La Shawinigan Handshake
Le Trou Du Diable

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Style:
German Weizenbock
Ranked #43
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,545
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.13%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
140
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Le Trou Du Diable
 
Quebec, Canada
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Reviews by firkinhophead:
Photo of firkinhophead
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Rustico in Alexandria.

pours a cloudy reddish brown with a decent head that fades to a thin ring. some clingy lace.

aroma of spicy yeast, bready malt, clove, a hint of booze and cotton candy. right on target.

taste is yeasty and full of earthy spice with a solid underpinning of bready, sweet malt and flour-dusted brioche. Grassy, herbal hops in the finish become quite pronounced as it warms.

Medium-bodied but with a good bitter bite that keeps the balance. a tad prickly, but that keeps it from being cloying. Not as slick or rich as Aventinus, but quite drinkable.

Excellent example of the style, with a bit more bite than the German versions. Hits all the right notes of malt and spice. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Le Trou Du Diable "Shawinigan Handshake"
on tap @ Le Projet, Québec, QC

Notes: Listed at 7% ABV. Typical weizen appearance. Aroma: Sweet wheat malt and banana/clove with piney/spicy/grassy hops. The flavor follows but drier. Well-balanced and rounded. Dry finish. The malt disappears, some clove remains, and the hops become clearer. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Well-made with an interesting twist in the use of hops. I knew there had to be a joke behind the name so I looked it up. From Wikipedia: "Shawinigan Handshake is the epithet given to a chokehold executed on February 15, 1996 by Jean Chrétien, then Prime Minister of Canada, on anti-poverty protester Bill Clennett. The phrase comes from Chrétien's birthplace of Shawinigan, Quebec, as the former prime minister often styled himself the "little guy from Shawinigan"."

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Photo of MAB
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to go with "Above Average" for this brew.
Nothing stood out to me, but it was very drinkable.
The wheat presence was felt-- slightly hazy and lending a Belgian-style feel to things.
It was also slightly sour, which I associate with the style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and floral hops from the Chinook are dominant. Taste is also dominated by the hoppy notes form the Chinook with some citrus and floral notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. I thought this was an APA all along; the hops level overshadows the wheat notes.

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Photo of TerryW
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, hazy apricot colour under and decent head that settles to a sturdy ring. Good lace.

Smells of banana, cloves and spice. Clearly a European-style wheat beer from it's nose. Overall, quite appetizing.

Proper wheat beer to taste. Bitter citrus and fruitiness from hops on the palate. Quite tasty, not overpowering.Noticeable yeast to smell and taste. Slightly dry, lingering finish. Lots of things happening front to back which makes this an interesting beer to drink.

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Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The is attractive, if a bit light, showing the expected clove and nutmeg. This really smells like your typical German hefe (which ain't not bad thing). Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this well crafted beer. There is some moderate sweetness, but the considerable spice keeps it check. The beer has sort of a bitter finish, that I'm not sure is from hops (but doesn't come across as alcoholic heat either). I just think it's an accumulation of a lot of spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a fairly long, spice filled finish. Drinkability is good, though after a while the spice comes across as a bit much, and detracts just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

This won't have me switching over from Weihenstephaner any time soon, but nevertheless, this is a very nice take on the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Barhop. A weizen bock is only part of the story, fresh and well hopped. Banana and hops, lots of fruitiness. Fuller mouthfeel. lasting head and thick looking. Not something to have every night, and is a nice production. Aromas are toward wheat and spice.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours into the glass (from a really nice, custom 600mL bottle) with an almost improbable amount of head--that, improbably, continues to actually *grow* for another several minutes. Colour is a hazy gold with hints of orange, the foam is loose and mousse-y. Lots of lacing and lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is banana, yeast, grapefruit, a touch of lemon, faintly nutty. Clove, coriander. A bit of orange zest. A faint, dank, wet-basement kind of mustiness that's actually not unpleasant. Slightly earthy as well. Tangy, almost?

Taste is banana, clove. Earthy. Slightly metallic, yeasty. A touch of sourness, lots of citrus. There's more of a hop presence here than I'd expect for the style--plenty of grapefruit and a touch of pine. Caramelized sugars. Finishes surprisingly dry. Carbonation is rather intense, and the body is a bit on the thick, heavy side.

A couple of years ago, this beer was all the rage: a few cicerone-certified friends talked it up like the Second Coming. Now, it seems, it hardly makes a peep. Truth be told, I can see both angles here: I totally understand why it might have been so well-loved, but I can also see why it's maybe faded from view. For a weizenbock, the flavour is shockingly mild--I've had standard wheat beers with more intensity of flavour. And yet it *is* also a pretty intensely likeable beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nothing about Shawinigan Handshake is what I expected. For one, it is a near spotless and resplendent golden-yellow colour, as bright and sunny as a summer afternoon. Weizenbocks are often referred to as bigger, stronger versions Hefeweizens but there's nothing intimidating about this one, it looks every bit as approachable as the classic summertime quencher.

Second of all, the aroma is distinguished neither by rich, toasty malt nor by yeasty phenols or esters, but rather by, of all things, Northwest hops. It is a soapy bouquet with light notes of citrus, cat pee, pine bark, and fresh flowers. This style typically smells of rotting fruits but this bouquet has a fully in-bloom, spring-time freshness.

In a style like Weizenbock, yeast typically spreads like wildfire. Chinook hops, however, keep a very firm grip on things. The combination of ripe peaches, dank, forest-y spruce notes and citric lemon oils comprise the lion's share of the flavour, with banana notes and spicy phenols making unexpectedly dinky contributions. Even less significant is the alcohol; a complete non-factor.

The malt contributes too, but it isn't replete with rich, toasty melanoidins - instead it's sweet and doughy. Indeed, Shawinigan Handshake doesn't have all the qualities one might look for in the style; I always think of these as dark, malty, and yeasty but fairer examples like this aren't uncommon. The abundance of hops, on the other hand, that's different.

If I had known how refreshing and agreeable this beer was, I wouldn't have waited for a blustering cold November night to open it. Weissbier is for the summer. Bocks are traditionally for the spring. This beer is an amalgam of the two seasons, showcasing budding florals, greening spruce trees and fresh (not fermented) fruits. Shawinigan Handshake definitely isn't your Großvater's Weizenbock but it's a must try - especially for hop-heads.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Vices & Versa.

Pours an opaque saffron colour, trickle of bead visible. It's obviously not entirely opaque but close to. Head is white, foamy, retains superbly. Outstanding.

Smells sweet and pleasant. Banana mostly, but a touch of poached pear and cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Sweet. Yummy.

Taste is more tangy, some banana with poached pear, lots of clove getting towards back, peppercorns, fennel as well and coriander. Finishes with a light fruity ester which is unexpected and absolutely spot on for cleansing after the spice. Would like more fruit dominance upfront, but otherwise a great strong wheat beer.

Foamy in the mouth, not much booze but some. Dry on the back.

A nice strong weizen. Lots of flavour, intriguing and appealing palate construction.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

600 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on May 7 2013. I know it's already been said multiple times, but this is probably the greatest label/name for a Canadian beer I've ever seen.

Pours a golden-orange colour, muddy with sediment and topped with a substantially sized, frothy pearl-white head about two fingers thick. Retention is great, and it coats the glass in sticky lacing as it slowly recedes. The aroma is pleasant, with a mixture of typical German wheat notes and North American hops - lots of banana, as well as some wheaty sweetness, citrus, yeasty clove spiciness, and a faint hint of pine needles. Pretty enticing so far.

Bold-tasting, and considerably more hop-forward than I would expect from the style - but this is more of an observation than a complaint. A subtle backbone of bready wheat malt sweetness underlies a wide range of fruity flavours. Banana is still present, though not as dominant as on the nose, along with grapefruit pith, lemon, and some tropical fruit that comes through with more force as the beer warms. The finish is a mixture of clove spice and pine resin, with an astringent aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Medium-bodied - the carbonation starts off a little high for the style, offering a crisp mouthfeel at first, but it becomes smoother as it warms. Quite drinkable; at 6.5%, this mini-bomber is an excellent selection for a warm July evening.

Final Grade: 4.19, a solid A-. Le Trou Du Diable's Shawinigan Handshake is damn tasty stuff, although not exactly what I would call a 'traditional' weizenbock - the hop choice is decidedly North American in flavour, which causes this to come across as an IPA crossed with a weizenbock. Hop heads like myself will no doubt appreciate the interplay, although fans of classic weizenbocks like Aventinus or Vitus may be caught off-guard by the astringency. This is a beer I'd certainly recommend, though probably only to fans of hoppy brews in general - it's a quirky wheat beer, which, given the name and label art, isn't terribly surprising. A solid offering, and I am eager to try more Trou du Diable brews in the future.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

600ml bottle poured into a Maudite Snifter.

A- Hazy golden yellow color. Nice sticky head of thick white foam. Good lace. floating particles/sediment.

S- Banana, clove, some peach notes, Belgian yeast, somewhat herbal, fairly malty with aromas of 12 grain bread.

T- Typical Weizen characteristics of Banana, clove, a touch of stone fruit ( Peaches and a hint of apricot ). Hops are present with the unmistakable citrusy resins of Chinook and add decent bitterness. Nice malt chew with flavors of fresh bread and whole wheat toast with a light spread of butter. The beer also has a somewhat herbal character mid palate and in the finish which is which is refreshing with some citrus tang and bitterness.

M- The body is on the lower levels of full bodied. Carbonation is on par for the style.

D- very drinkable Weizenbock.

Overall i was pleasantly surprised by this Weizenbock mainly because of the level of hops noticed yet still manages to maintain the style. Quite well balanced.

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Photo of papat444
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, bottled Feb. 2012.

Appearance: A light brass color with a huge fluffy head that has thick lacing blurring the line between the side of the glass and the actual head. A big rush of bubbles upwards after each pour.

Smell: Good dose of banana, bread, hops and pine.

Taste: Banana & cloves mixed with resiny hops. Plush fruit, grapefruit minus the acidic bitterness with tangerines and a touch of honey. Spicy cloves and pine.

Mouthfeel: Everything about this one is mellow, nothing harsh and very palatable.

Overall: A real nice hybrid of a beer. Worth enjoying but don't hang on to it too long as there's no potential of aging that i can see.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600ml bottle. A very appropriate first beer for this national holiday of ours, a little bit of the humour of our collective political past depicted in the name and on the label. Glad to hear that the 'Little Man' himself is ok with this - and what if he wasn't?

This beer pours a hazy, bright golden yellow colour, with two (choking) fingers of bubbly and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of randomly streaky and drooping sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of sharp, somewhat sour yeast, banana chips, a fairly dry grainy wheatiness, and leafy green spruce tips. The taste is quite hop-forward, with that Chinook spruciness hitting full-on, followed by a prominent black pepper spiciness, some middling, mostly ripe banana esters, subtle hints of clove and nutmeg, a further muted, muddled tropical hoppy fruitiness, and some understated, backbone-propping, and spicy in its own right semi-sweet wheat malt. Nothing boozy seems to want to stick its neck out at this juncture.

The carbonation is a wee bit pugnacious (yeah), but mostly just frothy and lighthearted, the body medium-light in weight(class), and tacitly smooth, in that 'it sounds good at first, but kind of loses a fair bit of steam upon direct dissection' sort of way, eh, Mr. Prime Minister? It finishes off-dry, the lingering evergreen hops and hefty banana-wheat malt still in an ironic struggle for my voting tastebuds.

Overall, a rather tasty weizenbock, bolstered further by the added kick of the West Coast Yankee hops. So, a beer is a beer. What kind of beer? It's a beer. A beer is a beer. And when you have good beer, it's because it's beery. Q.E.D. - tabernacle!

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is looking superb in the glass. Copper color, slightly veiled. Head is white/beige color... and very sticky.

In the nose, it explode with hefeweizen notes and some hops that makes everything shine. Bananas with tropical fruits. Excellent aroma. Taste is another wow... so tasty, so good. Bananas and tropical fruits again... Brewery should make more beer tasting like this... and TDD should make this one a regular! Dry finish. Bitter. Some spiciness in the mouth. Slightly effervescent. Warmth. This is almost perfect beer. Next time I buy a case of this one!

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Photo of jaydoc
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 11/9/12 sent out by unibroue4ever cheers Yannick

A hazy dark orange and a well sustained two finger tan head, 4 thick distinct rings of lace and there may have been more but I'm drinking a little slow today, great looking beer

S a hint of winter spice mixed with candied pineapple and banana chips, faint pine and some grapefruit rind, some wheat and caramel as it warms

T some more tropical notes and some yeast, but for the most part it mimics the smell quite well, well concealed booze pretty nice stuff

M fairly full bodied with a nice creamy feel, just a little bitter bite and the booze is faint but there

O no complaints from this guy, solid beer for sure and I'm not sure if a few months has helped or hurt its cause. hops are still strong but the booze is mellow and the flavors mingle

I try not to judge books by their cover and if I were to judge a beer by its label this one would be one of the best. the liquid itself is also quite nice and I'd drink it again for sure, thanks again Yannick for the want

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best Canadian beer label ever.

A - Dark golden pour. Three finger tight white head. Cloudy body with a few yeasty bits and strong carbonation. A full finger of retention remains with a great sheet of lace.

S - Yeasty. Bready malt. Some orange and mild sweet spice. Lemon.

T - Fair bit of spice. A little rough nutmeggyness. Some banana, clove as well. Rough spicing mellows out later to bring forward more peach, banana, and yeast.

M - Good carbonation, creamy medium body, dry finish.

O/D - Not too excited about this one. Spice was a bit much, and while it redeemed itself a bit later on, but I couldn't really get into this too much. Very simple stuff in my glass. Solidly crafted, but I expected lot's more. Wouldn't grab another.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 140 ratings