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La Shawinigan Handshake - Le Trou Du Diable

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BA SCORE
85
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: firkinhophead on 11-01-2010)
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Reviews by andrenaline:
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 22:51:48 | More by andrenaline
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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.

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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 87 ratings.