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La Shawinigan Handshake - Le Trou Du Diable

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BA SCORE
86
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of gloryhole
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tbeckett
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of decimator
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of andrenaline
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of jsnoek
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Luk13
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of mmurphy525
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jrenihan
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is looking superb in the glass. Copper color, slightly veiled. Head is white/beige color... and very sticky.

In the nose, it explode with hefeweizen notes and some hops that makes everything shine. Bananas with tropical fruits. Excellent aroma. Taste is another wow... so tasty, so good. Bananas and tropical fruits again... Brewery should make more beer tasting like this... and TDD should make this one a regular! Dry finish. Bitter. Some spiciness in the mouth. Slightly effervescent. Warmth. This is almost perfect beer. Next time I buy a case of this one!

La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.