Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
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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fonefan (49437) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2013

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium to dark red amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, sugary, spicy. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, christmas spices, sugary. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130629]

yespr (45508) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2015
60 cl bottle. Pours hazy orange to brown with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet and caramelish. Bitter and toasted malty. Dry finish. Light nutty.

Travlr (24930) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle at Churchkey. Clear deep amber color, fine beige head. Aroma of acetone which clears, then ruby port. Taste is sweet prunes and light spice. Nice.

Rasmus40 (21009) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy reddish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, candy sugar and berries. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 290613

fiulijn (20516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle from Legacy Liquor, Vancouver
Pours a beautiful clean dark amber color with generous compact head; slowly gushing, probably the first time it hallens with a Le Trou Diable beer. Aroma of bread, maybe some rye bread, caramel, very light spices (stollen). Soft mouthfeel, lean; some malt and caramel flavor; the light spicy profile tends to provide some soapy feeling, very light star anise; relatively low bitterness. Traces of yeast and esters.
Not impressed by this one, the base beer doesn’t have notable qualities and the spices don’t make things better.

saxo (18659) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, candy sugar, malt and hops.

mcberko (17854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
600mL bottle, pours a cloudy dark amber with a medium beige head. Aroma brings out Belgian spices, bready malts, and some spicy hops. Flavour is similar, with lots of dry and spicy notes, revealing clove, dry bready notes, and spicy hops. Pretty well-balanced and drinkable, with a dry and spicy finish. Solid stuff.

Oakes (17699) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
Amber-brown, touch of haze. Light spice, caramel, sweetish character, with light fruit, dash of drying alcohol.

chrisv10 (17474) - DENMARK - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. Hazy dark amber/brown with small tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits, caramel and toasted. Flavour is malt, caramel, yeast, dark fruits, medium sweet, spices, toasted, hop and a little bitter.

yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle. It pours a deep amber to chestnut colored body, not entirely clear. A dense, finger-thick, light beige head sits patiently on top. The aroma is lightly perfumed and flowery, with banana esters and malty sweetness in the back. Some bubble gum and a faint spiced hint too. And the alcohol is detectable as well. It’s lightly warming on the palate, with caramel, bread and some sweetness as a foundation for banana and some bubble gum and spicyness. Cardamom and cloves I think it is. It’s full-bodied, quite effervescent and warming on the palate. Some bitterness shows up in the end, but it’s mostly the bready, caramel sweetness and banana that runs the show. Quite lasting finish. A fine beer indeed, although a bit on the sweet side. Reminds me very much of a weizenbock with hints of Belgian-style sweetness. Think I’ll have to buy more of this one. 130303

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