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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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2013

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium to dark red amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, sugary, spicy. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, christmas spices, sugary. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130629]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle from Legacy Liquor, Vancouver
Pours a beautiful clean dark amber color with generous compact head; slowly gushing, probably the first time it hallens with a Le Trou Diable beer. Aroma of bread, maybe some rye bread, caramel, very light spices (stollen). Soft mouthfeel, lean; some malt and caramel flavor; the light spicy profile tends to provide some soapy feeling, very light star anise; relatively low bitterness. Traces of yeast and esters.
Not impressed by this one, the base beer doesn’t have notable qualities and the spices don’t make things better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13851) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13346) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Draft. Large white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/orange peel, Belgian yeast, coriander. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, Belgian yeast, some orange peel, coriander, light grapefruit. Medium body, light acidity, alcohol well contained.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10908) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Pours hazy dark copper amber with a 3 finger creamy /fizzy beige head. Nice aroma of xmas spices - no one spice seems overwhelming - could be cardamom standing out. Med body. It’s nearly creamy. Flavor is very spicy, and there’s a very strong Belgian yeast/spice aspect. Esters of banana/pineapple? Dark malt/dark fruit throughout. Seems to have a touch of chocolate as the flavors wash away. It heads towards dry - but doesn’t quite get there. It’s a little bit earthy in the finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (10875) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (10842) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (10574) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle at Churchkey. Clear deep amber color, fine beige head. Aroma of acetone which clears, then ruby port. Taste is sweet prunes and light spice. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (10430) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour is spices, roasted malt, sugar, alcohol, caramel, dried fruits. Nice beer.


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