Mactavish In Memoriam | Le Trou Du Diable

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Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TheHammer
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Didn't produce much in the way of head, half a finger at best although what did appear did manage to produce some lace, as short lived as it was. The body is a cloudy pale bronze, nearing brass in color. Amply paticulate sediment is present here making it seem unappealing.

Smell: Ample floral hops dominate the nose with an intetresting backdrop of black pepper, caramel malt and a hint of citrus orange. Didn't need warming to come out, and didn't really make a difference here.

Taste: Starts with a baked biscut, almost like a mild caramel cookie that seems to mellow into a nice citrus groove and sweep away with a dose of floral hops that while a bit tame for some pale ales, I very much enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel: The transistioning is fairly solid, although that citrus note in the middle is clearly the weakest point of the beer. The carbonation is a bit lacking, and points have to be deducted for the lack of head. Still, it makes up ground with a mild floral and citrus aftertaste that doesn't cloy.

Drinkability: This is a perfect pint with the boys kind of beer, for when you want something with a bit of hops, but not an explosion. It's refreshing, it's interesting and it walks on the line of medium bodied, with the slightest lean towards light. Downside, it doesn't seem to settle down as nicely as I'd like it to in my stomach.

Final Thoughts: Like I said, the perfect pint for when you want something hoppy, but not ridiculously so. I can see this going really well with peanut curry for some reason. All and all, just a well rounded solid pale ale in my eyes, so give it a whirl. I thought I'd also add, just as a side fact, nothing to do with the beer itself, but I didn't some looking up, and it seems that MacTavish was a well regarded Larp player. Turns out Shawinigan way they have a 140 hectacre set of medieval villages for Larping. Now that is dedication.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear honey yellow with three rocky fingers of eggshell head that leaves peaks of circus tent lace as it recedes.

Smells of breakfast biscuit caramel malt, sliced citrus fruit, underripe pineapple, cut flowers and mild bitter pine.

Tastes of more baked biscuit, orange and lemon, pineapple, apricot and more soft pine resin.

Feels light and lively. Medium-light with fizzy carbonation. Finishes mildly dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A summer treat for sure.

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Photo of MAB
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass-- probably not the right shape, as the head foamed up and needed a long time to dissipate.
The hop aroma was fabulous-- grassy and fresh.
The taste was a bit of a let-down. It was very good, but the hops were mainly there for aroma and bitterness, and not flavor so much.
Not a bad beer (awesome bottle design, however!) and I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up at another one, though.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark straw color with powerful storming activity. Thick frothy 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, creating strong lacing. Flavors of fresh flowers, faint grassy hops, caramel, lemony citrus with tropical fruits, and faint roasted grains. Strong but pleasant sweetness, combined with low bitterness yet highly sharp feel like a fresh Witbier. Slick medium body with very sharp carbonation. Light finish with a lingering bready butterscotch and fruity feel, with a faint grassy piney and clove aftertaste. Overall excellent craft, delicious and very fresh, a little thin but super sharp and zesty. Nice summer ale in a hot day.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was not expecting much - but this beer is one of the great surprises for me in 2015. I love this beer. Full of flavour, well balanced, and very easy to drink and refreshing. Mostly subtle grassy flowery herbal hops with a nice subtle malt backbone.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice blonde color with a big bubbly head and lots of carbonation. Very floral and hoppy smell. I feel like it's not as hoppy in the mouth as in the nose but still pretty good, Nice malt profile on this one to complete the bitter taste.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Did not think APA's could have such vibrance, as many come off rather bland - excellent mix of barley and hop varieties, one of my new favorites. I would certainly pick up this wonderfully fruity and spicy beer again.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Hazy golden bordering slightly on orange. One finger of head with amazing retention and even better lacing. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, citrus, and a bit of pineapple and maybe a touch of a spicey hop taste. Biscuity and caramel malts on both the palate and aroma. Perfect balance. Great mouth feel, perfect in my opinion. This a great example of a pale ale.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased bottle in Montreal in November, but not certain whether date on bottle of 130613 is bottling date or "best before"? Not the citrus hop portfolio for which 'd hoped from this excellent brewery.

Pours a dark golden colour with amber tones and a respectable white head. Nice carbonation level and a crisp mouthfeel. Mild aroma of caramelized malts with hints of pine and pineapple in the background. The initially sweet malt bill transitions to a nice bitterness in both the body and the finish, but lacking the citrus and tropical fruit tones I'd expected...

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Photo of SebD
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of floral hops, some pine, citrus, grass and some bready/grainy malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of floral hops, citrus, a piney/grassy bitterness, some bready malts and a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

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

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Photo of mtomlins
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: A nice straw color with a hint of an orange hue and very clear; 1-2 fingers of white head that settled quickly and left a decent amount of lacing.

S: Lots of spicy hops in that nose; black pepper, orange peel and very floral. No real malt or citrus character.

T: As the nose predicted, this is a dry, spicy APA. The same notes are coming through on the palate; lots of spice and bitter orange peel; maybe a bit of spruce. There is a bit of malt backbone but not much and the finish is long and bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation; maybe due to the dryness, but it feels almost resinous.

O: An interesting APA; it has minimal malt character and is very spicy and bitter.

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Photo of matthiasbrau
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5/31/2013 @ Mondial de la Biere, Montreal, 4 oz. sample. Hoppy nose, light in color and body, tasty and good. The MacTavish was the best in show at the festival, in my opinion, followed by Dieu du Ciel! Penombre. Truly an excellent beer and I'm glad i bought a bottle to bring home.

8/15/2013, back home in NY... make that damn glad i brought a bottle home! Wow, gorgeous yellow golden color, citrus hops on the nose, two-finger rocky white head, mouthfeel just a shade lighter than medium, slight grain taste up front with a kiss of grapefruit, big hop bitterness at the back end.

Sorry to see this one go... Guess it's time to drive back to Montreal and pick up a case.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600ml bottle. An apparent ode to a recently passed character (?) from the local medieval reenactment game called Bicolline, which takes place near the brewery.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves some decent snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, somewhat biscuity pale malt, fruity hops - of the orchard persuasion, mostly, all peach pits and dried cherries - a touch of lemon cleanser, and further weak grassy, weedy hops. The taste is more biscuity, bready, grainy pale malt - very British, with a new world crispness, some now quite subtle spiced apple and wet pine edginess, a hint of dry ash, and more earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a tad perky and fizzy, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and smooth in a soft drink left out on the counter too long sort of way. It finishes on the dry side, as the malt comes down to play with the lingering, generally noble-esque hops.

A decent APA, one which eschews the typical mantra of "mo' hops, mo' money", in favour of a more moderated hop and grain interplay. I'm actually more reminded of a laid-back ESB, than anything overtly pale ale in nature. Nonetheless, tasty and enjoyable, the kind of beer that just slides down way too easily, post-contemplation, or, as it seems, pre-Enlightenment.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle poured into tulip 5/8/13

A clear golden yellow with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a two finger foam that sticks around for a while leaving a few thick partial rings of lace

S peaches, apricots, floral and grassy hops, some caramel with just a little cotton

T still hoppy with just a little spruce, other then that it mimics the nose, maybe a little spicy hops and grass

M light but well carbonated, just a little grit and a bitter hint, finish of hay and citrus

O very solid pale and I'd expect nothing from this brewery, nothing over the top with a nice balance, refreshing yet flavorful

drinkable and at 7$ a bomber I'll be drinking this again, well suited for the summer sun

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A surprisingly hoppy beer, much like an IPA, and arguably one of their best. WVSRT tap takeover by Trou Diable, and enjoyed in the company of the brewer and owners. Soapy head on dark orange body. Big IBU and nicely drinkable. The hops are balanced and not distinct other than having a citrus characteristic.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle from March Omni QC for 7$ taxes in

Appearance - Clear golden/amber with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, lemons, grassy notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit, lemons, and apricots. It ends with a malty yet fruity hoppy bitter aftertaste.. and the hops linger.

Overall – Can't find a date on the bottle (which is a very nice bottle by the way) so I'm not sure how fresh this is, but it has a nice citrusy/hoppy punch. It is a well done beer that could fool me for something that came from the states. If this were available in 6-packs at a lower price point, I'd drink this more often.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a nice, fluffy white head. Good retention and some nice, stringy lacing.

Overall smell of apricot or ripe citrus with some hints of pine. Slight boozy tinge of "beer smell."

Refreshing and hoppy with a tiny hint of lemon (but not much). Really flat, somewhat one-dimensional hop flavor. Good. Pretty simple, but drinks nice.

Crisp, clean, refreshing. Really prevalent carbonation up front with increasing hopiness and a bitter, dry finish. Lingering hop flavor/feeling. Would be a good session brew.

Deceivingly scented, this beer is a really easy drinker and is quite refreshing. It was way hoppier that I had anticipated. It is actually hoppier than all most of the Canadian IPAs that I have tried. Really tasty, it could definitely be a session beer and is great for after working in the sun.

Also, the bottle deserves commendations. It's a shame that there isn't a photo up top (at least at the time of this writing). Beautiful shape, cool molded devil imagery and comicesque label art of a guy slaying demons with a scimitar.

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Photo of 4ster
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Pokal glass at 6C(42F) temperature. Poured out of their new 600ml bottles.

A: Very clear, golden orange, almost a soda orange. Bubbles, decent head on pour, crisp snow white bubble laced froth on top, with some sticking to the side of the glass.

S: Floral, light, apple - pineapple fruit undertones with some light, slightly grassy bitterness and hints of citrus.

T: Hop forward, citrus and more grassy florals, less sweet fruit than on the nose, very light malt undertones that are not overly sweet, finishes with that classic pale ale bitter aftertaste.

M: Beer is crisp, refreshing, low-med carbonation, avg. medium body, overall nicely balanced.

O: As goes American Pale Ales, this one tends to lean towards more of a IPA hop style. I feel this beer would be improved by a bit more balance in the malt department to add a little more complexity. Otherwise though it is a pretty good example of a pale ale and would make a great companion in the summer on a patio as it's a very refreshing, session worthy beer.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer is a slightly cloudy golden orange colour. Moderate white head fades steadily, leaves a lot of lace.

Nose is really quit nice. Fruity, with a peach scent.

Fairly hoppy in flavour, with some citrus and tropical fruit. Orange, peach and some grapefruit. There is a malt presence, a bit bready and some slight sweetness. Nice and quite flavourful.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. Rather irritating.

Overall, nothing unusual but enjoyable and more than solid.

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Photo of peensteen
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Cask Days 2011

hazy pale golden colour, bubbly white head, spots of lace. Smell is citrusy and floral, light buttery presence, mango and pineapple witha decent malt bill as well. Taste is initially dry and bitter, hops and citrus, more floral hoppy notes are there but mostly grapefruit and tangerine, nice malt presence. Med carbonation, good feel, nice weight. Very drinkable APA, like most of the stuff from these guys its pretty good, would revisit.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at Beau's Oktoberfest. From notes.

A - Bright pour, hazy golden colour, soapy white head.

S - Floral with citrus backing it up hard. Really inviting and interesting aroma with a full on hop attack.

T - Crazzy mess of hops. Citrus, grass, and flowers mostly. Nice.

M - Light body with a gentle carbonation, bitterness wasn't intense.

O/D - A cool beer for sure. Really hoppy blonde ale or something. Refreshing hop dose that does the trick by balancing out that typical citrus aspect with a floral and grassy component.

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Photo of thirstybrother
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden straw appearence. Good head retention.
Smell of floral hops and a hint of fruit.
Very smooth and light. There is a taste of some fruit flavours, but it is nice and subtle and leaves me wanting more.
The mouthfeel is great, the fruity flavours are prevalent in the aftertaste which makes it easy going down.
Overall the beer is a definite winner, doesn't pull any punches, smooth from start to finish. Great on-the-deck-in-the-summer beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft: Poured an orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of floral hoppy notes with light citrus notes. Taste is quite hoppy with some nice green floral notes with light citrusy undertones and some light dry caramel malt also showing. Body is about average with good carbonation. This one is drinking nicely and seems to be closer to and IPA.

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Mactavish In Memoriam from Le Trou Du Diable
3.93 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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