L'Ours
Le Trou Du Diable

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,362
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #17,790
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 9.79%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
75
From:
Le Trou Du Diable
 
Quebec, Canada
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Rotating
Wants
  2
Gots
  16
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: Barrel-aged rye ale that is an evolving concept. Each blend will be unique with the dominant flavors being sour or bitter or fruity. The beer will always be a blend of 20% sour rye ale aged for 2 years in Banyuls wine barrels and 80% a fresh saison.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 75
Reviews by Franck:
Photo of Franck
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Assembly #5
Smell of lemon, yeast, orange peel. Seems to be a good sour beer.
First sips are disapointing. Flavorless, mineral, hint of lemon. Barely sour and low carbonation. Very fresh however. The worst assembly so far.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, 'assembly' #16, at 6% ABV. An apparent blend of sour beer aged in oak, and a young Saison, if my French doesn't totally suck, of course.

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of thin high-flying cloud lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of sour pale orchard fruit (lemon, green grapes, and white grapefruit zest, mostly), musty wood, tame cheesy funk, some soft graininess, and a suggestion of bristling alcohol cold heat. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, white wine lees, more musty and gritty barrel woodiness, free-range, and subtly funky yeast, a twinge of dirty horse blanket, ethereal peppercorn mill dust, over-aged lemon peel, and a still understated hint of burbling booze warmth.

The bubbles are quite low-key in their plain and unassuming frothiness, the body on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and generally smooth, the funk not exactly bringing da noize at this particular juncture. It finishes trending dry, the malt petering out, while the wood, fruit, and yeast gear up for another go.

Overall, a pleasant enough sour brew, the 'guest' barrel-treated component just about right for its 20% stake. Funky as it needs to be for those sorts of fans, and agreeably drinkable for the rest of us who are not. Worthy of trying out, just to see what these hep cats are going to do next.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with good carbonation but minimal head. Aroma of tart notes with light dry funky ester is quite nice and well balanced overall. Taste is also a great mix between some tart notes with some oak notes also perceptible and light funky ester finish. Acidity is well balanced and doesn’t disrupt the overall balance. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Great balanced and great complexity makes this a criminally underrated beer.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 14

Snowy film that clings over bright cloudy ocre. 4
Doughy start, lemon peel, touch of fusels, Band-aids, and honeycomb. 4.25
Dough, feathery cider vinegar, a whack of honey, and a floral end. 4
Round, lacto fizz, lt-med. 4

Delicate tartness buried under a ton of sweetness - honey on white bread. There’s a bit of farmy chalk and pineapple - is that Brett that needs more time to work? Bits of oak, too, and a good balance of sourness with hints of kumquat and golden raisin plus some saison lemon pepper underneath. Skilled; I’d like more time with this + I need to investigate this brewery. 4.25

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ludachris
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks very refreshing in its hazy golden straw hue. A fizzy, tightly knit white head rises quickly with plenty of carbonation elevating it to the top but falls nearly as fast.

Tart, pinchy lemon peel comes out of the glass with a zing. Funky, earthy, Orval-like goodness is all around. Band-Aid phenolics are layered in between. A bit of crackery malt manages to pull through. Undertones of peach and apricot make the nose extra enticing.

Lemon zest comes with a refined tartness. Its edges are phenolic, crackery, and a bit watery. Green grapes come through the middle. Following suit with what's around, peach and apricot are stripped of much of their sweetness and come in the form of their tart skins.

Its feel is really what stood out to me. It's void of the snappy, pronounced, extra dry tartness I've come to associate with the general category of sours. It's rounded and soft and this is where I see its barrel aging really shine.

A soft, rounded and pleasantly tart lemon forward American Wild Ale is how I would sum this up. I really enjoyed its balance and subtle complexity in flavors. Mind blowingly unique and in your face? No, but a great sour on a humid summer's night.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Pale body. Yellow. Big white head. Bright tropical hop aroma. White wine. Lemony tart aroma. Less tart in the flavor, though. Lemony again. Mild tropical hops. Wheat grain flavor. Light body. Very bright and drinkable. Really pleasant saison.

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Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to Marc for the bottle!

This was an unexpected surprise. I thought this was a basic strong ale, but in fact it was a tasty, well-balanced sour. Hazy golden-yellow pour, with a good firm white head that retained well and laced the glass nicely. There was some odd funk in the aroma upon opening the bottle, almost diapery, but after pouring, that faded, and more of an earthy, lemony aroma came out. In the taste, candied lemon peel, earthy barnyard funk, candi sugar, wet wood, notes of floral spice. Mild tartness, just enough to get the salivary glands working. Well-balanced mouthfeel, medium body. Very nice overall.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of golf4collet
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev -1%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at VT Brewfest. Believe it was on tap but could just as likely be from the bottle.

A-My notes are thin and near gibberish... I believed it poured somewhere near orange.

S-Funky, tart, spicy. More barny, funkified yeast than sour. Just a little bit of wood. Generic fruity sweetness.

T-Spice from the yeast. Signature rye flavor. Funky yeast that has the easy to describe as 'barny' flavor. Little bits of wood. Mild sweetness.

M-Medium bodied with a quick finish. No alcohol. Softer carbonation.

O-Wouldn't mind another go at this beer. Probably missing much of the intricacies hiding here.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of herman77
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L'Ours from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 75 ratings