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Belgian Devil (Brew House Rarities) - Flying Dog Brewery

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Belgian Devil (Brew House Rarities)Belgian Devil (Brew House Rarities)

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mendvicdog on 08-02-2013)
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Reviews by Snebbu:
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3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

The Belgian Devil, part of Flying Dog's "brew house rarities," lives by the phrase "too weird to live, too rare to die." Does it live up to the hype? Starting my second glass of the 750 ML bottle and I'm feeling pretty damn good. Here's the tasting notes:

Appearance: Hazy orange color - light head.

Aroma: Grapefruit, herbal "yeasty" spices, light banana scent.

Taste: Hits you right away with spiciness of belgian yeast, followed by a mix between pear and pineapple. Sweet malty flavors typically associated with a belgian ale. Earthy hops carry throughout that do not overcome the beer, but are definitely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation which ends in a smooth finish with a buttery feel at the end.

Overall: As Flying Dog says - "too weird to live, too rare to die." Complex flavors throughout starting with spicy pineapple and pear and ending with sweet flavors (while earthy hops carry throughout). One 750 ML bottle will put you to bed at night AND leave you satisfied. A good replacement for a sweet wine. Tongue tingles from beginning to end, while your tastebuds are asking for me. Leaves the mouth a bit confused but also happy.


08-15-2013 03:30:40 | More by Snebbu
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Came plastic sealed with a T-Cork. How odd.

Appearance - Not a pop when pulled. Clear orange body. No head. Flat.

Smell - Pale malt. Yeasty. Some bubble gum.

Taste - Sweet. A little nutty. Bubble-gummy like a weizenbock. Booze.

Mouthfeel - Flat as ever. Medium heavy body and sweet.

Overall - Not exciting. Not even very good. And what the hell is with this cork? Explains why it's flat.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

08-03-2013 16:56:12 | More by bum732
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3.73/5  rDev +5.7%

Very sweet up front like bubblegum or cotton candy, Only a tiny bit of Belgian spice in the form of clove and banana. Touch of cool hops, but mostly just sweet. It's a uniquely Belgain sweetness though, and it's enjoyable. Nice palate coating mouthfeel.

11-06-2013 03:15:17 | More by Mongrel
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

10-05-2013 01:28:36 | More by Hockey_Fan
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3.23/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured into a Flying Dog goblet.

A: Hazy golden blonde color with ok lacing and very little head.

S: Yeasty and funky. Lots of earthiness.

T: Odd taste. Slightly spicy. Bready/biscuity. A bit earthy with a tinge of funk.

M: Smooth but lightly massaging. Not a good mix for the flavors.

O: I always wonder what makes them bottle some of their Brewhouse Rarities over others. The only bottled one that I enjoyed was the St.Eadman one, but I haven't had it out of a bottle. I couldn't finish it, so I boiled some sausages in it.

10-31-2013 00:59:45 | More by gillagorilla
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2.85/5  rDev -19.3%

On tap at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.

Looks very good, a little cloudy yellow with a generous head of fine bubbles.

Smell is mainly Belgian yeast

Taste begins with the funk of Belgian yeast (which I like), followed by pine and grapefruit hops, and an acrid, alcohol aftertaste. These never come together and remain in conflict to the end. Belgian styles are an adventure, but this is one I can do without.

08-26-2013 20:37:32 | More by jfmorey
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3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from 750 mL bottle with a gentle hand. Split between a Brewers Art goblet and a Duvel tulip. Sticker on the bottle reads "311 13". Very cool quote by Hunter S. on the label.

A: Cloudy, honey-colored body with 1 finger of white head. Reduces to a thin coat over 2 minutes. Small to moderate lacing. Looks good.

S: Heavily of yeast. Some funk. Lemon. Green apple. Fruit notes are subtle.

T: Hop bitterness up front with lemon/citrus elements on the finish sans any tartness. Intermittently some faint sweetness breaks through. Mild soapy qualities. Light bitterness lingers. Fairly straight forward. Hoppy for the style.

M: Light to moderate carbonation. Decent fullness. Good. Style appropriate.

O: This is serviceable - conveys the style. Yeast is pronounced and it is relatively hop heavy. A bit one-dimensional. It's probably not fair reviewing this immediately following a Hof ten Dormaal barrel-aged. Not bad by any means, but probably will not be revisited.

10-05-2013 22:11:42 | More by fourstringer
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

A: into a tulip, hazy deep gold with an off-white head two-fingers high that slimmed quickly into a slight film

S: orchard fruits abound, maybe some hints of prickly spice, vague floral notes in the background

T: spiced fruits, like peach and pear, apple and pineapple; juicy sugars and holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove

M: fuzzy, spicy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation

O: a nice take on the Belgian ale, with lots of juiciness and spice - if you're expecting a dubbel, this may be off-base, as to me it was more of a strong pale Belgian ale

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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

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A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the surface.
S: The smell is a little sweet and spicy with aromas of candi sugars and spicy yeast.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has initial flavors of spices that are followed by candi sugars and a bit of sweetness. No alcohol is noticeable in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as sweet compared to some other beers in the style and both looks and tastes like a hybrid between a Dubbel and a Belgian String Pale Ale.

08-17-2013 22:39:43 | More by metter98
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

An homage to the devilish Belgian Golden Ales that continue to inspire our brewers, this Belgian Devil has aromas of peach, pear, and apple along with slight hints of banana and spice from the Belgian yeast strain. Those aromas carry through in flavor, with pear, apple, and yeast phenols dominating. It has a light, subtly sweet malt backbone and subtle bitterness for balance.

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A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a very thin film covering the remainder and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy yeast, candi sugar sweetness, and lightly fruity malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of lightly fruity malts with a moderate amount of candi sugar sweetness. There is a light to moderate flavor of spiciness from the yeast and just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An interesting hybrid of Belgian styles - some aspects of a Dubbel and some aspects of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. That makes it less sweet than other Dubbels (which is what it is currently classified as) but slightly more interesting. I might enjoy seeing more beers with this hybrid style.

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Belgian Devil (Brew House Rarities) from Flying Dog Brewery
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