Le Petit Diablotin | High Water Brewing

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Le Petit DiablotinLe Petit Diablotin

Brewed by:
High Water Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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".

Added by womencantsail on 08-04-2012

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by pheggeseth:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of switzer
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Hazy orange. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Oak. Kinda funky. Intense acetic acid aroma. Orange citrus.

Taste - Really intensely sour. Acetic. Woody. Orange citrus. And then more sour. It takes over.

Mouthfeel - Overly sour. Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall - A struggle to get through.

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Photo of jason_nwx
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TruePerception
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken at Stone Sour Fest on 7/8/12.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

The pour is an orange color without much in the way of a head. From what I can find on this, it’s supposed to be a pomegranate and cherry beer, but I get peach, peach, and more peach. A light oakiness, a touch of citrus peel, and a nice lactic tarntess. The flavor is slightly sweet with some malt and oak notes, maybe a hint of vanilla. The peach character is very pronounced with a few other fruit notes to it as well.

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Photo of metsfan1
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BobbyDigitali
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
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).

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Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrisjws
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twinpaul
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of SierraFlight
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Le Petit Diablotin from High Water Brewing
3.98 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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