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Le Trou du Diable Grivoise de Noël

Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Shawinigan, Canada


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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Dès que l’on zyeute la Grivoise, notre regard vient se noyer dans le sombre rubis du liquide. Aussi inévitablement qu’instinctivement, on plonge le nez dans un irrésistible parfum d’épices, aux accents de liqueur d’herbes, de petits fruits et de friandise qui nous fait succomber. Une étude approfondie de l’appareil olfactif, confirmée par les premières gorgées, révèle un complexe assemblage où se mêle réglisse, cardamone et piment fumé. Fort de cette découverte, d’une bouche qui n’en pouvait plus d’attendre, nous sommes récompensés par une finale suave et caramélisée. Tout au long de l’expérience, une chaleur d’alcool soutient chaque gorgée, appelant le dégustateur à sombrer, toujours un peu plus profondément, dans la grivoiserie.

2006 vintage - 9.5% ABV, subsequent batches 7.5% ABV.

European Beer Star 2013 - Bronze Award
World Beers Awards 2013 - Americas Silver
World Beers Awards 2012 - World’s Best Dark Belgian Style Strong
World Beers Awards 2011 - The Americas Best Strong Dard Dark Ale
European Beer Star 2011 - Silver Award
World Beer Cup Silver Award

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3053) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2015
600 ml bottle from the Bishop’s Cellar. Pours a murky rust colour with puffy off-white head. Aroma is caramelized banana, dark dried fruit, spice and a little toast. Flavour is sweet and fruity with banana, apple/pear, caramel, light toastiness, raisin and some Christmas spice. Fine carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2015
Rating #1371 10.12.2014 750mL bottle at Charcut. This beer translates to Christmas Street Hooker. I’m so excited. Clear, dark brown pour, bubbly tan head. Aroma is licorice, cardamom, coriander. Taste is alcohol, toffee malts, licorice, mild smoke, roast, grains, mild spiciness. Phenomenal christmas ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1952) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2015
Light brown with a minimal pale head. Aroma is banana, raisins, cinnamon toast. Full bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, sickly sweet on the palate with a hint of booze on the finish. Taste is banana bread, caramel, cinnamon bun, booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sammyboyy (69) - Shawinigan, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
Une bonne bière de Noël. C’est une bière assez épicée, on goûte beaucoup la cannelle, les petits fruits, Une robe bronze, rappelant les statues rappelant la troisième position lors de tous les compétitions sportives.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamaty (1614) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2015
Marrón, ambar oscura. Translucida. Espuma poco persistente, pero dejando una fina capa. Aroma especiado, y también caramelo. En boca es compleja y completa. Envuelto en un calorcito muy agradable, recuerda a las mejores dubbels belgas. Caramelo, madera, especias, canela, galleta.... Cremosa y bien de gas. Muy buena.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franckg (775) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
Version 2014. Arômes de sucre à la crème, eau d’érable et bananes mûres. En bouche, goût de sucre à la crème et baies rouges. Le malt de blé est bien présent et donne une saveur de sucre candi. La texture est légère, douce en bouche. Effervescence moyenne et manque peut-être de rondeur.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Juju07 (3) - - MAR 7, 2015 does not count
Une bière superbe avec des arômes extraordinaire...à consommer en tout temps malgré son nom :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2015
60 cl bottle. Pours hazy orange to brown with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet and caramelish. Bitter and toasted malty. Dry finish. Light nutty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (9806) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
Draft - Caramel, Christmas spice and some dark fruit. Clear copper with a decent beige head. Caramel malts, light spice, marzipan and some orange. Malty and not as spiced as nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewGoblin (631) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
As long as TdD keeps batting them out of the park, I will be in the parking lot at a classy tailgate party waiting to catch them. She’s a pretty lil’ number, some yeasties floating about in a ruddy dark amber body capped by a creamy and yet fizzy off-white head. Wonderfully spicy without being spicy, my guess is that it is owing to a fine Belgian species putting in work in the heat. A balance is struck between bitter and sweet, caramel, faint bubblegum and lightly buttered whole wheat bread poking about provide a smooth backbone here. Cinnamon, coriander, black pepper and herbal ju-ju pounce on the opportunity to keep the scales level. Fine enjoyment comes from the fact that this brew isn’t super dry and highly carbonated; instead, a velvety but effervescent texture coats the innards. Grab three, drink two and cellar one. Repeat.

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