Le Trou Du Diable La Grivoise De Noël

Reviewed by on November 27, 2014 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Le Trou Du Diable

  • Origin: Shawinigan, QC, CA

  • Rated On: November 26, 2014

  • Best Before: Bottled July 10, 2014

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Le Trou du Diable is a brewery from Shawinigan, Quebec, who take their name from a local cave formation – the “Devil’s Hole”, in English.  La Grivoise is their Christmas ale, which falls along their typically cheeky pattern for naming their beers – here, perhaps it is time for a wee bit of the ol’ ribaldry – yeah.

This 600ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange brick amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some streaky Wile E. Coyote cliff lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, sort of acrid earthy yeast, muddled dark berry flesh, a suggestion of dry nougat, a clove/coriander and white pepper spice character, and soft alcohol esters. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, brown sugar, mildly tart black fruit, a hint of spicy, peppery wheat, biscuity honey cookies, mixed savoury seasonal spices, and a well-behaved metallic booze warming. The carbonation is rather actively frothy and in your face up front, before settling thereafter into a dull roar, the body actually on the light side of medium weight, and generically smooth, the yeast and spice kind of doing a drive-by neutering. It finishes off-dry, the brown sugar and caramel malt both guarding the door, but with a certain elan, rather than a sledgehammer of sweetness.

Definitely more of a laid-back and subtle dose of Belgian-style strong dark ale (a common Christmas base beer) – the typical flavours are all there, but not so much, y’know? Perhaps the proclaimed ribaldry of this offering is illustrated in that – dial everything back a notch or two, including the ABV. What sort of charlatans are these?

Brady White

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