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

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La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)
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:
Apple Brandy barrel-aged version of Buteuse. Available only in 750ml bottles.

Added by rfgetz on 07-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,446
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
135
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
31
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by larryi86:
Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dyan for tracking this one down. Served in a wine glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving sheets of lace. The body is a semi-transparent peach color.

S - Vanilla, spicy esters and perfume, oak, stone fruits, faint apple brandy, and some slightly salty yeast character. Alcohol peaks through when it reaches room temperature. I didn't realize this had brett in it, but it did have an Orval-like sort of mustiness to it.

T - The taste is more smoothed out, with less independent flavor elements as the aroma. Belgian yeast, spicy esters, floral perfume notes, oak, lemony brett. Not much overt apple brandy - I might have missed it if it weren't mentioned on the label. Alcohol is better hidden here.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, no booze or heat, finishes dry and tannic and slightly sticky at the same time.

D - I liked this more than my friends, and probably drank the lion's share of the bottle. The unique and fairly deep flavor profile was a nice sort of puzzle to worth through, especially after some mono-dimensional beers (Cisco Kriek, Cedar Zhukov, etc.). If it weren't so pricey I'd have this one again.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of andrewdanks
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 750ml Burgundy-style bottle, with one hell of a flavour description, en francais, on the label. And it's always nice to see, that despite its seemingly dear price here in Alberta, that it's still half the going rate for the same in Quebec-adjacent Ontari-ari-o.

This beer pours a hazy, sediment-strewn, medium bronzed amber hue, with two Michelin Man fingers of puffy, fizzy, and eventually creamy beige head, which leaves a random, but solid plastering of ropy lace around the glass as it settles to a simple surface cap.

It smells of acidic apple juice, a sharp gritty woodiness, pithy pale orchard fruit, a mild crackery graininess, white pepper, and tart, funky yeast. The taste is softly bready pale grainy malt, oak staves, tart apple pie, fruity, slightly funky yeast, earthy, floral, and perfumed hops, and a strangely understated brandy booze warming.

The carbonation remains fairly strong, but in a buoying and frothy manner, the body a steady medium weight, and fairly fruity in its last chip shot approach at smoothness. It finishes surprisingly sweet, but duly moderated, of course, some sugary apple and pear esters rearing up against the inherent yeast tartness and crazily restrained alcohol edge.

I definitely got a fruit lambic sour impression at first toke of this heady barrel-aged offering, but that soon proved to be but one of the many components of this cornucopia of flavour. While definitely heavy on the tart, yeasty fruitiness, it is well balanced by the understated malt sweetness and wood, and in the end, the sour funk is but a side note in a much more complex experience. Try this if you get the chance.

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Photo of Tmappin
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prdstmnky
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$46 bottle plus t&t at Bar Volo, shared with Jason. Funky aroma, cuvee aromas. Hazy golden with a generus soapy head. Very lacey. Above average mouthfeel. A little seetness from the brett, otherwise various fruits from rich apple through apricot.You can almost taste some fruit skin. The alcohol is well hidden. Better as it warms, and starts to grow on you. Very unusual barreling, glad I had the Captain lawrence apple brandy barreling as well which helped develop the palate.
Had it again at Barhop 1.5 years later. Very good with apple right there, not as rich and perhaps not as aged, still great drinkability.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just plowed through several reviews on notes so that this beer could be my 400th official review
A - mostly clear golden orange, tall white head retained very well with consistent lacing
S - acidic apple and nectarine, tart with a strange yeasty odour, some floral odour
T - sour apple, peach, and pear fruitiness, floral and spicy hops, odd yeasty flavour, fresh cut grains, and mild alcohol
M - well carbonated, thin and sweet, finishing tart and dry with some lingering heat
O - a very unique and flavourful tripel with the alcohol deceptively integrated, although pricy it is a must try for any serious beer advocate

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Photo of eat
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, part of Trou Du Diable's first bottling run. Seems to have been a success, I hope to see many more bottles from this brewery.

Cloudy and a dull hay colour. A huge, thick off-white head recedes to a solid covering over the surface, sticking around until the end. Awesome lacing.

Nice, big funky smell with apples, candy and light floral hops. Really unique, there's a lot of stuff in there I can't describe.

Spicy, hard liquor of some kind (brandy I suppose), apple juice (the fresh-pressed kind), musty, sweet, bitter, lemony, astringent, a touch funky. So smooth at 10%; feels like it could be 6-7%. The alcohol is well incorporated. Very complex and yet well-balanced. Really interesting.

Sparkling carbonation with a medium body; seems to suit the beer well.

Easily one of my favorite Canadian brews and definitely one of the most unique. For the 10% ABV, this is crazily drinkable. Hope I get the chance to pick some more of this up sometime.

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Photo of elricorico
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes I forgot to put in a while ago. Thanks to orrshow for sharing this bottle.

Dark orange-brown in colour with a big rocky beige head. Body is hazy enough to be basically opaque.

Aromas of toffee, funk, fruit salad. Brett acidic sourness.

Very fruity flavoured, peach and melon sweetness. Brett tartness. Not strongly sour, but enough to be the most distinctly notable feature of the taste. Altogether smooth and subtley flavourful.

Medium to full body with almost no carbonation - not bad in the mouthfeel.

Quite pleasant overall. Plenty of flavour but nothing overbearing. A treat.

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Photo of GJKerr
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett is dominant with some balanced sweet malt also noticeable with light fruity ester. Taste is also a quite complex mix between some funky ester with dominant barnyard notes and a typical Belgium tripel malt base with balanced sweetness. Body is above average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done though I was expecting a more pronounced taste from the cider barrel aging process.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of DavidHume
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of unibroue4ever
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is amber color with some red notes in it. A very nice color for a beer. I think the color suggest that it will be spicy. The head beautiful. Huge, thicky but disappear quickly. It is almost a perfect color beer. The aroma is complex. It is fruity and I get some sugar notes with the presence of apple brandy. The smell is so good, I have to give it a 5.

In the mouth, the beer is warm, fruity and I get the sugar too. I get also some floral notes. On the bottle it says there is some tobacco notes, I would guess it is the floral I get on the taste side.

The beer is full body and feels mellow in the mouth. This is an excellent beer for special occasion. The drinkability is excellent for a 10%ABV beer.

This brewery knows what it is doing. One of the best brew I had so far since I'm drinking craft beer.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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