La Grivoise De Noel | Le Trou Du Diable

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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 vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Photo of peensteen
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light brown, transparent ruby notes, minimal soapy head, no retention to speak of, looks a lot like a glass of coke. Smells of cinnamon, yeast, fig, dark fruit, licorice like sweetness, banana, earth notes and alcohol. Palate of cinnamon, malt, bread, dark fruit, medium bitterness and sweet candy like notes round this out. Syrupy mouthfeel, sticky, very aggressive carbonation that I found hard to get past, medium to heavy weight. Drinkable and I would try this again for sure, the carbonation and stickiness take away from this but its still pretty solid.

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Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 yancot
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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 oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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 grub
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a deep ruby red. The lively, off-white head retains well enough, though it does settle after a little while. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Rich malty base of blackstrap molasses, bread pudding, and fruitcake. Black licorice. Yeasty with some light fruity scents. Spicing complements it all very nicely.

T: Bread pudding and licorice. Fruity esters of pear and perhaps a touch of banana. Yeasty and spicy. Malt complexity begins to pull through mid-palate with layers of fruitcake, honeyed bread, molasses, caramel, and more. As in the nose, the spicing is very well integrated and plays a supporting role. It melds together nicely, so it's tough to distinguish exactly what's at play, but it tastes as though there's some cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps even cardamom. Sweet finish leaves lingering tastes of bready desserts and mixed spices.

M: Very full, rich, and creamy in the mouth. Thick-ish body. Ample carbonation supports the mouthfeel well in that it allows the beer to feel rich and decadent without seeming overly heavy. Great mouthfeel.

O: Now this is a Christmas beer I can really get behind. Rich, deep, and complex with a spicing that's incorporated perfectly. Drink this beer for some holiday cheer.

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Photo of groleau
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rado
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of mick303
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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

Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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 TheDoctor
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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 alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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