La Shawinigan Handshake - Le Trou Du Diable
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4.04/5 rDev +6.6%
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
06-26-2013 20:03:35 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.09/5 rDev +7.9%
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!
07-01-2013 23:05:37 | More by biboergosum
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-24-2012 00:19:10 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
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!
10-06-2013 03:35:59 | More by joemcgrath27
3.81/5 rDev +0.5%
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
This wonderful little ale went well with... Monte Cristo sandwiches
07-19-2014 18:35:13 | More by DaveBar
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
10-15-2013 00:06:48 | More by Rutager
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
10-04-2013 17:24:57 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
07-05-2013 22:35:01 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.8/5 rDev +26.6%
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!
04-23-2012 15:56:59 | More by ZorPrime
4.28/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
04-02-2012 11:29:10 | More by papat444
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
01-13-2014 03:22:35 | More by FondueVoodoo
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
10-17-2012 00:02:54 | More by spinrsx
La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.