Albert 3 | Le Trou Du Diable

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Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.49%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 47
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep hazy straw color with moderate activity. Thick frothy white 4-5 finger mountain head in the tulip, lasting around 10 minutes,with good lacing. Flavors of lemon, faint orange, banana yeast, coriander, clove, sweet grains, leafy herbal spices. Sour citrus sugars with soft funky bitterness. Slick and smooth medium body with almost champagne like carbonation. Medium strength finish, yeasty and floral, pleasant lingering citrus with grassy hops and a peppery/salty feel. Nice complexity and great freshness. Very flavorful, delicious, well balanced, very pleasant to drink. Overall excellent quality craft.

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

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Mar-14-2016

Pours a hazy pale straw with three fingers of sun-bleached bone froth that slowly evaporates to an anemic film with some swooping lace. The aroma is a mix of clove, light citrus, pepper, biscuity malt and a touch of banana. Flavor is similarly yeast-centric with a general wit beer/hop tea taste, clove, pepper, bread with a light herbal bite. Lightish body with medium carbonation, a slightly astringent feel and a lingering hop/yeast tingle finish. Tasty beer that is pretty innocuous, drinkable, refreshing. Would have again, but I wouldn't seek it out or anything.

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Photo of Max8787
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fin du monde légère; gout similaire mais moins riche. On y goute un peu moins la levure et plus elle est plus houblonné que la FDM. Belle complexité. Facile à boire. Expérience agréable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle size 1 pt 4.3 oz. Stamped "Lot 2"

Hazy bright golden color, big foamy bone white head that stays a long time. Herbal peppery aroma, some grain. Taste is mild, easy drinking with those yeast flavors dominate. Thin fizzy body.

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Albert 3 - "the monkey from space" - is appropriately equipped with its own nebula, a giant cloud-like mass of foam that leaves patterns of streaking comets and halos on the glass. Its pale yellow liquid twinkles while bubbles jet upwards defying gravity against the backdrop of an almost ethereal mist.

We all know that Belgium produces some of the highest rated, most iconic beers in the world. Time-honed traditions, rich and distinctive profiles, and aging potential give Belgian ales of all kinds (not just those brewed there) a high ceiling. What's under-appreciated is that they also have a very high floor.

What I mean is that even ordinary examples tend to be of a higher standard in terms of character and drinkability. For example, this aroma will strike many as familiar and yet is endlessly, mysteriously captivating. Its relatively simple fruit, grain, and spice components weave a world of complexity.

It's a galaxy of flavours that unravels slowly, sip by sip. One moment it tastes like a bowl of banana and steel-cut oats, the next a zestful Thai infusion of lemongrass and coriander, and later a delightfully fresh, fruity compote done up with a dash of clove or cardamon. Breakfast to lunch to dessert, just like that.

And it does so all the while retaining a distinctively rustic, farmhouse quality that straddles the boundary between Belgian Pale Ale and Saison. The floral and grassy elements, mixed in with lemon peel and straw notes, denote that easy summertime refreshment was top on the brewer's mind.

Albert 3 is about as out-of-this-world as a humble, more or less conventional Belgian Pale can be. Whatever equation they've used to balance grain, spice, and fruit (not to mention alcohol, acidity and carbonation) it should be the golden standard. This Canadian rendition emulates Belgium's best and is yet another small step for Trou Du Diable, another giant leap for North American craft brewers.

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Photo of CraftBeerQuebec
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance : Semi-clear yellow straw on the first glass – last glass was a bright lemony yellow and very hazy with alot of sediments.

Nose : Pine nuts, white bread, spicy caracter. Floral and herbal bitterness from noble type hops. Some funky, damp horse blanket, belgian yeast caracter. Also i get white grapes, mango, papaya or passionfruit, lime, overiped fruits, lemongrass and white pepper… Pretty stunning nose, wow! The last glass carrying all the yeast has tons of pepper, clove and bananas.

Taste : Apples, pears, white grape. A classic, clean and moderate hop bitterness. Also a tart, acidic aspect kinda like a Brut sparkling wine. High carbonation, light medium body and a super dry finish. Gets even better as it warms up. More depth and balance in the flavors. This beer is growing on me.

Food Pairing : Chicken salad, alfredo pasta, sushis, fish and seafood. Basicly anything that pairs well with white wine.

Overall : At first i didn’t like this beer. I was like, ugh, i dont like this (it was too cold also). But about 7 minutes later i was like, humm this has some nice character. Its pretty complex yet balanced and very easy drinking. The taste profile is particular and feels pretty sophisticated. Cheers!

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Photo of SABERG
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into modified tulip glass.
A - Golden straw colored, very active carbonation supports a beautiful pillowy head.
S - Initial nose was pilsner malts, lemongrass and belgian yeast. Very pleasant, and floral.
T - Wonderful, biscuit, light malts and refined bitterness from hops, with a light touch.
M - Crisp, beautiful feel with the palate lightly coated, and an ashen dry finish.
O - A wonderful offering from Trou Diable. Dry, flavorful and crisp.
Worth seeking out

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Pale straw golden color. Towering rocky, bubbly white head retains well. Clumpy lacing. Good clarity.

S: Crackery dry malt scents, mildly chalky and yeasty, grassy and herbal with light floral whiffs. Fleeting hints of tropical fruits. Delicate and easy on the nose.

T: Chalky yeast flavors. A touch of peppery phenol. Bone dry crackery and grainy malt base. Dry spice rack herbal flavors. Dried grass. Hints of pithy tropical fruit. Bone dry herbal finish.

M: Very light with only a slight airy and creamy texture. The carbonation gently lifts and whisks it right off of the palate.

O: Light, dry, crushable, simple. Exactly what you want in a Belgian table beer. Nailed it.

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Photo of VbolieuV
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really really pale and see-through with a decent white head with big bubbles.

Pleasant floral smell, you definitely smell the yeast too and some biscuit aroma too.

Floral taste in the mouth also, pretty much taste what it smells, not bad but nothing incredible.

Nice and long finish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes with light fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by light fruity ester with some clean cereal notes and light residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easy drinking with limited amount of complexity.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

not sure why i let it take me so long to try any beers form these guys, this was excellent, and has me eager to pick up the few others that are out in the market right now. one of the coolest takes on this style i have seen, its super super pale yellow, insanely light on the grain bill, and delicate in feel. huge carbonation but a very light body and a real refreshing beer thats way too easy to drink super fast. great hop complexion on this, not overdone, but well understood, like it was built just for the fruit and spice notes that this specific yeast imparts. the yeast is on the subtle side as the belgians go, not all fruity and intense, but softer, and with the citrusy hops, its a really cool combination, especially in the absence of much grain flavor. it drinks so light and clean, i wish there was more beer like this out there, its unique in its reserved nature, and how clean it finishes for a belgian type. the low abv is fun too, and this is absolutely a beer i will buy again. heck of a first impression, great food beer, and one that really does stand out from a very crowded genre.

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Albert 3 from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 47 ratings