Saison Du Tracteur - Le Trou Du Diable
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Reviews by zhanson88:
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
09-11-2013 04:08:04 | More by zhanson88
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4.11/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
10-07-2013 00:38:01 | More by ludachris
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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
08-21-2014 02:19:40 | More by BGDrock
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-29-2013 04:47:15 | More by biboergosum
3.38/5 rDev -13.3%
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,
01-04-2011 05:13:07 | More by Sammy
3.86/5 rDev -1%
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
06-08-2014 16:00:46 | More by Dna_Infinity
4.5/5 rDev +15.4%
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
This nice little IPA goes well with... Oyster and Shrimp Gumbo!!
07-26-2014 23:19:10 | More by DaveBar
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
06-24-2010 14:34:00 | More by Phyl21ca
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
04-23-2012 15:52:26 | More by ZorPrime
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-08-2013 16:37:44 | More by mtomlins
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
08-17-2014 01:43:40 | More by fmccormi
Saison Du Tracteur from Le Trou Du Diable
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.