Mellifera | Le Trou Du Diable

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3.61/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
71
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 71
Photo of thehyperduck
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle purchased at the LCBO quite a while back; bottled Mar 15 2017, listed at 5.8% and served at cellar temperature. I don't like to let beers sit around for 17 months before I review them, but after a few sips I felt that this one held up quite well in my cellar - well enough to warrant a review.

Pours clear and effervescent; its body is a golden pale amber colour, topped with nearly two fingers of fizzy, sparkling white foam that settles off in about five minutes or so. An attractive, frothy cap and collar stick around for considerably longer, but with minimal lace production. The aroma includes a distinctly meady note of honey, accompanied by hints of flowery, herbal hops and a very light undertone of lemony lactic acidity. Slight hints of ethanol, as well as some spicy, phenolic yeast character.

The flavour profile leans toward the fruity side - I'm getting sweet apple flesh, white grape and pear esters right off the bat, which are eventually superseded by a honey/mead-like note that lasts through to the finish. Light notes of bready, wheaty pale malt sweetness also play a minor role, while hints of lemon zest and mild lactic sourness finally begin to crop up towards the finish, with light bubblegum, floral hops and spicy Belgian yeast preceding a relatively dry tail end. Medium-light in body, with moderate carbonation levels that give a bit of prickliness to its texture. I could easily drink another bottle of this, but one will have to do for tonight.

Final Grade: 3.92, a B+. Le Trou Du Diable's Mellifera is undeniably unique. I'm a mead lover and this one definitely has a few similarities, which are likely contributing to its score - the honey sweetness is quite tempered, blending in with the base wheat/malt flavours, which themselves provide a nice stage for the soured/fruity elements to show off what they've got. That's not to say it rocked my world or anything... but given this bottle's age, I was expecting the beer to be a write-off, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's actually pretty goddamn tasty. I wish LTdD beers were more common in this province, because they never fail to impress me.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 5%. Golden colour, huge white head. Aroma of spicy saison yeast, lactic acid, farmhouse, honey and herbal hops, a hint of lemon. Spicy and slightly sour flavour with a hint of lemon, a hint of honey but not really sweet, moderate herbal hops.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber with 4 fingers of off white, creamy head. Lots of carbonation.

Smells of honey, wax, slightly fruity, bubblegum, Belgian yeasts and phenols.

The taste is surprisingly sour, making me wonder if its infected. Lacto bacillus is in here as it says on the bottle, but its turned the honey to such a lemon sour that virtually no sweetness is left. There are also some phenols, honey but more like bees wax, and a hint of bubblegum.

Medium, sour body, that is dry and highly carbonated.

Got at Summerhill LCBO tonight, drinking in Markham/ Unionville after a Parisian cooking school in TO. It it was labelled a wild ale, I would really get behind it more, but due to the ambiguity over the high acidic content, I don't fee sure about this brew.

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Photo of scott451
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Massive bubbly white head. Make sure to have lots of room in the glass. Colour is a dull orange to yellow. Head and lacing soon disappear.

Lots of fruit in the nose. Sharp citrusy notes.

Honey, citus, and some malt as well. Very mildly lacto-sour. Definitely a sweet-sharp flavour. Lemon in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation. Overall very pleasant.
A very interesting saison.

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Photo of Mysticmage
2.45/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Ya not great. high carbonation gives huge head that dies quickly. pours amber gold. Taste is high lemon which just isnt palatable. Funky bottle design does little to save this one. Too bad.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

600 ml bottle served pretty cold into a chalice. Purchased from the LCBO for $5.80 CDN. ABV is 5.8%. Very mixed reviews here, so interested to try.

Appearance - Pale golden color, yellowish even from the bottle but in the glass coalesces into a nice amber with two fingers of loose white head. not much lacing or staying power, but a decent looking brew.

Smell - Earthy and minerally, faint bit of fruit and yeast but the mineral characteristic stands out most. Tartness starts to stand out after begging the sipping.

Taste - Fruity with some apples and pears and possible grapes. Initially sweet, a little minerally afterwards and flavors fall off in big ways. There's kind of a bubblegum flavor lingering in the back half with bananas; not a hefe by any stretch but the general flavor profiles merge for a second or two. Some light sourness mixed in for good measure and the mineral characteristics fade after the first sip or two. A little spicy too with honey sweetness added for complexity. Lemon shows as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Light body, medium dry finish with good carbonation. Odd mouthfeel given the flavors but it kinda works and kinda doesn't

Overall - Not bad, but just enough stuff off the beaten path that doesn't really work together that well (in my opinion) to make this a one-off that I doubt I will try again.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.14/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

A slightly tolerable sour beer (I don't actually like sour beer), which is helped a tad by the honey. Strong carbonation and not really saison, this is something I have tried once, just so I can add to my list.
Quick note - the ABV is 5.8% and not 5, as it states here.
All in all, it is an annoying beer to drink: a spicy bite to the tongue, way too carbonated, tart and sour.
So far I have had four of Le Trou Du Diable's brews and only liked one. I hope that this ratio will eventually improve.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Les Trois 8 in Paris. It's a tart honey ale.
The honey is nicely there with some tart apricots. Some other stone fruits are there too with some herbal notes. It reminds me a bit of vino verde. With some green grapes notes and a nice sparkling carbonation

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Veiled dark gold color with moderate activity. Foamy white 3 finger sparkling head, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of flowers, yeasty, leafy, honey, light fruits like green grapes and pears, light herbal spices. Starts a little sugary, yet ends in vinous bitterness. Slick light body with faint crispy carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, with a lingering fruity and honey feel, quite soft, and a dash of bitter yeast. Lacking some freshness being very thin, a little vinous and dry, but highly puckering. The flavors are slightly off and too faint. I think it's a miss for this saison. Overall below average quality craft.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Big frothy controlled head off the pour, bleach white in color and easily three fingers tall with big retention and soapy appearances. Body color manages a basic muted dull orange to yellow with a big roaring middle carbonation of flame in the center of the glass.

Mild sensing herbs and grass quality. A touch of hay but more towards dry barley malt character with nice grain aromas. Very little sensing farmhouse or estery earth and classic funk. A decent aroma, but also not getting much honey off this either.

Palate manages and interesting mix. Pleasurable carbonation with a nice rocky and popping earth flavors. Mid palate manages a real nice mead and braggot softness. Very crisp and peppery finish, with an interesting hop indistinct bitterness. Waxy and honeycomb aftertaste with excelleny light honey qualities. Muted but soft pleasant florals which mix with the honey qualities real nicely.

Borders a real braggot and muted saison character, but one isn't really larger than the other, if more so being more subdued by each others style. Interesting and memorable take for a saison.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.49/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know I'm in the minority with my rating on this, but it took me by such a surprise. I've loved many other products from this brewery, but had low expectations for this one. I couldn't be happier with this beer!

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Photo of FBGordon
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a room temperature tulip.

A: Pours a hazy gold with a huge, billowy meringue head that slowly dissipates and maintains well, lacing thickly throughout.

S: A delicate whiff of lemon citrus, a little yeasty white pepper in the head, some orange and honey as it opens up.

T: Sweet like honeyed mead with a touch of orange zest. The sour is extremely light, almost no tartness present. Honey settles lightly on the palate with little aftertaste.

M: Lots of carbonic bite in this beer, scrubbing the palate crisply and effectively, preventing the honey sweetness from building and becoming cloying. Each sip is almost new.

O: The lactic tartness hardly came through for me, though it could just be my palate. It is nevertheless an attractive beer with a mild honey aroma and flavor that is slight enough so that it doesn't come off as artificial. I read "Sour Ale Brewed with Honey" and got very little sour and hints of honey. It is a well-balanced beer in the nose and on the palate, I just wish there was a little more going on.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- This pours a very hazy golden honey color that has tinges of brown involved...the head is white/off white, and is initially around one finger in thickness before settling into patches of film over the brew....carbonation seems to be subtle and lumbering as it rises and there really isn't much in terms of lacing. Above average overall!

S- This has a spicy character to it....peppery, cloves, perhaps some cinnamon and it is rather rustic in terms of Earthiness and grassy dryness. There is some lingering caramel/honeyed sweetness to the malt and the finish is dry and somewhat hopped.

T- This has a refreshing character of citrus fruits blended with a creaminess that is of fresh bread dough....the lactic acid fermentation adds a heavy tartness that is somewhat getting closer to what a classic Lambic will taste like....I find the finish sweetens up from the use of honey and this is what I get lingering on my palate....interesting indeed!

M/O- This is reasonable light in body....somewhat leaning towards medium and the carbonation surprised me in the fact that it is much more aggressive than it appeared to be initially. I am uncertain on how much of this I would like to consume in one sitting, therefore I don't think this is a highly drinkable ale, but it is good. Unique in character is what I would say and I think it's worth a try....would probably buy this again at some point when looking for a flavorful refresher!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

600ml bottle - lots to parse on this label, so I'm not even gonna bother right now.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some distant ski slope lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of earthy and floral honey, grainy caramel and wheat malt, slightly funky yeast, salty white cheese, a generic sour fruitiness, and plain earthy and musty hop bitters. The taste is grainy and doughy pale and wheat malt, spoiled milk laced with lemon juice, very dry honeyed crackers, more indistinct tart orchard fruitiness, and some floral, herbal, and earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its testy and at times swirling frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually fairly smooth - the acidic esters kind of settle down after a short spell. It finishes trending dry, that floral honey essence butting up against some lingering generic tartness.

Overall, an interesting honey-flavoured brew, the lacto fermentation adding a nice crispness to the proceedings. Easy to get lost (or merely forgetful) in figuring out the various flavours, in part due to its regular strength drinkability. Now about those Mexican wrestling masks and religious iconography - what up with that?

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, rocky, long-lasting head. Average lacing. Some sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S: The aroma was dominated by honey, but also some malt, and floral notes as well.

T: Like the smell, the taste was swimming in honey, but there were also traces of light citrus fruits, the floral quality, and some malt as well. Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Definitely a sharp flavor that is toploaded with honey; this gives it an uneven quality.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A different kind of beer, to be sure. Definitely wouldn't call it a saison. Worth a look for the cake of curiosity, but probably won't go back for another round.

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Photo of SABERG
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 270115 into the test glass
A - Dark straw colored, excellent clarity, vigorous carbonation feeds a thin cap
S - Honey notes, red wheat, a bit of white pepper.
T - Sweet grains, a large honey thread runs through this offering, a nice grain profile adds balance
M - Medium in body, a bit of a sweet start, then the sweeping dryness runs through. Quite delightful
O - A very well constructed offering. balanced between sweet and slightly sour. The yeast choice and hop schedule all add up well

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Photo of VbolieuV
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden in color with a big white head with big bubbles. Floral smell with some cereal too and lots of honey aromas. Tastes starts with acidic flavor then your mouth becomes invaded by honey. Really nice feel in the mouth with a long honey finish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light floral honey notes with some residual sugar note easily noticeable with some clean cereal notes. Taste is a nice mix of cereal notes with residual sugar form the floral honey notes with light herbal finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Not bad but nothing really special either. Lactic fermentation notes are hard to come by.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer. The honey is quite prominent and provides an unusual flavour for beer. Moderately sour, though there is obviously a lot of sweetness there as well. Is it the power of suggestion that makes the smell make me think of a flowery meadow? Probably. Nose also contains wheat and dry cereal, with some sourness. I think there is lacto in here but I am not certain. Light and refreshing. This is an enjoyable beer, but not a gem to be searched out. Reminiscent of their Oude Blanche but with honey.

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Photo of Franck
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Batch #4, bought on growler.
Smell of whole grain bread and intense lemon.
Taste is sour but no trace of honey, which is used on brewing. Aromas of cereal and lemon. Otherwise, it's not very complex. Taste and mouthfell are short and light. Very drinkable and fresh. Must be enjoy by a warm summer day. I think gueuze and/or gose lovers should like this beer

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Mellifera from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 71 ratings