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Dulcis Succubus - Le Trou Du Diable

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 51
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 32
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Photo of ehammond1
4.17/5  rDev +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.

Photo of BGDrock
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300ml serving from the bottle at Volo's Trou de Diable night. Golden peach color; clear with tight head. Looks good served in the stemmed glass. Classic.

Nose reveals a lot the funky, almost metallic brett character as well as a nice floral and fruity bouquet. Quite round and vibrant.

Less brett in the taste, light barnyard funk and hint of metallic pennies. Robust and round malt backbone with hints of honey sweetness, light to moderate tartness, peaches, apricots and lemons, hints of peppery spice, floral. A nice take on the style, which is advertised as "wild saison". Would love to see how this would age in the bottle, love to see more of the brett come out in the flavor, work to balance the malt a bit more. Still, easily drank my share and enjoyed it.

Photo of claspada
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of papat444
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MY 500TH REVIEW!

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.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of mattsander
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Photo of Luk13
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of founddrama
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sour for sure. Tart. Feels alive in your mouth. An apricot kind of flavor going on. Very full bodied.

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Photo of brystmar
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Dulcis Succubus from Le Trou Du Diable
91 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.