Le Trou Du Diable Shawinigan Handshake
Reviewed by Brady White on October 19, 2015 in Autumn Guide
- 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 !!
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).