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

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common

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


marcus' rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6780) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle from Healthy Spirits, San Francisco. Pours amber with a decent beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a dry caramel malt flavor with a nice yeast presence and some tasty spices.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (4577) - 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.

3.9
   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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5069) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3637) - 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.

3.9
   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

3.5
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (802) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6962) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11084) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Tap. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, yeast and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where are mixed with an interesting brew.


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