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


on tap


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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (1368) - - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1692) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Les levures brett se décèlent dès le début. Un peu basse en effervescence, mais la saveur est exceptionnelle. Acidulée, notes vinées, pommes et raisins verts. Une liqueur rouge tirant sur le noir. Collaboration réussie entre le ciel et l’enfer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2927) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2013
Beer #10 at the 2013 Winter Warmer Montreal, on February 23, 2013. Very dark brown with a little red, no head. Barley aroma with lots of fruit, slightly sour. Barley taste the sour berries, hints of pepper, bitter sour fruit. A porter for adventurers, not for purist!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2013
2013-05-25. Crisp dark brown black body, ruby highlights and a modest tan head. Aroma is modest, lightly sour lightly dusty malt. 7+ Flavour is interesting, lightly tangy and sour up front. Muted dark roast and dusty touches to the malt throughout. 7+ Smooth average bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3+ Enjoyable but not really what I was in the mood for just yet. Relatively mild overall. Bottle at Volo, Toronto

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
Bar Volo feature. All the right bugs, and on a porter. A good blend, good drinkability. Lacy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7701) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Nice barrel aroma. Not even sure what this is but it’s nice. Some wine, some bread. Pours blackish brown with clear maroon. Finishes a little sour and some sweetness. Some funk, some roast malt here with light smokiness. Bottle at Volo for Zwanze Day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3256) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
750 mL bottle at a Trou du Diable barrel-aged tasting at Volo, served in a stem glass. Pours deep chestnut with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a trace of lace. The nose has flowers, Brettanomyces, sour fruit, red wine barrel and roasted malts. The flavour is moderately sour up front with fruity notes; subtle dry roasted malts emerge as it lingers on the palate. In the finish, hints of smoke and roasted malt emerge, reminiscent of the original porter. On the palate it is medium in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall a nice sour porter. Tasty and interesting. 2013-05-25

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
[5387-20130525] Large bottle. Mild yeasty grains aroma. Clear, dark brown red body with a medium-lasting off-white head. Sour roasted yeast malt flavour. Medium-full body. Tasty. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)

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