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Dulcis Succubus - Le Trou Du Diable

Dulcis SuccubusDulcis Succubus

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ritzkiss on 02-20-2011)
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 05:55:21 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 05:20:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:40:54 | More by ehammond1
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Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 16:08:56 | More by CanuckRover
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Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:08:19 | More by mattsander
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 02:52:54 | More by biboergosum
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Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 07:21:17 | More by wordemupg
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 19:54:05 | More by MasterSki
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3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 18:40:56 | More by Thorpe429
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 01:53:06 | More by Rutager
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 01:59:15 | More by BGDrock
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 00:21:04 | More by cfrances33
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 18:08:15 | More by liamt07
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Quebec (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 14:21:11 | More by ZorPrime
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 15:00:38 | More by claspada
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Quebec (Canada)

4.48/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 00:51:35 | More by Foudebiere
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass of this at the Trou Du Diable event at Wvrst in Toronto.

Beer is amber with a small white head that disappears fairly quickly.

Smell is very bretty. Tart fruit scents abound. Floral. Very nice scent.

Taste is like the nose. Brett, sour but not insanely so. Light fruit flavours. Lemon. Oak. Moderately funky.

Light bodied, low carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing.

Overall, very good. Would happily drink a full 750ml bottle of this- if I could get my hands on one!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 20:44:52 | More by jrenihan
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Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle (bottled 03/12).

Appearance: A light peach gold body with a thick head with average to good retention. Some lacing.

Smell: White grapes, musty, apricots, flowers and light vanilla bean.

Taste: White wine, grapes, peach fuzz, berries, apricot jam and a honey-vanilla viscosity. The brett imparts a sweet-tart flavor that is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Airy, refreshing and good carbonation. A real nice blend of sweet & tart. The middle has a nice coating feel.

Overall: Very good, nice and easy to drink a whole bottle by oneself. Get this one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 11:23:04 | More by papat444
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Denise for cracking this special bottle today.

Orange-copper pour with plenty of redness. Great head, retention, and lace. Strong Brett aroma brings tartness along with tons of funky yeast. Grape-y wine qualities too. Spicy.

Great balance of flavors here with grapes, yeast, a touch of sweet malt, and a super dry finish. Slightly tart with citrus complexity. Huge, creamy body & perfectly carbonated. A stand-out brew in a style that's rarely fully satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 18:55:43 | More by brystmar
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Quebec (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of tart and sour notes with light acidic notes is quite powerful. Taste is also a complex mix between some tart and sour notes with some light barnyard notes with a lightly acidic edge and some peppery yeast notes. Dry hops notes are also easily discernable. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Complex while still being drinkable – doesn’t quite meet my expectation but I might have been expecting quite a lot.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 19:43:59 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Kan. Sweet label!

A - Pours copper color, sticky lacing, thin cap, thick collar.

S - Fruity tartness, solid amount of sour, oak.

T - Fruity, not as sour as the nose, some funk mixed in there as well.

M - Light body, good carbonation, refreshing.

O - Great beer and as-described...a sour saison of some kind.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 18:33:01 | More by Sean9689
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a vibrant yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, and lemon zest. The flavor was of sweet amlt, lemon zest, lemon rine, horse blanket, and earthy funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This one was quite easy to drink due to it having a light mouthfeel and soft flavors going on. I never would have guessed this were a Saison though due to the lack of the usual spices present in the style, but it was still quite nice. Glad I got the opportunity to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 14:40:16 | More by thagr81us
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Luk13 &/or Julien at our big JP tasting. Thanks for visiting guys!
Labeled a "strong ale" but easily reviewed as a barrel aged saison, Dulcis Succubus poured with a nice, clean 1.5 finger head on top of a light amber, copper tinted color. I got wine, oak, and what seemed to be a whisky-like note on the nose. Taste included tons of oak, dry grape, and vanilla which all seemed to linger on past the finish. Some mustiness, brett, and a little pepper are present as well. This beer was one of the highlights of the tasting we had and I could easily drink a bottle to myself. Love the label too.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 19:15:32 | More by sarro
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark orange colour, thick white head that settles to the top of the glass, decent lacing. Smells yeasty with lively fruit, citrus, brett, funky barn like earth notes, musty probably from the brett sour fruit like notes, quite complex nose. Taste is tart, fruity, sour apple, citrus, earthy, brett that is muted behind a nice sourness, leaves a salty finish on lips and tongue. Thin mouthfeel, good carbonation, good weight overall. Drinks well, ABV shows itself a little as it warms, this is a bottle to split, good stuff overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 00:14:47 | More by peensteen
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half pint of very well behaved saison using Brett and wine barrel of Dolce Noble Rot white wine. Saison yeast. A good smooth thickish mouthfeel. Funky, getting sugary brett taste, bitter hoppy maintains the interest.Malt, though not significantly spicey. Very drinkable.
Had again late in year, still appreciate the taming of the brett and the saison. Funky all right.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:31:34 | More by Sammy
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Dulcis Succubus from Le Trou Du Diable
92 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.