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

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (2981) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5292) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2698) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1223) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle graciously shared by Minderbinder, thank you good sir! Pours black, at least it looked pretty "porter-like" in that low light, brewpub condition. Nose contains quite a punch, with roasted notes buried under some red wine phenolics. Taste is semi-sour with medium sweetness. Flavor is over the top vinous, with a good syrah feel. It might be a bit unbalanced though but I’d have to go back and get a second taste since that day we had pretty much been brutalizing our tastebuds for 8 hours nonstop. Overall a nice and original creation by two of the foremost Quebec breweries!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1740) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4656) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5700) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 750 ml, dégusté à l’Hivernale des Brasseurs 2013 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Légère odeur de cerises sûrettes avec une pointe de fumée. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de cerises sûrettes avec une pointe de pommes vertes et de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #4796)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (776) - - SEP 15, 2013
Brown black pour with a modest head. Roasted malt, red wine, oak in the aroma. Taste is the same, also getting black liquorice, cherry, some funk here as well. Nice sipper!


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