La Pitoune (Pils) – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

La Pitoune (Pils) – Le Trou du Diable, 5% ABV, 375 ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“The Pitoune Pils offers and intense aroma of grain and hops, topped with a rich, thick cream. The palate is both fresh and crisp, and the bitterness comes through with each sip for a refreshing experience.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: (unfiltered lager) Keller Pils
  • Taste: Tangy bright off-dry citrus grainy barley
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 (after 10% off) – 375 ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure
  • What made an impression: clean grainy barley with depth

Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours cloudy bright yellow-orange with a 1cm head, a thin layer of micro retention, a few microbubbles here and there.

Nose: musky apricot-pineapple malt, honey. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, smooth almost creamy CO2

Mid-palate: bright, light tangy, very grainy barley malt malt, dry (lvl-1-sweetness), hint lemon

Finish: apricot, subtle hop dry bitter, residual grainy

Summary: A fine balance of bright barley grain accented by slight citrus and subtle hops. This goes well with any meal. A fine lager, which I don’t particularly lean toward in preference.

Dubaï Pillée – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

Dubaï Pillée (Extra Strong Invasive Beer, IIPA)- Le Trou du Diable, 9% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“In 1954, Dubai was invaded and looted of its alcohol by extraterrestrials. Unfortunately, very few realize that the stocks are constantly diminishing… Their return is imminent.

Thus, we present this offering consisting of a beer with a white, lasting head, from which emerge fine exotic bubbles filled with predominant aromas of mango, passion fruit and apricot. Initially fruity, this beer features a well rounded and smooth a palate, punctuated with an alcohol warmth and a pronounced bitterness, which are both engaging in an ultimate conflict, therefore convincing the sceptics [sic] that the Great Invasion is coming.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Taste: toffee malt sweet slight apricot heavy alcohol
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.90 (after 20% off) – 600ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not in particular
  • What made an impression: overbearing alcohol

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 1 year). Pours rich golden orange with a fine 1mm lasting head, sticky lacing, very tight clustered micro active streams.

Nose: honey biscuity toffee barley malt, chamomile. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp-thicker, heavy malt with alcohol impression

Mid-palate: honey toffee malt, (lvl-7-sweetness) with some alcoholic heat, chamomile, tangy apricot

Finish: woody honey exhale, residual malty bittersweet

Summary: Drinks good at 17.5°C. Good body and flavour, but the alcohol detection is on the invasive side, making it too heavy after multiple sips. Not quite as tropical as the description.

 

Schieve Tabarnak – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

Schieve Tabarnak – Le Trou du Diable & Brasserie de la Senne Collaboration, 5% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“The Schieve Tabarnak! is a light, hazy blonde beer with greenish highlights. Brewed with rye and a selection of atypical hops, it has a very floral scent reminiscent of roses with a fruity aroma which culminates into a very long finish, leaving the drinker wanting for more. This collaboration with Brasserie de la Senne gets the first part of the name stems from a Brussel curse word (Schieven architeckt!, meaning twisted architect). The Quebec curse word of course speaks for itself…”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, rye hops, yeast.

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  • Style: Belgian Ale
  • Taste: complete sweet banana fruity sour tangy bitter finish
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.50 (after 20% off) – 600ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 1 year). Pours golden straw yellow with a ridiculously massive initial 90% head, thick retention, a plethora of singular tight streams.

Nose: sweet thick banana wheat malt (though no wheat) with floral nuances. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, sweet-sour impression

Mid-palate: sour-tangy undertones, (lvl-3-sweetness), ripe banana, controlled soft pukiness, pineapple-lemon curd

Finish: wheat malt exhale, stealth subtle hopped bitterness

Summary: A complete balance of sweet, sour, tangy, fruity, malty AND bitter. Great complexity and drinkability. Recommended.

 

La Divine Comédie Wit Pils du Purgatoire – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

La Divine Comédie Wit Pils du Purgatoire – Le Trou du Diable & Dieu du Ciel! collaboration, 5.4% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“Cette Wit-pis <nouveau mondes> est la seconde collaboration de la série Purgatoire entre les brasseries Le trou du diable et Dieu du Ciel! Il s’agit du’une bière voilée qui offre un nez malté aux accents de fruits de la passion et de mangues. La bouche offre une belle fraîcheur de blé suivi d’une finale exotique et mordante.”

(google translate):

This Wit-pis <new worlds> is the second collaboration of the series Purgatory between breweries Le trou du diable and Dieu du Ciel! It is a veiled beer that offers a malty nose with accents of passion fruit and mango. The mouth offers a nice freshness of wheat followed by an exotic and biting finale.

Ingredients: water, malted barley, rye malt, malted wheat, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: (wheat malt, rye malt) Pilsener
  • Taste: Biting bitter hopped slight tropical fruity rye-wheat-barley malt lingering dry hops
  • 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: 50/50

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 2 years). Pours cloudy orange-yellow with a smallish dissipating 1cm head, thin ringed retention with a spotty island, sporadic singular streams.

Nose: peachy wheat malt, hints of banana (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, dry hoppy fruity malt impression

Mid-palate: biting bitter hops, (lvl-2-sweetness), peach-mango notes, fruity barley-wheat malt blend

Finish: prickly rye malt, lingering prominent dry hopped bitterness

Summary: Overall quite quenching straight out of the bottle, but the hopped bitterness becomes a bit harsh as it warms. All around good quality texture, flavour, and composition.

La Blanche de SHAWI – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

La Blanche de SHAWI – Le Trou du Diable, 5% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“With its wehat-coloured opal hue, this beer draws a fine veil of foam lace with each sip. Its scent recalls citrus delicately spiced with coriander and lemon. The pallet [sic] is first touched by the fine sweet taste of wheat, which then alternates between sweet and sour and which concludes with a sweet and very refreshing tart.”

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

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  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste: plain banana wheat malt palate rough dryish
  • 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: no

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). Pours cloudy light unfiltered apple juice yellow with a smallish dissipating head, thin ringed retention, a mix of fast large CO2 sporadic streams as well as micro steady clusters. Large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: 70/30-banana/pineapple wheat malt, very slight pukey, a bit of peach. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, banana wheat malt rough palate impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), mild sour lemony funk, banana wheat malt

Finish: residual tart fruity wheat malt

Summary: Pretty standard, none of the flavours nor textures really grabbed my attention. Just average, and a bit disappointing coming from Le Trou.

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.

Shawinigan Handshake – Le Trou du Diable – (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

Shawinigan Hankshake – Le Trou Du Diable, 6.5% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


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on the back label:

Shawinigan Handshake is a hazy, peach-coloured beer with notes of bread, banana and spruce, reflecting the flavours of German yeast and Chinook hops. With explosive effervescence, the palate first evokes flavours of banana followed by a dry, spruce finish.”

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

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  • Style: Weizen Bock
  • Taste: Bright banana wheat malt subtle bready barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.50 (after 10% off) – 600ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). Pours almost clear pale light orange with smallish dissipating head, ringed retention, clusters of fast active streams.

Nose: light peachy banana wheat malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: smooth thick CO2, micro-tingly crisp

Mid-palate: bright fruity banana, (lvl-4-sweetness), pineapple grainy wheat malt, tangy light alcohol

Finish: bready barley malt, banana wheat malt exhale

Summary: Solid quality mouthfeel and a robust wheat-barley malt body. It made me feel bloated one glass in though.

La Saison du Tracteur – Le Trou Du Diable (Shawinigan, QUE, Canada)

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La Saison du Tracteur – Le Trou Du Diable, 6% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)

  • WBA (World Beer Awards) 2012 World’s Best Pale Biere de Garde/Saison Gold

on the back label:

“Opalescent beer topped by a generous head. The complex aromas of citrus and passion fruit immediately draw you in to take that first sip. The taste offers the same aromas as the scent with an additional flavour of spices that stem from the authentic Saison yeast. The result is a thirst-quenching beer that combines the ingenuity of the New World and the rustic character of the Old Continent.

Ingredients: water, malted barley, malted rye, malted wheat, hops, yeast.”

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  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: bubbly fullness yeasty banana wheat malt dry hopped coriander
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off) – 600ml., December 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure, worth a taste

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). Heftier than average bottle cap. Pours marmalade orange with a huge lasting super-duper foamy head, thick sticky lacing, clusters upon more clusters of fast activity.

Nose: fruity passionfruit-mango with some yeasty funk in the background. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: sharp-crisp-fizzy

Mid-palate: bubbly-fullness, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) malty, yeasty funk, banana wheat malts, lemon, coriander.

Finish: passion fruit exhale, coriander dryness, subtle soft hopped.

Summary: Fantastic body and mouthfeel. A good sipping refreshing summer beer, although somewhat bloating due to the huge carbonation.

La Bretteuse (Syrah barrel-aged) – Le Trou Du Diable (Quebec, Canada)

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  • My Rating: A-, 3.9 of 5 on Ratebeer.com

La Bretteuse (Syrah barrel-aged) – Le Trou Du Diable, 7.3% ABV – 750ml., (Quebec, Canada)

part of the back label in French:

“Le Bretteuse est une IPA vieillie 18 mois en barriques de Syrah californien envahies de brettanomyces. Il en résulte une bière trouble aux accents orangés dont le nez évoque l’eau de rose, le pamplemousse, la vanille et le cuir. En bouche, l’acidité et l’amertume s’engagent dans une longue valse nuptiale, véritable mariage des saveurs qui ne demande qu’à être consommé.”

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(google translate, being West coast Canadian, my French isn’t up to scratch..)

The IPA is Bretteuse aged 18 months in barrels of Syrah California overrun with Brettanomyces. The result is a cloudy beer with orange accents whose nose evokes rose water, grapefruit, vanilla and leather. On the palate, acidity and bitterness engage in a long bridal waltz, true marriage of flavors just waiting to be consumed.

  • Style: (Syrah) Barrel Aged Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Woody med sour apple sour barnyard grapefruit hopped caramel malts
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $26 (after 5% off) – 750ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: doubtful
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours deep copper brown with a magnificent ultra-creamy lasting head, superb sticky lacing, a thick layer of retention plus lots and lots of clustered streams. Awesome.

Nose: light barnyard with very woody pressed apple cider. Very clean nose. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp, tingly fizzy

Mid-palate: full-bodied, (lvl-5)-sweetness, light-sour + med tangy, (MAIN) super woody, orange peel, caramel malts, pressed apple juice, vanilla, mild alcohol detection

Finish: yeasty, grapefruit bitter hops and pulp, lingering woody malt hopped finish.

Summary: Excellent complexity, moderately palate-heavy. Great flavours going on; good with a meal. One-and-done solo beer. Le Trou Du Diable is a solid brewery.

La Buteuse – Le Trou du Diable (Quebec, Canada)

La Buteuse – Le Trou du Diable (Quebec, Canada), 10% ABV – 750ml, (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)

on the front:

“Cette biere exceptionelle, fermente grace a trois levures differentes, a vieillie quatre mois en fut de chene americain ayant heberge le brande de pomme de la cidrerie Michel Jodoin. On y retrouve un cote vanille, epice, torrene et animal. S’y melange aux effluves d’alcool chaud le caramel brule, la peche, l’abricot et le tabac frais. Une serieuse de degustation!”

  • Style: Tripel
  • My Rating: A
  • Taste Profile: fruity apple -> oaky brandy -> vanilla & maple -> lingering woody finish.
  • Where I got it: Firefly (?)
  • How much: $29, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours filtered apple juice reddish brown with a nice frothy head, micro CO2, some fast moving CO2 streams. Fresh pressed apple cider on the nose. A woody unfiltered fresh pressed apple juice up front, light alcohol, calvados, medium malts, cinnamon/nutmeg, oak, brandy,maple, vanilla,and a medium sweetness (7/10) in the mids, followed by a crisp semi-sweet, almost light salty & light bittersweet finish. Medium-high compexity, medium depth, great transitions, great carry, excellent drinkabiltity. My type of beer: fruity, oaky, and packs a punch.