Punkrauch | Le Trou Du Diable

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Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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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 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 Philcassella
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of SmokeBeerMinistry
2.49/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Badass image on the label. A cool bottle cap, a cool bottle, not to mention printing "rauch" in the name and clarifying that with the "Smoked Lager" descriptor alerting SmokeBeerMinistry that this beer was made by devotees (apparently one of the Hanson Brothers... uh, the Canadian Hanson Brothers, big difference). Devil bottle cap removed and not overwhelmed by a smoky smell. And the color, while dark, is not so dense, and allows light to pass through. Punkrauch tastes like a smokebeer, with Bamberg-esque malts, which faded pretty quickly. It poured nice and neat with a decent blond head that left nice lacing on the glass. Slight campfire smell and taste, slight sour notes; a thirst quenching beer, which I would not equate with a $10 price tag and a champagne bottle. Emits a nice deep ruby hue when held up to a light, which was immediately followed by potentially visually induced tart notes of dried cherries, hmm.
The verdict: I like this beer. It's a little bit of pomp and circumstance, a bit overpriced, but still a pleasant drinking experience. Overall happiness metric 4.5 out of 7... which is converted into BA metrics above.

Brewer Le Trou Du Diable
Beer Name Punkrauch Smoked Lager
Brewer's Description The PunkRauch is a brown lager smoke exhaling scents of cocoa and chocolate, amid smoking. The mouth, round and caramelized malt offers a sweet sensation and walnuts, all quickly fought through a resinous smoke that revives the spirit of the joy of childhood campfires.
Food Pairings Punk food
Brewery Location Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada
Alcohol content by volume 6.2%
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 3.5
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 2
Sausage detection? Y or N N
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 4
Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy) 4.5


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Photo of AMZB
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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 StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost opaque dark brown color with a copper hue, and a good amount of activity. Light frothy beige 4 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of smoked bacon and salmon, sweet roasted grains, chocolate, nuts, herbal and floral spices. There is a sweet lingering feel combined with a grassy bitter feel. Slick light to medium body with prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, with a thick smoky bacon feel, herbal hops, and a little yeasty. Overall good quality craft. The smoky flavor is not too excessive, and pretty decent. Well balanced and intensified. Feels a little thin and over carbonated, very sharp for the style. A nice beer to try, still quite fresh and accessible for a rauchbier.

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Photo of Socialiste
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satanicpolka
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 SABERG
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Dark caramel in color, a wonderful full crown tops the glass.
S - Smoke is in fine balance, malts and warm leather.
T - Fig, lite cocoa, and wrap tobacco.
F - this is the finest element. warm and rich textures show off the brewers skills.
O - A modified Rauch with delicate textures.
A treat to be sought out for certain.

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Photo of Moose90
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A — Pours a deep brown hue into the glass, there is a bit of clarity to it, this thing actually looks smoky just sitting in the glass, its as though its been charred and is smoking in the glass.

S — Smells of big pungent smoked malts, lots of smoky under and overtones, good bit of a meaty component here too, lots of bacon character.

T — Tastes much like the nose, though its a bit more complex, layers of smoke, from light campfire, to hue charred brisket. Nicely done actually.

M — Medium bodied, high enough level of carbonation.

O — Pretty good overall, smells a bit intense, but it mellows out and does a really good job overall.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark-amber color with a beautiful 1.5 inches head. Smell of caramelized malts with some smoke, it doesn't smell that much. Nice subtle smoke flavors it's not as intense as most smoked beer but you can still taste it. It's really well balanced, definitely easy to drink.

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Photo of bpkrippner
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Punkrauch doesn't pour with much glitz or glamor. It's a dark and reserved looking beer, one slow to show any colour and hesitant to reveal transparency (even while it does have a good deal of both). Despite the melted chocolate complexion its foam is bleach white; body and head are two very different tones and it looks kind of odd.

Trou Du Diable claims this beer "will bring you back to long, beautiful nights spent around a campfire". True. But it may just as well bring you to a Polish deli. The smells of singed wood and cured meats like kielbasa are about on par here. This recipe also puts a fairly strong emphasis on malts; cocoa and coffee make unusually bold appearances too.

The palate really leans away from the smoke and more towards the grain. That's not to suggest there isn't any beechwood flavour because there is, but there's certainly no charred or burnt taste (nor should there be). Notions of bacon and smoked meats are minor at most. Toasted bread crusts and especially creamy milk chocolate have more of a presence if you ask me.

The malt-driven formula makes this a more approachable Rauchbier for the unsure and/or inexperienced. More than smoke, the mouthfeel can be characterized as having a roasty bittersweet quality like that of a stout. By the same hand, however, this robs the beer of the kind of depth and balance present in the offerings of Aecht Schlenkerla.

Punkrauch is a nice ode to those famous beers of Bamberg but, truthfully, it doesn't compare on the same level. In fairness, few do. For a style that's typically incomprehensible to most mainstream lager drinkers, I think this Trou Du Diable offering has a better chance than most at getting through to a wider audience. Once they acquire the taste for Rauchbier, however, this might not cut it anymore.

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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.


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

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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