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

tielord's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tielord (60) - Quebec, - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle 500ml. January 29th, 2012 Dark ruby beer with fast disappearing head. Spicy herbals aromas, tastes of gingerbread, nuts, dattes and brown sugar. Complex mix aftertaste of theses. A really good brew for the cold winter nights. Rating #40

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (419) - CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Pours clear deep amber with one finger of dense light tan head, good retention, minimal lacing. (4/5) Nose is toffee caramel, dark fruit, cinnamon and other spices, herbal leafy hops in the background. (7/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, moderate bitter, mild spice. (7/10) Medium body, moderate sustained carbonation, and a slightly sticky, mildly spicy and bitter finish. (3/5) "The Ribaldry of Christmas," huh?. Guess that explains the nekkid ladies on the label. The spices tend to dominate, making it a fairly standard winter warmer, albeit with a bit of Belgian character and a well-integrated ABV that emerges only as a gentle warming as the bottle progresses. The smoked peppers start to become apparent after a while as well, adding to the “warmer" characteristic. A bit sweet, but I guess that’s to be expected for the style. Decent enough, if a touch pricey. (14/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (4643) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Hazy dark amber with a nose of honey and light spruce. Nice smooth flavor of honey and leafy hop tone with a Belgian-English dustiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (715) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle 600 ml. Pours ruby red with quickly disappearing beige head. No lacing. Aroma: spices, peppers, cinnamon, liquorice, candies. Taste: liquorice, spices, candies. Strong carbonation. Not too heavy. Excellent balance. A really good Christmas Beer from TDD!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5087) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a clear orange color with a small white head. Aroma was notes of caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon. Some dried fruits. Flavor was nice cinnamon, with caramel malts. Some light coriander. Very seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3652) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
On draft at ChurchKey DC. Pours a cloudy brown with an ecru head. Aroma of christmas spices. Flavors of banana and bubblegum. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
remice2 (137) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Très belle bière de Noël, super douce et bien balancé,goût de caramel,pain grillé,une cannelle très timide , avec une présence de cardamome et de piments chauffe l’arrière gout , qui dure dans une petite final chaude et réconfortante , bonne bière d’hiver

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LarryBeast (536) - - DEC 13, 2014
650ml bottle. Prunes, dark berries, orange peel, banana, bubble gum, cane sugar, cloves, coriander. Lovely Belgian yeast prevails, generously hopped, strong caramel malt. Lots going on and leaning maybe just a touch too sweet and Christmasy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (808) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
Couleur du caramel sombre avec un col moyen beige foncer. L?arôme du caramel et malt. Le goût est du caramel et malt avec un peu d?épices (du poivre) et une finition peu amer et bien équilibré.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
twistedtxb (17) - - DEC 6, 2014
Bouteille de 600ml. Arôme d’épices de Noël avec goût d’épices très présent sans prendre trop d’espace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6982) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Clear darker red color. Thin off-white head. Decent kind of loose splotches and ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. A bit more soft and dry than other belgian strong ales. Some dark fruit, winter spices, some herbal earthy characteristics. Pleasantly toasty, some cinnamon. Hint of cold medicine. Moderate-plus bitter taste, light to moderate sweet, more dry taste in the finish, kind of spicy. Solid, different take on a belgian strong ale. Spicier and more on the dry side, with a tingly texture to the carbonation.

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