La Shawinigan Handshake - Le Trou Du Diable
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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
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
4.09/5 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
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
11-30-2013 03:04:44 | More by biegaman
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-05-2010 21:54:18 | More by John_M
3.31/5 rDev -12.7%
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
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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
09-12-2012 01:40:20 | More by wordemupg
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
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
4.09/5 rDev +7.9%
On tap at Vices & Versa.
Pours an opaque saffron colour, trickle of bead visible. It's obviously not entirely opaque but close to. Head is white, foamy, retains superbly. Outstanding.
Smells sweet and pleasant. Banana mostly, but a touch of poached pear and cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Sweet. Yummy.
Taste is more tangy, some banana with poached pear, lots of clove getting towards back, peppercorns, fennel as well and coriander. Finishes with a light fruity ester which is unexpected and absolutely spot on for cleansing after the spice. Would like more fruit dominance upfront, but otherwise a great strong wheat beer.
Foamy in the mouth, not much booze but some. Dry on the back.
A nice strong weizen. Lots of flavour, intriguing and appealing palate construction.
08-08-2013 01:31:22 | More by laituegonflable
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
06-27-2013 02:36:20 | More by tbeckett
4.19/5 rDev +10.6%
A pleasure to find at our local LCBO, albeit in limited quantities, I'm so glad some made it all the way north.
A - Pours a hazy peach colour, thumb of soapy head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.
S - Sweet yeast notes, a hint of peppered spice, nice floral hop notes with a hint of pine and citrus fruit.
T - The fruity yeast esthers bring out hints of mango and pineapple which complement the sweet pine and citrus hop profile. A lingering citrus rind bitterness settles alongside banana bread and a hint of cloves and pepper.
M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.
O - This stuff is incredibly drinkable, loads of flavour and I will definitely be grabbing more. Here's to hoping that more of TDD brews are included in the LCBO seasonal releases, because I'm loving what they're bringing to the table.
06-20-2013 22:51:48 | More by andrenaline
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
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
06-02-2012 20:52:12 | More by jrenihan
4.01/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
08-14-2013 15:11:42 | More by peensteen
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
La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.