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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by eat on 12-20-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
88
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
4
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12
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 88
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 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 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 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 oakbluff
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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 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 Yoonisaykul
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 JAXSON
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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 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 SFLpunk
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
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 fatmusic14
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
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 Caudalie
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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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La Grivoise De Noel from Le Trou Du Diable
3.82 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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