Saison Du Tracteur - Le Trou Du Diable
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4.11/5 rDev +5.7%
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 +2.8%
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
08-21-2014 02:19:40 | More by BGDrock
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
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
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
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
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
375ml bottle into snifter. bottled on april 9, 2014. cosnumed on july 31, 2014
a: light apricot or golden yellow, a really beautiful hue. fully opaque. two and a half fingers of white head that's dying down really quickly
s: mmmm i love saison aromas. lemon, big spice character, yeast, slightly under-ripe oranges, timid peach/nectarine notes, grass, mango, passionfruit. smells a bit sour too
t: malty throughout with lots of tasty wheat and rye, but the sweetness is tame. yeasty and spicy up front. around mid-to-late palate are short flashes of peach, mango, lemon, passionfruit, and grapefruit. has a very dry finish
m: pretty harsh carbonation up front, but mellows out as the beer warms. light-to-medium mouthfeel
o: a saison with delicious malt and fruit characteristics
07-31-2014 20:58:09 | More by kevinlater
3.99/5 rDev +2.6%
Huge promise in its appearance and aroma. Soft hazy pale yellow with a substantial coarse head that gives lots of lace. Big nose that is nice and earthy/barnyardy and come across as quite appetizing. Really nice homespun vibe happening.
Yeasty, wheaty to taste, but with a somewhat hard edged borderline metallic mouthfeel. Tasty, but a little hard edged.
Mostly a nicely crafted beer, just a tad too stern on the finish. A touch too dry for me. But I'd still drink more than one of these.
07-31-2014 16:02:00 | More by TerryW
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
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
Saison Du Tracteur from Le Trou Du Diable
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