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


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2015
Backlog time. Rated May 25, 2013 at Volo, bottle. Clear bright deep burnt brick red with a solid creamy/fizzy tan head. Aroma of alcohol, tart fruit, middling roast - frankly not all that porter-like, reminded me as much of a Flemish sour, some vinegar. Taste follows, less vinegar, more tartness and fruit, the roast emerges more in the flavour, some cocoa. Average body, nice and airy, sour and dry in the finish - odd, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5833) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5578) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5195) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Shared with friends at the brewpub. Thanks to minderminder for this one! Dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of red wine, red apples, cherries, raisins, brettanomyces and slight roasted and chocolate notes. Some oxidation notes(?). Taste is moderately sweet with decent sourness, red wine, slight roasted notes, brettanomyces, cherries, raisins and chocolate. Medium body. Vinous mouthfeel. Really strange beast here, it’s not your typical Porter! I’m impressed that they were able to do something that good for that kind of beer. But even with DDC’s and TDD’s magic, it’s impossible to make a great beer out of such a mix. Interesting, but not one that I’ll seek if it’s become available on shelves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (4745) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
(Winter warmer mtl 2013): Petits fruits, café, une touche de verdure, le brett typique TDD au nez comme en bouche, belle balance. Rencontre trop brève.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3790) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3698) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3264) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3253) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
750ml bottle, consumed at DDC, dark mahohany color, with a creamy beige head, with a light red wine tannin, wet woody, wild yeast, faint musty sour cherry, raisin fruity nose, with a faint roasted, chocolate, toasted malt note, and a dark bitter chocolate baking bar accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice warmth red wine, woody tannic, earthy funky, bretty yeasty, light sweet balsamic vinegar character, with a kind of leathery, sweet and sour red cherry, raisin, faint vanilla oak, dark roasted malt flavour, leading towards a warming, earthy sour red berry, leatthery, tannic, red wine woody finish.

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