Beer Review: Le Trou du Diable Mellifera

Brewery: Le Trou du Diable
Beer: La Mellifera
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 5%
Character: Brewed with about 60 pounds of local honey followed by a lactic fermentation.
Ratings: BA: 3.57 | Untappd: 3.54
Metal Connection: TROLLFEST – Apis Mellifera

BeerMetalDude Rating: 4/5

Hello, long time listener, first time caller here. That’s ow I felt when I finally got my hands on a beer from the Canadian brewery, Le Trou du Diable, or The Devil’s Hole. I have seen some of their beer over the interwebs, and I always wanted to get a hold of them. I as finally able to get this beer here. Such a fitting beer as I just popped this baby open on Halloween, also during Dia De Los Muertos. Let’s get into this beer, but first the label.

Our Lady of Luchadores. So, this beer’s label depicts a lady in calavera makeup, draped in a blue robe. She is holding a baby boy who is decked out in red wrestling tights, boots, and luchador mask. Obviously, I am not a very religious person, so I don’t know if the Virgin Mary image that this one is mimicking has a name or anything, but I think you can get the idea. She has a glowing halo around her head, and all that shit. I also want to point out that I love the raised Le Trou du Diable logo with devil tail etched onto the bottle. Great touch!

I used a snifter glass from St. Elmo Brewing for this beer. The appearance was a pale golden color, and on the initial pour, she was topped with a large 1.25 inch white bubbly head. No real retention, as the head quickly disappeared, leaving absolutely no lacing.

The aroma really does remind me of a Mead, as the brewery says in their description. There is a strong presence of lemon and sweet honey. There is an earthy mustiness, and barnyard funk that completes the aroma, but then it goes right back to the lemon and honey that lingers in the nose a bit after each whiff.

The taste is just like the nose. Strong lemon and honey presence. The earthy mustiness and barnyard funk show up within the body, mixed in with a light bready character. The aftertaste is back to that pesky combo of lemon and honey.

The body was very light and thin, with barely any carbonation present. The mouthfeel was slick and oily, which carried to the finish, leaving a mouth coating slickness in the throat.

Overall, I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer. This one can definitely cure a sore throat. I do wish this one had more carbonation and a thicker body. I think that would have put this beer over the top with my opinion. They definitely won me over with the beer’s label, and hit a triple with the actual beer itself. Almost a home run! Why am I talking baseball? Oh yeah, the World Series is on right now!

Metal Connection: Well I’ll be damned! Here is that weird ass band again, Trollfest making their second appearance on this site this month. The first time I used them on this site, I probably could have gone with another band, but I said what the Hell, I will probably never use these guys again, so I did at that time. This one couldn’t be more perfect. First of all, just look at the cover for the band’s 2012 full length album, Brumlebassen. It’s all about honey. In fact, the song used here for this Metal Connection is called “Apis Mellifera,” which translates to honey-bearing bee. How the Hell did this band actually make a perfect song to be paired on this site? The song loosely translates to being about bees and honey, and their colony. Seriously, just check it out for yourself. It’s not that bad of a song, and it really does fit perfectly here.

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