pleasant and enjoyable.

Taste - an interesting blend, with a wide array of flavours. I picked up banana a bready flavor, hay, some light grassy flavor, the aforementioned lemon and even a bit of mango. Some spices and a bitter finish complete the sip. Very different and one of my favorites in the style.

Mouthfeel - very lively carbonation, with a slightly dry and earthy finish. Light mouthfeel.

Overall - while not quite my favourite saison, this quickly vaulted up my list, and given the relative affordability of this beer, I'm certain to be picking up another. Highly recommended if you can get it.

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Saison Du Tracteur from Le Trou Du Diable
88 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.