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Dulcis Succubus - Le Trou Du Diable

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 138
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 54
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ritzkiss on 02-20-2011

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this bottle back from Quebec and managed not to drink it for almost three months until I could get with some friends to open her up. Slightly hazy yellow color with a decent head. Big earthy funky aromas with just a touch of brett character. The saison is slowly disappearing as a wild ale is starting to come about. The wood and the wine come off as subtle background notes and add some nice complexity. Somewhat different, but a great complex well made brew.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the most expensive beer (around 20$ for 750ml) I've ever had, so I'll take that in consideration for the review.

Gorgeous foamy head with lots of carbonation visible. Golden in color with good lacing. At first, when I opened the bottle, I smelled a lot of alcohol. But once I had it in my glass it didn't smell that much. There's a good aroma of wild yeast, apple (cider-like) and peach. There's a good balance between sweet flavors (alcohol, apple) and bitterness from the hops. The Brett gives it a nice funky taste too that's quite pleasant and you get also a good taste from the oak used but it's subtle.

Overall it's really really good. Is it worth 20$? Maybe, maybe not, I don't know, but it's definitely one of the best beer I've ever had, I don't regret buying it!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a mostly clear, but slightly hazy orange, with a significant dense head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like honey, white wine, hay, Brett funk, and orange citrus.

This was delicious, and a nice little surprise. This has got some earthy and musty citrus as a big flavor, with some Brett funk, hay, slight grassiness, and honey. It's got that slight sweatiness that a lot of Brett beers have, and it's in check and tastes pretty good. This really reminds of a HF saison, which is certainly high praise.

This is medium bodied, with a honeyed and juicy mouthfeel, along with a moderate level of carbonation.

This was really excellent and a nice off-the-radar treat.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks big Chico. Apparently March 2012.

A- Golden pour from the 750ml to several pint glasses. Foamy white head fills up much of the glass with good retention, rambunctious. One large sheet of lace and sparse spots around that.

S- Fairly bright fruits off the top with apple, funky cherry pie and white grapes. Saison spice with a dose of Brett hay and drying.

T- Brett is the driving force right alongside Saison yeast lending lemon peel, cooking herbs, white grape, pear, apple, band aid, cherry pits and barnyard straw.

MF- Creamy and foamy consistency to the medium bodied brew. High end but very smoothed out carbonation. Dry and bitter finish.

A heavily Brett influenced Belgian Ale for me. Pale fruits lead to spiciness and funky fruity Brett.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly less cloudy than expected, but still the light yellow color, with pure white head. Head is much less frothy than expected too, it seems like they used american yeast for this one. Retention is also not as long as what you'd get with traditional Belgian yeast, but lacing is decent. All in all, a good looking beer.

S: Smell is quite light, but all of the good elements seem there. There is a very good amount of barnyard funk in this, with a solid underlying tartness. There seems to be a solid malt base for the style, but the type of sweetness that it brings seems to blend well with the other smells. Green apples, horse blanket, lemon rind, candi sugar and light sour cherries. Very solid.

T: Well, this is where it falls through. There is much stronger hops presence than what I anticipated. You get quite a solid amount of herbal hops in this that seems to not fit with the traditional lambic that what the smell gave away.Still, you get the rest, the barnyard funk, the pepper, the vanilla (from the barrel), the candi sugar, the green apples, the cherries. A weird kind of mix that isn't bad, but doesn't fit that much together either.

M: Like I said, this is definitely not Belgian yeast. Very very american mouthfeel, creamy, smooth, medium weight and all you expect from this type of yeast. Doesn't fit the style too well, but it isn't a bad mouthfeel either. I'm conflicted here.

O: Although this isn't a bad beer, it isn't worth the 15$ asking price (minimum). It still is a solid sour brew from Quebec, where we don't get much of these. It's OK.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A copper haze of an ale with a 3 fingers of bone white head, nice retention of tight microfilm skirts the top rim to rim.
S: Tart apples and lemon juice pop forward with spices of white pepper and coriander. Overall earthy grape muskiness with that sourness associated with a farmhouse. Interesting to note there's an undertone of flowery soapy.
T: Acidity up front of lemon rinds and and pith with sourness and tannins of wet wood. The tartness reminds me of a resiling, bright and refreshing with dryness that sucks to the tongue. A big flavour of dry grape rinds is notable along with the muskiness of dry dirt. Interesting that there is no notable alcohol flavour in the taste.
M: Moderate carbonation with a dry finish, again reflecting of wine characteristics.
O: The oak barrels develop a significant wine forward ale, flavours are tangy, tart, with a dryness that sucks to the tongue and a earthy grape muskiness.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Semi-opaque, golden colour. Puffy and stubborn head eventually reduces to a film.

S: Peaches, pears, apricot, and a layer of mustiness.

T: Opens up with strong oaky barrel character and that persists the whole way through for me. Lots of fruit (same as the nose) and that musty skin character of the brett, which opens up further in subsequent glasses from the bottle. The sourness is almost gueuze-like, much older and more developed character than typical in the saison-brett's I've had. This is an outstanding one. Gueuze like acidity as well.

M: Crisp, semi-dry.

O: An absolutely outstanding example of a farmhouse ale. Premium price, but I think it lives up to it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, fruit, Brett, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, Brett, and whine wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great wine barrel aged smells and tasty flavors.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, blatantdream!

(Aged for 1.5 years)

Cloudy sunset golden and orange. Initially, a thick, creamy, large-bubbled near-white head. Quite persistent with significant and pretty, sticky lacing left down the glass. Pretty saison, though it appears a touch thicker than most others in the style. Not a criticism, as this is a very pretty beer.

An earthy, leathery Brett character leads, along with some tart sour lemon and citrus notes. There's some stone fruit character and green grape as well, but lots of Earth and integrated Brett character. An additional mustard seed aroma is also present slightly.

As with the aroma, the earth- and leather-forward Brett notes stand out against stone fruit and pineapple flavors, next to green grapes, and some lemon. A slightly sour character surrounds the entire flavor. Moderate bitterness, especially for the style.

A heavier-bodied saison, though with good amounts of carbonation. Drinkable and dry, but a bit of a heavier mouthfeel, overall.

Tasty, delicious, interesting, and unique.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold. Thick white head and whispy lacings to the finish.

Tart nose, cutting lemon, dank barnyard hay.

True to the nose, very tart, thought the sourness is a bit restrained. Crisp acidity. Apples and lemon throughout. Clean finish.

Lively carbonation, and very easy drinking for the strength.

A touch too tart for my tastes, but a fine creation.

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Photo of yancot
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hmmm, well it would appear we now have to write reviews in order them to "count". I don't think i'll be able to blast through 989 reviews this evening but a few absolute gems are a must. This beer is easily one of my absolute faves! It's bone dry, vinous, tannic, mildly sour, and delicous. The botrytis from the barrel works incredible magic. I wish more brewers would use such barrels.
(july 2015)

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Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 750ml. Aroma of vanilla, wild yeast, white wine, fruity, peaches.
Taste of blood orange, white wine and vanilla. Soft carbonation, medium body.

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Photo of mattsander
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant clarity, deep golden apricot in color with a tenacious ring of foam. Carbonation lasts a while.

S: Very complex aroma lead by sweet vinous barrel notes, damp basement brettanomyces funk, tannic oak. Juicy, fruity, complex, very inviting.

T: A pear fruitiness that I think is coming from the barrel and the brett dominates for me, peppery yeast character, a bit of acidity on the finish and some 'tangy' oak.

M: Could have used more carbonation for me, but its dry and very drinkable.

A very delicious saison that features a ton of interesting complexity from the barrel. The other barrel aged brett beer I've had from Trou du Diable (Bateuse) became overly brett-y / mushroomy to me after 2 years in the bottle so I will be watching this carefully.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. One rather complex description on the label, en francais, of the aspects of this offering, just below a rather sexy depiction of the titular creature, an apparently 'sweet' version of the mythical Succubus - trick of the devil, indeed. And at 23 bucks a pop, I feel like she's already done her job.

This beer pours a chill-hazed, but mostly clear, tarnished golden colour, with two thick fingers of densely puffy off-white head, which leaves a broad array of skewed chain-link lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of understated earthy funk, acidic apple and white grapes, soft grainy wood notes, musty wild yeast, honeyed tropical fruit, sharp lemon rind, and somewhat zingy citrus and pine hops - more Yankee wild ale than anything else. The taste is semi-sweet pale grainy malt, a restrained funky yeastiness, apple cider, a slightly acerbic barrel woodiness, tame orchard fruit, more pedestrian, everyman citrus hops, and a pushy earthy dryness.

The carbonation is steady, and agreeably plain enough in its bearing, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the grainy maltiness maintaining its innocuousness, as the funk, yeast, fruit, and hops do well to intermingle and still impress through the end.

A lot going on for a saison, which seems to be the focal point for many breweries of late, i.e. subverting a normally subtle style that, maybe, just maybe, can't handle it. Here, the barrel treatment actually does no great disservice, instead providing mild wood and fruity essences above and beyond the base beer, such that one is left with a sense of bolstered weight, that while bearable enough, also seems somewhat out of place. To no-one's surprise, complexity can at times breed confusion.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 18/3/13

A clear golden yellow with tiny bubbles popping up everywhere, two fingers of bone white head quickly falls to a thick film that leaves a couple partial rings followed by some random patches

S Where to start? the funk's there, lots of vinous notes both sweet and dry white if that makes any sense at all. The oaks strong, I get some of the floral honey and vanilla I read on the bottle but not the apricot, apple and pear instead, some spice and very faint bubblegum, smells amazing

T more barrel then the nose and some citrus and faint pine I didn't smell, the hops haven't faded all that much but I wasn't really picking the hops up on the nose. The smell was hard act to follow but I'm grooving on the flavors as well, tasty stuff

M medium bodied with the tiny bubbles working well but stopping short of creamy, a little earthy rind on the finish

O I've little to complain about and much to praise, its a sexy beer start to finish with the barrel working wonders for it

Very interesting brew going on here, quite complex and I could see this being a completely different beer in a year, I'm guessing this one would evolve for some time and I'm going to find out even if it costs an arm and a leg

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to papat444 for sending me a bottle of this. Dated March, 2012. Served in a plastic cup during the Ale Obsession script read-through.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thick cap and splotches of lace. Hazy apricot body. Looks like a Saison.

S - Dusty, leathery brettanomyces character, with some mild pineapple as well. A hefty dose of white pine, with some tropical notes coming through there as well, as well as a touch of oak. Stone fruit malt base from the Saison, and a faint rubber/plastic note I occasionally get from dirtier brett strains. On the whole quite good, though.

T - The taste is more earthy and phenolic, with more of the base beer's yeast character mixing with the musty brett flavors. Less malt sweetness and vinous character, although there's a dry Sauvignon Blanc vinous oak flavor in the finish. Definitely more brux than clausenii in comparison to the aroma.

M - Medium-bodied, with pleasant soft carbonation, a touch of alcohol warmth, and a dry, mildly tannic finish.

D - This is a very nice wine-barrel Saison, and we easily put down the 750ml bottle at the party with some people actually missing out. If it's not obscenely expensive I'll happily buy another bottle, seeing as this is now available in Chicago.

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Photo of Luk13
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, multiple times. Pours a very clear blond with a decent white head. Aroma is very enjoyable with cereal, honey, pears and white flower notes. Also some light barnyard/bugs. Taste has wine and honey sweetness that is nicely balanced by a rustic tartness. Highly drinkable without being too dry. Not as complex as the Buteuse but easier to drink.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this at a recent tasting. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a nice yellow color with a good white head. The nose carries nice Brett notes with a bit of earth underneath some hay, stone fruits, light wine, and pineapple. Some lemon comes in through the flavor. Light body and dry finish. Very nicely done beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this brewery, total fan-boy. Thank you to unibroue4ever and hoppypocket for both getting me a bottle of this.

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey-amber with 2.5 fingers of thick, cream-coloured head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Bright lemons, a little sweet pineapple, pear, and spice with maybe a bit of wheat along with some barrel and nice bretty funk.

Taste. Lots of sweaty brett funk, some light tangy fruits, some lightly bitter woody funky flavours that last a while. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ fine and lively carbionation.

Overall. A great take on a saison. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of BGDrock
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange, apricot colour; thick, fine, white head - very sticky, good lace

Aroma: vibrant fruit notes; floral; slight hint of mouldy smoke; peach, apricot

Taste & Mouthfeel: was expecting very fruity and some tart flavours, but getting dry mouthfeel and only mild fruit; lot's of the mouldy smoke and ash though; orange, clementine notes have a subtle, juicy presence, accompanied by a light tang

Overall: like the clean citrus flavours that aren't overly tart or sweet, and the smokiness is nice, but it could use a bit more punch

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Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to hoppypocket, poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Hazy orange with two and a half fingers of off white foamy head. Head hangs around and leaves very clumpy lacing. Nice.

Smell: A funky tartness up front. A definitely lemon presence, along with some green apples and pear. Lots of Brett on the back. This smells more like a sour and I like it!

Taste: Lemon tartness, and nice funk up front, followed by a distinct oaky vanilla. Follows through with some more sour funkyness and tart pears. Finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Really nice tartness, but juicy at the same time. Good.

Overall: Honestly more of a mild sour than a saison, and I love it! Really nice beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from ZorPrime, 750ml into a tulip. March 2012 dating.

Golden orange (clear, poured sans yeast). Dense white head with thick full lacing and retention. Nose is oaky, malty, vanilla, underripe fruits, some lemon and light funk. More malt and barrel character in terms of flavours, oak, vanilla, light tartness, nectarine, ripe pear and rawer light fleshed fruits. A bit of gentle lemon. Medium full feel, no alcohol and carbonation is quite low. A nice barrelled sour, barrel contributes quite a bit however to toning down the sourness of the beer which I would've liked a smidgen more of.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is golden yellow in color white a pretty amazing white head that sits on top of it. Tenacious head and very sticky. Dense too. Peach with some sourness in the aroma. Slight sugars presence in the aroma too.

Taste is sour with a very dry finish. Bitter too. The bitterness lingers in the mouth it's amazing. Very good beer. After a couple of sips and as it gets warmer, I get some roasted bread. Nice.

This is a pretty good beer. The only bad thing it's the price.

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Photo of claspada
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with mrand01.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a big foamy white head.

Aromas begin with oak, white grape skins, apricot and a little bit of earthy funk. Some green apple and herbal qualities also emerge as it warms.

The tastes begin with a light sweet crackery, honey maltiness but then you get some immediate sweet citrus notes and light pepper. As it warms the noble rot qualities emerge with fresh cut oak and white vinous notes. There is a freshing light tartness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Finish is mainly dry due to the Farmhouse yeast and oak imparted flavor profile.

Overall I had zero knowledge of this beer prior to tasting it and I was extremely pleased overall. A nice complex variety of flavors meshed very well to form an above average farmhouse/oak-aged beer.

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Photo of Foudebiere
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor from a 750ml bottle. Brewed March 2012.
It's a saison that was matured in white wine barrel for 6 months with wild yeast (Brett).

A: Nice look. A blond beer with a thick head that have a grape/peach taste.
S: Grapes, peach and a little bit sour.
T: Very fruity : grapes and peach again, but there's a lot of white wine caracteristics (fruitiness + sweetness + dryness of the beer).
MF: So enjoyable. The sweetness, the sour mix really well. One of the best beer I had ever!

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Dulcis Succubus from Le Trou Du Diable
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