Devil's Advocate | Church Street Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.84/5
47 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Church Street Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
churchstreetbrew.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Recipe change in 2015 upped the ABV from 8.8 to 10.0.

Devil's advocate begs the questions: What happens when you take a ton (literally) of Pilsen malt, put it through a decoction mash, boil it up, add another 500 lbs of Belgian candy and kane sugar, and then add some of Duvel's world famous yeast? The answer: A spicy, sweet, and dangerously drinkable Belgian golden strong ale.

Added by LisaMDG on 04-05-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,741
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
47
pDev:
7.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate pale yellow colored highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film covering about 40% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet Belgian candi sugar and pale malts over the top of light to moderate aromas of spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts and moderate to strong amount of Belgian candi sugar sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spicy Belgian yeast and a hint of earthy hops which leaves a hint of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a lingering moderate sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very sweet though that sweetness does help to hide the 10% ABV. Not enough hop presence to balance this one out. Enjoyable but don't think I will be looking for this one again.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar consisting of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian candi sugar are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of candi sugar and has a light amount of associated sweetness. Notes of pale malts and hints of yeast are also present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite sweet for the style and doesn't have enough hops to balance things out, although any traces of alcohol are well hidden in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of donspublic
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into NB tulip, 1+ finger cream colored head, recedes rather quickly, good lacing. Hazy bright yellow in the glass. Nice Belgian esters on the nose, fruity, some clove and maybe a touch of banana. Taste is initially fruity esters, biscuit malt, belgian candi sweetness, juicy fruit, some mild clove, a hint of citrus in the middle with some sweetness, but manages to achieve a semi dry spicy finish. They slightly reigned this guy in, but I think this is bordering on a tripel. Easy drinking beer the amount of sugar that was dumped in this beer it is amazing that it isn't a hot beer, but no alcohol detected. And the yeast, great choice getting the Duvel strain. This is a beer that would get me in a lot of trouble if I had easy access to it.

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Photo of smithj4
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CanadianGinge
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Budlum
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyLarue
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krl2112
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Klister
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Azpittil57
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dwillie733
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, a good strong ale. Strong taste with aroma of banana. Will buy again

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Photo of MaxOhle
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jtall78
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this one. It was golden, opaque in color with little head and some lace. The aroma gave off a little banana with some citrus. The taste was midly fruity upfront, followed by a nice touch of hop and yeast throughout the end. The finish was smooth with no overpowering from any part of the beer. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtransel
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is pineapple juice, very perfumed/slightly off and slight sweetness. The flavor is pineapple/pineapple juice, tropical fruit/fruit, pale malts, Belgian yeast and an alcoholic/warming finish.

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Photo of isuhultine
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of banana notes. The booze is masked very well

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: complex malt and yeast notes, almost berry or sweet bananas. Tangy candy sugars. Gold/honey color, semi opaque, average head with some lace.Medium body, with a fruit aftertaste, smooth. 27 IBUs

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Photo of EdFed
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NappyB
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NateMac13
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of firkingroovin
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jimmygord
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Devil's Advocate from Church Street Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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