Punkrauch | Le Trou Du Diable

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Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by biboergosum on 11-10-2013

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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 Triat00
2.56/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Syl78
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

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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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Punkrauch from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 66 ratings
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