Dulcis Succubus | Le Trou Du Diable

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada
troududiable.com

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
Ratings:
184
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
43
For Trade:
2
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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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4.08/5  rDev -1%
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...

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3.96/5  rDev -3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Dulcis Succubus from Le Trou Du Diable
4.12 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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