La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)
Le Trou Du Diable

La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)
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4.2 | pDev: 10.24%
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada
La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)
Notes: Apple Brandy barrel-aged version of Buteuse. Available only in 750ml bottles.
Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 143 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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bshefftz from California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was a gusher! Hadn't had that happen in a while... as I mopped beer off the counter and floor I had a concern that it was due to an infection, but it tasted and smelled fine. More than fine, this is a sweet and dry Tripel that holds up to any in this style.

May 01, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden and slightly cloudy, with lots of sediment floating within. Topped with 3 fingers of white head.

Smells of apple cider, Brett, Belgian triple notes of pears, phenols and candy sugar, as well as sour vinegar qualities. Fresh green apples and dank wood cellars. Dusty wood and lambic brewery.

A big balance of sweet and sour, but leaning towards the sweet on the first sip. Apple orchards, pears, oak wood, and dank funk. Brett and nail polish, as well as white wine vinegar. A hint of stinky foot as well.

Medium body, smooth and balanced, with moderate carbonation.

Got this in Gatineau, drinking in the Kitchener area Dec 29th, 2017. Excellent, complex and wonderful barrel aged brew.

Dec 30, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a stemmed glass a rich auburn color with a thick sticky slight off white head atop.Boozy in the nose with mild yeasty phenols and a slight sour apple tinge wich may or may not come from the calvadose barrel.A hint of cork comes thru upfront on the palate than some spice/black pepper with the green apple-like flavor with a mild sour tinge in the finish.It's boozy and you don't get a ton of the calvadose barrel but....It's pretty damn good either way.

Nov 29, 2017
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pootz from Canada

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The version I sampled was made with brett and aged 8 months in Calvados barrels. On tap @ Arabella Park - puts a hazed light copper colored ale in the snifter with a demure surface lace. Aroma is complex - Vinous, sour beery, stone fruit, burnt treacle, mustiness. this becomes more intense as it warms - flavor is also a complex amalgam of musty sweet tones balanced with fruity sourness and sharp spicy notes some wood and vinous notes - goes to a long wet drying finish. Wow, what a sensory overload for the palate.

Sep 03, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was the end of the keg at the Brussels Beer Fest in August 2017, so perhaps my review is somewhat biased by being the end of the keg. Look is a murky orange with good carbonation. Nose is sour, funk, bread, and some citrus peel. Taste is sour, a bit of hop bitterness, malt, and citrus peel. Mouthfeel was quite creamy.

Aug 27, 2017
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LampertLand from Canada

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Le Trou Du Diable 'BA La Buteuse' @ 10.0% , served from a 750 ml bottle purchased for $26
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a large white head off the initial pour , leaving a streaky lace along the snifter
S-wow , barrel aged apple brandy
T-wow , so smooth
MF-nice carbonation , full body (almost too big)
Ov-treat yourself spend the money , enjoy the wow factor , repeat as desired
prost LampertLand

Jul 30, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottel into a tulip glass. Champagne stopped cap, with a good pop, and minor but controllable gush upon opening.

Opaque pale orange body color, with real nice pinhead cream bubbled effervesence. Rocky lightest khaki colored head, almost a faint peach yellow to it's color. Ultra fine and three finger solid head, not budging at all, you need a spoon for this one.

Unexpected brett nose, but with a wonderful aroma. Barnyard funk mixing with peach and apricot fruit, with a good faint toasty hint of maple sugar. Apple sweetness just a touch, with real good sweet oak tones almost cedar like in smell. A bit of a different contrast but a real fine one, with some real complexity going on here.

The palate is just wonderful. Creamy but lighter and crisp bubbly mouthfeel with wonderful flavors. Fruity and funky territory unparalleled, in a more tripel vein. Thick oak and rich chardonnay like quality, mixing with wonderful tones of pear and apple, citrus lemon and even touches of good wine. Vinous flavors and thick malt, with vanilla like sweetness, touches of warm clove phenols giving even a spicy aftertaste.

This is one truly unique tripel, that has one really unique profile. Wine like yet rich malt density. Fruity touches that go all over. Even phenolic heat and oak richness. Truly a remarkable beer.

Jul 25, 2017
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DispyDnb from England

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap at Muted Horn, slightly hazy blond look; smell is mainly brett, nit much from the barrel but still very rich and pleasant; taste is brett, bready and fruity with some bitternes; very soft carbonation even though the guy who served me this told me that the night before beer was a extreme gusher. Overall good stuff

Jul 04, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark hazy amber with an asymmetrical off-white blanket.

I smell graham, toasted bread, and roasted apples.

Taste is bready, slightly spiced apple. A small, sweet heat runs along as an unidentifiable booze, sort of anise-like and bitter.

Nov 16, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A graying copper color, minimal head. The nose is full of booze, apple and vanilla. The flavor is more restrained. Wood and apples mingle with the base beer yeasts of bubblegum and sugar. The feel is a bit thin and the alcohol too forward, but definitely one I was glad to try.

Jul 08, 2016
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Coronaeus from Canada

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.

Opaque gold with much sediment. Huge head (a gusher). Dominant aroma is apple and suggests tartness. Tart apple and wood up front, with some mellow sugary notes on the finish. Thick with bright carbonation. Quite nice.

Mar 24, 2016
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VbolieuV from Canada

4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice pale golden color with lots of carbonation and a good ehite head. Some funky smell kinda like wild yeast. The taste, WOW! There's a nice apple taste, a mild bitterness too. Really fruity and not boozy at all fro a 10% beer.

Sep 04, 2015
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Agent1 from Canada

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber/ gold, with little head. Tiny bubbles with decent lacing.

Smell - Fermented fruit such as lemons, pineapples, apples and oranges. Fermented apricots. Candied orange. Sour and tart on the nose. Cider-like. Sourdough bread, caramel, white wine, Very nice.

Taste - Subtle lambic characteristics. Green apples, cotton candy, coriander, grape peel, lemon, subtle cloves, Belgian candi sugar, brandy, Saison funk, Saaz?, pineapple, fermented apricots and more. Subtle oak/ wood notes. Again, cider-like. Nicely spiced. Light yeasty/ sour aftertaste wraps up everything.

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated. Quite strong, which I feel works well with this ale. Stimulates all areas of the mouth. Sticky and syrupy. It doesn't get much better than this for a Tripel!

Overall - This is a very impressive Belgian-style beer. The barrel aging and apples is a great idea. Sweet and tart notes are perfectly married with the bitter wood and hop notes. A bit pricey, but definitely worth the investment. A+.

Jan 04, 2015
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ThomasT from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Vibrant, moderately cloudy orange. Slightly darker than orange juice. Two-finger, very aromatic head that rapidly fades with very slight lacing.
Smell: I got a bit overenthusiastic here on the fourth sniff and accidentally snorted it. Most prominent is strong, tart crab-apple. Slight orange and just a hint of grape. Wild yeast and phenol.
Taste: Moderate orange and lemons right on the tip of the tongue. Grape is very noticeable in the middle, with a slight carbonation burn. The back packs a very hefty dose of tart, but sweet, crab-apple with an even tarter yeasty finish. Extremely powerful, but delicious finish. Spicy burn travels right up the sinuses on the finish, spreading the tasty ester smell throughout the nose. Body is light, but the esters and carbonation help the flavour travel through the whole mouth.
Overall: An very tart and spicy beer with nice complexity that is everything a Tripel should be.

Nov 21, 2014
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks BlogueDeBieres for this!
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip, bottle was a gucher, but didn't lose too much.

A- A clear golden/orange color with a two finger white head.

S- Tart crisp apples, some tart grapes, sweet, candy sugar, brandy, oak.

T- Tart apple, sweet malts, some candy sugar, brandy, oak, slightly earthy finish along with some floral notes. The base is a nice sweet Tripel and the barrel and the tartness work well with it.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very nice beer, nose doesn't smell like a Tripel but the taste is very Tripel like. Flavors are well balanced, very enjoyable, worth seeking out.

Aug 09, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Vermont Brewfest. On-tap but maybe via bottle.

A-Hazy orange. Even the sample pour had some head to it.

S-Didn't even know it was a Tripel, had to look at my guide. Then I realized this was the barrel aged version. Made more sense afterwards. It's like the apple brandy barrel swept over the more aggressive aspects of the Tripel and soaked them in sweetness and mellowed them out a bit. It also added some light funk. Sweet barrel and apple with a perfumey aspect.

T-Interesting to say the least. Sweet brandy mixes with the maltiness of the beer. Funky yeast flavor. Sweet flowers. Booze soaked bread. Light wood. Pears and apples.

M-Creamy. A bit sticky. Some alcohol heat. Soft carbonation.

O-A treat. This one didn't stand out all too much at the time but thinking back on it now I kinda wished I was more ready to indulge in this beer.

Jul 23, 2014
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korguy123 from Canada

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 02/12 750ml into snifter.
Special thanks to ricochet173 for another amazing bottle.

Was quite the gusher when opened. My counter enjoyed some of the spoils :-)

Hazy, unfiltered apple cider colored pour. Half finger, tight bubbled, fizzy off white head. Lacing is decent.

Sweet apples, tart grapes, some pear skin, slightly tart aroma with a touch of funk. Sweetness from the brandy, a light oakiness with a peppery finish.

Peppery and sweet, grapes, raisins, apples, a touch of lemon, some digestive cookies, a bit of alcohol and a little brandy in the finish.

Light to medium body, high carbonation, slightly warming.

May 01, 2013
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy reddish-gold. Big fluffy off-white head. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. Little fluffs of lacing here and there but nothing substantial.

S: Strong fruity aroma. Apples mainly. Pear maybe? Some other fruits I can't quite identify. Very floral aroma. Big and sweet. Can almost smell pure sugar.

T: Apples and pears up front with some oak. Quite sweet. Maybe even some peach? Turns into a yeasty bread in the middle with some earthiness and black pepper. Get some old wet hay into the finish. Tart, funky and bitter - gets even stronger into the aftertaste. A little lingering, drying oak in the aftertaste too with some more black pepper.

M: Heavy and thick.

O: Meh. Tough to score. It has promise up front with the sweet fruity flavors and overall complexity but finishes like decaying grass which is unpleasant to say the least. I drain poured it, bleh.

Dec 31, 2012
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mattsander from Canada

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper, great clarity, swirling globs of sediment. Volcanic carbonation.

S: Lots of 'damp' brett character, buttery apple crisp, some herbal qualities. This smells amazing.

T: Phenolic spiciness leads the charge, with some booze-soaked pear/overripe apple fruitiness. The brett has really taken over after a few years in the bottle. A bit one-dimensional but otherwise good.

M: Boldly thick, I'd prefer this beer were a little drier.

A big complex beer that has improved with age. The sweetness became a bit overwhelming.

Aug 07, 2012
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7-17-12 incorrectly written in the regular version, when in fact I had the barrel aged version.

Bottle to CBS snifter. Bottle date of 10/11.

A - Cloudy medium orange colour with a big yellow glow. One finger of thick cream coloured head that reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Massive oak and quite a bit of funk up front that dominates the nose. The background offers lighter notes of bready malts, candy sugar and apple.

T - Big oak flavour up front with a lot of funk as the nose indicated. Some sweet bready malt flavours, candy sugar, lemon and light citrus notes add depth. Not getting the brandy at all.

M - Medium body with a really good chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 29, 2012
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papat444 from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally get around to reviewing this.

Poured from an undated 750ml. bottle and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Fuzzy peach color, very hazy and the color is lightly reflected in the huge head. It's not too big though and clings pretty good though would have expected more retention.

Smell: Fresh apples, peaches, apple peelings, brandy peeking through and a light wood aroma.

Taste: Apple brandy brings out a semi-sweet fruit flavor and mixed with the Tripel base, it's pretty darn good. Dried apricots, mild vanilla, bit peppery and a cascade of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Starts sweet-tart but comfortable, lingers just a tad before finishing dry.

Overall: Nice to have a world-class beer locally (though it is hard to come by). A bit pricey but worth it.

Jul 21, 2012
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EnemyWithin from Canada

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into Duvel glass on Mar 30, 2012.

Appearance: 4.5
Clear copper body with 1’ white head has good retention. Good presentation even after 1+ years storage.

Smell: 4
Notable sour funk with notes of tart candy, lemon. Also get faint caramel presence for malt and slight spiciness from yeast.

Taste: 4
Initially, a mild slight lemon, tart funk is noticed. Then midway through get more presence of malt with caramel notes as well as pick up faint notes of brandy from the barrel. At this point, this is a sharp spiciness from the yeast that then fades away to linger on the palate. The beer now becomes much more tripel in taste. A very minimal bitterness of the hops detected, mixed in with a bit of more barnyard funk. Also, slight warmth in body from alcohol. Overall, complex, but the flavours are little rough around the edges IMO. Beer does soft a bit and come together more to significant improve as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: 4
Mild to moderate carbonation and thickness. More on astringent side from sour aspect and hops, with mild sweetness in contrast.

Overall: 4
Second time having this beer, with me sitting on this bottle for nearly a year. Not sure if age really benefited this one. The sour presence is still quite mild; more aroma than taste, and the yeast aspect of the beer tends to dominate at times. Flavours are interesting, but not as good as I remember. Would be interest to try another fresh beer again to compare. Overall, soild offering, but unsure if I’d wouldn’t go out of my way to seek out again, esp with a price of $25+.
Consider to try.

May 26, 2012
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jrenihan from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has month and year numbers on the label, but nothing ticked off. I picked this up only a couple of months ago, but I expect it is from 2010, as that is the latest year available to be ticked. Who knows.

Pours a nice golden orange colour. Reminds me of marmalade or caramel. A large off-white head bubbles and dissipates at a moderate pace.

At first, it smells like a good but standard tripel- light fruits (peach and apple stand out), Belgian yeast, caramel and bready malts, honey. Also a little bit of funk along with the yeast. Then the barrel effect starts becoming noticeable- very nice undertones of brandy, booze, spices, vanilla and oak intermingle with the tripel. Really good.

The barrel flavours are more immediate in the taste. Vanilla, brandy, apple. Beer has some booze flavours, as well as some spice (pepper in particular). The peach and other light fruit flavours are present, and backed up by the caramel malt. The whole thing is very well integrated and incredibly well-tamed. The alcohol heat is almost zero, despite the strength.

Beer is very smooth, velvety. Carbonation is present but incredibly restained- micro bubbles that give life to the beer but do not interfere with taste or irritate.

Overall? Excellent. A tremendously good tripel. The barrel effect is fantastic- interesting, well-integrated and tasty. Great stuff!

Nov 26, 2011
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liamt07 from Canada

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, quite some time ago. Finally got around to cracking this one. 750ml bottle conditioned into an oversized snifter. Dates are listed on the side of the bottle, but nothing is ticked off. Regardless, I believe this is from 2010.

Poured a hazy orange brown, with nice white head of a finger or two. Head has some moderate density and great retention. Nose has some typical tripel fruity esters, oranges are prominent but at times almost resemble something 'cleaner-like' (Orange-Glo?). Some sour green apple, funk and spicing. Gentle, subtle and complex throughout. Taste is funky, with similar citrus notes. Green apple, a touch phenolic. Some lime and a hint to this 'cleaner' note again. Lightly oxidised, but the carbonation is perfect - certainly encouraging of larger sips than should be taken for this ABV. Quite a nice beer, and I'm not put off by the cleaner notes I was getting. Maybe should've had this a bit fresher.

Oct 29, 2011
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Rutager from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with two fingers of thick white head that paints the side of the glass.

Smell. Apples and pears, some nice funk, apricots and honey with a little booze. Yum.

Taste. Tangy fruit and funk. Mainly apples and pears with a little strawberry and citrus fruits. Oak and brandy are present in the end. Alcohol is there, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with pretty high, lively and smooth carbonation. A little warm.

Overall. Pretty decadent tasting beer here. I like the funk and the complexity while still remaining somewhat light. A little bit boozy, but it works.

Oct 07, 2011
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