Andelot Cuvee Euphorique - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Reidrover on 08-19-2005)
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Reviews by peabody:
Photo of peabody
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out very cloudy with lots of chunks. Two fingers of white fluffy suds with slight lacing.
Smell was very nice, in fact the best part of this beer. Lemon zest and honey with caramel malts. Very slight hop aroma along with a nice mellow yeast. Very slight alcohol detectable here.
Taste was dark hops along with lemon zest,caramel,honey and then the alcohol warming up the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel was Ok but this brew just needs more kick or something.
Drinkablilty is pretty good here but could have more flavor happening.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass a slight hazed burnt orange with a fluffy two finger white head that settles very,very slowly into a creamy-like mass.A bit of sour in the nose along with a leafy hop presence.To me this beer is made to quaff on a nice spring day,not overly complex but highly drinkable,and somewhat light.A bit of green apple and funk on the palate,a slight white pepper note comes through as well.Again its a quaffer,not overly complex but flavorful.

Photo of ggaughan
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this and the new Mysterique at Total Wine in Delaware. I had previously had the Angelique and Diabolique and thought I would give this one a try. This was a 750ml bottle that I poured into a Duvel tulip glass while relaxing from shoveling 18 inches of snow! The beer had a hazy golden huge to it with a fluffy thick white head that left nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma of this beer was of definite lemon with some slight hop bitterness. The texture of the beer was similar to Duvel in that it was champagne like but didn't have the potent kick of Duvel and didn't have the mouthfulness of it either. This beer has a citrusy taste with some floral notes and I find it very drinkable although the taste disapates in my mouth quickly.

Photo of mudbug
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light orange with a bubbly head that dissipates quite quickly into a decent lace.
Aroma s slightly sweet and bready like croissants
Complex flavor with fruitlike hints of banana pear, malty backbone and a nice tart dry finish.
Easy drinker, refreshing
Bravo!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny peachy color, kind of has a coppery glow as well. Certainly not as blonde as one would think, considering the label itself calls this a "blonde ale." The head is fluffy and blinding white, but thins to a skim and a thicker crown pretty quickly. Lots of lace hanging onto the glass.

Seriously fruity and sweet nose, and I love it. Plenty of pear and apple on display, and the yeast seems to be the factor that brings in some banana vibes. Even though the alcohol is a mild 6.5%, there seems to be a kind of warmth to the aroma that alcohol usually provides. Whatever the case, whatever's going on here to produce this aroma, it's very, very nice. Finishes clean as a whistle, with all the flavor elements fading very slowly...

Fruity on the tongue too...mostly peach, pear, and candied apple, with the yeast dressing it all up nicely with its earthy flair. A little bit of cinnamon elbows in. Sweet, but definitely not overboard. Had the alcohol been stronger, it might have been a mess, but Euphorique very much remains a balanced beer. And, as with the nose, I'm getting a little more alcohol in the taste than expected from the very reasonable 6.5% ABV. And that's fine, it lights a small fire under the fruity succulence and gives more shape to the beer.

Soft, slick, round, and gets very fluffy if held in the mouth even a few second longer than you normally might. Carbonation makes sure it never gets too chewy. Lively and luscious at the same time.

I'm sure some will find this too sweet, and the sweetness dominant...and yes, the sweetness is dominant, but it's a pleasure to sip and the experience is one that is wholly Belgian. That's a good thing, and so is this. Maybe not Belgian beer euphoria, but no complaints either. Would pair insanely well with apple pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured, this blonde delivers a clear golden body with glowing highlights. The yeast pour gives it a bit of haze and an orange cast, but perhaps also a bit more flavor due to the addition of the yeast. It's rocky white head holds rather well and leaves some nice lace before settling to a creamy 1/4" head.

A sweetish, candy (some mild vanilla) and honey-like malt resides in the nose along with a touch of yeasty spiciness.

The body is medium/light, and it's creamy and smooth on the tongue as it warms, releasing it's very-fine bubbled natural carbonation.

The cookie dough and somewhat honeyish malt dominates the flavor, balanced by yeasty spiciness (some clove, some black pepper), a firm bitterness, a touch of ctirus rind, a subtle spritz of lemon, and a flitter of alcohol. The maltiness itself is nicely done, not too full and not too thin, and it finishes dry with a combination of residual sugar and spice that lingers in the mouth.

Well balanced and very drinkable! Others may argue that it lacks in character, but for the style I feel it has more than enough character while offering even greater drinkability. Very nice. Quite possibly the best of the Andelot line.

Photo of MikeTaz
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another summer night class, another summer night beer. Served cold from the fridge the spice was strong for a blonde ale but not in a bad way. The head poured a crisp strong white and the smell was faintly yeast. As it warmed the spice surprisingly became lessened and a little lemon hit the back of the throat. Not the best blonde i've had, but tasty all the same.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a large white head. Smells of sweet candy and some lemony zest. Some fruity candy like flavors with just a bit of hops noticable. Not overly complex. I found it to be a nice refreshing brew. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo of Reidrover
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking ale, slightly murky yet bright golden with a good sized creamy, thick head, great lace down the glass. Quite a good aroma, soft and lemony in aspect but with medicinal and flowery undertones. quite a nice flavour too slight maltiness to start then taken over by a great herbal spicy bitterness that lasts till near the back of the tongue then it mellows out comfortably for a smooth almost mellow finish..with lingering spice in the throat. Very good mouthfeel very "eventful". I found this an excellent ale and for a half descent price. Great summer beer.

Photo of bheilman
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! I got this out of a bomber with an excellent presentation. Plastic cork with the metal cap that you need to twist to release. I like these things because it always make you feel like you are getting into something special. The beer has the golden color you'd expect from a belgian blonde. Don't confuse this with an american blond you might find at an average brewery. Those beers are always bud light tasting beers that have blond in the name to attact the ladies. I get frustrated every time I fall for that trap. This is blonde in the style of leffe blonde. A much more serious beer with some flavor. Very rich malts with a light hop balance and an overall very drinkable beer. This beer doesn't hold up to Leffe in my mind but it is an above average beer that I would get again. With that said, Leffe Blonde was my favorite beer at one point and it's been a while since I had a Belgian blonde. The style on beer advocate reads Belgian Pale Ale, but the bottle reads Belgian Blonde. Maybe, they're the same, but anyway, don't think american pale ale when you drink one of these. It's much sweeter with less hops. Think more Belgian Tripel Light.

Photo of RBorsato
4.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apricot/peach color with a decent off-white head and good carbonation up the middle. Fruity aroma with soft malt edges and traces of spicy phenols. Nice fruity, malty, yeasty balanced without being overly spicy. Medium bodied and smooth with a nicely balanced finish.

A great intro to the style... and Belgians in general.

($6.99 / 25.4 oz. / 750 ml tall straight brown wine-like bottle, corked, and caged)

Photo of crossovert
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown synthetic corked and caged bottle.

It pours an amberish/brownish/red rather than a blonde. It has a thick white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is fruity, there are some slight herbal hops over that, and a bit of sweetness, it is simple but effective.

The flavor has a hint of vegetal, herbal, earthiness, it isn't all that good. It is yeasty with some fruit, slight hop flavors, and some caramel.

A supremely average Belgian Pale.

Photo of ojiikun
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked (with plastic) and caged. No date that I could find. Poured a flecked gold, on the side of yellow. Head is clean white, and very firm. Lace is solid for 2 inches.

Smell is at first surprisingly simple of cheap malt and a little bit of frosted flakes. A deeper sniff reveals more clearly some light malts blended with a whole lot of candi. Floral hops with only the smallest bit of alpha scent, and even a hint of booze. Maybe some light spice, but that might be part of the hopping.

Taste is very mild and fairly sweet. Spice comes up a notch and carries with it some citrus. Corriander and a whiff of clove. Hops get piney and more tart than bitter. Body is quick and neither bready or caramely; hints of honey.

Feels allright on the tongue, though perhaps a touch overcarbonated. Fizzy like a soda, with nearly as much acid bite. Clean for a few glasses, cloying after 3.

An interesting 'bargain belgian'. At seven bucks, this is a half or a third of what I pay for most belgians. That said, it's at leas 2/3 as good as most, so it's a steal. Nothing in the way of complexity, balance, or cleverness, and not too strong, either. A good companion for when you don't want to blow one of the bottles you've been cellaring.

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Portertime
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Andelot is giving Chimay a run for their money! These beers are pretty tasty. So I poured this one into my Chimay goblet (he he) and admired the glowing golden sunset color. Smell was pleasent with apples and some hop spiceness. Taste was similar with some banana and yeast in the mix. Nice and creamy drinkable, great going down.

Photo of froghop
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a semi-hazy golden orange with a medium size off-white fluffy head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, wheat, citrus, fruit, little bit of spice, and some malt.

taste has lots of carbonation, yeast, apple, pear, peaches, citrus, a little banana, some spice, and some pepper, ends a little dry.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is an amazing little beer. Quite good and challenging. Opens up with a fragrant nose of fruits, bread, malt sweetness, and spices. The pour is a hazy straw with some golden highlights. The flaovrs are juicy, estery, and nectar sweet. Fruits of pears, peaches, and berries rise early. Tempered late with earthy hops, spicy esters, cloves, yeast, pepper, and alcohol. A bit murky late with a more earthy characteristic than prefered and a light phenolic (plastic) flavor. Finishes just shy of clean, but leaves a bublegum / bananna note lingering. Nice beer, but not quite a Duvel.

Photo of mrkc
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The 75cl bottle is simple - brown glass with a cork and basket. It has a simple yellow label with the name, the country of origin (Belgium), and a subscript declaring it an "Abbey Style Blond Ale." No mention of the brew or bottle date. The beer itself is perfectly clear, a pale copper-gold with moderate carbonation; you can see just how clear it is, even in the dark bottle. It pours thin, with some head which dissipates into a thin white ring.
It smells of bananas, cloves, and perhaps some wheat? Very fruity, very aromatic.

Tasting it, it is sweet and simple. A bit of a carbonated bite, more than one would predict from the head. A very spicy body as it lingers in the mouth. Oddly, my mind keeps going to apples, but not enough to make me feel comfortable putting it down on paper. Others disagree with me, so I include this fact for your consideration. It's a little heavy on the pepper, and for such a mild beer (merely 6.5% ABV), it seems to leave your mouth dry like you've drank vodka.

If you let yourself drink it casually, not letting it linger on the tongue, past when it starts to impart the spices, I imagine it is like drinking thinned honey. This makes it easy to drink for extended periods, for long sessions. A good beer for dinner with chicken or mild seafood.

Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden-amber hue with plenty of effervescence and a haze-free body. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam and leaves a rocky lace as it dissipates.

Smell: sweet and cidery with lots of apple and a hint of pear. Not bad, but this smells more like apple juice than dry cider does.

Taste: light malt with lots of cidery and yeasty, bready character. It's not bad, per se, but not really what I'm looking for in the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a satisfying carbonation and light creaminess.

Overall: this beer has so much cider-like quality that it's hard to imagine this was done on purpose. Not bad to drink but not really a very beer-like experience.

Photo of clvand0
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light amber color with a medium head that has good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is mild, but there is a definite light maltiness in there with some small hints of spiciness. The flavor has a character similar to the other Andelot beers I have had - I think they use a similar yeast profile for each beer. It's a definite type of yeast spiciness - it's very nice, but not my favorite. This beer has a nice malty flavor to go along with the yeast characters. A little doughy and hints of lemon throughout. The body is medium and the drinkability is good.

Photo of JBogan
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light golden in color and slightly hazy, with a two finger white foamy head which turned into a thin film and left good lacing.

Smelled of sweet malts and honey, along with some yeastiness.

Tasted sweet as well. Mainly honey along with some lemon, and the alcohol is present as well. Still, there was something about the taste that didn't sit well with me and I just can't describe it.

Mouthfeel was good, with plenty of carbonation and a nice smoothness to it. It had somewhat of a dry finish.

All in all I was slightly disappointed in the taste of this beer. Perhaps a bit too sweet, it just didn't tickle my tastebuds. I'll pass on this beer in the future.

Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the Euphorique is a very nice looking brew. Hazy golden straw colored with a very tall, dense and rocky eggshell head. It left some lace, but half of the glass was actually entirely coated in foam.

Classic sweet and spicy Belgian aroma, but with a metallic tinge I could do without.

The Belgian pale initially has a nice and full Belgian yeast taste, almost tripel like spiciness, but then quickly fades to a dry, mineral, clean seltzer taste with a mildly sweet banana like fruity finish. There's a bit of sharpness, not quite as metallic as the nose, which with the phenols and fusels, keep this one from being a real winner. Those characteristics are tempered as the beers warm and the esters open open. Neither good nor bad, maybe a tad above average, although that could be my bias towards the style...

Medium bodied for the style, with crisp carbonation.

This was a pretty drinkable Belgian, because it had all of the satisfying flavor characteristics but was low enough in alcohol that you didn't have to worry about how quickly you enjoyed it. However, the taste was not perfect, so I'm not running out to stock my fridge with them. Also, it's one of the more reasonably priced Belgians at $6.59/750ml, so you needn't feel guilty if you go through a few bottles.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with a white and frothy head which lasted well to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity and earthy with a farmhouse influence. The aroma contained a light spice as the head was high which was lesser as the head fell.

The flavor was lightly malty with a bit of honey sweetness coupled with enough bittering to keep the beer from becoming cloying. The flavor contained only a bit of the earthy presence in the aroma and just a hint of a bit of peppery spice coupled with a light amount of citrus presence.

The finish was just dry with a lasting bit of malt character and very light spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was creamy. A very easy to drink beer which could use a boost in the character and complexity department. This beer improved dramatically as it reached room temp.

750 ml bottle. Purchased at Total Wine in Durham for $6.99.

Photo of dudemuskie
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got lucky and found a bottle of this for $4.99 on sale at Jewel on Broadway the other day! Half off beer is my friend...

Appearance- Pours a light hazy orange with a quick to rise quick to fall soapy bone white head. Thin ring with some patchy foam resides leaving some lacing behind. Heavy sediment in bottom of bottle. Not much for a "pfffft" when I popped the cork...

Aroma- Candy-like sweetness with pithy orange, soft belgian spice, and overripe apples. Very soft and approachable.

Flavor- Bright lemon and orange citrus to start with a honey sweetness. The sweetness is quickly tempered by a yeasty spiciness and breeze of warming alcohol. Everything melds together into a slightly dry finish with a delicate herbal, almost grassy hop balance that is both thirst quenching and leaves you thirsty for more. Soft candied orange peel flavor lingers with herbal hops.

Mouthfeel- Lower CO2 than anticipated for this brew but thats not necessarily a bad thing. Smells sweet but low residual sugars, higher hop balance, belgian spice, and some warming alcohol cut the sweetness leaving a slightly dry finish. Relatively good balance, light-medium bodied. Slight astringency in finish. Decent drinkability.

Overall- Pretty good, but not my favorite. Loads of complexity from the aroma to the finish, but I feel like this brew is missing something. I do like that the belgian spiciness is a bit muted, and the complexity from the other fermentation characters really shine. I will be buying this again to give it another try.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sits in my glass with a brilliantly clear, amber-hued, full gold color. It is topped by a frothy, structured, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that is held up by a persistent, ample carbonation. Aromas of concentrated, sweet, pale malts, honey with richly concentrated wild flower aromatics, crushed soda crackers and grassy grain. It is surprising how malt focused the aroma is, it is almost over the top despite derivation from pale malt.

A bit drier than I was expecting, based on the aroma, but it does have a nice, soft pale grain sweetness to it. It is well carbonated, but still has a soft creamy mouthfeel to it. Lightly astringent, wildflower / weed like flavors, combine with honey malt notes and a sharp herbal hop flavor and bitterness in the finish. Somehow the malt character seems quite dusty at times, perhaps a touch oxidized. A touch of orange zest, hints of white pepper and some clove notes provide some spice character to the brew.

This tastes a bit strange at times, it is perhaps a bit too rich and thick, especially for its strength. And the malt tastes a bit tired and flabby at times.

Purchased From: Liquid Solutions

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Andelot Cuvee Euphorique from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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