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Saison Du Tracteur - Le Trou Du Diable

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 215
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 18.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bobsy on 06-08-2010

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Photo of akdo
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer was on tap at Bar Volo in Toronto, ON.

Look: The body is transparent and light straw. There is a visible slow carbonation that maintains a two-finger white head, which recedes to a thin layer.

Smell: The nose offer notes of lemon juice. Expect neither the sweetness of some fruit nor the slight bitterness of an acidic fruit's zests, nor a slightly skunky smell as the beer's bottle is dark instead of green.

Taste: The palate is typical of a Saison from the New World. It tastes like an apple or a stone fruit subdued by lemon juice. As a result, the beer has a slightly sour taste, which is not a bad thing. Then as its makes its transition towards its peppery notes, it briefly tastes like freshly cut grass.

Feel: I liked the brief moment of the finale when the beer tastes like a refreshing Sauvignon blanc. As for the domination of notes of lemon during the opening, the brewers struck the right balance for this Saison does not feel like a lemonade, a radler or a pop. However, my reservations are about the high presence of hop which makes this the most bitter Saison I have tasted.

Overall: So far, my favourite Canadian Saison is still Le Paysan Saison, from Nickel Brook Brewing Company. With regards to Saison du tracteur, its nose is its best asset. The palate also strays away from that Belgian tendency to be slightly skunky, which makes it refreshing. However, my reservation is about the excessive bitterness on the back-end. Other than that, I would drink this again.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BeerAdvocate's rankings would have you believe this is [one of, depending on when you read this] the best saison[s] in Canada. Which is a claim worth examining. . . .

Pours from the unique Trou du Diable 600ml bottle into the glass a cloudy electric yellow/orange sort of colour, not unlike a good German hefe, capped by a massive amount of foam that grows for a bit and then never significantly recedes. Lots of visible carbonation and lots of lacing.

Smell is mild, bready, peppery, slight banana and clove. Faint plum or peaches? A touch of sourness, acidity.

Taste is like a peppery, slightly sour hefeweizen--lots of banana and clove behind an initial bready/doughy, peppery hit. Hints of apple, peaches, maybe pears and plums. Slightly coppery/metallic twang. Carbonation is quite high, but the body actually feels pretty good--neither too heavy nor too watery, not too cloying or syrupy.

The best? One of the best? A hard claim to confirm or repute, especially if freshness is a factor. I've certainly had better down south in the States. But that shouldn't take away from what really is a very, very good beer--if the description of "a slightly sour, slightly funky hefeweizen" appeals to you, you're going to dig this beer.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Jul-14-2015

Pours a cloudy white peach color with a nice, tight three fingers of head that airly pops down to a skiff. Okay retention; some lacing. (4)

Orange-lemon-clove bread. Rising dough, mandarins, apricot, lime zest, Euro hops, floral. (4.25)

Soft malt with a tart end. Citrus zest, flowers, light green hops, weed, pizza dough, vaguely spicy yeast backbone, tart from the middle through the finish, but just a hint. (4)

Dry and quenching, drinkable with a medium body and a dry, quick finish. (4)

Really nice, velvety Saison.
Pretty floral, but not overly so with a tinge of bright tartness in both the smell and the flavor. The hops come through somewhat but mainly as a backdrop for the rest of this smooth, yeasty, tart, bready ale. The nose is definitely the highpoint, it was pretty good to begin with, but I ate a little with it and the food (chicken and fries) really made the citrusy juiciness come out in it. It isn't really mind-blowing in any way or anything, but it is very well-made, very easy to get ahold of, and not super expensive. Can't miss!
Would have again; worth trying. (4)

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Photo of sphmiel
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at iTap CWE. Hazy gold, very lively, big head disappears quickly. Tropical fruits with some spicy notes, finishes tart, refreshing.
Very nice version of the style.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden color with some powerful activity. Extra foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 20 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of fresh fruity citrus and floral notes. Flavors of sweet grains, apple, melon, peach, pineapple, lemon, passion fruits, caramel, floral and herbal spices. Some faint grassy and citrus bitterness with more of a sweet fruity and malty feel.

Slick full body with champagne like carbonation. Medium finish of short length, ending with a perfect dose of sharp herbal and coriander spicy hops and some sweet grainy citrusy tongue coat.

Overall an excellent belgian style craft having super fresh and flavorful with a gentle pleasing taste, but a little vinous or boozy.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer, finds a nice balance between fruity and spicy flavours and gives a great hop finish. I would certainly buy it more often if it weren't for the price.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

an excellent saison, maybe slightly over hopped on the bitterness front, but the beer itself is truly fantastic, and the quebec breweries have my attention right now. its only a little hazy, more clear than cloudy even down to the bottom of the bottle. the head is bone white and rises well above the top lip of the glass, creamy not just in appearance, but in feel, its rich and thick for how effervescently carbonated it is. the label looks a little different now, and the abv says 6% on the bottle not the 7% listed here, but the beer remains delicious. the label also mentions passion fruit, and i agree with that, especially in the taste. the aroma is muted for sure, wheat malt and hop bitterness and grassiness, not much yeast aroma either. the passion fruit hop flavor though is awesome, tart before bitter, and really juicy. bitterness in the finish on top of the fresh and robust wheat flavor. love the expansive dry feel of this one, almost milky for a second, very cool. its not the best saison i have ever had, but its an awful good example of the style. the yeast is a little less funky than others, also quite belgian, but its real dry. overall this is great, fairly priced, and makes me want to try more of their beers!

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Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of endovelico
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Subtle and piquant character of hay, lemon peel, clove and dough.

Mouth: Finesse and authentic rusticity with a gorgeous pear / pineapple play at the front sustained by sweet notes of hay, banana, clove and dough. Spritzy and angular.

Bottom Line: Pretty rustic, elegant and complex. A very well done Saison with remarkable drinkability, definitely not for the inexperienced as it's aromatics could prove themselves elusive, to say the least.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

Very estery aroma, with notes of banana, pear, must, and floral tones. Flavor finishes very dry, earthy, and fairly bitter. Up front, fruity and bubblegum esters add character to the somewhat sweet malt backbone. Alcohol warmth is noted. Not my favorite style, and a bit too earthy.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

As the strong connection between the French-speaking provinces of Canada link with the farmhouse character of Belgian and French low countries, a taste of the farm, fruit and aggravated spice start to congeal for a homogenous and balanced taste.

Hazy orange and heavily tanslucent, the beer scatters light and aromas with the most careful of pours. Its high effervescence is happy to give up its aromatic treasures with the pop of each and every bubble. What fills the nose is the fruitiness of banana, mango, lemon, orange, apricot and peach. Captivating the early palate with the sweet breadiness of angel food cake, the early impressions are varying and balanced.

But across the middle, the sweetness rises and then falls, as do those fruity, vinous and tangy tropical blends would suggest. But with their slow fade, the yeasty spice of clove, white pepper, mint and vanilla simmer on the palate before the hops arrive. That's when a grassy, leafy and herbal tone greets the palate with soft pungency, damp hay and grainy straw.

Those racy bubbles usher in a dry and fleeting finish, leaving a memory of fruit and sweetness in its wake. Peppery warmth slices through the malt and commands the finish in the way that only proper saison can. Where so much delicacy and finesse is at play, the stern hop bitterness show a lot of rustic roots when the beer's taste concludes.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of earth, spice, and yeast characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600ml(!) split 3 ways. Bottle date was April something 2014. ABV listed as 6%.

Appearance - The saison of tractors pours a hazy peach color with a ton of white foam. Head eventually falls to a thin cap.

Smell - Pure non-funky saison yeast, big farmy bread, grain, straw, light fruitiness (pear comes to mind). Some butter and honey sweetness.

Taste - Opens up a bit here. Lots of Belgian yeast character, sweet and yeasty farmy saison twang, biscuit, apple, pear, honey, herbal, melon, light spice, bubblegum.

Mouthfeel - Decent body, very foamy and well-carbonated. Dry and yeasty, almost chalky. Pretty strong flavor for 6%.

Overall - Kinda on the sweet side for the style, I kinda get tripel-esque flavors here, but very good. The foaminess is kinda overbearing too, but would be happy to drink this anytime.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Blondish orange in color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Carbonation is easily visible. Pepper and belgian yeast on the nose. Refreshing smelling. I get a slight bit of pineapple on the palate combined with peppery almost clove like phenols. Slight honey like malt sweetness.Bitterness is well played in. Can't taste that much of the rye. Carbonation is extremely high but cleanses the palate nicely. Very complex and suprising amount of flavors on the tongue.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Saison Du Tracteur has the brightness of a high-noon sun and, befittingly, the colour of golden wheat; though Quebecois, this beer would be right at home in the Canadian prairies. Or Belgium for that matter - its head is impressively dense while bottle-conditioning has lent a healthy haze.

You'd think by the smell of things that the Trou Du Diable brewery might double as a potpourri factory; wonderfully fragrant notes of pineapple, lemon and orange peel combine with savory hints of dried herbs de provence, lavender and other flower petals. For me this scent simulates spa-like relaxation, pure mental repose. I could spend a weekend in this glass.

Take a sip. What we have here is classic Saison: a flavourful melody of orchard fruits (pear, apricot, peach), citrus fruits (lemon specifically), candied fruits (mango slices), spices (cracked coriander, white pepper), dried herbs (herbs de provence, mint), and biscuity, bready malts. Did I miss anything? Probably - that's how much the best examples of this style have to offer.

Texture is a whole other game; the malt offers both very dry, scratchy graininess as well as soft, airy, lightly sweet fresh breadiness. Then there's the zesty spiciness and herbal savoriness and a healthy dose of acidity. In spite of all this dynamic character, this 6% recipe chooses to emphasize approachability over power; it's a fantastically easy, agreeable beer to drink.

Saison may be the original summertime quencher but many modern examples are too aggressively spicy and high in alcohol to really be considered easy quaffs. Saison Du Tracteur, however, is a pinnacle example of how layered yet laid-back this style can be. Quebec breweries can lay claim to some of the best and worst Belgian interpretations - this is for sure one of the former.

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Photo of Mit
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a cloudy golden colour with a head that won't quit!

Smells a sour sweet smell with some doughy notes

Very refreshing....spicy hoppy flavour....very carbonated. You can taste the elevated alc level on the back end of the mouthful. Provides a nice burn.

Mouthfeel is very bubbly but thick in keeping with the mouthfeel.

Overall this beer is fantastic

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Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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Photo of Brock_hophead
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A-Light golden hazy with big, white, and fluffy head. Retention is alright but nothing too sticky which tells me that the beer will be nice and light but not that resinous.

S-Light and floral. very rustic and piney. has that classic sweet smelling saison aroma

T-Carbonation is perfect and the pepper taste is very balanced with the sweet malt. Spicy and fruity hop character is not too bad at all. The after taste is delicious and welcome as it sits on your tongue. Flavor is not as strong as other saisons I have had but is has its place as a "very good" saison that wont overwhelm the mouth with its taste.

M-Very balanced mouthfeel. the carbonation is strong introduction of what is to come.

O-Very good saison that lacked a little body but had a very good taste and hid the 7% extremely well. Ill give it a 4.

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Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

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Photo of fmccormi
4.22/5  rDev +6%

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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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 52 ratings.