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Diabolik | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called "Devil's Due".

Added by yourefragile on 08-20-2010

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Boone757
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beejay
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slack
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Yellow and hazy with minor head
Smell is spice, fruit, and sugar
Taste is sweet fruit with no discernable hops
Mouthful is medium with medium carbonation
Overall this beer was way to sweet for a BPA with no real hop component.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Cloudy yellow-almost like a witbier. Head is far from, however, thin rim of white, but lasting and producing a little lace. Nose is banana esters and Belgian yeast, standard, expected, on spot. There's also a somewhat characteristic Mad Fox part to it, one that is very minor, but mildly detracting.

Taste starts fairly clean, somewhat light; carbonation isn't very strong. Banana, light fruit (pear, apple) combined with a minty flavor, oddly enough. The taste is also a tad bit more astringent than I'd expect. I feel this section has focused on the negative, mainly because I feel the taste is mostly what I expected it to be, and that does count for something.

A decent beer, definitely something to try in the style. I think this one shows alcohol in a way that could be polarizing. In my opinion, you are not likely to be wowed by this beer, but you won't be very disappointed either.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ipas-for-life
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cfinch2
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jfmorey
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter at the brewpub in Falls Church VA

Surprisingly pale yellow-amber color, little head

The smell is faintly floral

The taste is not unpleasant, but not full enough to cover the alcohol sharpness, more a barleywine than either a strong or pale ale

Not bad, but disappointing

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of drabmuh
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub, this beer is a yeast bomb.

Beer is yellow and really hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles, head breaks and pulls toward the glass, some lacing.

Aroma is all yeast all the time, some floral notes come through but the yeast esters are winning on all front, almost banana at times, bubble gum.

Beer is thin and sweet, sweeter than expected, beer is not too dry but moderately so. The midpalate of the beer is quite fruity and estery, lots of yeastiness in this one. The finish again is mildly solventy. Odd.

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

On tap at the brewpub poured into sampler glass. Pours hazy yellow with an average, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy but sweet malt, light floral hops, and average esters with notes of perfume and bubble gum. Flavor is bread/cookie, biscut, citrusy/spicy hops, and green apple esters, honey, and bubble gum notes. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation, low creaminess with a sweet texture and dry finish. Overall a nice spring/summer beer to have out doors at the brewpub!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 01/01/11 notes. Picked up a growler of this at the brewpub on 01/01/11. This beer is now called Diabolik, per the menu and Bill Madden:

"Same recipe, different name. I came up with that name when I was brewing at Vintage 50 in Leesburg, the current brewer asked that we not use Devils Due any longer so we put it to rest. Belgian style Strong Golden ales typically have a devil sounding name like Duvel so we came up with Diabolik."

a - Pours a murky yellow-golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, grain, wheat, light spice, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of lemon and citrus, fruity malts, spices, yeast, grass or earthy notes, and

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth and very easy to drink..

d - A pretty decent Belgian strong ale. Nice mouthfeel and some nice citrus in the taste. Very easy to drink for over 8% ABV. Would certainly give another shot.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a mildly-dark golden color with a nice white head and some rings of lacing. Nose brings in some light fruity esters of apple and maybe some stone fruits. Also getting some yeast spice--maybe clove and some light pepper. Taste contains many of the same components and brings forward some more of the fruit; however, there's quite a bit of residual sugar there that overpowers a lot of the more delicate flavors. Medium body with good carbonation. A bit too sweet, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now called Devil's Due, and brewed to 8.8% abv, this one was enjoyed at the brewpub on 09/05/10.

Appearance: A hazy, fairly unattractive pale yellow, with no semblance of head by the time it arrives save a thin collar and one or two dollops of glass lacing that don't themselves last long. Close examination against a light reveals a few streams of tiny bubbles, lazy and dull. Fairly unattractive.

Aroma: A little better. Pungent clove-like spices, cinnamon, citrus, honey, and Candi sugar compliment a few hints of banana and grape. All the right pieces.

Taste: A great Belgian Golden, but too sweet. All the right notes are here - golden Candi sugar, pilsen malts, spicy phenols, grapes, bananas, tropical fruits and citrus. The amount of unfermented sugar here is what keeps this one from a 4.5 or maybe even a perfect score.

Mouthfeel: Good level of carbonation, with a nice amount of lift, but a little too thick with all the unattenuated sugars here.

Drinkability: A great base beer, a great yeast strain, and all the right notes make a strong showing. Either brew this one with a little less sugar or leave it in the fermentation vessel a little longer (and what's wrong with a 9.5% abv golden ale!?), and this one would be spot on.

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Diabolik from Mad Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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