La Buteuse | Le Trou Du Diable

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La ButeuseLa Buteuse

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Non barrel-aged version. Available only 500ml bottles and on-tap.

If you have a 750ml bottle, please review here:

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a pale and hazed golden yellow topped by a dense three finger white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of spice and malts with some honey. There are also some hints of citrus and fruits
T: Taste is spicy up front with some orchard fruits, slight alcohol but some honey like sweetness and pear flavors which combine and complement each other well. The swallow on this beer is more orchard fruits and spice with some lingering honey like sweetness.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body with soft but adequate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.
O: Overall this beer is pretty good. It has nice flavors and complexity while hitting a lot of the notes that I expect from a quality Trupel. Definitely one to try if this style is your thing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

600 mL bottle. Clear orange from the top of the bottle. Hazy in the middle. Smells of citrus, Belgian yeast, and a strong malt presence. Taste has a ton of malt as well. Almost no citrus here. Yeast lends banana and some spice. Heavy caramel. Dries out quickly. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. Malty version of a tripel, which might be a generous descriptor.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle with a bottling date of 10-12-14. Sampled on April 18, 2016.

The pour is mainly orange-amber under a modest, short lasting off-white head.. Great clarity.

The aroma brings out the typical spicy Belgian toasted notes as well as an obvious fruity character. That tends to be the main thing.

Medium body.

The taste has some bite to it. Fruity characters, pepper, and Belgian spiciness. The finish is slightly bitter. There is an alcohol burn that coats (and stimulates my senses).

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with storming activity. Slightly frothy 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of citrus, coriander, apples, banana yeast, sweet grains, faint clove, floral and herbal spices. Bready with thick sugars, lots of spices, great sharpness. Slick smooth medium to full body with champagne like carbonation. Medium to strong finish, ending with a dry vinous citrus orange and estery feel. Overall very good quality craft. Very tasty and filling. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Nice intensity, good balance, super fresh. A little heavy on the spices.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass; this dissipated into lots of lacing down the sides of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of malty sweetness and alcohol are present in the nose; hints of apples and bananas become noticeable once the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of fruits such as apples and bananas and a little malty sweetness with notes of Belgian yeast. Hints of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness.
O: This triple is rather complex and has an interesting mix of flavors. The alcohol is noticeable, but isn't overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of kculrich
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

600ml bottle, date stamped 151015?
L: Pours a hazy pear color with an extravagantly lush mound of suds. The head fades back quickly leaving a small cap of froth and some lacing.
S: Yeast and caramel and orchard fruit. I smell flowers, honey and vanilla. Sweet, earthy, funky and inviting.
T: Butterscotch, apples, honey, melon and vanilla. Sweet and malty, with little detectable hop presence, maybe some lemongrass lurking in straw. Lingering taste of nuts and sweet melon floating on boozy Calvados-like vapors.
F: Nicely carbonated, slick and creamy, with a hard malt backbone to gnaw on.
O: THIS is a highly serviceable beverage, sort of how I imagine a double maibock would be were there such a thing. Smooth and eminently drinkable.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice blonde brew with a good 1 inch white bubbly head. Quite a funky smell reminiscent of brett yeasts, there's also bananas aromas, cloves, vanilla, and there's also sweet aromas that I can't really find what is it, but it's pleasant. I really get the bananas in the mouth, some funky yeasts also, vanilla is there too, the sweetness is there too but it's more fruity. Really easy to drink, you wouldn't guess it's 10% ABV, really good.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows funky Brett, booze, sultanas, wine notes and apple cider/brandy.
Flavours include soft oak, more wine notes, funky Brett and light acidity. Some dried figs, sultanas and booze.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 1pt 4.3 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep amber orange, with a real nice glowing orb shine to it. Some carbonation on the sides, pinhead in size, can't see much else through the body. Head is a little tiny, but bright white and very creamy. Manages only about a finger and a half height, but manages to keep a good size bowled puck throughout.

Subtle aromas. Maple sweet sugar, with an airy perfume like quality but not overly sweet. Small sensing sucrose. Mild and very simple nothing crazy, nothing really impressive either, just very solid in balanced sweetness, esters and heat.

Palate is a big shocker. Hints at lighter body, then the carbonation blasts in with huge depth and mimosa like feelings and power. Mid palate is awash in bright tropical fruits, mango, then some lemon , and big notes of papaya and thick cantaloupe like sweetness. Chewy finish, and popping champagne like quality but with a sweet malt depth and thick backbone. Almost crisp as well, hints of green herbs of sage and thyme to go with it.

Real solid impressive tripel, very memorable and a unique one for the North American side. Excellent job.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsner malt and abbey yeast strain does not a tripel make, and the improper balanced caused by such reckless consessions often leads to an ale that's simply messy with sweetness, fruit and spice. But no such worry here as the Le Trou Du Diable brewers have taken no such shortcuts.

La Buteuse catches the eye with a diffused glow of goldenrod hues. Its swath and meringue-like froth laces the glass beautifully and projects its fruity and spicy bouquet. As citrus and orchard fruit tease the nose, the taste bounces off of the early palate with sweetness of angel-food cake, confectioner's sugar and a whimsical honeysuckle upstart.

The ale simply blossoms over the middle palate, delivering waves of flavor- starting with an estery mix of papaya, apricot, pear, honeydew, lemon, orange and apple. A quick rebuttal from freshly grated white pepper, delicate clove, vanilla and mild earthy green cumin. But the saving grace of the tripel is its firm hop balance that's boldly bittered with a bright grassy flavor and a snappy, pepper-like bite.

The beer's medium body registers a milder weight upon the palate through is militant carbonation that gives the sweetness and breadiness a lift; drying the palate with promoting a peppery, hoppy finish. Warming to the senses, the tripel closes with mild Riesling-like acidity and a linger of bitterness and perfume.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 500 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice Belgian style tripel pours a hazy golden orange with a fantastic head of white foam that dissipates to a thick layer and generous ring of foam featuring wonderful lacing. Nose of light sweet breads, light lemon grass, light banana, sweet candy malts, and light herbal notes. Flavors are excellent featuring smooth moderately sweet candy malts to the side and back, a moderately spicy herbal note of lemon grass and light coriander, followed by a nice earthy yeast flavor. One of the best for this style I have had in some time. Medium effervescent and bubbly mouth feel gives this nice spritz to the stronger alcohol contained therein. Sweet aftertaste. Excellent. Hope to try more from this brewery.....especially the brandy version.


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Photo of Poljazz22
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice warmth to this trippel. Apple overtones and a bit of sourness. Very easy to drink so be carefull 10%! Well worth buying. Can be bought in Montreal.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottled September 2014.

A: Pours a clear yellow, only a few bubbles, white head with medium bubbles.

S: Banana, vanilla, ammonia.

T/M: On the palate, very well balanced with just the right bitterness. Small bubble mouthfeel. Banana bread comes back in the nose. A reasonably hot finish with spices.

Interesting approach to the tripel here. Would love to try the barrel aged.

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Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of frothy white head, good retention.

Smell. Bright citrus blossoms, light fruity Belgian yeast, some light malts, light clovey spice and some ripe banana.

Taste. Sweet malts, light citrus and orchard fruits, fruity belgian yeast, and a touch of bubblegum.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Good for the style.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: copper colour, a little misty; very fine, big head, colour of aioli, sticky and good retention

Aroma: great, full aroma - apricot, peach, mango, and mild spices & herbs - cilantro, touch of vanilla; butterscotch is the backbone; more exotic than expected

Taste & Mouthfeel: big butterscotch flavour is nicely cut by alcohol burn and astringent hops, preventing any chance to become cloying; more intense spice comes through just before the finish as well, and lingers - would call it peppery if anything, but hard to really place; very dry finish; fruit notes of aroma are negligible here; perfect carbonation, fine like champagne, and medium body

Overall: surprisingly easy drinking and keeps your interest throughout with interplay of spice, butterscotch and alcohol burn

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an exceptionally clear true gold with 2 fingers of off white head. Small amounts of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

S: Pale caramel and butter followed by overripe bananas, light spices and yeast. Slight hints of rum and overal reminicent of bananas foster.

T: Yeasts are more prominant than the scent, along with malts and honey, light spices and overrie bananas.

M: Medium to chewy bodied with light carbonation.

O: Another great offering from TDD which is a slightly more malty take on a Belgian Tripel style.

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Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its slightly hazed golden amber body is crowned with two fingers of creamy off white head. It recedes slowly and alcohol legs begin to show themselves. Very fine streams of carbonation are visible, but barely.

This has a gooey tropical fruit center. Papaya, pineapple, and apricot are all overly ripe and soaked in booze. This plays off the spicy and lively yeast character that is almost as apparent. Doughy bread and honey are also in the mix. There's a bit of band aid phenolics going on as well but its well integrated into the nose.

Everything comes at once in the taste. Ripe pineapple is the most obvious. It rests on the middle of the tongue and its sweetness extends almost into the finish. A heap of spices and bready malts stick to the back of the palate, morphing into a soft bitter taste that is intertwined with its inherent booziness. The latter is sweet and warming more than anything else. The alcohol amplifies the intensity of the fruity center. Syrupy apricot picks up where the pineapple leaves off, making its way into the finish. It cleans up nicely with some biscuit and grassy bitterness.

This is medium bodied with a full weight to it. With its low level of carbonation, the alcohol is what dictates its texture. It's soft, a bit syrupy and slick and unlike other highly effervescent and bottle conditioned Tripels I've had. Because of this, the sweetness from both the fruity character and booziness sit at the forefront. It still however does possess a foamy center. It just doesn't want to assert any more than its faint presence.

A great Belgian coming from Quebec? Who would have thought. I couldn't be more sarcastic. This is a wonderfully crafted Tripel with its uniqueness stemming from its emphasis on tropical fruits and weak carbonation. If I were to guess, I'd say the former, with the use of fruity hops, is responsible for the "new world twist" that's stated on the back of the label. Whatever it may be, I'm a fan. I'd love to get my hands on the oak aged version of this!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 600 ml bottle to a snifter

A: hazy orange with a lovely two finger head that breaks down leaving a nice cloud and good lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, sweet fruits and orange.

T: follows the nose, the yeast comes through and there is a sweetness that befits the tripel category. A touch of alcohol lingers in the far back.

M: high carbonation, full body and sweet finish.

O: a solid beer. This is my first experience with this brewer and I am impressed. I have 4 more of their brews in my cellar and now I can't wait. I enjoyed the sweet finish on this beer and I have to say it was pretty easy to drink. I will be revisiting this one.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle Dated: 2012/07; Poured: 2013/09/13

A: Hazy, dark orang/copper color; 2 – 3 fingers of sudzy off-white head, lasting a long time and leaving lots of lacing.

S: The nose is the dominant Belgian nose, yeasty and spicy, lots of orange peel and other citrus; maybe a hint of grassiness from the hops.A very pleasant malt, bread character.

T: Again, it is dominated by the delicious Belgian flavor profile, yeast and peppery spice, hints of orange peel, bananas and bready malt. Lots of residual sweetness but not cloying.

M: Medium high body and lots of carbonation.

O: A great example of the style, well balanced and complex.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled July 2012.

A - Orangey colour with a slight haze. Good carbonation with a great thick off white two finger head. Cloudy as all hell when the bottom of the bottle was added. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Yeast, orange, mild spice. Orange sticks out most.

T - Orange, sweet spice, yeast. Candi sugar kinda sweetness with a touch of alcohol. A bit dusty. A touch off.

M - Good carbonation, full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - A nice Tripel and I'm sure the year did this beer a favour. A little rough around the edges though and could use some work.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly opaque amber-orange with a lovely tan head that starts out big and beautiful before settling to a suitably creamy cap. Excellent retention; gorgeous, excellent lacing.

Really sweet. Kind of took me aback to be quite honest. Smells a lot like an amber. Toasty caramelized malts, dash of cirtus, yeast and bread, vanilla and cloves. A lot going on. Very pleasant.

Really caramely. Smooth, consistent flavor with a slightly burnt finish. Similar to the smell: yeasty, nutty, malty, sweet. There is a definite hop presence but it is really understated. Just enough to notice.

Sticky sweet. Medium body. Carbonation is good, head is creamy. Nice.

Really solid beer, on the whole. To be fair, I am not a huge fan of sticky sweet beers. Thus, this whole beer kind of conflicts with that. That said, it is definitely worth trying. Beautiful looking (a little more head and it would verge on a 5); great, complex aroma; the taste is a little intense, though.

Great beer, I just think it suffers from being too bold on too many counts. It is an in-your-face beer.

I think it would benefit from bringing the hops out a touch more (not much though). These guys make REALLY good beer and have gorgeous bottles/labeling. I probably won't get it again, but I am SURE that someone more tolerant of sweet beers would in a second. Worth getting.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to andrenaline for including this in our last trade
A - fully hazy burnt orange hue, thumb of off white head fizzed but maintained its presence nicely
S - yeasty esters, sour orange and light tropical fruits, mild pepper and light floral
T - out of the gate strong with strong yeasty esters and grainy malts, mandarin, lemon pepper, and a bit of a fresh soapy thing going on, definitely interesting
M - creamy and well carbonated yet still relatively light, bit of a minerally mouth coating, touch of alcohol dryness and warmth through the finish
O - this is a nicely well rounded tripel with a lots of layered flavours, very drinkable at this ABV and a nice treat on this hot summer evening

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Living up to its brewer's name, La Buteuse is much darker than even dark tripels tend to be and has fiery, flickering highlights. Ignited against the light it looks like the glass is entirely ablaze, too hot to touch. Even the initially soapy, thick head starts to melt under this bright orange heat; only the trim of the glass is shielded; all lacing imprinted quickly evaporates.

The aroma is properly perfumed with fragrant notes of orchard fruits and savory spice. It's like something out of a baking cookbook: lemon curd, marmalade, banana bread, pear compote, hell I'd even accept the notion of strawberry-rhubarb crumble! It has lots of sweetness, a good dose of spice, a hint of underlying tartness and a browned oats-like graininess.

Like an over-eager waiter, the palate follows up immediately with more of those sumptuous dessert-like flavours. The sugary lemon, banana, pear and marmalade notes continue with more intense rose-like florals introduced and additional rolled-oats maltiness piled on. There's more citrus than is typical of classic Belgian examples; its fruitiness is more bright and bubblegum-y. The spice is also more intense; yeast-produced phenolics shine bright like diamonds in the aftertaste.

The first time I tried La Buteuse was in a side-by-side tasting along some of the most iconic Belgian tripels (Westmalle, Gouden Carolus, Karmeliet) and it was decidedly the odd man out. Truthfully, I didn't care for it. It lacked the understated strength and sophistication of those timeless classics. It was too flashy for a style characterized by sneaky, soft subtleties.

But sitting down with it tonight I'm just short of enamored. I can taste why others have rated it so highly. It deserves it. So rich, strong, sweet and spicy, it is a zippy aperitif (or digestif) you'd swear was concocted by the devil himself. The monks might be overwhelmed, but New World palates will rejoice in this sinfully delicious tripel. A beer to definitely shake hands with!

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Photo of mintjellie
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange coloured and cloudy, with a small and poorly retained white head. Fruity, yeasty, and spicy aroma with notes of orange, banana, coriander, dry yeast, and pepper. Fruity and spicy flavour, and very lightly sweet. Citrus and banana, bready, cloves, and peppery. Light bitterness in the finish. Almost medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels very smooth, but a little bit dead on the palate. I think a little bit more carbonation would be an improvement. A pretty good take on the style, definitely tending towards the drier end of the spectrum.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 7 12 and purchased in recent LCBO release. Not certain it's true to the Tripel style in a biblical sense, but that's probably why it appeals to me!

Glad to be trying a non barrel aged version, as there's a lot going on and adding oak might make it overwhelming. Pours a hazy orange amber, with the minimal head dissipating near-instantly. Pleasantly surprised by the hops in the aroma, although the Belgian yeast and caramelized malts are in the forefront. A complex taste, from an initial malt focus to a nice tropical fruit hoppiness and bitterness. Although the Belgian evidence is there throughout, the spices aren't overpowering. The 10.5% ABV is well hidden, with only a hint of alcohol warmth in the lingering finish.

Very much looking forward to anything brewed by this Shawinigan micro!

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