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La Shawinigan Handshake - Le Trou Du Diable

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BA SCORE
85
very good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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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!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 18:35:13 | More by DaveBar
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
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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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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 92 ratings.