La Buteuse – Le Trou du Diable

O’hare’s Beer Club February 2014 Box

From Shawinigan, Quebec’s Le Trou du Diable comes their “La Buteuse” a Belgian Triple.  The beer pours an amber colour with a creamy champagne like white head.  The aroma consists of fruits, spices, sugar and sweet malts.  The flavour is of fruits, spices, yeast, hops bitterness, citrus rind, sugar, honey and an alcohol warmth.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 30.  This is a great Belgian Triple and I will be buying it again in the future.

Commercial Description (Translated from French):  Amber beer topped with a rich lather. Her dress full of fine champagne bubbles leads with her perfumes sugar and exotic spices. The whole is supported by the warmth of the alcohol and its intoxicating scent.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Honey glazed ham, shellfish, Thai Dishes

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L’Imperatrice – Le Trou du Diable

From Shawinigan, Quebec’s Le Trou du Diable comes their “L’Imperatrice” an Imperial Stout aged in American bourbon barrels.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla and whiskey.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke, dark fruits, berries, oak and some mild funk at the end.  The alcohol content comes in at 9%.  This beer is not one to toy with but my oh my is it drinkable!  Look past the sticker shock and pick yourself up a bottle!  You will not be disappointed!

Commercial Description poorly translated from French:  This imperial stout aged in American bourbon barrels shows hints of malt grilled on bottom of coffee, chocolate and vanilla caramel. The mouth, velvety and sweet, is supported by a sagacious presence of alcohol that gives it looks like a fine liqueur. This stout is brewed to high density and strong hopping since once, he had to make long road towards the Basque country and Russia, where it was highly prized by the Imperial Court. Aging was Bourbon does that add to the complexity and richness of what all the sovereigns, regents, monarchs, tsars and emperors in the soul dream of drink.


Dulcis Succubus – Le Trou du Diable

From Shawinigan, Quebec’s Le Trou du Diable comes their “Dulcis Succubus” a saison aged in noble rot wine barrels with brettanomyces added.  This saison brett pours an Orangey/amber colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, funk, fruits, grapes, sweetness and an earthy finish.  The flavour is of malts, yeast, citrus rind, grapes, pineapple, brett funk, pepper, sourness and some honey.  The alcohol content comes in at 7%

Commercial Description:  Six months of maturation in oak barrels from white wine Californian botrytised gives this beer a complex nose resembling flower honey, vanilla, Apricot and leather by the addition of yeast.  Translated from the latin, Dulcis Succubus means “sweet succubus. A succubus is a demoness in the charming appearance of woman taking advantage of sleep to seduce and die for men.  (English Translation from French)


Shawinigan Handshake – Le Trou Du Diable

From Le Trou Du Diable out of Shawinigan Quebec comes their “Shawinigan Handshake” a Weizen Bock.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma is of malts, fruits such as orange, banana and lemon, wheat and spruce.  The flavour consisted of malts, yeast, rind, orange, banana, lemon, pepper, spruce, wheat and bitter hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  This is a very tasty Weizen Bock that matches up with the great label.

Commercial Description:  “A proof is a proof”  The 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.  Bottled with the approval of the Little Guy from Shawinigan, the Right Honourable Jean Chretien, this beer reflects the sharp sense of humour of this legendary political figure.