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


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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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5772) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle at DDC. A dark brown pour with beige off-white head. Vanilla and nuts blends nicely with sour characteristics. Strong vinous notes with evident bugs and red cherries. Flavor is mostly sour cherries and red wine. Vanilla and chocolate sweetness. This a very rare example of a succesfull dark sour ale. Dark malts aren’t too roasty or sweet and complement the sourness. It didn’t feel wierdto me as it did with other example of the style such as The Bruery Tart of Darkness or Jolly Pumpkin Madruga Obscura.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kavencharest (10) - - MAR 10, 2013
Une bière très originale qui est surprenante. Les brettes sont très présentes et c’est ce qu’on goute en premier, vient ensuite le goût du porter. L’alcool est très présent et je me suis demandé si elle ne serait pas meilleure avec 6 à 12 mois de vieillissement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
A ckear brown porter with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sour cherries over chocolate, wood extract, Brett, acids, intriguing. In mouth, a nice smooth sour cherry with coffee, chocolate, cork, Brett, complex and challenging. On tap at Hivernale, Feb. 23 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3905) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (8890) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2013
bottle at tdd’s brewpub. hazy, almost murky brown with a small light beige head, ok-retention. red apples, cherries, berries, red grapes, roasted notes, few burnt caramels, maple, vinous characteristics - minerals too, chocolate, pepper, hint of acidity - some lactic notes. soft carbonation, light to medium body - slightly lacking. vinous porter - maybe too much of syrah expresses itself in this brew. nice offering though, even if style seems somewhat misunderstood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5960) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (3036) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1817) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Cherries and raisins dwell within roastiness and dark chocolate before moving into a salient combination of tartness and yeasty wilderness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin ring of foam surrounds the darkness.
-Peppery alcohol adds even more complexity to the finish.
-I would have accepted more effervescence. Will see when I get my own bottle if the carbonation levels I got were a result of the bottle having been opened for a while at the festival...
-Mouthfeel was dry and filled with tiny bubbles, never anemic.
-Can’t wait to get a bottle of this for myself. The mouthfeel will undoubtedly be better when poured carefully into a better glass than the one we were using at the festival.

Sample from bottle at Hivernale des Brasseurs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
BiereLuc (1275) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Bière sombre des pronfondeurs. Nez hâtif et persistant de levures sauvages avec un peu de vin rouge et de balsamique. Ça promet! Sur la langue, la bière est assez mince, mais inconditionnellement goûteuse. L’acidité apportée par les Bret se mélangent parfaitement à un café doux avec une pointe fruitée... Un caprice rare pour les palais réservés.

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