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Andelot Cuvee Diabolique - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 08-15-2004)
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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light honey color with a foamy head that deposits lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Lemon, banana, pear and green apple tartness with a hint of candi sugar

Taste: Opens with a tart fruit aspect with underlying hints of candi sugar that becomes quite yeasty by mid-palate; after the swallow the spiciness of clove and coriander make an appearance and the finish is rather bready

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation; warmth from the alcohol in spades at the end

Drinkability: Although there are a variety of flavors and the beer is well-crafted, I can't say I really enjoy it; there is a harshness to the finish that is off-putting to me

brentk56, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 4th in the series of 'ique' beers that have recently been distributed to the area. The beer pours an intriguing solid yellow, and slightly golden color with a mild haze and very well headed. It holds the apprearace of lightness and airiness, and actively carbonated. Aromas abound with fruity (peaches, pineapples, lemons, and mangos) and follow up with a light berry tartness and pronounced alcohols. Light hopping adds a pepery note and an aged quality. The beer tastes quite sweet with the ripe summer fruits and lighter pilsner malts. Sweetness is checked by snappy spices of pepper and acidity. Increasingly tart as the beer flows into the finish. Sweet, but powdery to the palate with a mostly-dry, moderately-sweet finish, with an emphasis on warming alcohols. Could be the best of the Cuvee series.

BEERchitect, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well-bubbled brilliant gold beneath a monsterous head of aged ivory that filled nearly the entire glass after a standard pour. The cap is all kinds of sticky and is leaving gooey remnants of lace on the upper reaches of the glass. A second pour results in an even rockier, more dishelveled look. On the strength of the head alone, this one gets a big number.

Although it doesn't blow me away, the aroma is very nice. Pale malt stays in the shadows while fruit and spice shine. Diabolique is tangily fruity (pears, apples) as well as white pepper, cardamom and clove spicy. I'd like a little more verve and a little more definition, but all in all, I'll take it.

Like the nose, I'm not tempted to the describe the flavor as more than good. I'm amazed at how many good tripels are being brewed. Or maybe it's simply that this is my favorite Belgian style and, like IPAs, I tend to give them a great deal more leeway and a large benefit of the doubt. No question though, this is solid beer.

Diabolique isn't as fruity as some tripels, or as spicy, yet there's very little shortage of flavor. Dessicated lemon zest, Granny Smith apples and snappily tart, unripe pears swim in a white pepper and clove-flecked, light candi sugar syrup. Despite that description, I find myself reaching for a bit more complexity and coming up empty (the biggest reason why the taste score is in no danger of being nudged upwards as I drink). To be fair, the flavor improves with each passing ounce, especially in the bottom of the bottle.

Tripels, more than most styles, tend to vary widely in terms of sweet versus bitter-dry. This beer favors the former, but isn't far from the middle of that continuum. Even though the 8.5% is masked fairly well, a few more months in the bottle might tone things down that last little bit in terms of an alcohol presence on the palate. I'm noticing that the other flavors fade just prior to the finish, allowing a medicinal ethanol flavor to get a toe in the door. A minor complaint, but still...

I wish the mouthfeel would make up its mind between full-sticky and light-airy. It's somewhere in the middle and, therefore, feels uncommitted. The generous, and still vigorous, carbonation is right about where it should be.

De Proefbrouwerij may have been trying to capitalize on the popularity of Duvel when they gave Diabolique its name and its colors. In any case, this is a fine example of the tripel style that, nevertheless, doesn't have quite enough personality or distinctiveness to be counted among the world's best. It's still tasty stuff though.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's make no bones about this, this is clearly marketed to compete with Duvel. But in redemption of that, it's pretty damned good! It's not quite as refined, and there's more yeast character to it, but without tasting it side by side I'd say it's in the ballpark.

That said, it pours a mostly clear yellow-gold body with an orange cast beneath a full head of bright white that holds well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The head retention could be better, but it's certainly good. Slightly harsh. A bit of alcohol becomes apparent as it warms.

The nose is full and tempting, displaying a candyish malt with notes of subtle vanilla and wood.

The flavor is rich and full without overwhelming the palate. It starts with yeast and a touch of sulphur hitting the nose, followed immediately by the first actual contact of beer on tongue revealing a combination of fruit (pineapple, subtle grapefruit) and candyish malt.

NeroFiddled, May 27, 2006
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +1%

Slatetank, May 21, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a lightly hazy, straw-tinged, yet full gold color that is topped by a frothy, largish bubbled, initially three-finger thick, off-white colored head. The aroma is pleasantly fruity; a mix of tart plum, green apple, fragrant flowers and even a touch of musty earthiness. Citrus like aromatic notes make me think of lemon and orange zest; in fact the orange aromatics are quite present.

The beer has a zesty carbonation to it that provides an immediate prickly sensation as soon as it hits my mouth. It has a certain fullness to it, yet is definitely pretty light, and definitely easy drinking. Sweet grain notes accentuate an orange peel flavor that makes itself known throughout the flavor profile, though it does not linger on in the finish. Spicy notes of white pepper, and perhaps a note of astringent ginger mix with the carbonation to provide a sharp counter point to the malt and citrus notes. The beer finishes with a nice bitterness and a continued herbaceous astringency.

This beer is quite nice, I had written off this series of beers after trying the Angelique, but this has certainly restored my faith in these brews. Someone mentioned that there was a touch of Brettanomyces beer used in making this. I am not entirely sure this is the case yet, but this does have a touch of musty, lightly funky character that adds to the overall complexity of this brew. This is a really nice brew, selling for a great price at my local Trader Joe's; I just may have to pick up a couple more.

Gueuzedude, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a 750 mL bottle of Diabolique that I forgot that I had and found only as we were boxing up our home until a big move. I am drinking it chilled from a Chimay goblet.

A: The ale is a a deeper translucent yellow color with a thick fluffy white head does retains moderately and leaves a pleasant ring of lace around the glass.

S: The ale has a spicy peppercorn aroma that fades quickly into a sweet malt smell.

T: The ale has a peppercorn flavor that flows from the nose. The other spices are somewhat restrained but the beer does have a very caustic impact on the palate with a case of overcarbonation.

M: The mouthfeel is average with nothing memorable standing out.

D: The drinkability is average as well, with nothing that makes this beer shine.

akorsak, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear sunny golden brew with fine champagne like bubbles.

Smell is light and clean and fresh, smells of coriander and spring flowers and grasses. Mild honey notes in the smell.

Taste is sweet and fruity, clover and coriander flavors come through clean and bright. Mild bitter aftertaste and the aftertaste of honey. A nice perfume of flowers permeates this entire beer, it tastes like Spring. This is VERY similar to Duvel or Hennepin in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Ambrosia sums up the Drinkability. A tasty brew that hides the alcohol content completely. This is a brew in the same class as Hennepin or Duvel.

Zorro, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 750ml cork and caged brown bottle a somewhat beclouded light golden orange with a substantial bright creamy white head that evaporates leaving a tight girdle of lace to surround the glass. Nose is fruity, pineapple, tart tones of grapefruit, sweet malt to back it all up, a touch of yeast, quite complex to this old schnozzle, start is lightly sweet, grain presence noticeable, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is stingingly acidic, the hops dynamic in their spiciness, severely dry. In its own way it reminds me of Duvel and maybe even Orval, a fine brew to start out a Saturday afternoon, I also have a bottle of Angelique in my new pint sized DBF, that is within arms reach of the computer. The old DBF is humming away in the garage, loaded with beer that is just in case the old Gusler gets snowed in! lol

Gusler, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Liquid lemon merengue splashed with a little orange. Pretty hazaey, yet bright when held to the light. Had a very hard time seeing the bubbles. Had to sqint my eyes and press my nose to the glass in order to look at the par bubbling. The aroma is a light candied fruit. Peaches, pears, apples. Very fruity smelling beer. But not overpowering. The light hops and a hint of spices help out the overall aroma. The taste is a fluffy apple splash mixed with afew spices and a flash of hops. Thebackbone is all dry, pale malts. You can feel the bubbles more than you can see them. Slight warmth to go along the finish of the beer. Great looking bottle and a pretty good tasting beer inside of it.

scruffwhor, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork on a 750ml bottle and poured into my St. Feuillien goblet, the Diabolique is golden colored with slight chill haze and very active streamers, upon which rests a rocky, 2-finger white head that is very slow to subside and leaves thick clingy lace. Very impressive, this is pretty much exactly what I look for in a tripel, though if I nit-pick, I prefer more yellow then orange. Upon further inspection, the darker color is the only thing that leans more tripel then BSPA.
The aroma is moderate, soft malt and tropical fruits, with a touch of spiciness and fair amount of fusel alcohol.
The taste starts out spicy and with a sharp mineral twang before softening and growing sweeter, lots of fruit and pilsner malt, and finishing pretty cleanly with a just a touch of hop bitterness. Neither bad nor great, the astringency up front is probably not overcome by the sweetness and moderate depth that follows, although the disparity diminishes significantly as it warms. This is much more like a BSPA then a tripel, quite clearly a Duvel clone. I'm not scoring it as a tripel, as there is not indication on the bottle that it is marketed as such, again, clearly a Duvel style BSPA ("Belgian Ale" on label), confirmed by my tasting. I feel the distinction becomes clear as you let the Diabolique warm, where the fruitness of the yeast clearly asserts itself over the spice. The finish is maybe not as dry as some BSPAs, and as it warms, the fusels become more assertive.
The mouthfeel is pretty nice, medium bodied but smooth and creamy, yet nicely carbonated.
The drinkablity on this is pretty high. Not fantastic, but nicely done and easy drinking, interesting and stronger then it seems, aside from the nose. As it warmed up it really began to win me over, so that I really milked my last 1/2 glass, wishing I had another bottle. Also, it is one of the more affordable Belgians, at least in Portland, which invariably increases the drinkability. After having their Angelique, which was sub-par, the Diabolique was a pleasant surprise. Still, I don't like the fact that both of those beers are clones of true classics...I'm interested (mildly) to see if any of De Proefbrouwerij's other beers from the Andelot line are actually unique!

ccrida, Mar 25, 2007
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was a beauty shop for sure. The head was white as the driven snow and came up with little effort. The retention was relentless.

The liquid was that beautiful light orange in color. I just love the light cloudy orange that this one has and that you find in a lot of examples of the style, although the BJCP states that the ale should have good clarity.

Smell – This nose has all the usual suspects. The malts are bready with a bit of yeast and are seasoned with big coriander and white pepper. The hops are grassy and heavenly and the overall sweetness is like a rindy kind of tangerine.

Taste – The sharp hops and spices are large at the taste. They are well-balanced with a good Belgian yeasty compliment. The sweets are subdued and, again, very rindy and not overly sweet or sugary.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit bigger than medium-bodied with some wonderful, aggressive but fluffy carbonation. There’s just the smallest hint of alcohol here, but it is very smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability – This is my idea of a good Tripel. It’s balanced towards hops, has some good but appropriate spicing, and boasts some wonderful carbonation.

RoyalT, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yellow color with a big pillowy white head, very active carb and sheets of lace. Nice fruity, yeasty, saaz-ish hop aroma and flavor. Cloves and fruit with lots of yummy Belgian yeastiness and a little alcohol. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a bit of airiness.

Very nice tripel in every way !

($6.99 / 25.4 oz / 750 ml tall straight brown champagne style bottle, corked, and caged)

RBorsato, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Maudite chalice. Presented with a thick fluffy white head that dissipated into a thin consistent layer of foam. Decent amount of lacing throughout the tasting. Orange-gold and cloudy in appearance. Scents of yeast and citrus. Taste similar to nose with the addition of a mild banana flavor, clove and possibly coriander; reminded me a little of a witte in some regards. Very lively in the mouth; carbonation left a clean crisp sensation at the finish. A really nice brew, but as with the Angelique, not what I expected, but a pleasant experience nonetheless.

Jwale73, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of RedDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Diabolique is an exceptionally bright yellow, hazy Belgian ale in the apparent gravity range of a tripel. It is profoundly carbonated with a tall snowy head (think Don King hairdo died white) and sports a fair measure of errant yeast specks floating about in the mix. Not surprisingly, the aroma boasts of a strong yeasty presence with notes of grapefruit and all things tart and puckering. It comes in a brown 750 ml bottle with a slippery cork that practically disgorges itself.

The taste is strongly shaped by yeasts with a dry pleasing tartness, pepper-spice and lemon rind flavor, and all around Belgian profile. This flavor is especially piquant and is probably derived from a substantial infusion of candi sugar and other adjuncts. This may not appeal to everyone. Still, for what is essentially a Belgian contract brew for the American west coast market, Diabolique provides a low-key, mid-priced tripel with pizzazz.

RedDiamond, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured mid yellow with a big fat head. The nose is yeasty and pleasant. The beer tasted to me like a Duvel with less complexity but with more softness on the finish. As it warmed up the beer created its own identity and really showed some class. Unlike some Duvelalikes this didn't have that harsh alsohol burn on the backend.

canucklehead, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in my local Fred Meyer today, had to have it.
750ml corked brown bottle. poured into a Chimay chalice.
Quite a good looking ale,its a hazy bright gold with a pure white head, slightly frothy.
Nice typical spicy Belgian aroma, quite fruity.
The taste is very pleasant, not mind blowing,pleasant.Mostly spiciness, though has a good fruity/bitter aftertaste.Dryish finish.
Pretty nicelly carbonated and feels refreshing on the palate.
Not the very best beer, but very nice and extremelly drinkable..the high alcohol is barely noticed.

Reidrover, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale straw with an white and extremely frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to coat the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was fruity with a spicy phenolic character of pepper. The fruits were citrus and pineapple with a definite wheat character presence.

The flavor was light with a estery fruit profile of pineapple and a phenolic charcacter with pepper. The flavor was light and fruity and also contained a citrus presence and a moderate bittering.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruity presence and light spice into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and the carbonation level made for a creamy mouthfeel. The beer was easily drinkable, but not overly complex. No alcohol was present in the flavor, aroma or warming after consumption, so this beer, at 8.5%, might be one to tread on lightly.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of atsprings
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a beautiful yellow with a great frothy lasting head that left great spotty lacing. The aroma had a great spiciness and malt aroma. The taste has a good spiciness and hop presence. The beer has an extremely overpowering alcohol presence, one that seems to be much more than 8.5%. This is yet another moderately respectable Tripel that is far from the best.

atsprings, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Trader Joes back in September for $6.49.

Nice looking brew pours a solid golden color with plenty of fluffy head that is leaving a nice lacing in my Duvel glass. Nose is a nice perfume of sweet grains with fruity overtones. Taste is fairly grainy, fruity, somewhat sweet, and finishes with a generous hop that balances the grainy beginning nicely. Mouthfeel is nice and lively and full for the style. Overall drinkability is good, a very nice tripel I would recommend to those who enjoy this style.

arizcards, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +1%

cliff1066, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of clvand0
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear yellow color with a tall head that falls slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy and has some light fruitiness. The flavor is surprisingly full. Lots of light fruits with a low spice profile. This beer isn't as interesting as I thought it would be - it's kind of like a Pilsner with a slightly more interesting flavor character. The body is very full and it has good drinkability.

clvand0, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle corked and caged. Served in a tulip at around 50 degrees.

Big fluffy white head with excellent ring lacing.

The smell was of the typical yeasty,clove belgian tripel but there is an earthy/grass type taste that is welcomed. Nice hop finish along with the perfect carbonation stings the dark fruits into your buds. All the elements are there it just didn't produce that WOW. Very nice tripel but they are up against tough competition in the style.

($5.99 at trader joe's for the big bottle) August '05

DogFood11, Aug 20, 2005
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Andelot Cuvee Diabolique from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
89 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.