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Saison Du Tracteur - Le Trou Du Diable

Saison Du TracteurSaison Du Tracteur

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very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bobsy on 06-08-2010)
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Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottled in june 2013, had march 2014. Poured clear and golden from bottle (served at BeerBistro) had a good lacing and retention, smell has florals, hay, lemon, and a good farmy/barnyardy feel. On the palate it had a filling full effervescence, nice amount of carbonation and a great sessionability. Quite a typical saison, with a strong yeasty contribution, musty and floral fruity notes, with a lot of citrus, coming together, quite enjoyable all round and a strong representation of the style. Nothing too off-the-wall, with a pleasing dry finish. Quite a tasty and enjoyable saison. Complexity is pretty good and the balance is pretty on the mark. Worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 22:58:35 | More by mick303
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 21:25:43 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 16:37:44 | More by mtomlins
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 00:38:01 | More by ludachris
Photo of FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 03:06:38 | More by FondueVoodoo
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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:08:04 | More by zhanson88
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 15:00:03 | More by tbeckett
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 20:54:47 | More by SebD
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 03:16:39 | More by leaddog
Photo of olivianjeremie

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 22:59:35 | More by olivianjeremie
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 04:47:15 | More by biboergosum
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 05:26:55 | More by wordemupg
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 16:33:13 | More by liamt07
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 20:49:02 | More by jrenihan
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 15:52:26 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 11:53:16 | More by papat444
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3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 19:37:19 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2014 20:53:04 | More by peensteen
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Patrolling Beer Revolution continues to dredge up great finds lately, including this saison bolstered with rye on the grist bill. Presented in a pint glass, a classic brownish amber color with a dappling of white bubbles. Aroma immediately fruity, nutty, earthy, and spicy, reminded me of lemon meringue pie but with considerable earthy spice and some horse blanket funk just to remind you that this is a rustic Belgian-style brew and not for the faint of heart. For some reason my nose often registers "earthy unsweetened peanut butter" when sniffing a good saison. I believe this is earthiness from the yeast. Nice. Taste was if anything even more heartwarming, with considerable fruity and spicy complexity. The grist bill provides some bread crust, cereal, and caramel while yeast-derived esters (and maybe the rye as well) presumably deliver the spicy goods , which on my palate register as white pepper and turmeric, not sweet spices. Finally there is a nice fruit bowl effect going on, some lemon, cidery apples and pears, and some tropical notes like passion fruit, maybe mango. There's even a weedy green character lurking in there as the hops arrive on the scene in the finish. Dryish like a classic saison but all the fruit flavors do temper this impression somewhat ... A deep earthy pungency co-exists alongside a bright sweetness without an awkward juxtaposition of clashing flavors. Layered complexity without worrying too much about integration, some might view this as a fault but to my mind this is the sort of Belgian-inspired creativity that ought to be celebrated.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 17:56:14 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 01:19:09 | More by duracell
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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,

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 05:13:07 | More by Sammy
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2010 14:34:00 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 18:55:23 | More by bobsy
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