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Saison Du Tracteur - Le Trou Du Diable

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BA SCORE
87
very good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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 Sammy
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,

Sammy, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

Knapp85, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

biegaman, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Kelp, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
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

wordemupg, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

spinrsx, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
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.

tbeckett, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

tom10101, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.3%

andrenaline, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +2.3%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of bobsy
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.

bobsy, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

smithj4, Yesterday at 09:19 PM
Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Molson2000, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
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.

jrenihan, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of markgugs
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

markgugs, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

dar482, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of peensteen
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.

peensteen, Mar 07, 2014
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Saison Du Tracteur from Le Trou Du Diable
87 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.