La Buteuse | Le Trou Du Diable

La ButeuseLa Buteuse
BA SCORE
89.2%
Liked This Beer
4.03 w/ 176 ratings
La ButeuseLa Buteuse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada
troududiable.com

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:
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13605/51448

Added by Goldorak on 02-28-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,129
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
176
Liked:
157
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
8.44%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
36
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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 acurtis
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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 BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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 Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
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 smithj4
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
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 -12.4%
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 InspectorBob
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of imbibehour
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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 liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Derek
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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 John_M
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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 petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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La Buteuse from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 89.2% out of 100 with 176 ratings
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