La Bretteuse - Syrah Barrel Aged
Le Trou Du Diable

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Brett Beer
4.25 | pDev: 5.65%
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
La Bretteuse - Syrah Barrel AgedLa Bretteuse - Syrah Barrel Aged
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Beersnake1 from California

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was bottled on January 11th 2017. Poured from fridge temp, but allowed to warm over an hour. The cap had a little plastic stopper attached to it, which I hadn't seen before. There was quite a bit of pressure under the cap - a bit of head started flowing out of the bottle. I poured quickly. It pours a beautiful murky orange with a good amount of light head. The aroma is gorgeous. It's bustling with citrus notes - lots of lemon, grapefruit and orange. Super smooth - not really getting any bitter notes on the nose. Also getting some nice vanilla and spice. Getting some slight pine, but not really coming across as hoppy. Some nice funk - maybe a bit of leather. A little bit of bark and yams as well.

Taste is really interesting. Not really hoppy - mostly sweet coming through initially with some bitterness coming through on the back end. Here is where the grapes are coming through. Really nice red grapes - a lot of peel. I feel like the bitterness is from the wine barrels. Definitely some good citrus, but more citrus peel on the taste. Vanilla and oak is layered in there. Really impressive beer, with a nice mouthfeel. Dry and medium bodied. Coats the mouth nicely, and the aftertaste lingers for a while. Alcohol not really evident.

Nov 05, 2017
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this a few months now, time for a much anticipated taste.

Appearance. Pours a glowing, lightly hazy orange with a touch of amber. Topped with two fingers of thick and creamy off-white head that lasts a while and never fully disappears. The sides of the glass are pretty much coated. Really awesome looking stuff here.

Smell. Nice tropical and orchard fruits with some nice fruity brett and some funky old barrel. Maybe a little orange and other citrus as well. Again, really nice.

Taste. Tons of dry and tannic brett, tropical, stone, and citrus fruits again. Some leather and oak for sure and a dry lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Started so well looking gorgeous and smelling enticing. Flavour didn't quite live up but still great stuff.

Oct 23, 2014
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes

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

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Brett funk, tart cherries, some red-wine notes, citrus/lemon and some grassiness. Smells phenomenal.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Brett funk, cherries/red-wine, tart lemon, oak, a grassy bitterness and some faint buttery notes.

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

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Hands down the best beer I've had from Trou du diable. Hope this becomes more accessible.

Jun 16, 2014
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crazy that i've been chasing this one for a while and it's made a mere 2 hours from where i live. Thanks to hoppypocket!

Poured from a 750ml bottle, no freshbeer info.

Very foamy, effervescent with a hazy peach colored body. Aroma if very wine-like mixed with fruit and oak. Very nice. Low carbonation hits me at first then lush fruit soaked with oaked white wine, grapefruit flavors, some good funk courtesy of the brett. Full feel with lots of bitterness that starts midway right through the end. Very happy to have had a chance to try this.

Feb 11, 2014
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at barVolo. Shared with Adrial. This is a farmhouse IPA aged in Syrah barrels with brett. Served in a tulip.

A - The bottle was a slight gusher. Big white foam with excellent retention that eventually leaves behind a hefty dose of splotchy lacing. Lightly hazed dark golden body.

S - Loads of brett character, with tropical fruits and juicy citrus; not sure if these are from hops or yeast. Some jammy dark fruits from the Syrah, light oak, a touch of vanilla, hints of leather and musty attic, earthen floor, and some faint medicinal notes. Successfully manages to avoid the faded, old IPA flavors that I tend to get from other barrel-aged IPAs.

T - The taste has more spicy oak, peppery farmhouse yeast, and dirty brett flavors present, particularly in the finish. Less sweet than the aroma, with more earth and bitter citrus peel present. I don't think I would have guessed this was an IPA to start; seems more like a BSPA or even a Tripel. Finish has some light lemony sourness, medicinal brett, and wet oak, which makes things a tad fatiguing. Still, quite complex and rich.

M - Medium body, with plenty of tannins present. Dry, oaky fnish, with a bit of grain to the texture mid-palate. Some alcohol warming that suggests this picked up some alchol content from the brett and barrel-aging. There's some light residual stickiness that suggest the brett didn't manage to clean out all the sugars.

D - A very interesting and unique beer. A bit heavier malt-wise than I like from wild ales or farmhouse beers, but otherwise quite balanced and harmonious. I think this might have benefitted from some dry-hopping in the barrel, although I'm not sure how old this specific bottle was.

Aug 21, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Big white head. Great retention and surface foam.

Smell - Brett is the most prominent aroma. A variety of acidic notes. Kinda red winey. Malt comes through and blends very well.

Taste - Again it's super bretty. And again a variety of acidic flavors. Citrus. Caramel and red wine. Bretty and hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Perhaps over bitter. Less impressive in the end than the start.

Overall - Complex beer. A little overbearing in the finish, but everything else is nice.

May 28, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by the most generous hoser 6/5/13

A clear copper with lots of tiny pinprick bubbles, massive off white foam just sorta sits there the whole time you drink it leaving plenty of lace, looks fantastic

S funky wood, mandarin peel, red barriers from the syrah, strawberry sticks out, wet moldy wood smells better then it sounds with some hops hiding in the background, smells as good as it looks

T funks toned down compared to the nose but still turned up, quite woody and fruity, just a small step back from the nose but that still leaves an amazing flavor in my mouth

M dry but not entirely so, a little pucker and the tiny bubbles work well, funky finish lingers

O looks like I stopped taking notes by this point but I’m sure I can sum it up. It’s a great Canadian beer that will be on the top 50 once the reviews roll in I’m sure of that, this one’s World Class

Thanks again hoser for opening a big want of mine, I hope this makes its way to shelves here in Alberta, I’d stock up. I’ve been pretty impressed by this brewery in general and can’t wait to try more of their stuff

May 13, 2013
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is cloudy golden/amber in colour. Good-sized white head. Decent retention, good lace.

Smell contains lots of brett. Cherry, some funk. Light fruit. Also a bunch of oak. Apple, a bit of a grassy scent.

Taste is very good. Nicely tart, cherry and a bit of funk. Dry. Lots of brett. Lots of oak and vanilla. Light fruit. Refreshing and moderately sour. Good stuff.

Medium bodied, low carbonation level. Very refreshing. A bit tart.

Overall, very good. I was surprised that this one made it to Ontario, but am very glad it did. Yum!

May 02, 2013
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Caudalie from Canada (QC)

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a spiegelau expert tasting glass, served side-by-sde with cantillon geuze and some boon mariage parfait

Subtitle of the beer is "bière sauvage" which would translate as wild ale. Description states it's an IPA aged for 18 months in a californian syrah wine barrel with brettanomyces.

A: troubled peach color, with a huge foamy head

S: very complex, with apricots, honey, bretts, but also some grainy and grassy aromas. Very intriguing, and original

T: quite interesting, with a fruity attack, an bretts taking on from there. Description mentionned that acidity was quite high, but in my opinion it wasn't really noticeable as it could have been. Bitterness is quite high, and the length is impressive.

M: Rich, round, yet pretty dry, and the alcohol is nicely integrated.

O: A very, very complex offering. Really enjoyed it, but I would enjoy a bit more acidity. Overall, another great barrel-aged beer from TDD. I think I still prefered the Dulcis Succubus, but this comes real close...

Jan 25, 2013
La Bretteuse - Syrah Barrel Aged from Le Trou Du Diable
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