Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Shawinigan, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Le Purgatoire, préambule aux joies de l’au-delà, est né d’une affection commune entre Le Trou du Diable et Dieu du Ciel ! Comme son nom l’évoque, il s’agit d’un porter à l’ancienne vieilli 15 mois en barriques de vin rouge envahies de levures sauvages. Son nez révèle d’intenses notes de gousses de vanille, de toffee et de griottes. Sa bouche, surette et traditionnellement peu effervescente, s’exprime par les mêmes accents sur fond de noix de Grenoble et de liqueur de café. Le Purgatoire, véritable processus de purification de l’âme, constitue pour tout amateur de bière un passage secret vers le paradis.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3277) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2013
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Sample, from bottle, tasted during Winter Warmer, savoured on February 22 2013; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of tan head; nose: cherry, sourness, wild yeasts, light woody; mouth: cherry, sourness, wild yeasts, light woody, sour finale in cherry with presence of wild yeasts, full body, average carbonation, mildly sour, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bouteille, bue lors de l’Hivernale des brasseurs, savourée le 22 février 2013; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse fauve; nez : cerise, aigre, levures sauvages, léger boisé; bouche : cerise, aigre, levures sauvages, léger boisé, finale aigre en cerise avec présence de levures sauvages, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement aigre, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
On tap at Blind Tiger with Andy, Max, Nicole, Jen, and Dad. Pours a deep brown with a large tan beige head. Deflates a bit but still lingers. Sour acid on the nose. Tannins, wood, roast and cocoa. Tangy with soft old fruit, light acetone. Would be tough to drink two, but very tasty. Warming on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidnyc29 (6) - - APR 25, 2013 does not count
Another complex and interesting beer from these brewers. Very light for a porter. And definitely more sour than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6153) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Draft at Blind Tiger with Streets and the RB gang. Pours a black body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sour fruit, wine barrel, oak and very faint roast. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of oak, lots of wine, dark sour fruits, roast, and wood. A touch too sweet, but this is really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Draft at Blind Tiger for the DDC event with Max, Andy, Jay, JRedmond and others. Pours deep brownish black with a reddish tinge with a compact tan head. Aroma is slighlty sour of dark fruits (cherries and raisins) and malt with lots of vinous notes. Taste is woody, oaky and vinous with notes of tannins. Tons of oak/wine in the flavor here. More sour than porter. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle - 750ml. Opaque black body with an average beige creamy/bubbly head. Robust hoppy aroma with malty, vineous, and citrusy hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Its complex, well balanced hoppy taste carries oaky, vineous, and plummy notes. Ends with a long, strong bitter/sour finish. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur noire-rougeâtre et opaque. Nez de levures sauvages fruitées (cerises sûres, notes de raisins vineux), moyennement boisé (fût de chêne vineux, bois humide), léger de malt rôti avec des notes de chocolat noir. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes vineuses. Goût de levures sauvages et fruitées légèrement aigres (cerises sûres, léger de raisins vineux, petites traces de pommes vertes) avec des notes boisées (bois humide) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute lentement et progressivement un léger goût de malt rôti et des traces de pain grillé puis en finale le goût boisé et légèrement plus présent (fût vineux) et est accompagné d’un léger goût de chocolat noir et des notes de houblon herbeux. Post-goût moyen-long, composé d’un goût légèrement aigre de levures sauvages fruitées (moût de raisins et de cerises) avec un léger goût de chocolat noir ainsi que des notes rôties et boisées. (20 mars 2013)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle (Hivernale): Poured a dark black color porter with a medium size light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sour cherry notes with lots of oak notes and some light dry roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix between some porter notes of chocolate and dry roasted malt offset by some cherry notes with quite a bit of oak and some tart notes. The sour notes are definitely stronger then the porter notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting concept though not necessarily a flavour profile that I would seek on a regular basis.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2480) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle 750ml. At TDD. Pours dark brown with very low beige head. Aroma and taste are of fruits, roasted malt, red wine, some bretts. Palate: medium body. Overall: I did’nt take much notes, but I’d say this one was good, but not as good as expected. Weird style, high hopes, etc. Still a nice one I’d recommand trying if it was affordable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4136) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle at DDC. A dark brown pour with beige off-white head. Vanilla and nuts blends nicely with sour characteristics. Strong vinous notes with evident bugs and red cherries. Flavor is mostly sour cherries and red wine. Vanilla and chocolate sweetness. This a very rare example of a succesfull dark sour ale. Dark malts aren’t too roasty or sweet and complement the sourness. It didn’t feel wierdto me as it did with other example of the style such as The Bruery Tart of Darkness or Jolly Pumpkin Madruga Obscura.

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