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

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RATINGS: 160   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4238) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle, shared with Foffern. A Canadian craft beer! At last, in Norway. :-) Pours a deep ruby-hued hazy brown body with a medium white head. Nose is sweet bubble gum, candi sugar, Belgian ale yeast, cinnamon, clove, hints of aniseed and cardamom. Taste is raisins, Belgian ale yeast, banana, caramel, candi sugars, hints of clove, coca-cola and cinnamon. A bit cloying, but fair enough. Full, rich body and medium carbonation. Pretty good, all in all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (11988) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy reddish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, candy sugar and berries. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 290613

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11472) - DENMARK - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. Hazy dark amber/brown with small tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits, caramel and toasted. Flavour is malt, caramel, yeast, dark fruits, medium sweet, spices, toasted, hop and a little bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14243) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, candy sugar, malt and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1355) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
Si elle est un peu timide en finale et en apparence, la Grivoise de Noël réussit triomphalement sur tous les autres plans : les notes épicées (muscade, cannelle, bonbon au sucre cuit) et fruitées (baies rouges, cerises même) de ce breuvage rougeoyant sont absolument délicieuses. La qualifier de festive serait un peu cliché, pourtant son équilibre qui frôle la perfection est propre à mettre le coeur du buveur dans les meilleures prédispositions.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3120) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2157) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5074) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3473) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1304) - 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.


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