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Saison Du Tracteur | Le Trou Du Diable

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bobsy on 06-08-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
253
Avg:
4
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
45
For Trade:
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Reviews by liamt07:
Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ZorPrime, 500ml into a tulip. Thanks Eric! Bottled January 12, 2012.

Lightly hazy orange, with a very dense white head which becomes a bit soapier in quality as it subsides. Fantastic retention and lacing. Nose has light but complex spicing, sweet malt notes, citrus zest, peach and yeast. Tastes like a drier BSPA, more sweet malt, yeasty, herbal hopping at first but gets citrusy real quick. Drying, with the slightest tartness. Medium feel, lightly prickly carbonation. Sweeter than most saisons I've had recently, and again resembles more of a saison/BSPA hybrid I thought. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600ml bottle. The label seems a fair bit more straight ahead than the typical offering from this brewery. Still not altogether sure about this particular size of offering.

This beer pours a hazy, medium-dark golden yellow hue, with a teeming tower of rising puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky, thickly adhesive lace around the glass as thing sink southwards.

It smells of edgy, earthy yeast, grainy pale malt, indistinct, yet complex citrus peel, some weirdly rying chewing gum essence, and spicy, leafy, grassy hops. The taste is more astringent, leafy, bitter earthy hops, somehow up front this time, with a sturdy pale grainy maltiness, a hint of barnyard yeastiness, some stale lemon fruitiness, and zingy white and black pepper.

The carbonation is obviously quite tight, frizzy, and generally agreeably over time, the body medium-light in weight, and sort of smooth, the yeast and hops taking a chunk out of that, y'hear? It finishes barely off-dry, the graininess of the malt, the yeast, and the sassy hops doing their utmost to keep it that way.

A decent enough saison, the associated astringency having its time in the sun, insomuch as it obfuscates the fruity and malty goodness herein. Worthy of introspection, this one is, in order to find out for yo'selves. Anyway, it's nice to see the intransigence in the beer, instead of the presentation.

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Photo of ludachris
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A massive, billowing fluffy white head forms after a steady pour. It rests on top of a beautiful cloudy apricot orange body that looks like it's giving off warmth when held up to the light. As the head slowly collapses on itself it leaves dashes and dots of lace along the sides of the glass where they stick firmly.

The nose is incredibly fruity right off the bat. Pineapple, pear, and some dried mango. These characters stem out of a rich doughy center. It's hay-like and has an almost dusty quality to it. It makes me think this will have a fluffy feel. Mulled apples with the slightest tartness come forward as the beer warms.

Just like the nose, the taste opens up with a burst of ripe fruit. Pineapple and peach with some citrus peel and mango. The fruity character doesn't steal the show and go it alone. Instead, it's surrounded by a spiciness coming from the rye malt and yeast and a dry, doughy quality that stems from the rest of the grist bill. The more sips I take, the more I notice the influence of the rye malt with all of the spiciness it imparts. It blends well with both the fruity and doughy qualities of this beer.

This Saison packs some weight and sits comfortably at medium bodied. The use of rye and wheat and decision to forego filtration helps to explain this. The level of carbonation caught me off guard at first. It's sharp and tingly and is accented by the dryness at the back of the palate. The dryness is sticky and leaves a raw and almost astringent flavor in the finish. It's not off putting but it could be toned down a notch.

Overall, a deliciously unique and complex Saison. They've achieved balance between the fruity components of the hops and yeast and the bready, doughy, and spicy qualities coming from the grist bill. The use of rye malt made this Saison unique for me while complimenting the rest of the flavor profile. The dryness, which seems to largely come from the rye, becomes more pronounced as it warms and a proved to be a tad intrusive. That's a minor complaint and not something that would stop me from buying this again... and again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -5%

As the strong connection between the French-speaking provinces of Canada link with the farmhouse character of Belgian and French low countries, a taste of the farm, fruit and aggravated spice start to congeal for a homogenous and balanced taste.

Hazy orange and heavily tanslucent, the beer scatters light and aromas with the most careful of pours. Its high effervescence is happy to give up its aromatic treasures with the pop of each and every bubble. What fills the nose is the fruitiness of banana, mango, lemon, orange, apricot and peach. Captivating the early palate with the sweet breadiness of angel food cake, the early impressions are varying and balanced.

But across the middle, the sweetness rises and then falls, as do those fruity, vinous and tangy tropical blends would suggest. But with their slow fade, the yeasty spice of clove, white pepper, mint and vanilla simmer on the palate before the hops arrive. That's when a grassy, leafy and herbal tone greets the palate with soft pungency, damp hay and grainy straw.

Those racy bubbles usher in a dry and fleeting finish, leaving a memory of fruit and sweetness in its wake. Peppery warmth slices through the malt and commands the finish in the way that only proper saison can. Where so much delicacy and finesse is at play, the stern hop bitterness show a lot of rustic roots when the beer's taste concludes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

an excellent saison, maybe slightly over hopped on the bitterness front, but the beer itself is truly fantastic, and the quebec breweries have my attention right now. its only a little hazy, more clear than cloudy even down to the bottom of the bottle. the head is bone white and rises well above the top lip of the glass, creamy not just in appearance, but in feel, its rich and thick for how effervescently carbonated it is. the label looks a little different now, and the abv says 6% on the bottle not the 7% listed here, but the beer remains delicious. the label also mentions passion fruit, and i agree with that, especially in the taste. the aroma is muted for sure, wheat malt and hop bitterness and grassiness, not much yeast aroma either. the passion fruit hop flavor though is awesome, tart before bitter, and really juicy. bitterness in the finish on top of the fresh and robust wheat flavor. love the expansive dry feel of this one, almost milky for a second, very cool. its not the best saison i have ever had, but its an awful good example of the style. the yeast is a little less funky than others, also quite belgian, but its real dry. overall this is great, fairly priced, and makes me want to try more of their beers!

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Photo of cam477
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BRB1978
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gingerbread
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FadetoBock
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of talbotjf99
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of juicebox
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: hazy, dull gold, almost opaque; fluffy, light, egg white head doesn't have the density to stay long

Aroma: lemon, musty, herbs & spice - like a garden; grassy, hay

Taste & Mouthfeel: light body but surprisingly powerful flavour, there's actually a sizeable amount of hops here, lingering long and drawing out the distinctive lemon flavour - although there are some pithy notes that distract; lively carbonation, dry finish, almost feels cleansing; spice notes too, mostly of pepper; a hot burn is interesting but odd, like chilli pepper

Overall: the label calls out thirst quenching and it's very true - a refreshing and bold saison with a variety of interesting flavours that do feel of the earth

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer21
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.6/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bobWFMU
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clouded tangerine gold with a large foamy white head. Big and frothy... Aroma is delightfully fragrant with flowers, hay, bread grains, grass, citrus, apple, white wine, and perhaps passionfruit. Dry and crispy aroma.... Taste is also dry, peppery, spicy, and very floral with banana, peach, and various wild yeasty flavors. Clean yet very farmhouse... Mouthfeel is unusually foamy and entertaining. Slick, smooth, and creamy... This beer is exactly the type of beer that should have a tractor on the label. Pretty good stuff that totally fits the wild saison style.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo. Barnyard aroma. Middle bodied but then lacey and smooth decent saison. Ok taste for a saison. Lacey. The taste does not make up for the off-putting aroma. Yes, some pepper and lemon sourness offset by malt, candi.Appropriate carbonation.Herbal,

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - Poured a beautiful hazy yellow colour with a huge white head with lots of carbonation

Smell - Belgian yeast, spices, some funkiness

Taste - Some bitterness, typical Belgian yeast, some pepper, some fruits as well

Overall - A good, well made and complex saison

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Saison Du Tracteur from Le Trou Du Diable
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