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La Shawinigan Handshake - Le Trou Du Diable

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BA SCORE
85
very good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 86
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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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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: 4.2, 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 00:31:57 | More by thehyperduck
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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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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.

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La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.