Bella Ciao – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

Bella Ciao – Le Trou Du Diable in collaboration with Birrificio del Ducato, 5% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)

on the back label:

Per onore di giustizia l’istinto travolge la prudenza. (To honor of Justice instinct overwhelms prudence.)

Bella Ciao is a collaborative beer resulting from the strong friendship and shared commitment of Trou du Diable and Italian brewery Del Ducato in fighting to re-establish beer’s status as a noble libation.

This hymn to resistance celebrates the virtues of a co fermentation of white and seasonal yeasts. The nose features strong aromas of lemon zest and spices dominated by crushed black pepper. The notably dry palate is rounded by a finish of gentle notes of oats and New Zealand hops, which reveal strong hints of citrus.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, malted oat, malted wheat, hops, yeast.

  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Dry grainy barley malt slight-banana lemony more dry hay medium bitter hop
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 (after 10% off) – 600ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good, but not super good

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). Pours translucent bright straw yellow with a smallish head, spotty 1mm retention, very active fast streams all around.

Nose: lemony pineapple-banana wheat malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: tingly-full fizzy crisp bite, citrusy impression

Mid-palate: grainy-light barley malt, banana wheat malt, (lvl-2-sweetness), oat thickness, airy-bloatedness, lemon oils, slight black pepperiness

Finish: dry hay hopped medium bitter, mild pineapple wheat malt exhale

Summary: I can taste the quality in the mouthfeel and nuanced citrus hops and lively fermentation, but the dry grainy malt becomes tiresome 2/3rd’s through the bottle. Good, but not super good.