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La Shawinigan Handshake - Le Trou Du Diable

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Mack, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

FondueVoodoo, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of lwadd
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

lwadd, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

604growler, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

wizo, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

biegaman, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of philmen
4/5  rDev +5.5%

philmen, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

JonnyBeers, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Molson2000, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

chickenm, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

GoHabsGo, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of bigox420
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bigox420, Nov 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

valianes, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +5.5%

pixieskid, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Rutager, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

DenisKolkin, Oct 14, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

joemcgrath27, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of SebD
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

SebD, Oct 02, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

hopsolutely, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Exeter, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

DaPan, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of montrealbcr89
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

montrealbcr89, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of jbmaur
4/5  rDev +5.5%

jbmaur, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

drinkininthewood, Sep 06, 2013
La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.