La Morsure | Le Trou Du Diable

115 Ratings
no score
Send samples
La MorsureLa Morsure

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 06-02-2007

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of SlyBrew
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of lgmol
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Matt1516
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of bylerteck
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 120114. From notes.

A - Golden pour with a mildly hazy body. Good carbonation. Fluffy two finger white head left great lace rings and retention.

S - Nice sweet fruits, biscuity malt, honey, some mild pine.

T - Sweet fruit again, more grain, really restrained. Quite sweet with a weird metallic and rotten fruit component. Not the most pleasant flavour.

M - Not that bitter but it's there. Good carbonation, medium to full body.

O/D - This didn't strike me as an IPA. The hop character didn't seem like much and it came off sorta lagery. Not sure what happened but it's simply not good enough for these guys, especially these days for an IPA.

 653 characters

Photo of Mack
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of boszormeny
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of ArrogantPrick
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of valianes
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(4.0) A: Hazy copper with a moderately tall and creamy stark white head.

(3.75) S: Orange, hints of pineapple, pine, sour elements including lemon, and a more crackery grain base. Pleasant in general with a nice crisp and tart bite.

(3.5) T: Grapefruit, orange, bit of pine, lemon-like, spices, and crackers. A bit of herbal or grassy element in this as well. Not heavily bitter with a pleasing moderate dryness.

(3.5) M: Thinner bodied with a mod-higher carbonation. Semi-creamy and slick.

(3.5) D: This is very drinkable with a lighter body and more tart-crisp fruits presented. Prefer a fuller and more robust body but the lighter feel does add to the drinkability.

 674 characters

Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

La Morsure ("the bite") does indeed pack one, but you wouldn't suspect it from the looking at it; a glowing, clear (at first) golden-amber tone gives this beer a friendly and approachable appearance. Its head is unremitting and leaves an intricate, almost psychedelic pattern of lacing that could pass for an Alex Grey piece.

Most people assume they don't like hops or at least have to acquire the taste for them. In fairness, we are born with a natural distaste for bitterness. But all it usually takes is one uber-floral pale ale or super-citric West-Coast IPA to convince them otherwise - who doesn't love perfumy roses and tropical fruits after all!?

Of course, those are but two of the many faces of Humulus lupulus. Hops can also be spicy, earthy, herbal, piny, or citrusy. Whatever varieties were used in this recipe have created an earthy 'forest floor' persona and crudely herbal qualities. There's no colourful fruits here - melons maybe, but mostly just browned tree needles, green onion, tea leaves, twigs, and resins.

La Morsure is not the beer for lovers of zestful exotic fruits - it's suited to those who like delicate, grassy Chinese green teas. I'm not surprised to find the palate full of dried stone fruits, cut plant stems, mowed lawn clippings, leafy spring greens, jasmine and peas. The maltiness adds a touch of toasted chestnut that adds to the fired ("Long Jing" or "Dragonwell") green tea profile.

It's silly to expect an exotic, tropical beer from Quebec - they don't call it 'La Belle Province' because of palm trees or sandy beaches. To repeat: all 77 of this beer's IBUs are green, not a single one lemon yellow, grapefruit ruby or orange. Provided you enjoy and are in the mood for that brand of weedy, earthy IPA, La Morsure is a good one. But know what you're getting.

 1,810 characters

Photo of mick303
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

La Morsure IPA
Poured from large bomber bottle into tulip, clear bright gold in glass with a strong initial rocky head and a nice lacing and film on. Light in colour and attractive. 4

S – lemon, American yeast, cardamom, clean, with some pale malt aromas, bright citrus and florals. Still has some fermentation esters, fairly muted, but interesting. 3.75

T – lemony citrus with ripe berries, some sweetness, also a really pleasant floral character, then some robust graininess, there is some toffee-ness and the lack of strong caramel malt notes lends it a clean foundation for some nice citrus-floral hoppy characters to shine, also some pine needles as well. Get some spicy and floral characters, but the hops are not as prominent as in some examples. Its good, but not a hop bomb. Good balance and flavor though. 4.25

M – balanced, a light acidity and moderate carbonation that offers a refreshing, cleansing feel, dry on the finish. Good and appropriate, has some bitterness but lacking a really hoppy resiny feel. 3.75

An enjoyable IPA to be sure. Drinks a bit lighter than it is, which is maybe my only slight issue. A nice citrus and floral character with some yeasty aspects retained in it. Good balance and feel, pleasant dryness, a solid all round IPA that I would have again as a tasty quencher or session beer. Awesome label as well! 4.25

 1,360 characters

Photo of FiveByFive
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice light head - almost meringue-like.
Takes about a minute to settle, but leaves a nice lacing that stays.

Aroma is woodsy - not overly hoppy but still quite pleasant and familiar.

Mouthfeel is light, a bit weak, still leaves a slight bitterness.
Medium body, cloudy.

For a strong ale, it's very easy (maybe too easy?) to drink, but not overly memorable.
Definitely would make a very nice summer patio AIPA.

 413 characters

Photo of kwjd
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of hotsudge
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TerryW
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks quite good. Hazy gold, big soft head. Settles to a thin cap and leaves lots of lace along the way. Quite a handsome beer.

Fairly ordinary after that. Subdued fruitiness in the nose. Soft mouth feel with gentle bitterness and a hint of sourness. Pithy citrus, some wood. Easy enough to drink, but nothing really memorable.

 328 characters

Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

600 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for under $6 CDN. Excited to try this as I rather enjoyed the Weizenbock offered by this brewery featuring a former Prime Minister. Served well chilled into a glass.

Appearance - Clear golden /copper color with 3 fingers of dense white head. Sticky lacing left all around the glass. Head takes its time in diminishing to a small white cap. Attractive looking beer.

Smell - Hoppy aroma, with a middling amount of base malts. Some earthy aromas there too. I found this beer particularly challenging to identify what I was smelling.

Taste - Some rice pudding, molasses and earthiness mixed with mild bitterness in some sort of cauldron is what I noticed. Taste was a bit thinner than I expected as most beers maintain some sort of aftertaste, whereas this beer the flavor was there and then suddenly it was gone. the flavors were good, but if the lingered longer thsi score would have been higher.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with a light feel, Still a bit syrupy also the medium carbonation and dry finish burn through that.

Overall - Kind of strange for an IPA as there's a number of high point and low points with this beer. Wish the flavor was a little bolder (especially for an IPA) and the taste lingered longer, but there are pieces here to build a great beer. Still good enough that I wouldn't turn some down if offered, but probably won't repeat this purchase.

 1,407 characters

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

La Morsure from Le Trou Du Diable
3.74 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.