La Shawinigan Handshake - Le Trou Du Diable
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3.31/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
06-29-2013 21:50:51 | More by GarthDanielson
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
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
3.55/5 rDev -6.1%
Best Canadian beer label ever.
A - Dark golden pour. Three finger tight white head. Cloudy body with a few yeasty bits and strong carbonation. A full finger of retention remains with a great sheet of lace.
S - Yeasty. Bready malt. Some orange and mild sweet spice. Lemon.
T - Fair bit of spice. A little rough nutmeggyness. Some banana, clove as well. Rough spicing mellows out later to bring forward more peach, banana, and yeast.
M - Good carbonation, creamy medium body, dry finish.
O/D - Not too excited about this one. Spice was a bit much, and while it redeemed itself a bit later on, but I couldn't really get into this too much. Very simple stuff in my glass. Solidly crafted, but I expected lot's more. Wouldn't grab another.
06-27-2013 02:36:20 | More by tbeckett
3.56/5 rDev -5.8%
600ml bottle poured into a Maudite Snifter.
A- Hazy golden yellow color. Nice sticky head of thick white foam. Good lace. floating particles/sediment.
S- Banana, clove, some peach notes, Belgian yeast, somewhat herbal, fairly malty with aromas of 12 grain bread.
T- Typical Weizen characteristics of Banana, clove, a touch of stone fruit ( Peaches and a hint of apricot ). Hops are present with the unmistakable citrusy resins of Chinook and add decent bitterness. Nice malt chew with flavors of fresh bread and whole wheat toast with a light spread of butter. The beer also has a somewhat herbal character mid palate and in the finish which is which is refreshing with some citrus tang and bitterness.
M- The body is on the lower levels of full bodied. Carbonation is on par for the style.
D- very drinkable Weizenbock.
Overall i was pleasantly surprised by this Weizenbock mainly because of the level of hops noticed yet still manages to maintain the style. Quite well balanced.
09-06-2013 01:17:26 | More by drinkininthewood
La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.