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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 WeedKing4
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The bottle pours a slightly hazy orange colour with a good amount of head. Tastes slightly bready, with yeast and dark fruits in there, with the spices coming through in the finish. You can tell this is a big beer with each sip as its 10% alc. but it does not come through in the taste at all. Very easy to drink for the size of this big beer. Glad I got to try this one.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse's Canadian SpecTapular.

Pours a hazed golden colour with a very decent head of thick white foam. Some carbonation present - looks very decent.

Ozone on the nose; light geranium character with lilting tells of the more classic spice aromas. It's very robust and intense on the nose, even lending a fresh piney note. Wow. Really good, really fragrant and complex.

Taste is battered with a huge clove character, that almost overwhelms everything else. Very spicy throughout. Some light phenols are present on the back, giving a lightly bitter acetone finish to match the welling alcohol heat. Once I start filtering the clove, it gets a little more palatable, leaving some round Belgian yeast characters and a drier finish.

A big and battering beer to pound on the senses. Full of character, no doubt, but also a little too close to anarchy for more than a small glass.

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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 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 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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La Buteuse from Le Trou Du Diable
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