Punkrauch | Le Trou Du Diable

PunkrauchPunkrauch
BA SCORE
53%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 66 ratings
PunkrauchPunkrauch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada
troududiable.com

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by biboergosum on 11-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,874
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
66
Liked:
35
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
10.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
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12
Trade:
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Krakpoff:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, with a weird suctioned plastic insert cap. A collaboration between John Wright of venerable west coast punk band Nomeansno as well as their somewhat alter ego, the Hanson Brothers, and TDD. I'd vote for this to be up there in the 'Best Beer Name Puns' category.

This beer pours a murky, dark red brick amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, fizzy, and ultimately dense creamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky circumpolar lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of smoked and salted ham, toasted bready pale malt, mildly perceptible wooden barrel notes, a hint of spicy booze, and very faint earthy, singed leafy hops. The taste is still replete with a smoked porcine meatiness, but now has a stronger, more even keeled bourbon-tinted pale maltiness with which to contend, as the barrel bolsters things with its inherent caramel, vanilla, and edgy alcohol, and some herbal, weedy hops dust off the ashes, and emerge, well, not exactly quite like 'that' guy.

The carbonation is generally soft, and rather pleasantly frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and surprisingly smooth, the swirling ashes somehow not having much effect. It finishes off-dry, the smoke, meat, booze and now caramelized malt all lingering on, reverberating like a cool bass line, and playing tightly, like they've been doing it for decades.

Mon dieu, these rock-band-themed offerings just seem to be getting better and better (remember, though, the AC/DC Eurolager we started with), and this is the cutting edge at the current moment. A stellar Franconian lager, all meat and smokey tears up front, and a more balanced, crazily drinkable affair thereafter, which if it wasn't, who'd want anything to do with that (looking at you, Fantome)? Anyways, highly recommended, even if smoke isn't your thing when it comes to beer. And though I must confess that I'm only passingly familiar with the guest brewer here via the 'Hockey Song', I appreciate the CanCon all the same.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Le Trou Du Diable "Punk Rauch"
on tap @ Vices & Versa, Montreal, Canada on 1 Octobre 2014
$3.91 Canadian / 10 oz.

Notes: "Lager Fumee". Hazy mahogany body beneath a light tan head. OK lacing and retention. Aroma of sweetish caramelish malt and mild smoke. The flavor follows with some additional smooth, light, almost burnt sugar and a very subtle tang. Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation that leaves it creamy and smooth - perfect for a smoked beer, although the smoke here is actually fairly mild. There's enough that you smell it, and taste it, but it remains a part of the beer and not the dominating factor. Nicely done!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Mule Bar. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown, reddish at the edges. Creamy off white head. Looks like a nitro head. Leaves little spots of lacing inside.

Smell - Smoked malts and some dark fruits. Not a real intense smoke. Some dark brown, caramelly malts.

Taste - Sweet and fruity. Smoke is present, but still not intense. Fruity. Sweet. Dark malts give a bit of chocolate. Lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but very sweet. Creamy. Low carbonation.

Overall - Too sugary for me to really enjoy. It had promise.

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Photo of mademers
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO on clearance for $4.50 for a 600ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that films out in a minute. Very dark brown and filtered clear

S- Light smoke and some malt. Very subdued

T- Way too much smoke. Intense to say the least. Touch of coco

M- Dry

O- Way too much smoke. Almost a drain pour.

Food Pairing

I didn't like this beer but if I guessed at a food pairing it would be..... some kind of stinky cheese. Stinky cheese would knock off some of this heavy smoke flavor.

Enjoy

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Photo of beerly_there
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light brown color beer with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of medium smoked malt notes with some caramelized malt. Taste is a superb balanced between smoked malt with some dry caramelized sugar and just the right amount of residual sugars. Body is about full with nice creamy touch and good carbonation. Love the balance in this one with the just about the right amount of complexity.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light brown-ish color, with a white creamy head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like sweet phenolic smoke, kind of band-aid like, unfortunately. There are some palatable campfire like smokey flavors, but the bandaid is rough.

The taste is a bit better, but the phenolic smoke is rough. There's some caramelized sugar, chocolate, and campfire, but the rubbery bandaid phenol thing keeps me from truly enjoying this. I don't know if it's age, or the way they smoked the malt, but they gotta get that in check.

This is light bodied, quite creamy, with a good level of carbonation.

If they fixed the main flaw in this beer, it would be quite nice. It's a bit of a mess now, though.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark, hazy red-orange with a half finger light khaki head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of smokehouse, caramel malt; lightly nutty. Flavor is caramel malt with light toastiness, nuts, mild dark dried fruit, smoke; not quite as smokehouse as the aroma, finishes with toasted malt and smoke. Nice moderately creamy body with good carbonation. A nice, smoky rauchbier. The base beer has a brown ale profile, almost a nut brown ale and the smoke component works quite well with it. The flavor is a little mild, I would have liked a bit more malt character, but fit the rauchbier character. My first ale from this brewery and I will look for others.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of papat444
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattsander
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ludachris
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of meringue-like light tan head float on top of its deep and rich red amber body. It has clarity but it's hard to tell if it isn't held up to a light. As the head gradually diminishes, faint strings of lace stick lazily to the sides of the glass.

Its smoked quality is tame, with its rich, meaty notes matching the weight of its sweeter side that's composed of raisins and caramel. It's more woody than smoky. A faint grassy hop character lurks in background.

Cherry wood with a delicate meaty sweetness fill out the center with a lick of smokiness on the tail end. There's a bed made up of raisins, soft chocolate and a drop of caramel that latches on to the tongue until the finish. Hints of grassiness throughout impart a subtle bitterness, adding to the balanced quality of this beer.

Light to medium bodied with a rounded center and watery edges. Very quaffable for a 6% Rauchbier. The finish is a bit dry with a pinch of bitterness.

Overall, I found this to be a decent rauchbier. I've had much better from this brewery. I liked the pull between the woody/meaty quality and it's sweeter, sticky side. For the style, I love when the Bamberg smoked malts are highlighted to the fullest degree, where the smoky, meaty, woody quality is pungent, rich, and in your face. I found this to be the watered down version of that, where drinkability supersedes flavour.

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Photo of SebD
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber color to it. It has a nice frothy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of rich roasted malts, smokey campfire, smoked meats, raisins, sweet caramel and pizza dough.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some rich malts, a definite smokiness, smoked meats, dark fruit, sweet caramel and some doughy bread.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Punkrauch from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 53% out of 100 with 66 ratings
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