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Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
Style: Saison
Shawinigan, Canada
Serve in Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blonde opalescente coiffée d’une généreuse couronne de mousse. On trépigne en humant ses arômes complexes d’agrumes et de fruits de la passion qui dévoilent les prémisses d’une satisfaction future. La bouche offre les mêmes fruits, parallèlement au goût d’épices produits par une levure saison authentique. Il en résulte une bière désaltérante, combinant avec un charme certain le flair du Nouveau Monde et la rusticité du vieux continent.
World Beer Awards 2013, the American Best Bière de Garde, Saison: gold


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mortlach (1870) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 10, 2015
On tap @Buskers Pub (Rome). Pours deep golden with a medium and persistent white head. Aroma is fruity, peach, lemon, orange zest, light spices, amazing. Flavour is well balanced, medium to light sweet with a perfect bitter end. Medium body, medium carbonation. A great saison!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (2779) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden with a large fluffy off white head with good retention and lace. Fruity nose with raspberries, peach, lemon candy, honey. Flavour follows with some bread, hay and dry grass also. Medium body, some sweetness, lively carbonation, mild bitter and dry finish with lingering fruity notes. The carbonation is a bit too high for my preference, but otherwise pretty enjoyable tractor stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3001) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Wow, this beer restores my faith in Saison/ Biere de Garde/ Farmhouse styles again after the Saison Dupont debacle. Aroma is mainly yeast with some lemon/citrus. Flavor has some of that plus just enough malt sweet to balance and keep it interesting plus add body. The carbonation is perfect. Super drinkable. Outstanding suds!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
josanguapo (985) - SPAIN - OCT 20, 2015
From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Ikea’s pint glass. After dinner. Easy drinking, great aroma and tasty. The saison ive liked most so far. Hoppy and itchy.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tranquillity (1771) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2015
Draft. The aroma has hay, herbs and citrus. The taste however is spicy! It has ginger and kardamon. Really interesting!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kauge (1527) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 11, 2015
Tap at Bar Hop’s new place on St Peter, Toronto. Darkish opaque yellow with white head. Retention and lacing good. Oh no... Spicy bandaid aroma... Also flavour... But if I look past this - which is difficult - I get fresh sweet and sour fruitiness, and quite some funk. Carbonation active but rather pleasantly so, dryish finish. No, I didn’t really like this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6446) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy golden, large puffy white head, fluffy lacing. Aroma is quite dusty, hints of spiciness, hay, pepper. Flavor is dry, spicy and dusty, white pepper, mowed grass. Medium body, high carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_r (122) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
Robe jaune, au nez les senteurs d’agrumes dominent. En bouche c’est l’explosion de ces arômes d’agrumes, mêlé à des notes épicés. Une bière très équilibrée et désaltérante.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (2443) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Draft->stem at Partisan DC. Hazy gold with moderate fluffy white head. Yeast, grains, grass, citrus, floral spice. Dry. Decent saison, prototypical characteristics.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2015 Bottle from Malt Attacks. Since every serious brewery around the world seems to have or want a saison nowadays, I am curious to find out what this renowned Canadian craft brewery made of it. Warm peach blonde colour with orangey hue, completely cloudy from the start, under a frothy, beaten-egg white, irregular head losing volume quite quickly but retaining well on the edges and leaving a landmap-shaped veil over the liquid. Aroma of overripe mango, soapy starfruit, overripe pineapple, bitter honey, field flowers, dry white wine, straw, earth, something undisturbingly sulphuric, sundried tomato, pink pepper, cucumber, jute; there are quite some phenols at work here too, which become stronger and band-aid-like in the end, making this beer increasingly less pleasant to smell as the bottle progresses. Crisp, estery onset of redcurrant, mango and apple peel, fairly strong carbo, bit minerally, pleasantly bready maltiness with a caramelly touch, ending dry and hoppy as well as yeasty, earthy, peppery and refreshing, with some of the juicy malts coming through and yeastiness lingering in the back of the mouth along with a subtle dash of warming, gin-like alcohol which does not become too obnoxious. More or less ’authentic’ feeling representation of the style, these people managed to capture the elusive and hard-to-determine ’spirit’ of true Wallonian saison to quite some extent, but too phenolic to truly shine.


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