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


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RATINGS: 144   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Aaron68 (572) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6067) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7579) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esp0r (1974) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Simonsen (641) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13525) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (4788) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle. Red copper colour with a dense beige head. Sweet and spiced fruit aroma. Quite a lot spices in the mouth, some aniseed, definitely on the sweet side. Not quite there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5260) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours clear deep amber with a tiny white head. Aroma is malty, caramel and fruit. Taste is sweet prunes, spices and caramel. High carbonated, ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of cinnamon, clove, cola, orange peel. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Pleasant and clean but not very exciting or particularly satisfying to drink.

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