Dulcis Succubus - Le Trou Du Diable
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4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
02-20-2011 20:31:34 | More by Sammy
4.21/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
01-06-2014 05:20:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev -8%
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.
12-15-2012 18:40:56 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-02-2011 19:43:59 | More by Phyl21ca
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
03-22-2013 02:52:54 | More by biboergosum
4.16/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
01-20-2013 19:54:05 | More by MasterSki
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
10-17-2012 18:08:15 | More by liamt07
4.4/5 rDev +7.1%
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
03-19-2013 07:21:17 | More by wordemupg
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
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!
08-11-2011 14:40:16 | More by thagr81us
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
09-24-2012 15:00:38 | More by claspada
Dulcis Succubus from Le Trou Du Diable
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