La Shawinigan Handshake - Le Trou Du Diable

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: firkinhophead on 11-01-2010

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Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by DaveBar:
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO 375ml bottle for $2.75. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well. Pours cloudy and dark gold. Not much head at all

S- Very good. Orange and heavy malt tones.

T- A bit down here compared to smell. Hints of citrus and pine but not like a Nordic pale ale.

M- Dry and crisp. Ok by me. Finishes rather long

O- Pretty good. Had a bomber saved for a while now but found 4 of these little guys on the shelf so I grabbed them. Pretty good buy

Food Pairing

This wonderful little ale went well with... Monte Cristo sandwiches

Enjoy!

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

600mL bottle from the LCBO, just in time for Canada Day. The label is a hilarious take on one of the most bizarre moments from the Chretien era.

Poured into my stalwart glassed champion, the Duvel tulip. A hazy, marmalade-grapefruit concoction flows forth, which yields an impressive head of a couple of inches that survives quite nicely as a thick ring with scads of lacing. A terrific looking brew.

Nose is banana, grapefruit, clove, other citrussy things, and a malt that for some reason is unmistakeably Quebecois. I'm not sure what it is, but I detect this smell in a great deal of Quebec brews - it's not a bad thing, of course, but it is curious.

This beer offers a Chretien-sized dosage of bitter grapefruit, citrus hops, a bit of resin, alongside a mild foundation of banana, cloves, bread and honey - more typical suspects for a weizenbock. Nicely spicy, with notes of pepper and clove. Excellent body to this beer: nice and thick, creamy, and refreshing carbonation.

A very tasty brew indeed, a wheat beer with a bit of American hops (Chinook, in this case). Though it seems like an odd combination, it somehow works quite well

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600ml bottle. A very appropriate first beer for this national holiday of ours, a little bit of the humour of our collective political past depicted in the name and on the label. Glad to hear that the 'Little Man' himself is ok with this - and what if he wasn't?

This beer pours a hazy, bright golden yellow colour, with two (choking) fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of random streaks of drooping sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of sharp, somewhat sour yeast, banana chips, a fairly dry grainy wheatiness, and leafy green spruce tips. The taste is quite hop-forward, with that Chinook spruciness hitting full-on, followed by a prominent black pepper spiciness, some middling, mostly ripe banana esters, subtle hints of clove and nutmeg, a further muted, muddled tropical fruitiness from the hops, and some understated, backbone-propping, spicy in its own right, semi-sweet wheat malt. Nothing boozy seems to want to stick its neck out at this juncture.

The carbonation is a wee bit pugnacious (yeah), but mostly just frothy and lighthearted, the body medium-light in weight(class), and tacitly smooth, in that 'it sounds good at first, but kind of loses a fair bit of steam upon direct dissection' sort of way, eh, Mr. Prime Minister? It finishes off-dry, the lingering evergreen hops and hefty banana-wheat malt still in an ironic struggle for my voting tastebuds.

A rather tasty weizenbock, bolstered further by the added kick of the west coast Yankee hops. So, a beer is a beer. What kind of beer? It's a beer. A beer is a beer. And when you have good beer, it's because it's beery. Q.E.D. - tabernacle!

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Barhop. A weizen bock is only part of the story, fresh and well hopped. Banana and hops, lots of fruitiness. Fuller mouthfeel. lasting head and thick looking. Not something to have every night, and is a nice production. Aromas are toward wheat and spice.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - fully hazy copper golden with a tall white head, nice random lacing all around
S - big yeasty esters of banana, citrus, and spices, and a big grainy presence
T - a strange yet tasty mix of yeasty esters, grape medicine phenols, mineral notes, pale grains, and light leafy hops
M - nicely carbonated with a dry yeasty character with hints of fruity bitterness
O - from what I remember seeing the original shawinigan handshake was much less pleasant than this, an oustanding way to commemorate a very funny piece of Canadian history, merci Jean Cretien!

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks wordemupg for this long time want. Great label celebrating a hilarious event in Canadian history and a very nice custom made TDD 600ml bottle.

Appearance. Pours a rich and hazy gold with a touch of amber and topped with almost two fingers of frothy white head that leaves some great lace behind. Extra points for such awesome packaging.

Smell. Light orchard fruits, spicy and fruity belgian yeast, and a bit of light malt and banana.

Taste. Light orchard fruits again and plenty of grassy and citrus hops with a good bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium amount of fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. Tastes more like a hoppy belgian pale. Really nice stuff.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and floral hops from the Chinook are dominant. Taste is also dominated by the hoppy notes form the Chinook with some citrus and floral notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. I thought this was an APA all along; the hops level overshadows the wheat notes.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy golden orange wit two fingers of fluffy white head.

S - Bready malts, spice, clove and Belgian yeast and fruity esters.

T - Belgian yeast esters, clove and banana with a big spice profile. Some fruit esters, pine and lemon are also present.

M - Medium body. Dry and slightly sticky. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is looking superb in the glass. Copper color, slightly veiled. Head is white/beige color... and very sticky.

In the nose, it explode with hefeweizen notes and some hops that makes everything shine. Bananas with tropical fruits. Excellent aroma. Taste is another wow... so tasty, so good. Bananas and tropical fruits again... Brewery should make more beer tasting like this... and TDD should make this one a regular! Dry finish. Bitter. Some spiciness in the mouth. Slightly effervescent. Warmth. This is almost perfect beer. Next time I buy a case of this one!

Photo of papat444
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, bottled Feb. 2012.

Appearance: A light brass color with a huge fluffy head that has thick lacing blurring the line between the side of the glass and the actual head. A big rush of bubbles upwards after each pour.

Smell: Good dose of banana, bread, hops and pine.

Taste: Banana & cloves mixed with resiny hops. Plush fruit, grapefruit minus the acidic bitterness with tangerines and a touch of honey. Spicy cloves and pine.

Mouthfeel: Everything about this one is mellow, nothing harsh and very palatable.

Overall: A real nice hybrid of a beer. Worth enjoying but don't hang on to it too long as there's no potential of aging that i can see.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A%3A Pours a clear peach colour with 3 fingers of off-white head which quickly dissipated to a think film over the surface with plenty of lacing. %0A%0AS%3A Lightly spiced Belgian yeast with white pepper paired with overripe bananas. Strong malty backbone with a balance of hops. %0A%0AT%3A The spiciness of the yeast is much more apparent than was detected in the scent. Great malt backbone with a slight hoppy bitterness on the finish. %0A%0AM%3A Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Refreshing and clean. %0A%0AO%3A Another great brew from TD which we are now lucky enough to get in BC.

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle received in trade with iguenard, thanks!

Appearance – Slightly hazy gold/amber colour with an average size fizzy/foamy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, citrus, yeast/spice, metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon and a yeasty spiciness. There is also a fair bit of metallic and astringent flavour. As it warmed I could taste a bit of banana. It ends with a grainy and slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall – I was expecting more from this on based on other reviews. There's just a bit too much of a rusty/acidic/metallic flavour and scent in it for me.

Photo of SebD
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately/slow and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, cloves, peppery spices, banana and wheat malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, dominant clove and banana notes, some peppery spices, faint lemon and wheat.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

600 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on May 7 2013. I know it's already been said multiple times, but this is probably the greatest label/name for a Canadian beer I've ever seen.

Pours a golden-orange colour, muddy with sediment and topped with a substantially sized, frothy pearl-white head about two fingers thick. Retention is great, and it coats the glass in sticky lacing as it slowly recedes. The aroma is pleasant, with a mixture of typical German wheat notes and North American hops - lots of banana, as well as some wheaty sweetness, citrus, yeasty clove spiciness, and a faint hint of pine needles. Pretty enticing so far.

Bold-tasting, and considerably more hop-forward than I would expect from the style - but this is more of an observation than a complaint. A subtle backbone of bready wheat malt sweetness underlies a wide range of fruity flavours. Banana is still present, though not as dominant as on the nose, along with grapefruit pith, lemon, and some tropical fruit that comes through with more force as the beer warms. The finish is a mixture of clove spice and pine resin, with an astringent aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Medium-bodied - the carbonation starts off a little high for the style, offering a crisp mouthfeel at first, but it becomes smoother as it warms. Quite drinkable; at 6.5%, this mini-bomber is an excellent selection for a warm July evening.

Final Grade: 4.19, a solid A-. Le Trou Du Diable's Shawinigan Handshake is damn tasty stuff, although not exactly what I would call a 'traditional' weizenbock - the hop choice is decidedly North American in flavour, which causes this to come across as an IPA crossed with a weizenbock. Hop heads like myself will no doubt appreciate the interplay, although fans of classic weizenbocks like Aventinus or Vitus may be caught off-guard by the astringency. This is a beer I'd certainly recommend, though probably only to fans of hoppy brews in general - it's a quirky wheat beer, which, given the name and label art, isn't terribly surprising. A solid offering, and I am eager to try more Trou du Diable brews in the future.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, peach-gold coloring with a frothy, uneven, off-white filmy surface coating of head. Aromas of banana bread, cloves, subtle bubble gum sweetness, and sappy spruce tassels. Flavors are bready on the forward tongue, with heavy clove spicing and spruce. Banana and orange fruit sweetness blend together, but get outweighed by the initial flavorings. The carbonation in the beer and the light body results in an almost astringent, sharp feeling on the forward tongue when you drink. There is also an acidic characteristic on the initial taste that slowly calms as the beer passes through the mouth. Seems lighter in mouth than what I would expect for the aromas and the flavors. The aftertaste is woody and roasted, with a hint of spicing that lingers on past the quick, effervescent finish. The end of the beer is almost astringent again as it clears the palate. Decent flavors throughout, but the body makes it a tough one to drink for me.

Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The is attractive, if a bit light, showing the expected clove and nutmeg. This really smells like your typical German hefe (which ain't not bad thing). Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this well crafted beer. There is some moderate sweetness, but the considerable spice keeps it check. The beer has sort of a bitter finish, that I'm not sure is from hops (but doesn't come across as alcoholic heat either). I just think it's an accumulation of a lot of spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a fairly long, spice filled finish. Drinkability is good, though after a while the spice comes across as a bit much, and detracts just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

This won't have me switching over from Weihenstephaner any time soon, but nevertheless, this is a very nice take on the style.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle picked up from LCBO for $6.05 CDN. Quite possibly the greatest beer label art I've ever seen to along with and awesome name.

Appearance- Hazy, effervescent golden amber / copper color. Huge 3+ fingers of head, significant lacing and huge white cap left on top. Tons of yeast particles floating around, particularly as you get to the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Hoppy, some mild citrus but also some sweet bready malts. While it is a weizenbock (reflected in the color), smells more like a cross between an IPA (spruce scents) and a tripel (bready notes). Whatever the classification may be it smells damn good.

Taste - Mild and hoppy, but again the bready malts are noticeable especially on the back half of the sip. Some caramel flavors in there too. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Medium / high carbonation, quite smooth and rich as one would expect from a weizenbock.

Overall - Really nice, big time smell and flavor and great feel to the beer. Went deliciously down with my leftover Thanksgiving (Canadian) lunch.

Photo of jrenihan
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Beer is a cloudy dark amber, slightly golden. Moderate sized white head.

Smell consists of sweet malty, wheat, banana, bread.

Taste is similar to the nose. Bready with a crisp wheat side, and a bit of spice. Caramel. Muted fruit- banana, some other fruit flavours.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Overall, good stuff. Would certainly like to have this again.

Photo of firkinhophead
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Rustico in Alexandria.

pours a cloudy reddish brown with a decent head that fades to a thin ring. some clingy lace.

aroma of spicy yeast, bready malt, clove, a hint of booze and cotton candy. right on target.

taste is yeasty and full of earthy spice with a solid underpinning of bready, sweet malt and flour-dusted brioche. Grassy, herbal hops in the finish become quite pronounced as it warms.

Medium-bodied but with a good bitter bite that keeps the balance. a tad prickly, but that keeps it from being cloying. Not as slick or rich as Aventinus, but quite drinkable.

Excellent example of the style, with a bit more bite than the German versions. Hits all the right notes of malt and spice. Highly recommended.

Photo of andrenaline
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pleasure to find at our local LCBO, albeit in limited quantities, I'm so glad some made it all the way north.

A - Pours a hazy peach colour, thumb of soapy head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Sweet yeast notes, a hint of peppered spice, nice floral hop notes with a hint of pine and citrus fruit.

T - The fruity yeast esthers bring out hints of mango and pineapple which complement the sweet pine and citrus hop profile. A lingering citrus rind bitterness settles alongside banana bread and a hint of cloves and pepper.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - This stuff is incredibly drinkable, loads of flavour and I will definitely be grabbing more. Here's to hoping that more of TDD brews are included in the LCBO seasonal releases, because I'm loving what they're bringing to the table.

Photo of leaddog
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy gold/amber with a finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Clove, yeast, bready malt, spices, hint of banana and plum.

Taste - Clove, fruit and spices are most predominant and nicely balanced with the bready malts. Slightly peppery in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight warming effect from the alcohol.

Overall - A good weizenbock with traditional flavours (clove, banana, bready malt). Appearance could use some tweaking to hit the right colour palette and have better head retention, but otherwise a good show.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Vices & Versa.

Pours an opaque saffron colour, trickle of bead visible. It's obviously not entirely opaque but close to. Head is white, foamy, retains superbly. Outstanding.

Smells sweet and pleasant. Banana mostly, but a touch of poached pear and cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Sweet. Yummy.

Taste is more tangy, some banana with poached pear, lots of clove getting towards back, peppercorns, fennel as well and coriander. Finishes with a light fruity ester which is unexpected and absolutely spot on for cleansing after the spice. Would like more fruit dominance upfront, but otherwise a great strong wheat beer.

Foamy in the mouth, not much booze but some. Dry on the back.

A nice strong weizen. Lots of flavour, intriguing and appealing palate construction.

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 11/9/12 sent out by unibroue4ever cheers Yannick

A hazy dark orange and a well sustained two finger tan head, 4 thick distinct rings of lace and there may have been more but I'm drinking a little slow today, great looking beer

S a hint of winter spice mixed with candied pineapple and banana chips, faint pine and some grapefruit rind, some wheat and caramel as it warms

T some more tropical notes and some yeast, but for the most part it mimics the smell quite well, well concealed booze pretty nice stuff

M fairly full bodied with a nice creamy feel, just a little bitter bite and the booze is faint but there

O no complaints from this guy, solid beer for sure and I'm not sure if a few months has helped or hurt its cause. hops are still strong but the booze is mellow and the flavors mingle

I try not to judge books by their cover and if I were to judge a beer by its label this one would be one of the best. the liquid itself is also quite nice and I'd drink it again for sure, thanks again Yannick for the want

Photo of hopsolutely
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant surprise!

Bottle pours a hazy golden colour with brassy notes. Impressive retention on the white head and decent mouthfeel. Bready aroma is heavy on the wheat and German yeast. Appropriate for the style, but not my own personal preference. The banana elements are more obvious in the taste, within which the Chinook citrus notes really shine. A decently bitter finish that has a good crispness despite the lingering wheat background.

Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nothing about Shawinigan Handshake is what I expected. For one, it is a near spotless and resplendent golden-yellow colour, as bright and sunny as a summer afternoon. Weizenbocks are often referred to as bigger, stronger versions Hefeweizens but there's nothing intimidating about this one, it looks every bit as approachable as the classic summertime quencher.

Second of all, the aroma is distinguished neither by rich, toasty malt nor by yeasty phenols or esters, but rather by, of all things, Northwest hops. It is a soapy bouquet with light notes of citrus, cat pee, pine bark, and fresh flowers. This style typically smells of rotting fruits but this bouquet has a fully in-bloom, spring-time freshness.

In a style like Weizenbock, yeast typically spreads like wildfire. Chinook hops, however, keep a very firm grip on things. The combination of ripe peaches, dank, forest-y spruce notes and citric lemon oils comprise the lion's share of the flavour, with banana notes and spicy phenols making unexpectedly dinky contributions. Even less significant is the alcohol; a complete non-factor.

The malt contributes too, but it isn't replete with rich, toasty melanoidins - instead it's sweet and doughy. Indeed, Shawinigan Handshake doesn't have all the qualities one might look for in the style; I always think of these as dark, malty, and yeasty but fairer examples like this aren't uncommon. The abundance of hops, on the other hand, that's different.

If I had known how refreshing and agreeable this beer was, I wouldn't have waited for a blustering cold November night to open it. Weissbier is for the summer. Bocks are traditionally for the spring. This beer is an amalgam of the two seasons, showcasing budding florals, greening spruce trees and fresh (not fermented) fruits. Shawinigan Handshake definitely isn't your Großvater's Weizenbock but it's a must try - especially for hop-heads.

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La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.