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Saison Du Tracteur - Le Trou Du Diable

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BA SCORE
88
very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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,

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of acurtis
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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.

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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Photo of PEIhop
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Saison Du Tracteur from Le Trou Du Diable
88 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.