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Andelot Cuvee Lunatique - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Andelot Cuvee LunatiqueAndelot Cuvee Lunatique

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BA SCORE
86
very good

36 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Cascadia on 06-28-2007)
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Reviews by ojiikun:
Photo of ojiikun
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Never had this brew when in was Diabolique, so I'm tasting the thrid in the brewery's trio.

Poured from the rubber-corked and caged glass fifth into a smallish tulip. Body is an evenly hazy white-gold. Head is fairly dark despite the body, and is both massive and sticky. Lace is darn near 1mm thick in some places.

Smells spicy and warm. Lots of caramel malts and corriander. Hops seem on the ripe side, more fruity than floral. Yeast is big and bready, not too funky.

Taste is less sweet than I expected and the yeast really comes forward. Mineral water and very fresh tobacco. Spice lessens and mellows to a white pepper. Malts go from caramel down to honey. Finish is a bit citric and becomes a touch tart or bitter.

Mouthfeel is pretty sticky and medium-heavy. Fortunately, carbonation is brisk and cleansing, though almost too much at times. A pretty darn easy drinker for and 8.5, even when very warm.

Honestly, a pretty solid tripel with very simple flavours and pretty sharp edges. For the price, it's an ideal quick quaff when you don't have the time to respectfully savour an expensive offering. Gets bonus points for lacking the "frosted flakes" syndrome that plagues cheaper tripels.

ojiikun, Oct 10, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of mattster
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Lunatique is the same as diaboliqe. Poured into a snifter glass. Inch to Inch and a half of head after initial pour, Remained at 1/2 inch after five minutes.
Initial smell sort of skunky, but if I'd spent time in a bottle on a boat ride over from Europe, I'm sure I'd smell a tad skunky too - And that smell discipated after a few minutes.
Look was hazy, some lacing on the glass, but a nice color for this style of beer. Taste is a little malty, a tad sweet, but very nice. No flavor tones noted, although the yeast showed through. I should make this beer my daily bread.

The bubbles are heavy, but bearable. and mouthfeel is nice for this beer. This beer is very drinkable, and is to be enjoyed, not swilled. Sit back with it and slowly savor its goodness; don't chug it, you won't get it if you do.

mattster, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of Kraken
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into an oversized wine glass. Even pour yielded 1 finger of pure white head that diminished to an uneven wispy topping. Very lite lacing. Beer pours a wonderful overcast murky orange straw color. Nose is of apple, pear, Belgian yeast caramel. On the palate, carbonation lends a very creamy introduction, apple, pear, very faint caramel and a nice lightly sweet finish. This is a very nice Belgian for the price. Mouth feel is very good, booze is totally hidden at 8.5%. Drinkability is high. For $7.99 this may be one of the best values in a Belgian Tripel. Highly recommended.

Kraken, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a nice slightly hazy yellow/very light orange color with a stark white head that climbs to the top of the glass and stays there for some time leaving quite nice lacing.

Nose is very interesting. Light fruits, aggressive sugar, some grassy and spicy notes as well. Actually catching a hint of pineapple juice here.

Taste is pretty good. A nice array of light fruits start off the taste. Some apple and pear. Belgian yeast takes it from there. Some good grassy belgian hops. Sugar flavors are nice and balanced with good fruitlike flavors. The finish is nice and dry, and leaves light fruits, fructose, and some slight pineappleage on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Carbonation is solid, not too thin, slick in the mouth and dry on the finish.

Drinkability is actually quite dangerous here. The abv is very well hidden, and it drinks easy without many mouthfeel flaws and nice balanced sweetness.

Overall a nice tripel. Moderately priced, good abv and good quality. The slight pineapple flavors in the nose and aftertaste intrigue me alot in this one. (thoughts of brewing with pineapple juice...) A good value, and an enjoyable brew. Try it out!

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. After popping the cork I had a foamer, but it quickly settled down. At first I thought this was just a Duvel knock-off, but as it warmed and with the addition of a little sediment, it turned into a great beer. The aroma has a mix of orange, rum, The flavor has a mellow pale bready malt profile with toast, wheat cracker and cookie accents. The yeast profile follows up tangerine, grassy lemon hops. Very tasty, just be sure to let this baby warm up.

tempest, May 01, 2009
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

cliff1066, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Hatshep18
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hatshep18, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of BostonBiosafety
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%

Clean tasting, with a minimal head and little lacing. An odd blend of spice and citrus. Alcohol presence is evident in the mouth feel. Also, there is an odd, dry after taste. In my opinion, they could hold back on the spice, keep the citrus and lower the alcohol content to bring this Tripel into a higher score.

BostonBiosafety, May 22, 2011
Photo of larsee01
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

A--Brown 750 ml glass bottle poured into glass goblet. Clear, light amber pour with nice head, disappating to creamy lingering lace. Champagne-like carbonation.

S--Tangy yeast, very mild metal phenols. Mild flowery notes. Apple cinnamon. Mild.

T--Bitter hops balancing initial maltiness. Mildly boozy. Dry. Biscuity-cracker. Not sweet. Surprising lingering bitterness in this tripel. Not sure if I'm excited about it. Persistent bitterness.

M--Again, dry. Crisp. Carbonation not overwhelming. Thin. Surprisingly little is lingering from this 8.5 ABV tripel.

D--Other than carbonation, goes down like an American lager. Buzz'll catch you though.

larsee01, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Noelito76, May 26, 2014
Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +7%

Pours a cloudy yellow with a bib foamy white head that falls slow. Decent lace.

Sweet herbal nose, fruity. Typical triple style aroma.

Bold flavor, sweet finish, tastes like a triple. Sweet malts coming through.

Medium bodied in the mouth with a nice bite.

Decent brew, will enjoy again.

dstc, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%

Very good beer for style, Tripel Belgian Ale. Very Smooothe and Definitely a great value at Totally Wine (about $2 cheaper per bottle than a local discout store). Shop around in your area before making the investment ($7 to $10) per bottle for a 750ml(20+ ounces)

cdizinno, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +7%

From a 750 ML bottle bought caged and corked from Total Wine and More in Union, this spectacular true-to-the-style Belgian pours a golden hue with a frothy head that lacked staying power but had visible carbonation... smell was complete with lemon, lime, citrus, and floral notes... nice, crisp, clear, refreshing taste loaded with lemon, grapefruit, pear, and apple flavors... rich, lucid, distinct tripel taste that packs a punch with an 8.5% ABV that is hard to detect behind a wonderful combination of authentic flavors... Certainly a top-of-the line depiction of the style that is very satisfying and boasts a good mouthfeel with great drinkability that goes down effortlessly and is both a thirst-quencher and a satisfying roller coaster of intricate flavors... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

Consumed slightly below room temperature.

A - Hazy golden with a little over 1 finger of white, meringue-like head. Retention is somewhat short for the style though decent lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Sweet aromas hit first including sour apple, honey, and hints of pineapple. Grassy and piney notes hit next with a little pepper and hay. Mustiness combines with light to moderate phenols with an obvious citric character; lemon maybe?

T - A lot of decent stuff going on here. When this beer was straight outta the fridge there was a lot of citrus and a lot of dryness. As the brew approaches room temperature however, things really open up. Lots of fruit on the front end, mostly apple with hints of sourness and a noticable touch of pineapple. Sweetness dries out with a hit of chalk and medicine followed by peppery citrus. Brew wraps up with moderate lemon and slight pepper notes with a sharp and strong bitterness.

M - Light bodied and quite thin for the style. Carbonation is moderate. The flavor seems fleeting and unable to hang around as long as necessary.

D - A decent tripel but the bitterness is a bit strong for my tastes. The brew definitely improves as it warms, alcohol is well hidden and phenolic character is kept in check. Not my first choice but a worthy contender nonetheless.

PatrickJR, May 16, 2009
Photo of Cascadia
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

This is, I believe, the new name for Diabolique, this isn't a new style or beer, really, just a name change. I would imagine they got in troble for trying to market a beer that too closely resembled Duvel, but that's just a guess. Still, this is a good beer to grab, I found it at the local Trader Joe's for $6/bottle, which is almost too good to pass up a case of. Refreshing and nicely flavored, this one will be a constant in my fridge if it stays at $6.

Cheers!

Cascadia, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +4.4%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of crossovert
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

750ml synthetic-corked and caged bottle.

It struggles to form a head as it pours a hazy brown. The head is white and sticks for a while before receding with some ok lacing.

The smell is super fruity. There are lemons, citrus, grape, and oxidized apple.

The taste is reminiscent of the flavor, though it has a kick of caramel sweetness that is almost too cloying. It is very sweet.

The mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated, especially for the style.

It is a messy beer, but somewhat decent, the bottle was only 3.99.

crossovert, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Appearance: pale orange to straw, slight haze and chunks of yeast, nice layer of white frothy head with good retention and lace

Aroma: yoghurt, grainy malt, yeasty/malty, alcohol

Flavor: medium malt sweetness laced with clovey phenols and a mild yoghurty acidity; peppery alcohol and an organic bitterness at the back of the tongue

Mouthfeel: medium body, zesty carbonation, alcohol warmth in the throat

Other comments: I was pretty careful handling and pouring the bottle, yet a lot of sediment got kicked out. Really affected the appearance (obviously) but it also released a lot of yeasty notes into the aroma which muddied the water quite a bit.

GreenCard, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

This beer is really all I could want from a Belgian tripel.

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get the expected honey aroma, but with some nice pepper and spice as well. There is also a bit of a tropical fruit aroma intertwined with the honey. On the palate this beer is simply delicious. The beer has a moderate sweet honey and fruit flavor (cherry and melon for the most part), with some very nice spice and a good dollop of bracing hoppy bitterness as well. The overall effect makes for a beer with moderate sweetness, balanced with enough hops to give this beer a light mouthfeel. The beer has decent length and drinkability is exceptional.

Good stuff and not too expensive. Impressive.

John_M, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of spanky167
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Having just got into trying new beers and learning what my beer palate was like, I found that I love tripels. This is a decent tripel pretty good carbonation and mild flavor(not in your face), but for the money I would go with Unibroue La Fin Du Monde.

spanky167, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

pours a semi-hazy golden orange-yellow with quite a large white head, good lacing.

smell of pear, some banana, yeast, a touch of citrus, and a little toffee.

taste very similar to smell, pleasant mouth-feel, fruity yet not too sweet, just the right carbonation, leaves the mouth sour, just a little bit of spice to kick it up a bit, ends slightly dry.

froghop, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of iNHaze
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%

750mL into a wine glass

This beer pours a cloudy and opaque burnished gold with a serious fluffy head which turns to larger bubbles and sinks to about 1/4" which remains constant through the glass. Lots of lacing.

Lunatique smells fruity and yeasty and alcoholy.

Starts a bit yeasty/bready and what little hop flavor it has is overpowered by a sweet malty wallop of caramel. My tasting notes embarrasingly report this as "CARAMEL OMG!!!" I felt like I was drinking candy, and I loved it. The finish was clean and clear with a slight malty sweetness that lingered on the tongue.

A medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation and a distinctive rush of alcohol, without actually tasting like alcohol.

It may be my affinity for tripels, but I thought this beer was fantastic. It's definitely on the sweet side, so I wouldn't want to drink it all night long. However, I could see myself drinking a glass or two of this beer pretty much every day forever, if that were possible. Cheers De Proefbrouwerij!

iNHaze, May 02, 2009
Photo of jwm232
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

750 ml, corked (rubber), caged bottle purchased from Bottleworks in Seattle (Walllingford).

The beer was poured into a Troegs Mad Elf chalice. It poured a very deep, slightly cloud, elegant copper color. A nice billowing, dense, lush head coats the top of the glass. The beer smells of banana, lemon, delicious belgian yeast, slight roasted malt (though the other scents overwhelm) and has a faint flowery nose. The taste is slightly banana, very grapey, with some vinegar. Cold, it's acidic and very lively and carbonated. As it warms, the vinegar becomes more apparent. The alcohol taste is non-existent.

A nice change of pace for a tripel. Not the usual spicefest...very round flavors albeit a little shallow in depth. Recommended.

jwm232, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of theformula
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

This is the first of my "365 Days of Beer" quest, and this is the first installment.

A: Pours a pale golden body into a tulip glass. A monstrous , dense white head forms and retains very well and leaves gobs of sticky Belgian lace all over. Very active carbonation and the body is cloudy with yeast.

S: Strong and full of yeasty goodness, this starts off with classic Tripel aromas, and actually a lot like La Fin du Monde. Big dough-y, earthy and musty yeast notes laced with white pepper-coated alcohol, citrus and tropical fruits, bubble-gum and clove. Subtle ginger (?) and leafy hops hang out in the background. Great balance and inviting.

M: Light-medium body, medium carbonation. Very soft and creamy.

T: Good stuff. More of the aroma in the taste dep't. with spicy alcohol, prominent fruit character and assertive yeast give for a complex, dry and authentic Tripel. Nutty, almond-y and yeasty finish.

D: Very good. I'd drink it again. Not the best but better than most. It's a sipper almost at 8.5 % and it's not totally hidden. It's a solid Tripel.

theformula, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from 750mL into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue; quite cloudy with lots of apparent effervescence. About two inches of rocky white head.

Smell: a little malty; quite cidery. On top of some apple and pear flavors are notes I usually associate with darker Belgians: raisin and plum. I definitely like this.

Taste: quite similar to the aroma. Different from a lot of tripels I've had; this one has a little tartness to it that I quite like (though the aftertaste leaves something to be desired: sour in not such a good way). I feel like some aspects of this beer are very nice but others detract enough for this to be among my least favorite tripels.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with nice carbonation: it is nicely creamy but not so much as a lot of other tripels I like.

Drinkability: the compelling qualities of the flavor aren't enough to outweigh its weaknesses. This is a drinkable beer, but not one I'm likely to purchase again.

flagmantho, Dec 13, 2009
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Andelot Cuvee Lunatique from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.