La Shawinigan Handshake - Le Trou Du Diable
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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
4.09/5 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
3.91/5 rDev +3.2%
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
08-05-2013 20:51:56 | More by mick303
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
Sweet and fruity. Yeast and wheat come through strong with some tangier peach and bubblegum smells. Quite refreshing smell on the whole.
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.
Dry. Thin, well-carbonated and tangy. Light-medium body.
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.
07-26-2013 22:19:46 | More by TheDoctor
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
600 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on May 7 2013. I know it's already been said multiple times, but this is probably the greatest label/name for a Canadian beer I've ever seen.
Pours a golden-orange colour, muddy with sediment and topped with a substantially sized, frothy pearl-white head about two fingers thick. Retention is great, and it coats the glass in sticky lacing as it slowly recedes. The aroma is pleasant, with a mixture of typical German wheat notes and North American hops - lots of banana, as well as some wheaty sweetness, citrus, yeasty clove spiciness, and a faint hint of pine needles. Pretty enticing so far.
Bold-tasting, and considerably more hop-forward than I would expect from the style - but this is more of an observation than a complaint. A subtle backbone of bready wheat malt sweetness underlies a wide range of fruity flavours. Banana is still present, though not as dominant as on the nose, along with grapefruit pith, lemon, and some tropical fruit that comes through with more force as the beer warms. The finish is a mixture of clove spice and pine resin, with an astringent aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Medium-bodied - the carbonation starts off a little high for the style, offering a crisp mouthfeel at first, but it becomes smoother as it warms. Quite drinkable; at 6.5%, this mini-bomber is an excellent selection for a warm July evening.
Final Grade: 4.2, a solid A-. Le Trou Du Diable's Shawinigan Handshake is damn tasty stuff, although not exactly what I would call a 'traditional' weizenbock - the hop choice is decidedly North American in flavour, which causes this to come across as an IPA crossed with a weizenbock. Hop heads like myself will no doubt appreciate the interplay, although fans of classic weizenbocks like Aventinus or Vitus may be caught off-guard by the astringency. This is a beer I'd certainly recommend, though probably only to fans of hoppy brews in general - it's a quirky wheat beer, which, given the name and label art, isn't terribly surprising. A solid offering, and I am eager to try more Trou du Diable brews in the future.
07-18-2013 00:31:57 | More by thehyperduck
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
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
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
3.76/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-29-2013 03:27:44 | More by Digimaika2
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
La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.