L'Ours | Le Trou Du Diable

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69 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Sammy on 01-05-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pricey beer, but special and worth it. its a blended rye saison, with some threads being aged up to two years in french dessert wine barrels i believe. the beer is super light in color, soft hazy yellow, with visible carbonation, a little viscosity from the wheat malt i would think, and a tall and lasting pure white bubbly head thats absolutely gorgeous. the nose is immediately woody and funky, i dont think all the beer blended in here was wild, but it sure comes across as a wild beer, funky fruity brett jumping right out of the glass at me along with a mild and dry cereal malt base and some more robust grapey sweetness from the wine and the wood. complex to say the least, but really well put together. the flavor is a little surprising, it keeps evolving well beyond what was there in the nose, brett first, but with maybe a little more of a belgian saison yeast note behind it, so dry and so rustic, farmy, funky, its the kind of brett beer i like, layered and wild and mature, not even a little bit sour. the wine barrels are interesting, more sweet than tannic this time, with a lot of oak all the way through, really leaving a cool mark on this beer. somehow still so light. the rye malt is peppery and earthy, distinct and different from the masses, a wonderful wrinkle. i was not expecting the hoppiness here, seems like a bit of a citrusy dry hop on it, not bitter, but pungent still, a neat touch as well. this is cohesive, but enormously complex and incredible beer, as good as any they do, and worth the price. i expected it to be great, and it exceeded that expectation by quite a lot. effervescent on the carbonation, dry and creamy feeling. this is the kind of beer i live for!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Corson
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml chilled bottle into a tulip. Assemblage #10.
Colour is hazy straw yellow with a head that fades from semi aggressive to a fine lace after a minute of so.
Nose is funk, oak and some citrus.
Taste is lemon zest, stable funk, slight leatheriness, saison yeastiness. Mild acidity. Mild sourness.
Thin body with dry finish.
Overall I like this beer but I like saisons in general.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip to a pale yellow that's slightly cloudy topped by a dense two finger tan head that retains well with some lacing
S: Smells of oak, horse blanket and band aids with a little sourness
T: Taste is oak and band aids with some rye spice. Horse blanket comes in at times as well as some lemony tartness. More funky than sour and there's some rye spice. Slightly medicinal at times from the band aids. Swallow is more funky barnyard and horse blanket with some lingering pale malt sweetness and rye.
M: This one is on the lighter side of medium in body with carbonation that is pretty much perfect and a dry finish
O: Overall this is a pretty good beer with nice flavors and complexity. I'm not sure how much this one will change with time but I think it has some potential. Definitely not a lot of sourness but it does bring the funk.

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Photo of pluppykatie
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kristinc
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 4ster
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Coronaeus
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yeaprolly
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of herman77
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bugs318
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Simon212
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ludachris
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
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 TimWakimika
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppypocket, cheers man. Hazy lemon gold with a big, thick and frothy white head. Dry musty funk, light spicy yeast and fruity phenols, and light orchard fruits on the nose. Dry funky brett and orchard fruits, a little spicy yeast. Very light lime sourness, dry finish. Medium body, strong carbonation (bottle gushed). Love a dry funky wild, this one is pretty nice.

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L'Ours from Le Trou Du Diable
3.89 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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