Dulcis Succubus
Le Trou Du Diable

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #221
Ranked #4,455
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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Reviews by wordemupg:
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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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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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tom10101 from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

May 19, 2013
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass of this at the Trou Du Diable event at Wvrst in Toronto.

Beer is amber with a small white head that disappears fairly quickly.

Smell is very bretty. Tart fruit scents abound. Floral. Very nice scent.

Taste is like the nose. Brett, sour but not insanely so. Light fruit flavours. Lemon. Oak. Moderately funky.

Light bodied, low carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing.

Overall, very good. Would happily drink a full 750ml bottle of this- if I could get my hands on one!

Jun 02, 2012
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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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PEIhop from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Jun 13, 2014
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rawfish from California

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Feb 06, 2017
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dipso123 from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

May 07, 2013
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mklisz from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Jun 27, 2013
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

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

May 05, 2017
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oldp0rt from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Apr 14, 2012
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Boozecamel from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 23, 2013
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mmurphy525 from Canada (NS)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

May 12, 2012
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Jan 18, 2014
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KeKeKumba from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Jun 17, 2013
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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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DrBier from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 17, 2017
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KMcG from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Jul 11, 2013
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Danny1217 from Florida

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 21, 2015
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jfstilling from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 24, 2015
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yeaprolly from Washington

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 23, 2015
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 11, 2016
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Stinger80OH from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 30, 2016
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cbnz from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Jan 13, 2014
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