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

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RATINGS: 147   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fellebag (873) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle 50cl. White head disappearing, color hazy amber. Good carbonation. Medium body, gelly texture. Aroma of prune, blackberries, pine resin and honey. Roasted. Flavour of sugar, rum and dried apricot. Very sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPad

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3340) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Pours to a deep mahogany body with a foamy white head. Aroma is honey and Christmas spice. Flavor is sweet and Christmas spice with earthy malt. Medium bodied and sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 Bottle brought home from Vinmomonoplet Vika, Oslo. A tall lightly tanned cream head , atop a clear reddish-brown head. Pretty nice aroma of freshly cracked hazelnuts. Notes of jammy berries and something perfumey. Taste is sharpish spicy/herbal with a light sweet malt base. Grainy and nutty endnotes.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Aaron68 (608) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2013
500 ml bottle from "Vinmonopolet Majorstuen" Beer @ home, March 07,2013 Beer from a tulip glass Copper in color. Carbonation on the top end Aroma is sugary,malty,some fruit and a bit alcohol. Sweet beer with a slightly bitter finish. Ok beer,but nothing to rush after in my opinion.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneevel (71) - - MAR 8, 2013
Pours a reddish copper brown with some white lacing. Discreet aromas of malt, fruit, banana. More lively on the tastebuds, lots of licorice, more banana, dried fruit and some herbs. Nicely complex. Some booziness on the finish works just fine in this kind of beer. I liked this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6227) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2013
Sweet, spicy. cardamum, cinnamon. Christmassy, quite all right, but there is no need to ship stuff like this around the globe.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (8038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2013
Bottle 500ml @ home
Pours clear amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, bubblegum, caramel, floral and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a warm and fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esp0r (2057) - NORWAY - MAR 7, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Manglerud enjoyed at home
Amber red, thin tanned head with nice lacings. Smells of roast, banana, yeast and some hops. Heavy sweet, very malty, dark fruits and yeast. Moderate bitter, earthy bitterness. A quite belgian style from the new world

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Simonsen (702) - NORWAY - MAR 3, 2013
0.5 l flaske kjøpt på vinmonopolet holmlia. Brun mørkrød farge med litt skum i kanten. Gusher,Mye kullsyre , sprutet ned hele kjøkkenet i det jeg åpnet flasken. Smaker malt,karamell,honning,rosin,plomme,kanel,kardemomm Veldig lettdrikkelig. Kunne gjerne hatt enda litt sterkere alkoholprosent for å få en varmende alkoholsmak på toppen.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13946) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle. It pours a deep amber to chestnut colored body, not entirely clear. A dense, finger-thick, light beige head sits patiently on top. The aroma is lightly perfumed and flowery, with banana esters and malty sweetness in the back. Some bubble gum and a faint spiced hint too. And the alcohol is detectable as well. It’s lightly warming on the palate, with caramel, bread and some sweetness as a foundation for banana and some bubble gum and spicyness. Cardamom and cloves I think it is. It’s full-bodied, quite effervescent and warming on the palate. Some bitterness shows up in the end, but it’s mostly the bready, caramel sweetness and banana that runs the show. Quite lasting finish. A fine beer indeed, although a bit on the sweet side. Reminds me very much of a weizenbock with hints of Belgian-style sweetness. Think I’ll have to buy more of this one. 130303


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