Dulcis Succubus | Le Trou Du Diable

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Dulcis SuccubusDulcis Succubus

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ritzkiss on 02-20-2011

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

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Photo of yancot
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
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)

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is golden yellow in color white a pretty amazing white head that sits on top of it. Tenacious head and very sticky. Dense too. Peach with some sourness in the aroma. Slight sugars presence in the aroma too.

Taste is sour with a very dry finish. Bitter too. The bitterness lingers in the mouth it's amazing. Very good beer. After a couple of sips and as it gets warmer, I get some roasted bread. Nice.

This is a pretty good beer. The only bad thing it's the price.

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Photo of Foudebiere
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor from a 750ml bottle. Brewed March 2012.
It's a saison that was matured in white wine barrel for 6 months with wild yeast (Brett).

A: Nice look. A blond beer with a thick head that have a grape/peach taste.
S: Grapes, peach and a little bit sour.
T: Very fruity : grapes and peach again, but there's a lot of white wine caracteristics (fruitiness + sweetness + dryness of the beer).
MF: So enjoyable. The sweetness, the sour mix really well. One of the best beer I had ever!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of sarro
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Luk13 &/or Julien at our big JP tasting. Thanks for visiting guys!
Labeled a "strong ale" but easily reviewed as a barrel aged saison, Dulcis Succubus poured with a nice, clean 1.5 finger head on top of a light amber, copper tinted color. I got wine, oak, and what seemed to be a whisky-like note on the nose. Taste included tons of oak, dry grape, and vanilla which all seemed to linger on past the finish. Some mustiness, brett, and a little pepper are present as well. This beer was one of the highlights of the tasting we had and I could easily drink a bottle to myself. Love the label too.

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Denise for cracking this special bottle today.

Orange-copper pour with plenty of redness. Great head, retention, and lace. Strong Brett aroma brings tartness along with tons of funky yeast. Grape-y wine qualities too. Spicy.

Great balance of flavors here with grapes, yeast, a touch of sweet malt, and a super dry finish. Slightly tart with citrus complexity. Huge, creamy body & perfectly carbonated. A stand-out brew in a style that's rarely fully satisfying.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to hoppypocket, poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Hazy orange with two and a half fingers of off white foamy head. Head hangs around and leaves very clumpy lacing. Nice.

Smell: A funky tartness up front. A definitely lemon presence, along with some green apples and pear. Lots of Brett on the back. This smells more like a sour and I like it!

Taste: Lemon tartness, and nice funk up front, followed by a distinct oaky vanilla. Follows through with some more sour funkyness and tart pears. Finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Really nice tartness, but juicy at the same time. Good.

Overall: Honestly more of a mild sour than a saison, and I love it! Really nice beer.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of mattsander
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with mrand01.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a big foamy white head.

Aromas begin with oak, white grape skins, apricot and a little bit of earthy funk. Some green apple and herbal qualities also emerge as it warms.

The tastes begin with a light sweet crackery, honey maltiness but then you get some immediate sweet citrus notes and light pepper. As it warms the noble rot qualities emerge with fresh cut oak and white vinous notes. There is a freshing light tartness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Finish is mainly dry due to the Farmhouse yeast and oak imparted flavor profile.

Overall I had zero knowledge of this beer prior to tasting it and I was extremely pleased overall. A nice complex variety of flavors meshed very well to form an above average farmhouse/oak-aged beer.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of Luk13
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of tart and sour notes with light acidic notes is quite powerful. Taste is also a complex mix between some tart and sour notes with some light barnyard notes with a lightly acidic edge and some peppery yeast notes. Dry hops notes are also easily discernable. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Complex while still being drinkable – doesn’t quite meet my expectation but I might have been expecting quite a lot.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from ZorPrime, 750ml into a tulip. March 2012 dating.

Golden orange (clear, poured sans yeast). Dense white head with thick full lacing and retention. Nose is oaky, malty, vanilla, underripe fruits, some lemon and light funk. More malt and barrel character in terms of flavours, oak, vanilla, light tartness, nectarine, ripe pear and rawer light fleshed fruits. A bit of gentle lemon. Medium full feel, no alcohol and carbonation is quite low. A nice barrelled sour, barrel contributes quite a bit however to toning down the sourness of the beer which I would've liked a smidgen more of.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300ml serving from the bottle at Volo's Trou de Diable night. Golden peach color; clear with tight head. Looks good served in the stemmed glass. Classic.

Nose reveals a lot the funky, almost metallic brett character as well as a nice floral and fruity bouquet. Quite round and vibrant.

Less brett in the taste, light barnyard funk and hint of metallic pennies. Robust and round malt backbone with hints of honey sweetness, light to moderate tartness, peaches, apricots and lemons, hints of peppery spice, floral. A nice take on the style, which is advertised as "wild saison". Would love to see how this would age in the bottle, love to see more of the brett come out in the flavor, work to balance the malt a bit more. Still, easily drank my share and enjoyed it.

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