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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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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-09-2013 01:02:24 | More by GoHabsGo
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-02-2013 12:01:04 | More by bigox420
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

10-16-2013 08:04:48 | More by valianes
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-15-2013 16:10:48 | More by pixieskid
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:06:48 | More by Rutager
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 18:34:28 | More by DenisKolkin
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 03:35:59 | More by joemcgrath27
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 17:24:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 20:47:07 | More by SebD
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 23:23:19 | More by hopsolutely
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-23-2013 23:27:10 | More by Exeter
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-15-2013 01:49:01 | More by DaPan
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14%

09-11-2013 01:18:19 | More by montrealbcr89
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jbmaur

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-08-2013 01:32:27 | More by jbmaur
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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 01:17:26 | More by drinkininthewood
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-02-2013 18:13:08 | More by JAHMUR
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.6%

08-26-2013 01:20:54 | More by mattsander
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 04:48:08 | More by leaddog
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yossarian

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-24-2013 21:36:06 | More by yossarian
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 18:52:53 | More by TerryW
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-19-2013 04:53:04 | More by FadetoBock
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-19-2013 00:01:51 | More by jmkoscie
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-14-2013 15:29:06 | More by liamt07
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 15:11:42 | More by peensteen
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 01:31:22 | More by laituegonflable
La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.