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


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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3015) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle - 500ml. I was amazed to find this one in a Vinmonopolet in the small town of Leknes, Lofoten Islands! Pours a nice, hazy copper body with a thin off-white foamy head. Robust malty/hoppy aroma with spicy, anise, and cinnamon hints. Its well balanced, relatively strong taste carries spicy, woody, and fruity notes. Ends with a long, warming bittersweet finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2134) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2013
500 ml bottle. Light brown and clear. Medium white fine head that clings to the glass. Estery delicate aroma with notes of apples, yeast and spices. Complex malty flavours and there’s a really special yeast profile in this beer, which I kinda like. Hints of vinegar and funk, but that works really well in this beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle from Hayduke. We had this together via facebook chat. This beer pours a deep brown and is opaque. A creamy beige head is not thick but is steady. I smell egg nog. There is cardamon in the flavor and perhaps that is what I was smelling. The flavor is complex. Fruit, yeast, chocolate, spices. A creamy feel is nice. Alcohol was not hidden. This was a nice beer. Nice complexity, flavor, and feel. I wish the ABV had been lower or hidden better. Still, this was kind of in my wheelhouse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3366) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Pours hazy dark and kind of a copper to amber with a good sized and creamy beige head. Nose of classic Christmas spices, with what I think is cardamon dominating Medium body with a little alcohol in the mouthfeel. Flavor is quite spicy, and there is fruit from the yeast....showing banana and pineapple Chocolate appears. The finish is somewhat dry and the spices go on and on. Almost earthy at this point. This is a very nice holiday ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1222) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle shared with ClubGonzo. Has a hazy mahogny colour with a small light beige head. A spicy aroma with leather, dried fruit, cardamom, fruity Belgian yeast and banana choclate. More banana and fruits in the flavours along with more spices, leather, wood, lots of sweet syrup and some dark berries. Has a slick and nice mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A sweet and spicy Belgian ale, and a good Christmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1407) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - APR 25, 2013
Appearance: Red brown, quite clear. Tiny bit of off-white head. Aroma: Fruit, prunes. Sweet. Taste: More fruit and prunes. Slight sourness and sickly sweetness. Info: 500ml bottle, 21/4-2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monk191 (928) - California, USA - APR 23, 2013
More boring then it looks. Pours a beautiful muddy red with a dark tan head. Smells of cherries and vanilla. Taste however, is a little bland. Very malty, a little too much, actually. Leaves a sweet flavorless aftertaste. Meaty, but not much cream filling. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palme (3365) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 22, 2013
0.5l bottle. Oh, it wants out of the bottle this, and it has a medium sized quickly fading light beige top and a clear dark nut-amber body. The aroma is somewhat sweet, lots of dark Belgian candied sugar, some glazed ginger, nuts and ft wood. Not horrible, but not to memorable either. It has a near lively carbonation level and the mouthfeel is what I would call sticky-oily. A bit sharp at first, lots of sweetness from brown sugar and ripe old fruits. It feels soft spicy, but I’m having a hard time finding the name of these spices. Also some good traces of alcohol here, both in the finish and aftertaste. Perhaps a bit to far out there on the sweet side, but it’s not tipping over. Not something I will remember way to long. Oh, it’s from Canada you say huh? I guess that doesn’t really help that either. 21.03.2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (6206) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 19, 2013
Gusher. Managed to catch and contain it, with some difficulty. Huge deep offwhite head. Deep amber body made hazy by lots of little floaties. Some carbonation. Spicy licorice and dried fruit aroma with seeds of paradise notes. Sweet banana and alcohol taste with peppery earthy notes. Fullish body. Mild, flat, slick mouthfeel. Dryish-sweet earthy spicy licorice aftertaste with alcoholic banana notes. Probably a good beer when in good condition, but after gushing it was not in top form. Also too alcoholic. (0.5l bottle, wine monopoly, web order.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (2733) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 17, 2013
50cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours dark amber with a small off-white head. Fruity and almost floral aroma with malt, caramel, dark fruits, (Belgian) yeast, caramel, spices and hints of alcohol and honey. Hints of some roasty notes too. Medium to full body with fairly soft carbonation. Quite sweet and the flavours are mild, but well balanced. Pleasant beer to drink. Decent winter warmer.

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