Dulcis Succubus | Le Trou Du Diable

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Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
164
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
17.23%
 
 
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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly veiled golden color with stormy activity. Frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with very strong legs. Smells like grapefruits turning into piss. Taste of flowers, citrus, grapefruits, apricot, yeast, roasted malt. Lots of sourness with low sweetness. Slick smooth medium to full body with champagne like carbonation. Medium strength finish that lingers for a while with feels of fruity citrus and a flowery yeasty bouquet. Overall an okay Saison. Unpleasant smell, decent flavors, good finish. Refreshing, yet overly yeasty and bitter. Feels a little off. Sure it feels unique, but I don't get the hype; way better choices out there, like the delicious Saison du Tracteur.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.71/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange, apricot colour; thick, fine, white head - very sticky, good lace

Aroma: vibrant fruit notes; floral; slight hint of mouldy smoke; peach, apricot

Taste & Mouthfeel: was expecting very fruity and some tart flavours, but getting dry mouthfeel and only mild fruit; lot's of the mouldy smoke and ash though; orange, clementine notes have a subtle, juicy presence, accompanied by a light tang

Overall: like the clean citrus flavours that aren't overly tart or sweet, and the smokiness is nice, but it could use a bit more punch

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark orange colour, thick white head that settles to the top of the glass, decent lacing. Smells yeasty with lively fruit, citrus, brett, funky barn like earth notes, musty probably from the brett sour fruit like notes, quite complex nose. Taste is tart, fruity, sour apple, citrus, earthy, brett that is muted behind a nice sourness, leaves a salty finish on lips and tongue. Thin mouthfeel, good carbonation, good weight overall. Drinks well, ABV shows itself a little as it warms, this is a bottle to split, good stuff overall.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a vibrant yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, and lemon zest. The flavor was of sweet amlt, lemon zest, lemon rine, horse blanket, and earthy funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This one was quite easy to drink due to it having a light mouthfeel and soft flavors going on. I never would have guessed this were a Saison though due to the lack of the usual spices present in the style, but it was still quite nice. Glad I got the opportunity to try this one!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Kan. Sweet label!

A - Pours copper color, sticky lacing, thin cap, thick collar.

S - Fruity tartness, solid amount of sour, oak.

T - Fruity, not as sour as the nose, some funk mixed in there as well.

M - Light body, good carbonation, refreshing.

O - Great beer and as-described...a sour saison of some kind.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MY 500TH REVIEW!

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle (bottled 03/12).

Appearance: A light peach gold body with a thick head with average to good retention. Some lacing.

Smell: White grapes, musty, apricots, flowers and light vanilla bean.

Taste: White wine, grapes, peach fuzz, berries, apricot jam and a honey-vanilla viscosity. The brett imparts a sweet-tart flavor that is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Airy, refreshing and good carbonation. A real nice blend of sweet & tart. The middle has a nice coating feel.

Overall: Very good, nice and easy to drink a whole bottle by oneself. Get this one if you can.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half pint of very well behaved saison using Brett and wine barrel of Dolce Noble Rot white wine. Saison yeast. A good smooth thickish mouthfeel. Funky, getting sugary brett taste, bitter hoppy maintains the interest.Malt, though not significantly spicey. Very drinkable.
Had again late in year, still appreciate the taming of the brett and the saison. Funky all right.

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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this brewery, total fan-boy. Thank you to unibroue4ever and hoppypocket for both getting me a bottle of this.

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey-amber with 2.5 fingers of thick, cream-coloured head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Bright lemons, a little sweet pineapple, pear, and spice with maybe a bit of wheat along with some barrel and nice bretty funk.

Taste. Lots of sweaty brett funk, some light tangy fruits, some lightly bitter woody funky flavours that last a while. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ fine and lively carbionation.

Overall. A great take on a saison. Enjoyed it!

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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