L'Ours | Le Trou Du Diable

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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:
72
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +7.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mklisz
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bylerteck
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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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L'Ours from Le Trou Du Diable
3.9 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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