La Grivoise De Noel | Le Trou Du Diable

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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:
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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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 metter98
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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 biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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 ZEB89
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 Mebuzzard
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
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 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 Latarnik
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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 bylerteck
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Pencible
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 popery
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a reddish mahogany brown with mild haze. The head is small and beige and fades to a ring of bubbles after a minute or two. The initial aroma is a tad boozy, but once I took a sip and stuck my nose in closer for a better smell, the alcohol presence blends into the mix of sweet malt, Belgian Christmas-y spicing and earthy yeast. Nutmeg, peppercorns, cinnamon, cookie dough, honey, gooey caramel, wood, raisins, figs, dates, candied plums and overturned earth. It's warm and sweet. Kinda makes me think of eating fresh snickerdoodles and oatmeal raisin cookies next to a Christmas tree. It really just oozes Christmas in a Belgian-style ale way without getting cloying or overly spiced like many Christmas beers. More of the toasty, bready malt notes come out as the beer warms. The taste is similarly strongly holiday-ish - sweet, spiced and earthy/woody - without pushing any one note too hard. More honey flavor comes through than expected. It's a warm, rich beer. Lots of malt flavor. There's an unexpected hoppiness and a mild chalky note in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, though there is a bit of booze lurking around the edges. It's mostly just warming, though. I had no real expectations with this beer, and happily, it turned out to be one of the best holiday spiced ales that I've tried.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark copper body with a thin, off-white head. Molasses, sugar cookies, slightly spicy cinnamon and nutmeg tones; rye; roasted grain in the aroma. Graham crackers and cinnamon dominate the taste; nice mild malt backbone; strong hop bitterness combined with a strong alcohol warmth showing up at the end. Medium-body; sharp and dry finish.

An interesting and tasty spicy holiday beer. Uneven in some areas yet the bottom line is the taste, and this beer pretty well nails this with loads of holiday flavors.

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Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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