La Chose | Le Trou Du Diable

11 Ratings

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by eat on 08-16-2009

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Luk13:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A welcome cross style of wee heavy, the peat and smoke, with a good hoppiness. Lace, citrus, good drinkability despite the (hidden) abv. Perhaps my best of the day at WVRST tap takeover. Light brown coloured body. Superior to a style so common in our Eastern neighbour.

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Photo of eat
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at Brouhaha in Montreal. The style was listed as an India wee heavy, which isn't yet an available beer style here at BA. I have no idea of it's availability beyond that it was at this brewpub when I was last there.

Opaque dark-brown in colour. Effervescent with a creamy head. Good retention and lacing.

Pineapple, caramel and floral hops make up a very present smell. Smells quite delicious.

Lots of hops and caramel. The bitter pineapple finish is pretty unique. Perfectly balanced; not too sweet as you might expect from a wee heavy at 9.5%. The ABV is hidden very well. Really great taste.

Smooth and creamy with a medium body and good carbonation.

This is extremely drinkable. I'm definitely looking forward to another opportunity to sample this one. Complex, delicious, strong and goes down easy - this is exactly what I look for in a beer. I can't wait until this brewery starts a real bottling operation, I think people are going to flip over their beers. From what I've had the chance to sample, this could be one of the top breweries in Quebec.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with solid caramel backbone and some resin hoppy notes. Taste is dominated by quite a bit of residual candi sugar with a solid Belgian style caramel malt backbone and some resin and floral hoppy notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed the beer but hard to say what style they were going for as it appears to be a mix between a wee heavy with some IPA notes and a Belgian strong ale finish.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, with brown sugar, light peat and butterscotch. Flavors replicate the nose in this moderately sweet, complex beer. On the palate, there's also some considerable hoppy bitterness, which helps to check the modest sweetness. This beer is nicely balanced, and is considerably less sweet then most wee heavies I've had (don't mind this take on the style at all actually). Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer finishes well. Drinkabilit is not bad, with the alcohol (for the most part) well disguised.

While nothing mindblowing, I thought this was a nice enough beer. Not bad at all.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Wvrst during the TDD takeover.

Beer is dark caramel or copper in colour. Good sized beige head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Bready notes with caramel and toffee. Malt focused with a bit of citrus.

Strong malt flavour, toffee and caramel. More strongly hopped than scotch ales I am familiar with, with some grassy and slight citrus flavours. Balanced between bitter and sweet. A slight smoky flavour is present.

Medium bodied, very strongly carbonated. Chewy.

Overall, pretty good. I am not typically a huge fan of this style but rather liked this beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear umber colour with decent beige head promoting nice, thick lace. Light carbonation, head retains to a thin film. Pretty good.

Smells malty, with a lot of tang from the hops. Strong tartaric sherbet character with citric notes and a lot of dark caramel on there, like actually Jersey caramel with a slight vanilla cream as well. Slight diacetyl is noticeable but is not overdone, just adds to the pleasant sweetness.

Taste is very malty on the front, very hoppy on the back. A lot of peaks and troughs to this, with sweet, caramel, toffee, cake dough on the front that almost 'switches' midway to hoppy - citric, floral and tangy with lemon sherbet and rosewater coming through. Never gets bitter though, the sweetness prevails throughout, giving lots of malt and toffee. Slight scotch-like warmth at the back, quite a pleasant heavier beer.

Feel is a bit thin for the obvious strength, doesn't quite scream of the maltiness I expect.

A pleasant drop, but doesn't quite deliver to the rich, hearty ale extent I wanted.

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Photo of WantonFaun
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sydney Local Taphouse's Canadian SpecTapular.

Really nice deep and heavy golden-syrup coloured body, with a fine-bubbled head of pure white. The heavy pour almost leaves the beer looking uncarbonated - I guess that's good.

Not a lot on the nose. A bit of sweetness with caramel dominant, with the hops perhaps lending nothing more than a faint freshness. It's mild all up on the nose.

Palate is very smooth with an excellent mouthfeel: clear but slick. Taste is predominated by a light sweetness with a touch of grain, and a faint bitter finish. Smooth rather sums it up, however - I was expecting something more extreme.

Not bad all up, but much lighter in flavour than I had anticipated. I feel it falls short of being both a really good hoppy ale, or a really good wee heavy.

C'est la vie, as the Qu├ębecois would say...

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Photo of fostachild
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the brew, a push for a wee heavy that holds a rich and provocative hoppy touch without losing the malty sense.

Presentation: 12 oz draft serving. Menu offers a short but fair description. Notes Alc. by Vol. (9.5%) Served on a Trou Du Diable tulip glass.

A - Deep amber to dark scarlet serving with a 1/2" frothy head. Good retention, surface memory, and some lacing.

S -Hoppy caramel, stimulating nose with a rich sweetness over a malty and hoppy whiff.

T - Rich and lengthy palate with a malty sweetness, caramel and honey, coated with a rich hoppy sense. Nice balance with a long range that blends itself beautifully.

M -Medium body with medium to medium-high carbonation and an overall smooth sense with a biting touch.

D - Very pleasing with a nicely integrated alcohol level pushing one for more.

Notes: Hmmm, another great offering from Le Trou Du Diable. Great luck to have this distribution in DC and never knowing when one will enjoy one again it is well worth jumping at the opportunity to get them and enjoy their twist on styles.

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La Chose from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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