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Saison Du Tracteur - Le Trou Du Diable

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89
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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 205
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | 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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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 205
Photo of olivianjeremie
3.27/5  rDev -18%
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 (274 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
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, (260 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.43/5  rDev -14%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orange blonde colour, ring of white head lots of lace. Smell is of fruity yeast, clean grainy malt bill with a lingering light hop presence, some green apple and plastic from the yeast that I get in some saisons, the mix of fruit yeast and plastic here is reminiscent of Dupont. Taste is fruity and dry, lingering grassy hop bitterness, less of the plastic from the nose but still there in the aftertaste between sips, not a whole lot going on here otherwise. Dry medium body, light-medium carbonation. Not a favourite of mine, the last third of the 12oz draft pour was a bit of a chore to get through not because of any off flavours but because this is a bit uninteresting. (674 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
3.75/5  rDev -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. (248 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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 (362 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this at the Trou Du Diable event at Wvrst in Toronto.

Beer has an incredibly pale straw colour, faint yellow. Some white head. No lacing.

Smell is fruity, rather tropical. Peach and mango stick out. Honey and floral notes as well.

Mildly funky flavour,. Light fruit, a bit peppery. Dry. Not a terribly strong taste, although perhaps it was not clever to drink the Dulcis Succubus first.

Light bodied, low carbonation. Fairly thin but nice.

Overall, a decent saison. Enjoyable but not a standout for the brewery or the style. (544 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes.

A - Poured light golden with a two finger fluffy white head and strong carbonation. Bright at first pour but tons of yeast chunks made it cloudy when the bottom of the bottle was added. Good lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Sweet spice, sweet grain, lemon.

T - Banana, sweet grain, some sweet spice, lemon, passionfruit, orange, nice sweet fruits.

M - Strong carbonation, medium creamy body, dry finish.

O/D - Not a bad saison. Nailed all the proper elements well, but didn't take it up the notch it could have. Drinkable and refreshing. Well done. (605 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

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. (1,378 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of headlessparrot
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -4%

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. (282 characters)

Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.87/5  rDev -3%
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 (292 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,386 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 600 ml into a tulip.

A: pours straw gold with a thick three finger head that breaks down leaving good lacing and thin foamy film.

S: malts and the typical saison funk. Some nice spices are there too.

T: follows the nose. Bitterness typical with a saison but a nice spice profile. Grassy taste and the funkyness are there.

M: high carbonation with a dry finish

O: a nice saison. I enjoyed the spice profile a great deal. Another solid beer from Le Trou de Diable (475 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 (784 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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! (1,235 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 (713 characters)

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Saison Du Tracteur from Le Trou Du Diable
89 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.