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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13525) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11820) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
Bar Volo feature. All the right bugs, and on a porter. A good blend, good drinkability. Lacy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10257) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (10089) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
On tap at Blind Tiger with Andy, Max, Nicole, Jen, and Dad. Pours a deep brown with a large tan beige head. Deflates a bit but still lingers. Sour acid on the nose. Tannins, wood, roast and cocoa. Tangy with soft old fruit, light acetone. Would be tough to drink two, but very tasty. Warming on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9729) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (8812) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8735) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (8553) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (8046) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Draft at Blind Tiger with Streets and the RB gang. Pours a black body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sour fruit, wine barrel, oak and very faint roast. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of oak, lots of wine, dark sour fruits, roast, and wood. A touch too sweet, but this is really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7563) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 750 ml, dégusté à l’Hivernale des Brasseurs 2013 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Légère odeur de cerises sûrettes avec une pointe de fumée. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de cerises sûrettes avec une pointe de pommes vertes et de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #4796)

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