La Grivoise De Noel | Le Trou Du Diable

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93 Ratings
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La Grivoise De NoelLa Grivoise De Noel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada
troududiable.com

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
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
8.38%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Erik-P
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of talbotjf99
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy resist brown. Nice aromas of spice and fruit. Flavour is malty and slightly spicy. Some bread and banana notes. Lively carbonation but no head retention

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Photo of mademers
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

large bottle from Brew and Co in Bedford, NY

Pours murky light brown, moderate cap, fading to some fine bubble froth and slight film

Honey and holiday spicing on the nose.

Perhaps a tad thin mouthfeel wise

More honey, more spices and more holiday notes on the palate. On the sweeter side, but not cloying...nothing amazing but this is better then decent/nice fall, winter kinda sipper

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Photo of kristinc
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cozmo
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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 FrankBrewbody
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly not a style of beer I would typically gravitate towards however I was pleasantly surprised.

Look: Amber, camel co lour with a head that quickly subsided.
Smell: Fruity, cherry and plums
Taste: Strong cherry taste with malty notes
Feel: Light carbonation, dry

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Photo of mbonugli
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StomachUlcers
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VbolieuV
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber-red color with a beautiful creamy head, lots of carbonation. Fruity and sweet smell, some bread notes and some spices too. Really sweet in the mouth with a banana taste, dark fruits are present too. Very nice beer with an interesting flavor profile

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Photo of MatChar
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of souvenirs
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rwalford74
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gingerbread
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SABERG
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
3.82 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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