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


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3318) - 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 (1150) - 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 (1362) - 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 (780) - 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 (3163) - 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 (6120) - 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 (2585) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (4939) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 13, 2013
500 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Kvadrat. ABV is 7.5%. Dark reddish brown colour, moderate off-white head. Sweetish aroma of herbal candy and liquorice candy, some Christmas spices. Malty sweet flavour with plenty of caramel, brown kandij sugar syrup and warming Christmas spices. Quite tasty, and very "Christmasy", despite becoming available here in March ...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1353) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
The beer pours a reddish mahogany brown with mild haze. The head is small and beige and fades to a ring of bubbles after a minute or two. The initial aroma is a tad boozy, but once I took a sip and stuck my nose in closer for a better smell, the alcohol presence blends into the mix of sweet malt, Belgian Christmas-y spicing and earthy yeast. Nutmeg, peppercorns, cinnamon, cookie dough, honey, gooey caramel, wood, raisins, figs, dates, candied plums and overturned earth. It’s warm and sweet. Kinda makes me think of eating fresh snickerdoodles and oatmeal raisin cookies next to a Christmas tree. It really just oozes Christmas in a Belgian-style ale way without getting cloying or overly spiced like many Christmas beers. More of the toasty, bready malt notes come out as the beer warms. The taste is similarly strongly holiday-ish - sweet, spiced and earthy/woody - without pushing any one note too hard. More honey flavor comes through than expected. It’s a warm, rich beer. Lots of malt flavor. There’s an unexpected hoppiness and a mild chalky note in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, though there is a bit of booze lurking around the edges. It’s mostly just warming, though. I had no real expectations with this beer, and happily, it turned out to be one of the best holiday spiced ales that I’ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (4307) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013

Appearance: Clear deep caramel brown color with a big tan head that leaves a nice lacing. The head ends up as a fine layer after a while.
Aroma: If I closed my eyes I could have guessed that it was a dunkel weisse. Lots of banana here. Also caramel malty, fruity and yeast.
Palate: Medium pluss body. Moderate sweet and a mild bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Sweet malty, fruity and a lot of banana. Yeast and a some warming alcohol. The alcohol is not disturbing.
Overall impression: Nice tasty and easy drinkable Belgian strong ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Oslo - Vika in Oslo, Norway.

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