Brewed by Le Trou du Diable (MolsonCoors)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Shawinigan, Canada


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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Dès que l’on zyeute la Grivoise, notre regard vient se noyer dans le sombre rubis du liquide. Aussi inévitablement qu’instinctivement, on plonge le nez dans un irrésistible parfum d’épices, aux accents de liqueur d’herbes, de petits fruits et de friandise qui nous fait succomber. Une étude approfondie de l’appareil olfactif, confirmée par les premières gorgées, révèle un complexe assemblage où se mêle réglisse, cardamone et piment fumé. Fort de cette découverte, d’une bouche qui n’en pouvait plus d’attendre, nous sommes récompensés par une finale suave et caramélisée. Tout au long de l’expérience, une chaleur d’alcool soutient chaque gorgée, appelant le dégustateur à sombrer, toujours un peu plus profondément, dans la grivoiserie.

2006 vintage - 9.5% ABV, subsequent batches 7.5% ABV.

European Beer Star 2013 - Bronze Award
World Beers Awards 2013 - Americas Silver
World Beers Awards 2012 - World’s Best Dark Belgian Style Strong
World Beers Awards 2011 - The Americas Best Strong Dard Dark Ale
European Beer Star 2011 - Silver Award
World Beer Cup Silver Award

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Oakes (18794) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
Amber-brown, touch of haze. Light spice, caramel, sweetish character, with light fruit, dash of drying alcohol.

shdougan (48) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
Christmas may have passed, but this bottle managed to maintain it’s residency in my fridge until now. Pours a fairly transparent ruby/copper with a large off-white head. Aromas of plum, dark berries, pepper, and caramel. There is a very sweet fruity flavor, along with some caramel malty-ness and a light peppery finish. Pretty refreshing beer and not your average Christmas ale.

manuelMTL (240) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Pours a dark, clear amber with a thin off-white head. Nose is caramel malts with some apple pie and candies. Earthy and herbal. Taste is sweet candi sugar, blueberries, spices with some nutty flavors and a light bitterness in the end. Medium to high carbonation.

swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
bottle, deep amber pour, fuller mouthfeel. Dark fruits, herbal, touch of holiday spice, burnt caramel. lots of flavor, nice holiday ale

simardsam (261) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
Cuivrée/rougeâtre, avec un beau col de mousse beige. Nez sucré, d’épices chaudes, de petits fruits rouges et d’alcool. Goût sucré de caramel, de malt grillé et une petite touche épicée. Douce, chaude et réconfortante.

Florya (2027) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
How: Bottle. Appearance:Clear dark amber, off-white head. Aroma:spices, cloves, herbs. Palate: medium to full body, light carbonation.

GenDV138 (7699) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4 ounce pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear golden brown with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit and herbs. Tastes of dark fruit, light herbs, caramel, malt. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

UXO (1922) - CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Pours clear deep amber with one finger of dense light tan head, good retention, minimal lacing. (4/5) Nose is toffee caramel, dark fruit, cinnamon and other spices, herbal leafy hops in the background. (7/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, moderate bitter, mild spice. (7/10) Medium body, moderate sustained carbonation, and a slightly sticky, mildly spicy and bitter finish. (3/5) "The Ribaldry of Christmas," huh?. Guess that explains the nekkid ladies on the label. The spices tend to dominate, making it a fairly standard winter warmer, albeit with a bit of Belgian character and a well-integrated ABV that emerges only as a gentle warming as the bottle progresses. The smoked peppers start to become apparent after a while as well, adding to the “warmer" characteristic. A bit sweet, but I guess that’s to be expected for the style. Decent enough, if a touch pricey. (14/20)

onceblind (10561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Hazy dark amber with a nose of honey and light spruce. Nice smooth flavor of honey and leafy hop tone with a Belgian-English dustiness.

BeerGolem (829) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle 600 ml. Pours ruby red with quickly disappearing beige head. No lacing. Aroma: spices, peppers, cinnamon, liquorice, candies. Taste: liquorice, spices, candies. Strong carbonation. Not too heavy. Excellent balance. A really good Christmas Beer from TDD!

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