Le Trou Du Diable Shawinigan Handshake

Reviewed by on October 19, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Le Trou Du Diable

  • Origin: Shawinigan, QC, CA

  • Rated On: October 19, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled August 20, 2015

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Weizenbock

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Well, today is Election Day in Canada, and after exercising your democratic right, one might suppose that it would be time for a few brews, to better deal with the minutiae of the ‘early results are in’ media jockeying.  And what could be more politically (incorrect) Canadian than to have a beer whose label shows former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien (a native of Shawinigan), throttling hockey commentary legend Don Cherry?

This 600ml (yeah) bottle pours a hazy, bright golden yellow colour, with two (choking) fingers of densely bubbly, yet loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of random streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of sharp, somewhat sour yeast, banana chips, a fairly dry grainy wheatiness, and leafy green spruce tips. The taste is quite hop-forward, with that Chinook spruciness hitting full-on, followed by a prominent black pepper spiciness, some middling, mostly ripe banana esters, subtle hints of clove and nutmeg, a further muted, muddled tropical fruitiness from the hops, and some understated, backbone-propping, and spicy in its own right, semi-sweet wheat malt. Nothing boozy seems to want to stick its neck out at this juncture. The carbonation is a wee bit pugnacious (uh huh), but mostly just frothy and lighthearted, the body punching at a medium-light weight(class), and tacitly smooth, in that ‘it sounds good at first, but kind of loses a fair bit of steam upon direct dissection’ sort of way, eh, Mr. Right Honourable? It finishes off-dry, the lingering evergreen hops and hefty banana-flecked wheat malt still in a waning struggle for my voting tastebuds.

Overall, a rather tasty weizenbock, bolstered further by the added kick of the west coast Yankee hops. So, a beer is a beer. What kind of beer? It’s a beer. A beer is a beer. And when you have good beer, it’s because of its beery goodness. Q.E.D. – tabernacle!  (Look up M. Chrétien’s explanation of what a ‘proof’ is, if you want to understand that last bit).

Brady White

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