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 Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and excellent lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian Malt with nice fruity ester and medium peppery yeast. Taste is an exceptionally well balance mix between a solid Belgian malt backbone with great notes of fruity ester and light peppery yeast. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Triple is one of my favourite style and this is one is exceptionally well balance with sweetness not overwhelming the whole mix. Probably one of the best North American examples of the style.

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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 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 weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious apple, vanilla, ripe fruit, cinnamon sticks, spices, oak, and light honey and brandy.
Taste is of the aromas with apple and vanilla pulling to the front of the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and boozy.

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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 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 John_M
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange gold color with good head retention and lacing. I get considerable honey on the nose, but with considerable spice as well. On the palate, this is a very well crafted beer with orange honey on a fairly sweet frame, but with a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness to counter the sweetness. Ultimately, the beer is pretty well balanced, though I appreciate how the bitterenss dries out the beer on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with the beer delivering plenty of flavor. Drinkability is pretty good, though you can tell the abv. is up there a bit. Still, this is a very solid, well made beer. Impressive.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

La Buteuse pours (from a bottle into a snifter) a cloudy amber orange with a thin ring of white head. A big, bread-y yeast aroma is complemented with sharp, peppery spice, marmalade, and sweet sugar. There is a little hint of grape (maybe more raisin) and some funkiness, for some reason I'm reminded of a trip to Niagara wine country! It's starts quite sweet and ends quite bitter. Full bodied and aggressive carbonation with a very pleasant alcohol warmth. A brasher approach to the Abbey Tripel which is really worth seeking out.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into abbey glass july18 2010

A golden orange with decent carbonation feeding a thin film of head that leaves a couple patches of lace

S pretty hoppy with a good amount of yeast and a little tropical fruit

T not far from the smell but with a little more booze

M a little rough at first but gets smoother as it warms, just a little heat but just enough to warm you up

D overall a very nice beer, and for a 10% triple I could drink myself stupid with this one

Yet another thanks to hoser for a chance to taste this one, anyone who can should try this beer

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Photo of mxchap
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber/copper color. One of the darker tripels.
Aroma: A little bit of spices, but more phenolic. A hint of bubblegum as well!
Taste: Malty front (caramel and bread flavor) with spices towards the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, slightly sticky, not too dry. Highly drinkable for 10% abv.
Overall: To be honest, I like amber tripels! This is not a classic representation of the style, but the taste and mouthfeel are very nice. A highly drinkable amber tripel!

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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 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 SebD
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, peppery spices, citrus, banana and some breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some bready Belgian yeast, peppery spices, lemon, citrus, (almost tropical) and light banana.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this at the Trou Du Diable event at Wvrst in Toronto.

Beer is amber in colour, with a white head. Good retention.

Smell consist of sweet malt, comes across as quite creamy. Light fruit scents are present but I cannot pick out particular fruits. Very nice.

Taste consists of fairly sweet malt, a creamy flavour that works well. some yeast. Light fruit that is somewhat subdued- the flavour is present but is mixed in well with everything, does not standout on its own. Nice flavour.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, a very nice tripel, particularly for North America. Not as good as the barrel aged version, but very good.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden colored beer, fully translucent. THe head is HUGE, tan colored, creamy looking with a good retention. Lacing is good too.

S: Very powerful smell. Very strong yeast smells: apple, pears, orange juice, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, saffron. Then, there is a solid malt base that gives smells of: white bread, honey, brown sugar. Definitively orange zest in this as well as some light funk.

T: Goes right with the smell. Green apples, pears, orange juice, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, saffron are all there. Again with the malts: white bread, honey and brown sugar. Orange zest is there for sure as well as the funkyness. This beer has also more bittering hops than anticipated at first with the smell and also by considering the style. Quite dry at the end even with the good amount of residual sugars. It must be from the yeast that also gives the funk in the taste (somewhat similar to orval).

M: Medium to heavy body with medium to low carbonation. It is also quite sticky. Really not the appropriate mouthfeel for a tripel, it should have been a bit lighter with more carbonation being totally mandatory.

O: This is a good beer. The saffron is quite strong in this beer and I could easily see this putting off people. Personally, I quite liked it and thought it made for a quite different tripel than what I'm used to. It's a good thing considering how tripels are really similar one to another. Mouthfeel killed it a bit for me. It's very similar to its barrel aged version (minus the apple brandy tastes) and worth to try (considering it's about the third of the price of the barrel aged version).

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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 papat444
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

***2010 Vintage***

Had this last night while watching Game 3 of the Habs-Bruins series. Shared a little with my wife.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle.

Appearance: Easily 4 fingers worth of white foam that refuses to budge. Very slowly recedes with incredible lacing and a patchwork of fluffiness. Body is a nice honey color.

Smell: Estery, fruit, banana with a slight touch of honey. Quite aromatic.

Taste: A nice spicy bite at the start with a hint of cloves. Banana with some tropical fruit. At room temp, some orange is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A solid, strong body yet quite mellow. Carbonation is active but doesn't hurt the palate. Some underlying bitterness is also present.

Overall: A very nice tripel. Not expansive but pleasing nonetheless. Worth getting for sure.

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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 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 peensteen
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange, tight sticky white head, nice lace spots showing up, dark/grainy in areas. Smells of yeast, floral hop, spice, a little alcohol and bready notes come through. Taste is yeasty, Spice, banana, floroal hop, big malty presence, citrus is really present as well especially in the finish. Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, medium carbonation that pushes it along well. Very drinkable Tripel the ABV is undetectable and makes it slightly dangerous.

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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 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 grub
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a recent trade with papat444. thanks pat!

500ml bottle. sampled oct 3/2010.

pours crystal clear, a few shades past gold but not quite orange. the small very fine white head seems to last forever - i walked away for 15 minutes and there's still a decent cap on top. a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. belgian yeasty spice. light citrus and tropical fruit - orange, pineapple, bit of banana and mango. white bread. bit of cracker. lightly warming alcohol. slightly floral.

taste is good. sweet candied tropical fruit. orange, pineapple, mango, bit of banana. belgian yeasty spice. boozy warming alcohol. white bread and cracker. slightly floral.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body with a pretty dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. i love the candied fruit character in the taste, and the bit of sweetness, while not that common in a tripel is still welcome. my only complaint is that it's a bit boozy. knock it back to 8 or 9% and i think i'd be in love. a delightful tripel.

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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 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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