La Grivoise De Noel | Le Trou Du Diable

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by eat on 12-20-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
87
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.12%
 
 
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4
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11
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 87
Photo of Caudalie
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 500 ml bottle

Brown color, pretty appealing.

Everyone around told me of the great christmas spices aromas I would encounter in this beer. It was indeed spicy, but with a dominant banana smell, reminiscent of fermentation.

Mouthfeel was ok, but a bit heavy. Definitely not my kind of beer, but pretty good compared to many other christmas spices beers.

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Photo of fatmusic14
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

While the numbers might seem skewed, as this beer has lots of great qualities, the taste is really lacking. And to me, taste is clearly the most important element.

A - pours a beautifully dark amber, translucent. Not much head, no lacing

S - smells of spice and clove, remisnicent of Christmas and snowflakes

T - tastes like a watered down Christmas ale. Very little kick, lacking in general flavor. Doesn't live up to the smell.

M - mouthfeel decent, drinkable.

O - not my favorite. Would not buy again.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to freud for this one! 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. $5.99. 7,5% ABV. No vintage marked, but there's a note on the front label that it won an award in 2010 so it's got to be this year's.

Crystal clear reddish brown body with thin off-white head that collapses quickly without much trace.

Nose is all about banana peel and spices. Reminds me of banana bread, really. Bright smelling despite the dark color.

Palate is crisp with densely infused carbonation and some alcohol edginess. Lots of banana and cinnamon/nutmeg on the palate. Texture is crisp and sharp. Finish is abrupt and yet leaves a faint note of banana bread.

Notes: Not my favorite from these guys, but more crisp than others in the "spiced" category.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, this is a bit odd. A beer somewhere between a dubbel and a dark. The holiday spices move it away from the dubbel, but not necessarily toward the dark.

Nice brown beer, some ruby tints. Off white, creamy head. Little lacing.

The spices come through in the nose and flavor. While they aren't dominant as, say an Anchor OSA, but they are there. Red apple and some clove. A bit of coriander and maybe ginger? Nothing excitingly special about this beer, and that's its appeal. It would bombard you while you're trying to relax at home, reading a book or chatting with holiday guests. Subtly is its strength.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Fred for the bottle. Pours a clear garnet with a fizzy head. Nose is spicy, grainy, some "raw" malt. Super high carbonation, but pretty smooth in the mouth. A mash-up of spices, hops, malt, Belgian yeast. I'm not sure what this beer is trying to be. The carbonation is way too, that much I will say. Almost closer to an American barley wine than a Belgian strong ale, if it weren't for the distinctive yeast. Not bad, some nice flavors, just not cohesive.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Label on my bottle says 7.5ABV. DOn't know why there are no notches on any of the date markers.

A- Like a great looking light coca-cola. Almost-beige head.

S- Smells good. Alcohol. Hard to tell what it smells like a part from... spicy.

T- Cinnamon, alcohol and some other crazy spices I can't figure out. Reminds me of a less bitter chinotto. Alcohol is a major component.

M- High carbonation. Smooth and creamy if you swish it around. Pretty dry.

D- Good but I don't like brio or chinotto so the bitterness kind of wears me out.

Very good Christmas beer. I'd buy it again... if it was Christmas.

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Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of candi sugars are present in the nose along with hints of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has some notes of earthy yeast and hints spices. The candi sugars lend bits of sweetness, but these are balanced off in the finish by the spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have as much complexity as some of the other beers in the style and doesn't have any aromas or flavors of dark fruits.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle via glouglouburp- Christmas beer in August, why the hell not? Pours a light cola and ruby with surprising clarity and minimal fizzy head. Nose- slightly musty, belgian candi sugar, hint of dark fruits. Taste- plums, raisins, mint leaves, touch of molasses and some spice but quite understated. Finishes clean and not at sweet for the style and also manages to not have any underlying alcohol heat. The lack of cloying sweetness and lack of booze like qualities make for a very drinkable belgian ale.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich looking dark brown with a quarter inch of a slightly off-white head that doesn't lace. The nose is yeasty with a spice profile reminiscent of Christmas...Nutmeg, cinnamon, and black mission figs come to mind with a good whiff. The taste is a smooth drinking belgian yeast and malt forward Belgian with some spice to keep things interesting. The taste is sweet and spiced, reminiscent of the honey, malt, yeast, and cinnamon used to make it. This beer isn't over the top with spice for a winter ale...which is refreshing. The mouthfeel is a heavy-medium bodied with residual spice that lingers. It's quite a drinkable beer with great balance, but not particularly special.

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Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly cloudy dark orange, some brownish highlights, big and thick slightly off white head forms, slowly settles down to a medium ring and layer around the glass, some nice lace chunks stick, good retention.

Smell is neat, sweet and spicy, orange peel, some holiday spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, brown sugar, a bit of molasses, biscuit, a bit of clove, alcohol, decent sweetness, a bit of yeast and wheat, a touch of raisin, some fruit, not bad.

Taste is similar, dark fruit, some raisin and plum, a bit of orange juice, very boozy, lightly spicy, a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg/allspice, biscuit, brown sugar, more alcohol, wheat, very dry and boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very warm going down, maybe a touch too dry for the profile. Still nice stuff though, thanks Russ!

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Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

La Grivoise de Noël looks like swamp water, especially after the last few ounces are poured out. Not a particularly dark nor light offering, this utterly flat, murky brownish-amber beer is halfway between and, while it lacks any kind of highlights or clarity, has still got some (unattractive) colour.

Fruitcake is the worst thing to get for Christmas - unless it's in beer form. Like many yuletide tipples (especially the strong ones) Grivoise de Noël has a sweet, almost sherried mouthfeel and tastes of raisins as well as dried apricot, fig, and apple. There's also a marzipan nuttiness and a clementine peel or two.

And of course there's spices! Especially prevalent on the nose, there are notes of cardamom, clove, black pepper and cinnamon that blend seamlessly with the dried fruits and brown sugar-like maltiness. The honey sweetness washes away much of the zest and disappointingly gives out to a stale-tasting finish.

Most Trou Du Diable offerings brim with confidence but this one took a while to open up. As it warmed the fruitiness was the first to rear its head; the yeast blends with the honey and becomes increasingly like pear compote and apricot jam (with candied orange rind, golden raisin and prune in there too).

La Grivoise de Noël is a true-to-form holiday seasonal but it's not quite as fresh, spicy or distinctive as the best of them (nor is it up to this brewery's normal standards). While TdD is typically the best option on the shelf, most any authentic Belgian X-Mas offering is better than this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of gingerbread, candied fruit, fruit juice, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit juice, candied fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice mix of fruit and spice aspects in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fruity ester is very enticing with some nice Belgian caramel malt. Taste of sweet Belgian malt with candy-like ester is very nice though a bit subdued for the style. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation and no alcohol was perceptible. The aroma is close to perfect on this one though taste could be sweeter and more full.

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Photo of Franck
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Smell of toffee, maple water and sweet banana.
Taste of toffee and red berries. Wheat malt is very present and bring a candi sugar aroma. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Medium carbonation. I'd like a better roundness. Nice beer, better than last year version.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

SERVING: Bottle
Bottled on: 10-08-2014

A:
Pours a hazy honey brown/gold with a solid two fingers of creamy beige head that leaves behind a fat little cap. Good retention; little bits of lacing. (4)

S:
Fruity yeast aromas. Honey, banana, toffee, cloves, dry hop character (very subdued), oak, some chocolate. (3.75)

T:
Spiced banana and herbal hops. Cherries, mellow wheat character, bananas, clove, some rummy leather in the finish as it warms. (3.75)

M:
Champagne-like carbonation, rich feel, lingering yeast feel, light-medium bodied, subtle alcohol warmth. (3.75)

O:
Nice tasting 'winter warmer' (or whatever).
This is an interesting beer that drinks pretty good and manages to be nice and mellow like a hefe-weizen and a little bold like a Belgian ale.
Pours pretty with a yeasty nose of vanilla, bananas, and clove. The flavor is sweet and fruity but not as oppressive as it tastes like it could be (especially with a higher ABV). Palate is nice with the carbonation being a little surprising. However, it is pretty soft and does a nice job cutting the sweetness of the beer.
Might have again; worth a shot if you come across it. (3.75)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle. Well, it's past mid-November, so I guess it's time for my first Christmas beer of the year - and perhaps a wee bit of the ol' ribaldry - yeah.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange brick amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some streaky Wile E. Coyote cliff lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, sort of acrid earthy yeast, muddled dark berry flesh, a suggestion of dry nougat, a clove/coriander and white pepper spice character, and soft alcohol esters. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, brown sugar, dead yeast, mildly tart black fruit, a hint of spicy, peppery wheat, biscuity honey cookies, mixed savoury seasonal spices, and a well-behaved metallic booze warming.

The carbonation is rather actively frothy and in your face up front, before settling into a dull roar thereafter, the body actually on the light side of medium weight, and generically smooth, the yeast and spice kind of doing a drive-by neutering. It finishes off-dry, the brown sugar and caramel malt both guarding the door, but with a certain elan, rather than a sledgehammer of sweetness.

Definitely more of a laid-back and subtle dose of Belgian-style strong dark ale - the typical flavours are all there, but not so much, y'know? Perhaps the proclaimed ribaldry of this offering is illustrated in that - dial everything back a notch or two, including the ABV. What charlatans are these?

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Le Trou Du Diable event at Volo. A very decent X-mas beer. Yeasty with Above average mouthfeel of cardomon, ginger, corriander and spruce. Fragrance wafts of spruce and pine. Decent for the style.Decent drinkability.A little head on cocoa coloured body.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled October 2012. Thanks to Papat444 for the bottle!

Beer is brown with significant ruby-red hues. The pour results in a moderately-sized beige head. Head fades steadily, leaving a thin film.

Nose is very fruity, with a significant spice component. Plum, red grape, fig, with a bunch of nutmeg, clove, coriander. Candied sugar. Slightly medicinal. Certainly in the vein of a Belgian Christmas ale.

The flavours follow the nose faithfully, but are a bit thin. Plum, fig, nutmeg and clove, all quite sweet. Some Belgian yeast as well.

The body is the low point. Really quite thin, with a light to medium carbonation. The body detracts from the flavour- it feels like it should be much fuller.

Overall, pretty good, but I wish the body could step up to the plate.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear,amber/red color. No head at all, and no lacing too.

S: Cinnamon, spices (some cloves?)... a typical belgian aroma with the presence of some yeast. Medium intensity.

T: Still some spicy cinnamon in the taste similar to spicy candy. Light bitterness.

M: Warmth from the alcohol.

D: A nice sipper that does down smoothly. Definitely to go get some more.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this one in a recent trade with papat444. thanks pat!

500ml bottle. sampled oct 3/2010.

pours deep red with just the slightest hint of haze. the small fine cream coloured head sticks around forever and leaves a few spots of lace during its descent.

aroma is good. toffee and caramel. nice dark fruit - date, plum, fig. bit of alcohol. light belgian yeasty character. white bread. bit of cracker. hint of candied orange. just a touch of earthy character.

taste is nice. caramel. the dark fruit from the aroma is still there, but more subdued. light alcohol. belgian yeasty spice, and it seems like a little more spice added on top. perhaps some light ginger and nutmeg - nothing to overbearing or prominent though, nicely balanced against the natural character. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. touch of grain. light toffee.

mouthfeel is great. medium body with a nice dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. i'd like more dark fruit in the flavour to fill out the depth a little more. otherwise a pretty solid strong dark.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a Westmalle chalice

A - brilliant, ruby-kissed golden orange. dazzling in the light. thin layer of effervescent foam dissipates mostly. a bit of head retention, no lacing.

S - nice yeasty, honey-ish, sweet candied sugar, malt, cherry candies and "dark fruit."

T - "Dark fruit" forward with a cherry candy coating. Some roasted malt. Lingering honey aftertaste.

M - perhaps slightly thinner than expected, but with a nice sugary coating. Nice dryness - almost astringent, but still pleasant.

O - A big "It" factor for this beer. Can see how it might not be everyone's favorite, but it really rang the bell for my tastebuds. If you're not afraid of a sweet sweet beer, this might just do it for you, too.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A darker amber color, looking almost plum like. One finger of quick dissipating head. On the nose I get some spicy belgian esters and sweet malt. On the palate some caramelized dark fruits. Plum and a bit of fig. I can also get a malty-grainy note along the lines of Munich malt. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Pretty carbonated and nice body. I believe this was spiced with something special but I can't be bothered to read the bottle again, long story short it's a fine example of a Dubbel but nothing other worldly. I'd happily drink it again but it's a touch pricey.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml as an extra from Pier-Luc, an excellent extra! Recently won a silver at the World Beer Cup in the Belgian Strong Dark category so it's certainly no Belgian Strong Pale as is indicated in BA's style...

Pours a rich, dark, cloudy, coppery brown with 2 fingers of head that fizz up on the pour but quickly recede to a thin layer on top.

Initially I pick up a fair bit of spicing on the nose, followed by some wheat, biscuits, raisins, a hint of herbal hopping.

A pretty balanced beer, perhaps a little on the sweet side. Initially the spicing and malts hit you, caramel, bready, allspice, cloves, anise, touch of vanilla. A bit of wheat presence followed by a minerally, earthy twang, sweetness running through with bit of cherry in it, finished by a nice dry 'pinch' and a touch of candy-sugar residual sweetness. Slightly thin body for the style and the ABV, just a light alcohol presence in the finish, well hidden. Carb is a little too aggressive, comes across as prickly and a touch bloating.

A pretty tasty beer that adds to this brewery's reputation. Perhaps a little better than this rating suggests, I just couldn't quite pull the trigger on the 4.5 for the taste. After having La Buteuse Brassin Special, it is great to see another Canadian brewery stepping up and delivering quality craftsmanship. Certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grivoise de Noel pours in between a Belgian Strong Dark and Belgian Strong Pale, with its ligt mahogany hue and thin off-white head that laced spottily. The nose is chockablock of spices, with cinnamon, nutmeg and perhaps even ginger. In behind that there's a doughy background and some sweet dark fruit. Certainly a very appropriate Christmas beer even if it's the middle of summer.

This is a sweet, spicy beer with all the ingredients you look for in a good Christmas beer. The spicing is heavy, yet somehow well-integrated, with sweet cinnamon, clove and nutmeg notes. The sweetness is perfectly accented by brown sugar and cookie dough, with the odd dark fruity ester poking out. It does seem to be a bit of a hybrid between two styles, but if I had to place it in one camp or the other I'd place it in the strong dark category, even though the fruit notes are more muted than expected and the colour is also on the light side. The carbonation provides the only negative point, as it's a bit too fizzy and short-lived. By the end of the beer the issue seems to have rectified itself, but off the bat it's a little crude.

Trou de Diable know how to deliver, and they've done it again with Grivoise de Noel. The brewery was a big hit at this year's Mondial de la Biere, but I feel they're overlooked amongst beer geeks in favour of bigger and more prominent breweries like Dieu du Ciel. Sure, they're not quite at the level of JF and crew, but they're well on the way.

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Photo of mick303
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle at volo, poured into a wine glass it was a medium dark caramel brown, clear with a light lacing.
S- plums, candied figs, pears, with a light cinnamon spice.
T- sweet fruitcake, raisin, and dark Madeira dried fruits, lighter and getting more biscuity as it transitions, ending with a slightly spiced and malty finish. Semisweet caramel malts, a bit tannic and leathery, smoky pepper, and some cherry, but the dried dark fruits persist to offer some interesting complexity. Drying on finish.
M- fairly moderate bodied for the abv, hefty carbonation with caramelly malt and sweetness. Decently balanced and an easy satisfying Xmas beer.

Overall, a well balanced, though predominately caramelly and spicy dark ale. Certainly one I think would make an excellent holiday staple. Interesting array of raisin, plum, and spiced apricot flavours, fair bit of dark caramel/balsamic maybe, all done quite nicely, so I think this is a solid offering, light on the hops but a tasty full ale.

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85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.
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