Dubai Pillee
Le Trou Du Diable

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,359
Ranked #17,685
3.89 | pDev: 8.48%
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 61
Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600ml bottle (again, what's the deal with that?), with what appears to be my first alien invasion motif brew. And only a French brewery would depict the camel on the label smoking a cigarette.

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splendid layered and patchy webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some dank pine resin, muddled domestic citrus rind, and more leafy, weedy, and gassed-up floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, buttery toffee, some orange and white grapefruit citrus pith, something woody that is not entirely unlike cedar, and more hefty weedy, herbal, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in its lackadaisical frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, as that undercurrent of alcohol starts burbling to the surface. It finishes off-dry, the malt and frooty hops the order of the lingering moment.

Overall - this is a pleasant enough version of the elevated style, with the 18-proof booze quotient keeping to the shadows, for the most part. I presume the whole Dubai thing is a metaphor, but not for anything I can ascertain via admittedly cursory searches. Bah, no matter - I've got another glass to enjoy of this potent elixir.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep hazy and veiled dark gold going for amber, with a thick haze of floating yeast, and low activity. Gets highly cloudy when you drop the yeast. Dense creamy and frothy beige 3-4 finger island head, lasting around 20 minutes, with faint legs, but generous lacing. Responds well to the swirl. Flavors of butter, passion fruits, grapefruits, mangos, cherries, berries, roasted barley, peppercorn, toffee, soft oak, and dry leafy herbal hops. Silky and lightly creamy medium to full body with soft prickly carbonation, more with a long sharp crisp that lingers. Very strong finish, vinous dry and almost sour, astringent tongue coat moderately long though, leafy and almost earthy mixed with tasty bread. Great example of good balance; it's powerful while still strangely refreshing. It's harsh and coarse but I still enjoy it. It leaves an interesting smoky effect on the tongue, zesty tropical fruits with caramel barley. Probably too yeasty, and not much accessible. But it's quite tasty with an inviting smell and lots of complexity. And the body is really pleasant. Kinda like a cross between a barley wine and a DIPA, not the usual kind but I think this is interesting. Overall excellent quality craft. Good stuff as usual from Trou du Diable thank you.

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3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Jan-17-2017 (Consumed Feb 14)

Clear amber with big, puffy off-white head. Slow settle with lots of ringed lacing. The aroma and flavor are both malt- and booze-heavy with doughy caramelized malt sweetness and sweet rummy liquor coming through as well. The hops are fairly herbal and between them and the sickly sweet malt and caramel booze they come through with a kind of nutri-sweet/berry fruitiness and some lemon life-saver liqueur. It is not as unthinkable as I first thought. In all, though, this seems like a diet barleywine or something to me.
It is a mess flavor-wise and most of this is due to tons of malt and sugary alcohol with strangely similar (overly complimentary/underly assertive hops). I was ready to drainpour it after my first sip but as it warmed a little and filled me with its syrupy basil-grass-molasses-liquor I was able to drink it and not shudder; I didn't savor it, though.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on February 22, drank on the 4th of march!

See through golden, almost amber, in color with a huge foamy white head and lots of carbonation. Smell of fresh hops, there's aromas of grapefruits, pineapple, oranges, lemons. In the mouth it's not as hoppy as expected. You start by tasting the hops but not that much then you mostly taste the malts that have a good sweetness with bread notes. It has a nice long finish where you mostly taste the bread notes and get the bitterness. Nice carbonation in the mouth and a small alcohol burn in the throat.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Has a nice color and a huge creamy head. Very nice hop profile, fresh with some tropical fruit. The only big problem with this beer is the overwhelming alcohol.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great citrus nose of rich complexity, though taste lacks the same character and has a slight metallic quality. Body a touch thin and a bit boozy for abv, but solid.

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Photo of MatChar
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smells and tastes like weak dry-hop. the alcohol is very present in mouth. Gets slightly more interesting as it warms down since fruity malts reveal themselves, but still lacks complex hops aromas for a DIPA.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled January 15 2015, enjoyed January 30.

A nice looking beer. Pours a hazy golden with a decent 2 finger head. The smell is subdued for an IIPA. There is a good citrus profile to to nose. The taste is a bit sweet, but again subdued for an IIPA. The hops are really quite muted and tame. Mouth feel is good, a little slick and the carbonation is medium.

A good beer, but not a great IIPA.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is amber in colour. A smallish white head fades quickly, but leaves good lacing.

Bready and caramel malt in the nose, as well as some citrus and tropical fruit. I did not find the hop scent to be very strong.

Beer is fairly bitter, but with a big caramel malt backbone. Citrus and tropical fruit- orange sticks out for me. Pretty big flavour. Malt presence is surprisingly prominent.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily.

Overall, quite good.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft: Poured a bright amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrusy notes is very nice. Taste is a complex and drinkable mix of citrus and resinous notes with lightly bitter final and a solid malt backbone that doesn’t take away from the hops profile. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent reason. Very well brewed and something I wouldn’t mind having access to on amore regular basis.

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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Le trou Du Diable event at Volo. Hop aromas, a bit of head. Nelson hops make it white winey. Good mouthfeel, fruity grape,dinkability grows, improves as it warms though served at correct temperature. Overall good,but not outstanding.High IBU for sure.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at Volo for their Trou de Diable night. Pours a beautiful burnt sunset orange with crystal clarity, finger of foamy head has good retention.

Really unique beer that didn't grab me at first but lured me in. Sweet malt base without being sticky, lots of caramel. Tropical fruits mingle with citrus in some sort of NZ hop combo. Hints of honey and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Resiny hop quality, moderate hop bitterness. Scary how well it hides the ABV, could easily gulp this. At first it seemed a little sweet but it balances and the hop profile is both unique and tasty.

Scary drinkable for the ABV, you know it's going to catch up to you. A really nice DIPA, wish this was locally available on tap because it could be a go-to.

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Photo of peensteen
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale golden amber colour, thin bubbly soapy head, slight spots of lace appear. Smells of pine, hop, lemon, floral citrus, malt backbone and a scent that reminds me of white grape. Taste is hoppy, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, dry malt, very floral. Mouthfeel is slick and oily from the hop, just the right amount of carbonation, medium weight, you can really feel this one in your cheeks and teeth. Drinks well, different DIPA but not in a bad way, ABV in this wont allow for all night drinking but it is really good and would like to see this around again.

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Dubai Pillee from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 61 ratings