Le Trou Du Diable

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,908
Ranked #39,571
3.61 | pDev: 11.63%
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 71 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by PhineasMcClintock:
Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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 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 Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 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 nmann08
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 craftaholic
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of liamt07
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valianes
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DaPan
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the LCBO for around $5

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Mellifera from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 71 ratings