La Shawinigan Handshake | Le Trou Du Diable

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by firkinhophead on 11-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
33
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of ZorPrime
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
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 gallan1
4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of lcampoli
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bobWFMU
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of northof60hops
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of firkinhophead
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 papat444
4.26/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of mmurphy525
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of lwadd
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Long813
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of videofrog
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

600ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with two fluffy fingers of off-white head that leaves spiky rock formation lace as it recedes.

Smells of lemon zest, peeled banana, cloves, sweetly bready wheat malt, fresh orange juice, white pepper and more floral, citric hops.

Tastes of banana bread, spritzed lemon, fresh white bread, orange flesh, more peppery yeast and bright flowery hops.

Feels light and soft. Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. It's like a big, fluffy, huggable version of a hefeweizen.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tribert
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy golden orange wit two fingers of fluffy white head.

S - Bready malts, spice, clove and Belgian yeast and fruity esters.

T - Belgian yeast esters, clove and banana with a big spice profile. Some fruit esters, pine and lemon are also present.

M - Medium body. Dry and slightly sticky. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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 andrenaline
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pleasure to find at our local LCBO, albeit in limited quantities, I'm so glad some made it all the way north.

A - Pours a hazy peach colour, thumb of soapy head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Sweet yeast notes, a hint of peppered spice, nice floral hop notes with a hint of pine and citrus fruit.

T - The fruity yeast esthers bring out hints of mango and pineapple which complement the sweet pine and citrus hop profile. A lingering citrus rind bitterness settles alongside banana bread and a hint of cloves and pepper.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - This stuff is incredibly drinkable, loads of flavour and I will definitely be grabbing more. Here's to hoping that more of TDD brews are included in the LCBO seasonal releases, because I'm loving what they're bringing to the table.

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Photo of Jerdup
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjyost
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale straw color with tons of powerful activity. Extra foamy and frothy 4 finger sparkly explosive island head in the weizen glass, lasting around 10 minutes, with some average leggings.

Aromas of fresh flowers and zesty lemon. Flavors of lemon, sweet grains, yeasty bread, noble hops, fruit esters, floral and herbal spices. Balanced and delicate subtle flavors of sugary fruits with a nice sharpness.
Grainy and wheaty roasted bread feel.

Smooth light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Well intensified medium strength finish, ending with a spicy and yeasty tongue coat, some fruity citrus and floral feel.

Overall excellent quality craft offering an incredible smell and great flavors that feels much like a belgian tripel. Very sexy and well balanced, nice intensity, and quite complex. Although well refreshing, it's a little vinous, highly acidic, with a faint metallic feel.

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Photo of Vold
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of laituegonflable
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 jfreeze
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
3.91 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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