La Shawinigan Handshake | Le Trou Du Diable

La Shawinigan HandshakeLa Shawinigan Handshake
BA SCORE
71.9%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 139 ratings
La Shawinigan HandshakeLa Shawinigan Handshake
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by firkinhophead on 11-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,462
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
139
Liked:
100
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
10.21%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
33
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of lcampoli
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Simon212
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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"."

 841 characters

Photo of mademers
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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.

 613 characters

Photo of jaydoc
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of -chii-
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of gallan1
4.76/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of rale
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzik
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I definitely love the overall presentation of this beer. The label, bottle, and story behind the brew are fantastic. The beer itself is not a style I love, but I definitely respect this brew. It is well crafted - hazy gold with a pillowy white head, plus plenty of clove and banana in the nose and taste. I'm pleased with the wheat backbone that gives this brew a solid base. Overall, a high quality product!

 408 characters

Photo of MAB
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

 252 characters

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

Poured from a 600ml bottle
A: Pours a hazy straw thin white head no lacing.
S: Malts and a fruit (orange) nose.
T: A sweet pine taste.
F: Good carbonation a sweet mouth feel.
O: Pretty good bock i cannot say to much as i have had so few .
This from a IPA guy

 258 characters

Photo of Lucoli
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vold
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

 909 characters

Photo of VbolieuV
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

*First Weizenbock ever so I'm not sure what I'll get! Also it's a 5 months old bottle, so it's not really fresh*

I thought "bock" beers were amber but I guess because of the "weizen" it's not! Looks like a pretty standard wheat beer with a big head and lots of lacing. Smell of banana/clove principally. Some alcohol is there too, smells like a stronger hefeweizen, which is what a Weizenbock is supposed to be I guess. Taste like bananas and clove again, with a nice aftertaste bitterness to close it. While I'm still not sure if a Weizenbock is only a stronger hefeweizen or if there's some differences that I cannot find, this is a really good beer. Wasn't available this summer in most Quebec's shops for some reason but this is definitely a good summer/fall beer!

 769 characters

Photo of Tribert
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of headlessparrot
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

 1,345 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 71.9% out of 100 with 139 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.