Saison Du Tracteur - Le Trou Du Diable
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4.83/5 rDev +23.8%
Perhaps the best beer at Mondial de la Biere, and a gold medal winner too.
Poured a hazy yellow with a large fluffy white head that had more lace than a bride on her wedding night. Big, big, big tree fruit aromas... apple, pear and nectarine, with zest orange, peppery yeast and hay. Tastes like sunshine in a glass. Lots of fruity esters with pineapple, grapefruit, orange, mango and pear. In fact, its almost all fruit, but its a wonderful symphony of flavour, and is still supported capably by a peppery spice and slight wheat tanginess. Medium, dry, crisp mouthfeel is perfect.
Hats off! Trou de Diable would be wise to add this to their regular rotation.
06-08-2010 18:55:23 | More by bobsy
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
4.36/5 rDev +11.8%
Appearance - Pours a slightly cloudy nectar gold with two fingers of frothy white head.
Smell - Traditional Belgian yeast, clove, spice, honey, bready malts, citrus.
Taste - Very similar to the aromas... yeast, spice, clove, malts, honey and citrus. Maybe a touch of passion fruit.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Effervescence leaves a nice tingle on the roof of the mouth. Dry finish.
Overall - A nice Saison with traditional flavours and aromas. Very refreshing and enjoyable.
08-31-2013 03:16:39 | More by leaddog
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
4.22/5 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
4.21/5 rDev +7.9%
600ml bottle poured into tulip 19/6/13
A bright yellow liquid that's saturated with bubbles, with lots of sediment being moved around it looks like a snow globe, even a gentle pour leaves me with half a glass of loose soapy foam that leaves a few partial rings and a chink or two, looks great
S lemon and grapefruit peel, chewing gum, cereals, some spicy notes and farmhouse yeast works well with some grass, smells wonderful
T a little more rind and spicy notes but it doesn't quite have everything the nose had going for it, not quite as strong but still solid
M medium bodied with plenty of bubbles but stops short of foam, very refreshing with a long finish of spice, yeast and rind, slick on the gums
O looks awesome, smells great and not lacking anywhere else, so easy to drink and a I like the yeast profile, grains and citrus working together
I'll be putting a few of these back this summer, great value at 7$ for the bomber and this would be so refreshing on a hot day I just can't wait for this rain to go away
06-20-2013 05:26:55 | More by wordemupg
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
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
06-06-2012 16:33:13 | More by liamt07
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
09-21-2013 03:06:38 | More by FondueVoodoo
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
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!
05-24-2012 01:19:09 | More by duracell
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
08-06-2014 22:39:39 | More by DenisKolkin
Saison Du Tracteur from Le Trou Du Diable
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.