Punkrauch | Le Trou Du Diable

PunkrauchPunkrauch
BA SCORE
53%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 66 Ratings
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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:
#28,761
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
66
Liked:
35
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
10.6%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, smoke, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice smoke characteristics in the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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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 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 oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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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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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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 Raziel313
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 26/11/13

A slight haze in brown liquid, large 3 finger head has decent retention and leaves a collar of lace followed by some random patches

S lots of campfire ash, burnt bacon, smoked meat, faint bourbon, lots of charred wood, chewing tobacco, burnt brown sugar, just a hint of booze, and some sugar coated raisin

T smoked apples added to the mix, meaty, a little leafy, not quite what the nose had going on but still great, the tobaccos burnt and I get just the faintest hint of coco

M a little thin, the bubbles give it some life, a little grit on the gums, smokey finish

O solid smoked brew, the barrels subtle but works, lots of meaty smoke and that suits me fine

I had this the other day at a tasting and it smelled like shit, well a fart actually, was the worst brew of the evening. It's possible the bottle we shared was a little off, wouldn't be the first time I had a bad bottle from LTDD. This time around I'd say it was a solid beer that I'd drink again but I'd be hesitant knowing there's a variance bottle to bottle and its not cheap.

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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 Canada_Dan
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

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 jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

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