Dulcis Succubus
Le Trou Du Diable

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #221
Ranked #4,441
4.11 | pDev: 8.27%
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada
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Notes: Up to twelve months of aging in California white oak barrels gives this beer a complex nose with honey-like flower , vanilla , apricot and leather by adding wild yeast. Full mouthfeel from ample and generous amount of American hops.
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was concerned that I wasn't going to like this when I first cracked it as it was all horse blanket and BO. But that quickly mixed with the fruit and acidity.

When I tasted it I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful grape and apple mixed with Brett and tannins and the dry finish.

Sep 27, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i wanted more from this one. at something near 30 bucks a bottle in the denver market, this just should be way better than it is, and for your money, i would go elsewhere. that said, this is one of my favorite unsung breweries in the world, and i bet the bottles are better than my draft experience at the side project cellar in saint louis, where the beer was a little lazy looking after the initial pour, generic in its oak and wild elements, and sort of understated to a fault, as much as i like subtle wild ale, it just didnt get there for me all the way, close as it was. malty for the style, i felt like this had a little more to it on that side, but its generic, light crystal and not much of a contributor to anything unique. its for sure oaky and winey, but it doesnt sing for me, and its a lot like a million other beers. so much of the beer from these guys is stand alone, like, nothing else tastes or feels or is anything like it at all, yet this one, one of their more regarded, pricey, and fancy beers seems to be so lackluster. a honey and hop finish, funk and tang, but not special or different like i wanted it to be. i feel like this beer still owes me something and it might never pay, its not frustration, just some mild disappointment, good as it is, almost like raising a kid, if i could imagine what that would be like when they acted out in a minor way... not at all worth the bottle price, unless that format is way different...

Jun 01, 2017
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mild tartness with lot's of lemon candy sweetness. White wine with grape musk in the nose. Not sour, but definitely a funky little beer. Very easy drinking, good head retention and elevated ABV was not detectable. A very nice beer.

Jun 27, 2016
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice frothy off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus. lemon, tart green apples, barnyard funk, floral undertones, light vanilla and faint pepper.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, lemon, light green apple tartness, floral undertones, barnyard funk, light vanilla, some pepper and faint oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

May 21, 2016
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dabeerbuddha from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at room temperature in a tulip.
Popped the top and a slow but continuous head forming in the bottle. Poured to the tulip and had considerable head that fades to a steady thin head. Beer is straw coloured with orange tinge to it. Apricot some might say. The nose is strong and luxurious with fresh green apple tartness and oak overtones. Leaves you with the thought if the taste lives up to the smell it will be an enjoyable ride. The taste confirms the green apple and oak notes and throws a fresh cucumber and fine Corinthian leather.(artistic license, lol). The bitterness does hang on for a considerable after taste. It reminds you that you just had a really nicely crafted beer. I would drink it again, recommend it to beer enthusiasts and have it in the cellar if it was an option. As if the Saison du Tracteur was not enough!

May 20, 2016
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

06 Jan 2016.

A pricy bottle that I've wanted to try for a while!

Pours a nice head, not much retention, but it shows a little lace.

Nice aroma, which seems more like a triple than a saison. Lots of pear cider with subtle tropical fruit, vanilla and spice.

I always think vanilla tastes a bit odd without a sweetness to accompany it, and this is the case here. Ditto for the honey-like flavour. Definitely some nice fruit though... pear, apricot, peach and mango. Very light on the phenolics, there's some ginger, with hints of white pepper. There's a very light tartness (like biting into some apple varieties), but if they threw this on some Brett it might round that out a bit. Some serious depth to the flavour here, but nothing is overwhelming.

Body is a little thin (more watery than boozy). Real easy drinker for the weight.

Apr 03, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, golden yellow coloring with a fluffy, white head. Aromas of farmhouse spice, subtle sour notes, dill, and a bready backbone. Flavors are grainy and herbal forward, followed by a solid blend of citrus and berry, with a heavy dose of dill in there, as well. Toasty backbone to support the subtle funk and farmhouse notes. Light bodied and effervesced, keeping all of the funky notes and herbal highlights light and drinkable. The finish is a solid fruit and herbal linger, and it's nice and smooth. Good beer.

Jan 03, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this bottle back from Quebec and managed not to drink it for almost three months until I could get with some friends to open her up. Slightly hazy yellow color with a decent head. Big earthy funky aromas with just a touch of brett character. The saison is slowly disappearing as a wild ale is starting to come about. The wood and the wine come off as subtle background notes and add some nice complexity. Somewhat different, but a great complex well made brew.

Sep 19, 2015
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VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the most expensive beer (around 20$ for 750ml) I've ever had, so I'll take that in consideration for the review.

Gorgeous foamy head with lots of carbonation visible. Golden in color with good lacing. At first, when I opened the bottle, I smelled a lot of alcohol. But once I had it in my glass it didn't smell that much. There's a good aroma of wild yeast, apple (cider-like) and peach. There's a good balance between sweet flavors (alcohol, apple) and bitterness from the hops. The Brett gives it a nice funky taste too that's quite pleasant and you get also a good taste from the oak used but it's subtle.

Overall it's really really good. Is it worth 20$? Maybe, maybe not, I don't know, but it's definitely one of the best beer I've ever had, I don't regret buying it!

Aug 20, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a mostly clear, but slightly hazy orange, with a significant dense head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like honey, white wine, hay, Brett funk, and orange citrus.

This was delicious, and a nice little surprise. This has got some earthy and musty citrus as a big flavor, with some Brett funk, hay, slight grassiness, and honey. It's got that slight sweatiness that a lot of Brett beers have, and it's in check and tastes pretty good. This really reminds of a HF saison, which is certainly high praise.

This is medium bodied, with a honeyed and juicy mouthfeel, along with a moderate level of carbonation.

This was really excellent and a nice off-the-radar treat.

Jun 18, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks big Chico. Apparently March 2012.

A- Golden pour from the 750ml to several pint glasses. Foamy white head fills up much of the glass with good retention, rambunctious. One large sheet of lace and sparse spots around that.

S- Fairly bright fruits off the top with apple, funky cherry pie and white grapes. Saison spice with a dose of Brett hay and drying.

T- Brett is the driving force right alongside Saison yeast lending lemon peel, cooking herbs, white grape, pear, apple, band aid, cherry pits and barnyard straw.

MF- Creamy and foamy consistency to the medium bodied brew. High end but very smoothed out carbonation. Dry and bitter finish.

A heavily Brett influenced Belgian Ale for me. Pale fruits lead to spiciness and funky fruity Brett.

May 03, 2015
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flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly less cloudy than expected, but still the light yellow color, with pure white head. Head is much less frothy than expected too, it seems like they used american yeast for this one. Retention is also not as long as what you'd get with traditional Belgian yeast, but lacing is decent. All in all, a good looking beer.

S: Smell is quite light, but all of the good elements seem there. There is a very good amount of barnyard funk in this, with a solid underlying tartness. There seems to be a solid malt base for the style, but the type of sweetness that it brings seems to blend well with the other smells. Green apples, horse blanket, lemon rind, candi sugar and light sour cherries. Very solid.

T: Well, this is where it falls through. There is much stronger hops presence than what I anticipated. You get quite a solid amount of herbal hops in this that seems to not fit with the traditional lambic that what the smell gave away.Still, you get the rest, the barnyard funk, the pepper, the vanilla (from the barrel), the candi sugar, the green apples, the cherries. A weird kind of mix that isn't bad, but doesn't fit that much together either.

M: Like I said, this is definitely not Belgian yeast. Very very american mouthfeel, creamy, smooth, medium weight and all you expect from this type of yeast. Doesn't fit the style too well, but it isn't a bad mouthfeel either. I'm conflicted here.

O: Although this isn't a bad beer, it isn't worth the 15$ asking price (minimum). It still is a solid sour brew from Quebec, where we don't get much of these. It's OK.

Dec 06, 2014
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FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A copper haze of an ale with a 3 fingers of bone white head, nice retention of tight microfilm skirts the top rim to rim.
S: Tart apples and lemon juice pop forward with spices of white pepper and coriander. Overall earthy grape muskiness with that sourness associated with a farmhouse. Interesting to note there's an undertone of flowery soapy.
T: Acidity up front of lemon rinds and and pith with sourness and tannins of wet wood. The tartness reminds me of a resiling, bright and refreshing with dryness that sucks to the tongue. A big flavour of dry grape rinds is notable along with the muskiness of dry dirt. Interesting that there is no notable alcohol flavour in the taste.
M: Moderate carbonation with a dry finish, again reflecting of wine characteristics.
O: The oak barrels develop a significant wine forward ale, flavours are tangy, tart, with a dryness that sucks to the tongue and a earthy grape muskiness.

Jun 29, 2014
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JasonLovesBeer from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Semi-opaque, golden colour. Puffy and stubborn head eventually reduces to a film.

S: Peaches, pears, apricot, and a layer of mustiness.

T: Opens up with strong oaky barrel character and that persists the whole way through for me. Lots of fruit (same as the nose) and that musty skin character of the brett, which opens up further in subsequent glasses from the bottle. The sourness is almost gueuze-like, much older and more developed character than typical in the saison-brett's I've had. This is an outstanding one. Gueuze like acidity as well.

M: Crisp, semi-dry.

O: An absolutely outstanding example of a farmhouse ale. Premium price, but I think it lives up to it.

Feb 09, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, fruit, Brett, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, Brett, and whine wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great wine barrel aged smells and tasty flavors.

Jan 06, 2014
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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, blatantdream!

(Aged for 1.5 years)

Cloudy sunset golden and orange. Initially, a thick, creamy, large-bubbled near-white head. Quite persistent with significant and pretty, sticky lacing left down the glass. Pretty saison, though it appears a touch thicker than most others in the style. Not a criticism, as this is a very pretty beer.

An earthy, leathery Brett character leads, along with some tart sour lemon and citrus notes. There's some stone fruit character and green grape as well, but lots of Earth and integrated Brett character. An additional mustard seed aroma is also present slightly.

As with the aroma, the earth- and leather-forward Brett notes stand out against stone fruit and pineapple flavors, next to green grapes, and some lemon. A slightly sour character surrounds the entire flavor. Moderate bitterness, especially for the style.

A heavier-bodied saison, though with good amounts of carbonation. Drinkable and dry, but a bit of a heavier mouthfeel, overall.

Tasty, delicious, interesting, and unique.

Jul 16, 2013
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CanuckRover from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold. Thick white head and whispy lacings to the finish.

Tart nose, cutting lemon, dank barnyard hay.

True to the nose, very tart, thought the sourness is a bit restrained. Crisp acidity. Apples and lemon throughout. Clean finish.

Lively carbonation, and very easy drinking for the strength.

A touch too tart for my tastes, but a fine creation.

Jun 01, 2013
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yancot from Canada (ON)

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hmmm, well it would appear we now have to write reviews in order them to "count". I don't think i'll be able to blast through 989 reviews this evening but a few absolute gems are a must. This beer is easily one of my absolute faves! It's bone dry, vinous, tannic, mildly sour, and delicous. The botrytis from the barrel works incredible magic. I wish more brewers would use such barrels.
(july 2015)

May 01, 2013
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Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 750ml. Aroma of vanilla, wild yeast, white wine, fruity, peaches.
Taste of blood orange, white wine and vanilla. Soft carbonation, medium body.

Apr 17, 2013
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mattsander from Canada (AB)

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant clarity, deep golden apricot in color with a tenacious ring of foam. Carbonation lasts a while.

S: Very complex aroma lead by sweet vinous barrel notes, damp basement brettanomyces funk, tannic oak. Juicy, fruity, complex, very inviting.

T: A pear fruitiness that I think is coming from the barrel and the brett dominates for me, peppery yeast character, a bit of acidity on the finish and some 'tangy' oak.

M: Could have used more carbonation for me, but its dry and very drinkable.

A very delicious saison that features a ton of interesting complexity from the barrel. The other barrel aged brett beer I've had from Trou du Diable (Bateuse) became overly brett-y / mushroomy to me after 2 years in the bottle so I will be watching this carefully.

Mar 24, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. One rather complex description on the label, en francais, of the aspects of this offering, just below a rather sexy depiction of the titular creature, an apparently 'sweet' version of the mythical Succubus - trick of the devil, indeed. And at 23 bucks a pop, I feel like she's already done her job.

This beer pours a chill-hazed, but mostly clear, tarnished golden colour, with two thick fingers of densely puffy off-white head, which leaves a broad array of skewed chain-link lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of understated earthy funk, acidic apple and white grapes, soft grainy wood notes, musty wild yeast, honeyed tropical fruit, sharp lemon rind, and somewhat zingy citrus and pine hops - more Yankee wild ale than anything else. The taste is semi-sweet pale grainy malt, a restrained funky yeastiness, apple cider, a slightly acerbic barrel woodiness, tame orchard fruit, more pedestrian, everyman citrus hops, and a pushy earthy dryness.

The carbonation is steady, and agreeably plain enough in its bearing, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the grainy maltiness maintaining its innocuousness, as the funk, yeast, fruit, and hops do well to intermingle and still impress through the end.

A lot going on for a saison, which seems to be the focal point for many breweries of late, i.e. subverting a normally subtle style that, maybe, just maybe, can't handle it. Here, the barrel treatment actually does no great disservice, instead providing mild wood and fruity essences above and beyond the base beer, such that one is left with a sense of bolstered weight, that while bearable enough, also seems somewhat out of place. To no-one's surprise, complexity can at times breed confusion.

Mar 22, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 18/3/13

A clear golden yellow with tiny bubbles popping up everywhere, two fingers of bone white head quickly falls to a thick film that leaves a couple partial rings followed by some random patches

S Where to start? the funk's there, lots of vinous notes both sweet and dry white if that makes any sense at all. The oaks strong, I get some of the floral honey and vanilla I read on the bottle but not the apricot, apple and pear instead, some spice and very faint bubblegum, smells amazing

T more barrel then the nose and some citrus and faint pine I didn't smell, the hops haven't faded all that much but I wasn't really picking the hops up on the nose. The smell was hard act to follow but I'm grooving on the flavors as well, tasty stuff

M medium bodied with the tiny bubbles working well but stopping short of creamy, a little earthy rind on the finish

O I've little to complain about and much to praise, its a sexy beer start to finish with the barrel working wonders for it

Very interesting brew going on here, quite complex and I could see this being a completely different beer in a year, I'm guessing this one would evolve for some time and I'm going to find out even if it costs an arm and a leg

Mar 19, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to papat444 for sending me a bottle of this. Dated March, 2012. Served in a plastic cup during the Ale Obsession script read-through.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thick cap and splotches of lace. Hazy apricot body. Looks like a Saison.

S - Dusty, leathery brettanomyces character, with some mild pineapple as well. A hefty dose of white pine, with some tropical notes coming through there as well, as well as a touch of oak. Stone fruit malt base from the Saison, and a faint rubber/plastic note I occasionally get from dirtier brett strains. On the whole quite good, though.

T - The taste is more earthy and phenolic, with more of the base beer's yeast character mixing with the musty brett flavors. Less malt sweetness and vinous character, although there's a dry Sauvignon Blanc vinous oak flavor in the finish. Definitely more brux than clausenii in comparison to the aroma.

M - Medium-bodied, with pleasant soft carbonation, a touch of alcohol warmth, and a dry, mildly tannic finish.

D - This is a very nice wine-barrel Saison, and we easily put down the 750ml bottle at the party with some people actually missing out. If it's not obscenely expensive I'll happily buy another bottle, seeing as this is now available in Chicago.

Jan 20, 2013
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Luk13 from Canada (QC)

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, multiple times. Pours a very clear blond with a decent white head. Aroma is very enjoyable with cereal, honey, pears and white flower notes. Also some light barnyard/bugs. Taste has wine and honey sweetness that is nicely balanced by a rustic tartness. Highly drinkable without being too dry. Not as complex as the Buteuse but easier to drink.

Jan 08, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this at a recent tasting. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a nice yellow color with a good white head. The nose carries nice Brett notes with a bit of earth underneath some hay, stone fruits, light wine, and pineapple. Some lemon comes in through the flavor. Light body and dry finish. Very nicely done beer.

Dec 15, 2012
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