Willow Gose – Le Trou Du Diable

Gose – 4% – De Shawinigan, Mauricie.

Gose – 4% – From Shawinigan, Mauricie.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 3.91/5

Dense hazy shiny dark straw color with no visible activity. Slightly foamy white 1-2 finger head, lasting around 2 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of sweet grains dominant wheat, cabbage, cranberries, and floral hops. Slick full body with high crispy carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, sour tart feel with a bit of straw. Vegetal, salty and flowery with a hint of wood and cheese. Real good freshness. One of my favorite Gose with a much more refined taste than usual. Very well balanced and deep complexion. Overall excellent quality craft.

Shawi Beach IPA – Le Trou Du Diable

IPA Américaine style West coast, 6.5%, de Shawinigan, QC.

West coast American IPA, from Shawinigan, QC.
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.16/5

Pretty clear, slight haze, dark straw color with lots of activity. Gets cloudy with the yeast pour. Frothy and creamy faint beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with generous legs. Flavors of pineapples, grapefruits, lemon, pine, pepper, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium body with zesty and sharp carbonation. Medium to strong finish, highly tropical, a bit leafy and piney and clovey on the tongue. Though it’s well intensified, very fresh and ends quite clean. Low buttery feel and maillard effect, still highly sugary. West coast kind of IPA, delicious and filling, I enjoy this a lot ! Overall excellent quality craft.

Dubaï Pillée – Le Trou Du Diable

Double IPA fumée et très fruitée, 9%, de Shawinigan, Québec.

Smoked Double IPA, 9%, from Shawinigan, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.05/5

Deep hazy and veiled dark gold going for amber, with a thick haze of floating yeast, and low activity. Gets highly cloudy when you drop the yeast. Dense creamy and frothy beige 3-4 finger island head, lasting around 20 minutes, with faint legs, but generous lacing. Responds well to the swirl. Flavors of butter, passion fruits, grapefruits, mangos, cherries, berries, roasted barley, peppercorn, toffee, soft oak, and dry leafy herbal hops. Silky and lightly creamy medium to full body with soft prickly carbonation, more with a long sharp crisp that lingers. Very strong finish, vinous dry and almost sour, astringent tongue coat moderately long though, leafy and almost earthy mixed with tasty bread. Great example of good balance; it’s powerful while still strangely refreshing. It’s harsh and coarse but I still enjoy it. It leaves an interesting smoky effect on the tongue, zesty tropical fruits with caramel barley. Probably too yeasty, and not much accessible. But it’s quite tasty with an inviting smell and lots of complexity. And the body is really pleasant. Kinda like a cross between a barley wine and a DIPA, not the usual kind but I think this is interesting. Overall excellent quality craft. Good stuff as usual from Trou du Diable thank you.