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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:

Added by Goldorak on 02-28-2007

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 168
Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a snifter. Thanks to Matt and Paul for sharing.

Pours a moderately-hazy golden color with a thin white head. The nose is really powerful and sends characteristics in all directions. There is some strong banana and clove plus loads of yeast spice. All of these components are quite strong and do not meld together very well. The same goes for the flavor, which dials things back a bit, but still isn't terribly pleasant. Spice, banana, light fruit, and some mild grain come together to present a final package that lacks coherence. Medium body with good carbonation. Okay, but not something I'd look for again.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

Full pour shared between me, Paul & Mike.

The beer appears a hazy, golden orange hue with a finger of head. As the head recedes, it leaves some good lacing in its wake. The aroma brings a heavy dose of spices and alcohol, followed by more subtle notes of yeast and citrus. The flavor is bold and forward - this is a big beer. The taste is decent, but I would guess / hope that spending a few years in the cellar would serve to improve this brew. As this was sampled on draft, that obviously wasn't an option at the time. In general, I found the beer to be a bit too hot, with flavors sort of running together, lacking cohesion. I'd be interested to try the barrel-aged version, though at $30 per bottle, I don't imagine it's worth it.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub, keg was aged 10 months.

Appearance: Great looking golden brew with slightly amber reflections, with a ring of pearly white lace.

Smell: Spicy and sweet, bitter orange peel and lightly hopped, finished off with a bit of madeira/port.

Taste: Quite a sweet first attack, it hits you like maple taffee or hard sugar candy, it then takes on a more boozy, citrusy flavor. The complex sugars give it plenty of backbone, as they linger on your palate long after each sip, but it did get a little cloying near the end, not exactly something I look for in the style. I still liked it, but it could have used a little more time to mature and round out the sweetness.

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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 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 TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 07/12. Poured in to snifter.

A - Very hazy medium orange with a golden glow around the edges. Half a finger of bright white head formed and reduced to a thin film along the top of the beer.

S - Big spice nose up front with big Belgian yeast and clove aromas. Some sweet bready malt notes in the background.

T - Big clove and Belgian yeast punch up front with a heavy spice profile. A big bready malt sweetness, peppercorns, a light fruitiness and some warming alcohol are also present.

M - Medium body, slightly chewy. Very dry. Light carbonation.

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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at Festival Bières et Saveurs 2009. Grapefruit cloudy body along with white lace. Taste is some sourness, and grapefruit. Its hoppy. Its a good drinking ale, with average mouthfeel. Yeast was secondary. I wonder how it is in the bottle with brett and oak ageing.
I had this again 2.5 years later in bottle and found it a very decent triple, though apple juice flavour and very boozy. Smooth mouthffel.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with modest white head, dissipates leaving some pleasant thick lace behind. Very mild haze in the glass and a good thick wobble to the body. Looks great, very Belgian.

Smell is quite Belgian as well. A lot of nice clove and peppery spice blending with lovely fruity malt giving off orange and apricot notes. Great blend, could just use a bit more spice, but pleasant, definitely, and now, I've used, too many commas,

Massive malt hit on the front of the palate, like a big huge caramel wave on the tip of the tongue. Fruit comes through after this, tangy orange, apricot and cumquat with a huge dessert wine stickiness to it. Reminds one of a late harvest Botrytis Semillon, with a strong boozey warmth at the back to heat the throat and hints of white peppery spice. A pleasant, sweet, warming brew.

Thick and syrupy on the feel. Nice, but just has a little too much of a treacly texture to it.

A bit strong overall, but something that tastes this good is always a great one for sipping.

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Photo of korguy123
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into Duvel tulip.
Bottled 07/12 as per markings on label.
Newly available at the LCBO in "Limited Quantities"

A- Super hazy, dark orange pour. Two finger soapy off white head with great gobs of lacing stuck to the glass.

S- The first thing that really pops is the noble hops. A nice grassy aroma with a touch of sweetness. The Belgian yeast is spicy but not as over the top as the majority of Tripels I've come across. Sweet tangerines with some digestive cookies.

T- Dry yeast up front with some sweet fruits, grassy hops and a slight peppery spice.

M- Medium body, good carbonation with a slightly silky finish.

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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 spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 4.45$

Appearance - Hazy light copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Lemons, coriander/clove, yeast, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with bananas and lemons and green grapes. There is also a bit of coriander/clove and some peppery/yeasty notes. It ends with a ripe banana and citric bitter aftertaste.

Overall – A nice mix of flavours going on that allows for each sip to be interesting. I can pick up on different nuances throughout the beer. I bought a few bottles to try to see if I wanted to stock up... I'm not going to fill the trunk but I'll grab a few more.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, thanks to papat444 for passing this one westward.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with a tower of fizzing, foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which renders a few broad swaths of lace around the glass as it genially (especially for its initial reach) subsides.

It smells of sugary caramel malt, sweet tropical fruit - pineapple, guava, and mango - with a soft peppery spiciness, and some ethereal yeast. The taste is more sweet grainy, sugarcane-esque malt, some newfound banana fruitiness, more dynamic spice - some clove and nutmeg joining the now more generalized peppery notes - with a wee bit of dry, earthy hops wedging their way in. A twinge of warming alcohol is apparent at first, and grows to no more than a thin metallic edge, at most, as things wind along the way.

The bubbles are subtly zingy and rather uplifting, the body on the light side, but only academically so - it duly supports a smooth, semi-enveloping nature. It finishes surprisingly dry, the malt absconding, the fruitiness flipping, and the hops and alcohol just plodding away at their faithful job.

A pretty decent Tripel, with nice fruity, booze-moderated flavours, an endearing sideshow of spice, and an appetizingly dry, but not hot, end to it all. I am so craving some pommes frites right now, and hold the ketchup...uh, right, the beer - grab this if you can, you shan't be disappointed!

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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 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 Dreadnaught33
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this in early March at Pizzaria Paradiso, in DC.

A: Dark clearish orange hue. Bubbly head, no lacing that sticks.

S: Nice sweet and spicy aroma. Cherry, oak, clove, sweet juice, raisin, dried dark fruit, and almost a little flutter of barnyard funk.

T: Nice full bodied taste. Notes of cherry, grape, honeycomb, cinnamon, alcohol complexity, vanilla tinged wood, some other kitchen spice like nutmeg??, and brown sugar. Dry straw malt.

M: Pretty much smooth and nice carbonation. Bitter at the back.

O: Good.

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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 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 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 Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazed dirty blond, a bit of amber and some golden highlights, very huge and fluffy slightly off white head forms and slowly settles to a thick layer and ring, great retention, lots of lace sticks to the glass, looks real nice.

Smell is neat, sweet and boozy, some apple juice, alcohol spice, a touch of cinnamon, some light biscuity malt, apricot, a bit of pineapple fruitiness, candi sugar, pretty nice.

Taste is nice too, quite dry and fruity, lightly spicy, solid alcohol, some candi sugar, sweet through the middle, wheat, a touch of yeast, cinnamon, pineapple and apricot, a bit of biscuity malt, very dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Some warmth going down but the alcohol is pleasant. A pretty nice tripel, thanks Russ!

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

A pleasant surprise to find at my local LCBO, and glad to have an opportunity to try the non-barrel aged version.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange colour, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by peppery spice, yeast esthers, sweet citrus, raw cane sugar and a soapy lemon finish.

T - Flavour profile offers up a fruity yeast flavour, peppery spice, hints of mandarin, bananas, bubble gum and a grainy bready malt flavour lingers alongside a touch of ABV sweetness.

M - Mediun bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty brew that is full flavoured, solid flavour profile, surprising complexity and a welcome treat to Northern Ontario. Would certainly be nice to see more of this type of offering readily available locally, but certainly glad this made it to the north.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

20oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Golden/Amber in color with a haze that makes it opaque. Two fingers of fluffy off-white head retain well. Thick collars of lacing form as the liquid is consumed.

S: Sweet malt base is reminiscent of confectioner's sugar and clover honey. Yeasty. Medicinal phenols. Vague spicy notes. Grassy. Pineapple and fleshy tropical fruits. Whiff of alcohol.

T: Sweet honeyed malt base. Apple juice. Bready and yeasty. Very grassy and herbal. Generously hopped. Tropical notes flit to the forefront every now and again. Tangerine and star fruit. Medicinal. Alcohol brings a somewhat bitter character that helps to balance and trails into an otherwise malty sweet finish.

M: Full, round, and even chewy in texture. Silky. There's a definite sense of weight, though it glides easily over the tongue. A lightly raking hop astringency is perceptible. Stiff, fine-bubbled carbonation scrubs firmly.

O: A beer that takes its inspiration from the Belgian Tripel style, but has a strong sense of identity that is all its own. A great 'diamond in the rough' sort of find from a little known but excellent Quebec brewery.

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

Removing a layer of complexity from one of my favourite beers this year, here is La Buteuse, the beer they later chucked into a barrel and won my heart. On tap at Le Mondial de la Biere.

Pours a slight hazy deep gold with a finger of white head. Good retention and lace. Grapefruit aroma, with honey, candy sugar and spicy yeast. Good grain backdrop to some delicious flavous - honey comes out again, and brings some good citrus hopping to balance the equation. Some caramel too, and a hint of flowers. Full mouthfeel with a billowy carbonation.

Nicely done tripel. Obviously not as good as the barrel-aged version, but this gives some insight into why that worked so well.

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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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La Buteuse from Le Trou Du Diable
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