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Saison Du Tracteur - Le Trou Du Diable

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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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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 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 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 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 Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (439 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 biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +4%

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. (1,806 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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 (1,031 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 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 dar482
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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. (271 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 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 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 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 bobsy
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (665 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 BigBry
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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. (363 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 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 TerryW
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (491 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,585 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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. (511 characters)

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Saison Du Tracteur from Le Trou Du Diable
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