La Shawinigan Handshake - Le Trou Du Diable

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 3.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: firkinhophead on 11-01-2010

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (801 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (742 characters)

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (987 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (392 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stamped 070513 (May 7, 2013)

(4.0) A: Very cloudy peach-copper colour with a tall creamy stark-white head. Noticeable sediment. Long retention and curtain-like lacing.

(3.75) S: Apricot, grasses, banana, clove, tangerine, spices, and honey. A fresh and juicy aroma that is well put together.

(3.75) T: Very similar to aroma with dried apricots, juicy tangerine, clove, and fresh grasses detectable. A fair amount of spice present. Nice combination of fresh tasting flavours. Smooth and not overpowering with a mellow mix of flavours that allow this to be consumed quickly.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with moderate-higher carbonation. Dry and crisp. Semi-oily with a resin-like texture.

(3.75) D: This was tasty and something I would pick-up again. Likely not the most complex weizenbock but a very well put together offering that is both fresh tasting and smooth. (867 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (264 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant surprise!

Bottle pours a hazy golden colour with brassy notes. Impressive retention on the white head and decent mouthfeel. Bready aroma is heavy on the wheat and German yeast. Appropriate for the style, but not my own personal preference. The banana elements are more obvious in the taste, within which the Chinook citrus notes really shine. A decently bitter finish that has a good crispness despite the lingering wheat background. (445 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, hazy apricot colour under and decent head that settles to a sturdy ring. Good lace.

Smells of banana, cloves and spice. Clearly a European-style wheat beer from it's nose. Overall, quite appetizing.

Proper wheat beer to taste. Bitter citrus and fruitiness from hops on the palate. Quite tasty, not overpowering.Noticeable yeast to smell and taste. Slightly dry, lingering finish. Lots of things happening front to back which makes this an interesting beer to drink. (475 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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! (561 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass of this at the Trou Du Diable event at Wvrst in Toronto.

Beer is a cloudy dark amber, slightly golden. Moderate sized white head.

Smell consists of sweet malty, wheat, banana, bread.

Taste is similar to the nose. Bready with a crisp wheat side, and a bit of spice. Caramel. Muted fruit- banana, some other fruit flavours.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Overall, good stuff. Would certainly like to have this again. (453 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Obviously this hilarious politically-themed label has caught my eye during many trips to the bottle shop but for some reason I never did pull the trigger. Oh well. Here we go. Color is somewhere between golden amber and orange marmalade, with a light dusting of off-white foam, more lace on the glass than anything. Aroma is rather nice, the expected banana and clove notes accompanied by bright grapefruit and orange citrus. Palate is malt-forward but everything is well-integrated: Banana nut bread, golden raisins, marmalade, even something tropical (guava perhaps?). Body is solidly within medium territory, smooth and drinkable for a "big" style with a moderate prickly "bite". Finishes fruity and spicy, citrus and curry perhaps. Nothing sticking out like an ill-advised long gun registry. Nice winter brew that compares favorably with a few of the German classics. (922 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A – an amber peachy colour, cloudy with visible carbonation that fades rather quickly. A strong head of soft white foam, good retention and lacing. 3.75

S – an intricate yeast forward nose, lemon spice and banana, clove and coriander, farmhouse notes, a subtle earthy maltiness, field aromas with a complex yeasty mustiness. Not much bitterness to pick up on, its deep interesting but restrained. 4

T – full lemon citrus juiciness, peach and banana creaminess, with a developing yeasty fruitiness. Has some light florals until the herbal hop notes come forward. A delicate soft spicy finish, black tea, thick bodied on finish with a full mouth yeast coating that has slight lemon character. The finish is full of pepperiness, prickly and a lightly cloying bitterness. 4

M – moderate bodied, with a gentle citrus sweetness and carbonation. It has some tartness and a bit of earthy spice toward the end. With some of the tannin character, with a big dryness on the lingering aftertaste. Alcohol is there in the body but not really aggressive, lends some spice. 3.75

This is certainly a flavourful interpretation with lots of flavours vying for the spotlight. This has some cool interplay of fruity and yeasty character with the sprucy and peppery hop bitterness really dominating the finish. Balance issues at times, with aggressive flavours, but on the whole I found it an enjoyable and unique hopped weizenbock. Worth a try for sure. Tasty stuff. 3.75 (1,463 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The is attractive, if a bit light, showing the expected clove and nutmeg. This really smells like your typical German hefe (which ain't not bad thing). Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this well crafted beer. There is some moderate sweetness, but the considerable spice keeps it check. The beer has sort of a bitter finish, that I'm not sure is from hops (but doesn't come across as alcoholic heat either). I just think it's an accumulation of a lot of spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a fairly long, spice filled finish. Drinkability is good, though after a while the spice comes across as a bit much, and detracts just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

This won't have me switching over from Weihenstephaner any time soon, but nevertheless, this is a very nice take on the style. (936 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy gold/amber with a finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Clove, yeast, bready malt, spices, hint of banana and plum.

Taste - Clove, fruit and spices are most predominant and nicely balanced with the bready malts. Slightly peppery in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight warming effect from the alcohol.

Overall - A good weizenbock with traditional flavours (clove, banana, bready malt). Appearance could use some tweaking to hit the right colour palette and have better head retention, but otherwise a good show. (599 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle picked up from LCBO for $6.05 CDN. Quite possibly the greatest beer label art I've ever seen to along with and awesome name.

Appearance- Hazy, effervescent golden amber / copper color. Huge 3+ fingers of head, significant lacing and huge white cap left on top. Tons of yeast particles floating around, particularly as you get to the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Hoppy, some mild citrus but also some sweet bready malts. While it is a weizenbock (reflected in the color), smells more like a cross between an IPA (spruce scents) and a tripel (bready notes). Whatever the classification may be it smells damn good.

Taste - Mild and hoppy, but again the bready malts are noticeable especially on the back half of the sip. Some caramel flavors in there too. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Medium / high carbonation, quite smooth and rich as one would expect from a weizenbock.

Overall - Really nice, big time smell and flavor and great feel to the beer. Went deliciously down with my leftover Thanksgiving (Canadian) lunch. (1,071 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately/slow and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, cloves, peppery spices, banana and wheat malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, dominant clove and banana notes, some peppery spices, faint lemon and wheat.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (562 characters)

Photo of decimator
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6.5%.

Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, who hails from Shawinigan, approved the use of his likeness on the label.

A - Poured a murky dark yellow, white frothy head reduced to a thin cap, visible sediment, good lacing.

S - Pine, spices, bananas, bread.

T - Bananas, wheat bread, spice, pine, hint of Christmas Tree.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, creamy, some grittiness, dry finish.

O - Came off as a strong hefeweizen with a good dose of hops. Quite drinkable. (526 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange colour, 2.5 fingers of white head with a good amount of lace. Lots of citrusy-fruity hops here, lots of orange and pineapple before the wheat aspects come through, banana and a light spice as well. Taste is loaded with fruity hops and banana, orange and tropical fruit, spicy with a nice drying bitterness, fruity in the aftertaste. medium carbonation and medium bodied. Solid stuff, could easily revisit this again, very drinkable. (451 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (676 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 11/9/12 sent out by unibroue4ever cheers Yannick

A hazy dark orange and a well sustained two finger tan head, 4 thick distinct rings of lace and there may have been more but I'm drinking a little slow today, great looking beer

S a hint of winter spice mixed with candied pineapple and banana chips, faint pine and some grapefruit rind, some wheat and caramel as it warms

T some more tropical notes and some yeast, but for the most part it mimics the smell quite well, well concealed booze pretty nice stuff

M fairly full bodied with a nice creamy feel, just a little bitter bite and the booze is faint but there

O no complaints from this guy, solid beer for sure and I'm not sure if a few months has helped or hurt its cause. hops are still strong but the booze is mellow and the flavors mingle

I try not to judge books by their cover and if I were to judge a beer by its label this one would be one of the best. the liquid itself is also quite nice and I'd drink it again for sure, thanks again Yannick for the want (1,056 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 (1,144 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a ridiculously cloudy apricot color. Has a respectable three inches of off-white head that has big air-pockets and slowly works its way down to an even film. Good retention; nice, loose lacing.

S:
Sweet and fruity. Yeast and wheat come through strong with some tangier peach and bubblegum smells. Quite refreshing smell on the whole.

T:
Really interesting. My first drink came on pretty tart and fruity with more hops at the end. In subsequent sips the hops came through a lot more.
Slight astringency at first, doughy and warm in the middle with iced tea and muddy hop flavors at the finish. You can tell the hops are there, but it is neither subtle nor American-ish.

M:
Dry. Thin, well-carbonated and tangy. Light-medium body.

O:
Really decent hopfenweiss. It is definitely different than European ones, but I think it is suitably subtle compared to the hop-bomb it could be in certain hands. It was a little less rich/heavy than I would have liked, but it was also really refreshing, so I guess there is a trade-off. Also, at 6.5% it could be a passable hanging-out-in-hot-weather beer.
Looked fantasic, really. Amazingly refreshing and fresh smell. Pretty tasty, dry and thirst-quenching.
Would have again; worth trying. (1,237 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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! (555 characters)

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La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
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