Le Petit Diablotin
High Water Brewing

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From:
High Water Brewing
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.93%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
44
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 23, 2019
Added:
Aug 04, 2012
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  5
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Le Petit Diablotin "The Little Devil", is part of the Calambic series and is an American Sour Ale. Le Petit Diablotin is a barrel aged sour version of our Pom Cherry Bomb. The beer was aged in wine barrels with local sour cherry and pomegranate juice. The beer was aged for three years in American Oak with a blend of various souring cultures prior to its official release in July 2014. The beer is a delicate and precious treat for those who enjoy the subtle nuances of things from "the wild side".
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Rated: 3.74 by Fitzy01 from Maine

Apr 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Jan 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by CJNAPS from California

Jan 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by NickThePyro from Washington

Dec 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.26 by dertyd from California

Nov 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Nov 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by nater919 from New York

Nov 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by BarleyAndBrett from California

Nov 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.83 by acurtis from New Jersey

Nov 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Oct 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Oct 27, 2017
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I love a well made sour with a little fruit. Recently, it seems like sour beers are more popular than in past years, unfortunately leading to a lot of sub-par brews. This one started right, with a beautiful tart, funky, fruity brew. The appearance is a murky light orange-brown. Medium-sour, tart, fun flavor. Dry. Lots of sour cherry flavor in the mid-taste through the finish. Nice.
Sep 24, 2017
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
L: Opaque pink with a big foamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Super tart, funky, barnyard, mildew. Bright sour cherry sour skins and pomegranate stings the nostrils, alongside a deep depth of warm oak character with hints of red wine.

T: Tons of tart fruit character, sour cherry skin and pomegranate juice, accentuated by subtle red wine notes. Intense sourness and funk throughout, a dry musty barnyard flavor that dries the palate out. Crab apple and lemon pith as well.
Comes across as red wine vinegar. Bright and zesty. Subtle oak in the background.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth and rich, intense carbonation.

O: Absolutely delicious. Super complex and dynamic.
Aug 21, 2017
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Reviewed by craftaholic from New York

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Super cloudy and full of sediment. Opaque and almost looks like v8. Quite effervescent! The smell is sweet yet sharp. Sour cherry is the forefront of the aroma. The sour bites quick on the tongue, is very fizzy then dissipates into a fruit wine with bubbles on the back end to tickle your throat.
Aug 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.17 by IRONRakkasan from California

Aug 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by mrcraft from California

Aug 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.14 by Honeybourne from Scotland

Aug 09, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
this would be such a better beer if it werent so sour. the description says delicate and subtle, but i found the acidity of this one to be way over the top, completely obliterating any of the more mild aspects of this, and while its quite obviously aged in a wine barrel, the parts i want to taste, the wild yeast and the fruit, are really covered up by that sourness. a little pink in the glass, bubbly like a soda but with a lasting white airy head. aroma and taste are toxically sour, hurts my teeth, like totally over developed at the expense of the rest of the beer. i like all the wood on it, that much is obvious in the taste, and the raspberry, plum, and cranberry notes i get from the cherry and pomegranate additions and the wine, there is a nice complexity to all of that. i even gather a little mature funk here, but as its starting to open, the lactic and even malic acidity comes in and destroys all of that, almost scalding the palate. the folks who like them too sour to drink will be a fan of this, but for me it was over the top by quite a bit. i have loved these guys so far, admired all of their work, and this has a lot of potential, but my draft pour down at jakes in littleton was just way too sour for any of the more interesting features to really have a chance to shine...
Aug 08, 2017
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A rose' color with not much of a head
Sweet and tart fruit aroma
Cherry, pomegranate taste. Somewhat vinous.
Too carbonated for me, even after letting it sit for a while.
Jul 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jun 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Jun 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by jason_nwx from Oregon

May 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by Soneast from Wisconsin

May 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Phil-Fresh from California

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle.

A: Moderately light cherries, lots of vinous notes, followed by ample brett, and a moderately sharp sourness.

A: Light pinkish color with an orange hue, opaque, with a super frothy white uniform head with excellent retention.

T: Light pomegranate and vinous flavors, followed by a brett forward, sharp lingering sourness with ample baked cherries on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and moderate, but pleasing acidity.

O: Interesting; the beer has a complex aroma of funk, wine barrels, and light fruit. The beer could be even better if the acidity and accompanying sourness was turned down a bit.
May 08, 2017
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Reviewed by TruePerception from California

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
High Water's The Petit Diablotin, sour ale brewed with sour cherries and pomegranate, and aged in wine barrels. 6% ABV.

A: Ooh! It started slowly foaming over as soon as I opened it. Opaque, juicy deep rose pink. About two fingers of light pink head. Light, hazy rose pink in the dimple. The sheeting looks nice and solid, but it's hard to tell, since the head left a film or grime along the inside of the glass, towards the top. That's a first for me... Light lacing.

S: Definite sour cherry aromas, with a touch of earth. I'm thinking more Morello than Montmorency. A hint of pomegranate shell and flesh/fruit.

T/MF: Not as fruity as I was expecting; especially from the color. It has a champagne dryness. A good amount of the sourness from the cherries is still present. Slight Sweetart/Smarties (American) vibe. Some dry pomegranate, as well. The acidity is quite forward, but doesn't seem obnoxiously high. I wish it had more fruit, and maybe a touch of residual sugar, but it is a very solid sour. A good alternative to Champagne, or even a Champagne cocktail. Maybe even as the base in a cocktail.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.
Apr 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.57 by snakeayes11 from Missouri

Apr 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.17 by goopy from California

Apr 03, 2017
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Le Petit Diablotin shows the influence of cherry and pomegranate, at least in the appearance; its clear golden complexion is tinged a deeper amber, presumably as result of those fruit juices. Near completely flat, its aimlessly fluttering bubbles aren't strong enough to amass a decent head but do lend some visual life to the beer.

Nevermind the cherry and pomegranate for a minute - this smells like a fantastic dessert wine. It has a Botrytis-like sour funkiness that rivals the aromas of Tokaji or Sauternes. I'd love to see what Wine Spectator or Decanter rate this! It is an acetic but absolutely wonderful scent that hints at red grapes, orchard fruits, vinegar and oak barrels.

Put into barrels in June 2011, opening this bottle in July 2016 affords a full five years of flavour-babies; wood, fruit, yeast and bacteria have all had ample time to put their stamp on the beer and, indeed, they each have. This will satisfy those with a thirst for 'funky' while at the same time passing for a complete, balanced - albeit scorchingly acidic - beer.

The throat burn is the only thing preventing this 6.0% sour from being truly "sessionable" - your dentist will definitely take issue. Those fine adding a few holes in the back of their throat won't mind but, relative to most ales made according to the same rubric (i.e., sours), this one is especially searing and leaves a lasting burn.

I’m not exactly on an island when it comes to American sours - they've grown incredibly in popularity over the last few years. That said, High Water may still be a little undervalued (even if the price doesn't indicate it). Le Petit Diablotin represents a tremendous blend of fruit, sourness and bacteria that other brewers do (and aught to) set out to recreate.
Jul 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.42 by taospowder from New Mexico

Dec 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.06 by chrisjws from California

Jun 22, 2015
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Rated by wethorseblanket from California

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Reviewed from notes taken at Stone Sour Fest on 7/8/12.
Apr 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Falcon91Wolvrn03 from California

4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
From a bottle.

Appearance – Pours a light clear golden color with a very nice head and solid lacing.

Smell – A nice sour brett scent, with some dark fruitiness (maybe pomegranate) and oak.

Taste – Follows the nose - a nice sour bretty taste, with dark fruitiness. Maybe a hint of white wine.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation, with a sour bite. Though sours aren’t my favorite style, this is well done.

Drinkability – This beer surprised me. I suspect its score will go up if it gets more reviews (currently only 3.90 with 3 reviews).
Apr 01, 2015
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Reviewed by twinpaul from California

4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Look: Pours a golden orange, like a desert sunset.

Smell: Funky, floral and somewhat similar to an old cologne that's been aged in a cedar box.

Taste: Like that one hidden sour-berry from across the universe somewhere on a tiny, jungle-ridden planet. The one that you only taste in a tropical dream.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly enticing as it tickles your tongue.

Overall: This quickly became one of my top 3 favorite sours.
Mar 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.87 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Feb 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.57 by metsfan1 from California

Feb 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by BDeibs from Colorado

Dec 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by GRG1313 from California

Dec 21, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by atpca from California

Dec 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by MastaShonuf from California

Sep 17, 2014
Le Petit Diablotin from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 56 ratings