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

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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LarryBeast (579) - - DEC 13, 2014
650ml bottle. Prunes, dark berries, orange peel, banana, bubble gum, cane sugar, cloves, coriander. Lovely Belgian yeast prevails, generously hopped, strong caramel malt. Lots going on and leaning maybe just a touch too sweet and Christmasy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
Couleur du caramel sombre avec un col moyen beige foncer. L?arôme du caramel et malt. Le goût est du caramel et malt avec un peu d?épices (du poivre) et une finition peu amer et bien équilibré.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
twistedtxb (63) - - DEC 6, 2014
Bouteille de 600ml. Arôme d’épices de Noël avec goût d’épices très présent sans prendre trop d’espace.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (8155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Clear darker red color. Thin off-white head. Decent kind of loose splotches and ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. A bit more soft and dry than other belgian strong ales. Some dark fruit, winter spices, some herbal earthy characteristics. Pleasantly toasty, some cinnamon. Hint of cold medicine. Moderate-plus bitter taste, light to moderate sweet, more dry taste in the finish, kind of spicy. Solid, different take on a belgian strong ale. Spicier and more on the dry side, with a tingly texture to the carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11684) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Tap. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, yeast and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where are mixed with an interesting brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6701) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a dark amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, floral notes, fruity, mild spices, soft, almost soapy mouth feel, yeast, I can’t help but think that this is some fruity, floral thing right out of Bed, Bath and Beyond. Interesting beer, don’t know if I would do it again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
Pours a hazy brown with a small (and weak) head that leaves close to lacing. Aroma of banana bread and spices. Taste is fruity, full of banana esters. Mouth feel is silky, body medium. Carbonation is medium. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4614) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
600ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a 2 finger light beige head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is predominantly cinnamon with perhaps some allspice and cardamom. Taste is cinnamon with some caramel and dark fruit (maybe cherries) sweetness and a grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with generous carbonation. A pretty good Christmas ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8470) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, dark reddish copper pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cinnamon, clove, some ginger into some dark fruit, red cherry, some nice caramel, dark caramelized sugars, touch of yeasty spice. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, right into cinnamon, clove, allspice, touch of dark fruit with plum, candied raisin, some nice cherry notes into some slight apple but not tart, hints of nuts, some spice, finishing sweet. Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OOKPIKABLE (168) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2014
Pours brown with thick, dense, very bubbly head. Aroma of butterscotch, honey, cherries, leather and alcohol. Tastes of the same. Oily mouthfeel with lingering aftertaste. Really nice.


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