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Diabhal - Rabbit's Foot Meadery

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rabbit's Foot Meadery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fermented with traditional Belgian barley, yeast and candi sugar + generous amount of the finest honey.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-18-2008)
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3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Red Branch Diabhal: Belgian-style braggot, no head;

Appearance: cross between liquid honey and apple juice;

Smell: buckwheat honey, slight green tea;

Taste/Mouthfeel: faint hoppy bitterness, slight yellow apple, faint honey, very light carbonation;

Pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass.

TruePerception, Sep 01, 2013
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jreveles, Nov 07, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep amber into a duvel tulip with a monsterous and dense slightly off white head with excellent retention
S: smells sweet with plenty of fruity esters, a little yeasty, some honey aroma, and a bit of bready malt
T: sharp up front with some fruity ester flavor from the yeast, some apple skin, strong honey flavor at times, candi sugar, and a bit of alcohol. swallow brings more honey sweetness, another dash of fruitiness, and a slight bitterness. not a lot of malt in the flavor
M: high and prickly carbonation over a medium mouthfeel. slightly astringent finish
O: I can't get a feel for this beer. it has good complexity, an interesting flavor profile and a nice twist on the style. Carbonation is too high and the alcohol isn't very well masked. It doesn't taste bad either but the alcohol is far too apparent. It's tasty and it interests me but it isn't extraordinary.

SHODriver, Sep 27, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Here's an interesting pick I found the other day. Apparently a beer made by a company known for its mead. I've had honey-infused beer a long time ago, but I thought another chance should be on its way. Poured from a 16oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a strong amber color with very little carbonation overall. Didn't expect a head at all, to be honest, what with the high ABV and honey, but there was a little ring that persisted for quite some time. This looks a lot like your average DIPA, and its syrupy, dense appearance would no doubt make it readily disguised.

The aroma has some honey, but not as much as I expected. There's a brown sugar/caramel infused smell no doubt influenced by the malts, but there is a little bit of spiciness and sweetness that manages to creep its way through. I expected the honey to be more overblown here, but there isn't much going on other than the malt character, and perhaps the boozy character. Disappointing.

The flavor and feel, on the other hand, to make up for whatever seems to have gone lost in the aroma. While the initial flavor is malty, caramel-y, and slightly boozy as the aroma was, there's a honey flavor that manages to finally creep up in a rather playful way. First it tastes like a strong ale low on hops, and then, eureka! it fills the mouth with a warm, pleasant taste of honey that's as fresh as you'd like it. While the feel is quite astringent towards the finish, it's smooth overall and easy to swallow. It *does* seem a bit unbalanced overall, and I think the high alcohol is the culprit in this situation.

Was a worth a try for experimentation, but at $5.99 a bottle, I don't think I'll be revisiting this any time soon. The flavor is definitely the highlight of this beer, as I enjoy the honey cascade, but I might try their less stronger, seemingly more balanced "bière de miel" when I want to pick up another honey ale. Or, even better, try their meads, as they seem to know perfectly well what to do with honey!

magictacosinus, Aug 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

DeezGunz14, Nov 19, 2011
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2.28/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A thin layer of white head sits atop an orange, dark gold brew. Smells of sweet, almost sour fruit; grape, apple. Sweet candy sugar and a hint of toasty malt. Taste is sweet. I get some bready characters, fruit, candy, a little yeast flavor, and bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is middling, tending towards a thicker, malty feeling. More carbonation would be nice.

This beer was nice at first, when it was cold. It got pretty sweet when it warmed up a bit, and a bit overwhelming. I'm all for having complexities and hints of sweet flavors, but there is not nearly enough bitterness to even it out. This doesn't really fit with the style well due to the honey used in the process. I'm not a fan of honey or mead, but if you are, you'd probably like it.

Philousa, Oct 07, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appears cloudy red in color with a small off white almost tan colored head.

I smell a bit of a rich honey like flavor. I get a bit of a sour nose. There is a mild fruity Belgian yeast smell to the beer as well.

It tastes initially a bit sweet. There is pronounced, strong honey like flavor. I get a fruity smell. There is a mild citrus and grape like flavor. There is a mild semi-sweet bread like flavor. I get a bit of a Belgian yeast flavor but it is fairly muted by the strong sweet honey flavor.

There is a smooth mouthfeel to the beer and there is a low carbonation.

The drinkability is not bad. The beer is very easy to drink. It is very smooth and is not offensive. However I am not driven to have more than one glass of this ale.

Overall a pretty unique tasting beer. I am not sure how to grade this as this beer is so different than any I have had before. It is not the best beer but it is quite enjoyable. I enjoy the unique taste of this beer but it is not my favorite.

chumba526, Mar 07, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swing top 16 oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $5.49 Actually a nice slightly hazy bright copper hued ale with a small yet persistent off white head. Reasonable 'Belgian" type yeast aromas, slight barnyard, earthy..with a tinge of banana and bubble gum. Taste is mainlly malty with some hay and dough and clove. emi sweet i guess from the honey. Quite enjoyable on the palate..soft carbonation works well. Overall not bad at all. i certainlly enjoyed.

Reidrover, Feb 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oktoberfest orange with several streams of slow and steady carbonation leading up to a fluffy cap of golden beige foam that filled half the glass on a high-altitude pour. A BSPA with a generous amount of honey should be honey gold. More lace would be nice too.

The aroma is woefully underpowered. Guessing the correct style would not have been difficult if blinded, it would have been impossible. Sweeter than usual pale malts is the lackluster olfactory bottom line. An average score here is being kind.

Diabhal doesn't have much flavor either. On a good note, it does taste like a beer-mead mixture and the alcohol is masked pretty well. Unfortunately, the Belgian yeast is an underachiever and adds almost none of the typical golden fruit and spice of the style. Rabbit's Foot calls the beer tripel-like, but no matter.

To get a general idea of the flavor, think strictly average Belgian pale ale that is sweeter than normal, less hoppy than normal, and less yeasty than normal... with more honey notes than normal. There is nothing to get excited about here. Nothing at all.

Despite a relatively healthy escape of CO2 on crown cracking and an initial four finger head, it didn't take long for the beer to feel bubble-deficient. Things deflate quickly on contact, while staying just short of flat.

Adding a generous amount of honey to a BSPA/tripel sounds like it might work, but it did not work in this case. Diabhal ('Devil' in Gaelic) is way too wimpy and cookie cutter plain to make a positive impression. Pretty cool label, and the swing-top bottle is a nice touch, but that's where it ends.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 12, 2010
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2.23/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dark amber with only slight carbonation. When I opened the cap there was no perceptible sound, so I was relieved when I could see some bubbles as I poured.

Expecting honey and sweetness, the first sip is shocking. Very tart and peculiar. It is just plain sour, not tart but with a cidery note of bad homebrew. Not the "sweet 'n' sour" flavor I associate with bacterial infections. If this is any conceivable version of Belgian Strong Ale I would be surprised.

If you like Berlin style wheat, and you like your mead fermented dry to the bone and beyond, you might like this one.

mactrail, Sep 11, 2010
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2.35/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a weird find...It was stored in the mead and cider section of the store, not with the beer. Probably because these guys mostly purvey mead. This is damn interesting and halfway decent, which is to day it's not that good. Pours a rich dark amber, with some head and a lot of carbonation. Almost soda like, and I think it's the heavy "soda" qualities that ultimately bring this down a notch. Aroma is Belgian-y and sweet. Little or no hop character. Flavor instantly hits you as a Belgian strong ale - this is really a beer and not something else. The honey is very forward in this. It's almost cloying in its sweetness, but it is just the good side of too much. Spritzy in the mouth and a little too soda-ish. At $5.49 for 16oz of 8.2% brew, it's probably a decent value, but this is really a novelty only. Drink it if you see it, but maybe a half-pour.

SolomonGrundy, Jul 17, 2010
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Diabhal from Rabbit's Foot Meadery
77 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.