Andelot Cuvee Diabolique | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Andelot Cuvee DiaboliqueAndelot Cuvee Diabolique

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-15-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by blakesell:
Photo of blakesell
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle poured into a tasting/pilsner glass.

Appearance- Sparkling golden with a pillowy white head and slight lacing.

Smell- Saaz hops and Hallertau? With spices. Corriander, Cardamom, Allspice? A lot of questionable scents on this one, pine, and pale malts.

Taste- Sweet and light, candi sugars are not at all noticable, hops are high but balanced, and the malt is very subdued.

Mouthfeel- Light and effervescant, high-carbonated and light bodied. Not warming and a big suprise that this one is 8.5.

Drinkability- Very smooth and easy to drink. An excellent precursor to some post tasting beer shopping, which is just what I did. Huzzah to more upcoming beer reviewing!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was a beauty shop for sure. The head was white as the driven snow and came up with little effort. The retention was relentless.

The liquid was that beautiful light orange in color. I just love the light cloudy orange that this one has and that you find in a lot of examples of the style, although the BJCP states that the ale should have good clarity.

Smell – This nose has all the usual suspects. The malts are bready with a bit of yeast and are seasoned with big coriander and white pepper. The hops are grassy and heavenly and the overall sweetness is like a rindy kind of tangerine.

Taste – The sharp hops and spices are large at the taste. They are well-balanced with a good Belgian yeasty compliment. The sweets are subdued and, again, very rindy and not overly sweet or sugary.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit bigger than medium-bodied with some wonderful, aggressive but fluffy carbonation. There’s just the smallest hint of alcohol here, but it is very smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability – This is my idea of a good Tripel. It’s balanced towards hops, has some good but appropriate spicing, and boasts some wonderful carbonation.

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Photo of Dmann
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent offering but nothing really special. I recieved this one in a gift pack of beers from my cousin for christmas and I have been looking at in the fridge for the last week and finally gave in! This beer poured a light hazy golden color with a very fluffy white head that laced very well. The beer also had lots of bubbles and a very clear apperance that enhanced the look. The smell was good with a very peppery scent along with many spices and a slight hop aroma as well. The taste was ok but not what I was expecting. This is a very sharp, allmost tart beer with a large citrus bite in the beginning that tastes like pinnapple and pepper and a sharp aftertaste of spicey hops. I am enjoying the 750ml but I do not know if I would buy any more if I had the chance. Try it for yourself and see.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer with an unusual pedigree: "Brewed and bottled for SB Northwest by Andelot Brewery." While it is brewed in Belgium, and imported by Precept Brands in Seattle, it has something to do with SB Northwest, a marketing company (Shelton Bros?) that also contracts beer from the MacTarnahan's brewery in Portland. Confusing. My point is that it's brewed for the American market. It's still quite decent, well worth trying, although it may be worth searching for a cheaper price (around $6 or so). It pours sunbeam yellow with a deeper shade of gold haze, and a precocious head that settles into large, soft cloudy billows. The aroma is of lemon and pepper and reminds me of late spring/early summer in NYC before it gets too humid (forgive me, this may be an entirely personal association from when I lived there and first started drinking Belgians). The flavor is bright and full, with lots of fruit -- apples, lemons, pears, white grapes, peaches. There is some malt sweetness, and some hop bite, but the beer remains primarily spicy. An alcoholic burn is evident upon larger swigs, but is generally disguised by the black pepper and currant flavors. The mouthfeel is plush; the drinkability pretty good for such a weighty brew. It's a fine tripel, if not a magnificent one. However, since it's not a historic Belgian, I think it could be priced more competitively, along the lines of Ommegang or Unibroue.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This self-proclaimed cuvee pours a hazy yellow-orange with a substancially thick white head, which fades like the fog on the shore...that is slowly.
A few laces are present. They stick to the sides of the glass like they are scared stiff. Smells spicey like a Belgium should, some corriander, orange peel, and lemon earth cuvee want to proclaim home.
The taste is quite typical of it's style, which is earthy and spicy. Saaz hops are quite apparant. The smell is typical it's type, since taste is linked to smell.
Highly carbonated which leaves a nice thick head. And linger on the glass like sticky lip gloss.
Not so much of a session beer. It has a high ABV, so too high would be hard on the palate, however the taste is not too cloying; which would make it hard to get overindulgent easily. But just wait till your wife starts yelling at you to do the dishes.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's make no bones about this, this is clearly marketed to compete with Duvel. But in redemption of that, it's pretty damned good! It's not quite as refined, and there's more yeast character to it, but without tasting it side by side I'd say it's in the ballpark.

That said, it pours a mostly clear yellow-gold body with an orange cast beneath a full head of bright white that holds well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The head retention could be better, but it's certainly good. Slightly harsh. A bit of alcohol becomes apparent as it warms.

The nose is full and tempting, displaying a candyish malt with notes of subtle vanilla and wood.

The flavor is rich and full without overwhelming the palate. It starts with yeast and a touch of sulphur hitting the nose, followed immediately by the first actual contact of beer on tongue revealing a combination of fruit (pineapple, subtle grapefruit) and candyish malt.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a 750 mL bottle of Diabolique that I forgot that I had and found only as we were boxing up our home until a big move. I am drinking it chilled from a Chimay goblet.

A: The ale is a a deeper translucent yellow color with a thick fluffy white head does retains moderately and leaves a pleasant ring of lace around the glass.

S: The ale has a spicy peppercorn aroma that fades quickly into a sweet malt smell.

T: The ale has a peppercorn flavor that flows from the nose. The other spices are somewhat restrained but the beer does have a very caustic impact on the palate with a case of overcarbonation.

M: The mouthfeel is average with nothing memorable standing out.

D: The drinkability is average as well, with nothing that makes this beer shine.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 22oz bottle with no freshness date. I found this at my local Trader Joe's for $5.99, something I hoped would be a good deal and better than their Angelique. Poured into my Duvel glass.
Appearance: slightly hazed golden color topped by a towering soapy white head that left giant chunks of sudsy foam clinging to the glass. Vigorously carbonated, with a solid stream spewing up from the bottom of the glass. Looks very inviting.
Smell: lots of grainy, slightly bready malts and a decent, if somewhat subdued, level of spiciness I've come to expect from a tripel. Some pepper in the nose and a flash of alcohol.
Taste: where the Angelique dubbel was a lifeless, boring concoction, Diabolique has some zip and liveliness. Nice malt tones with the spicy hops coming through much better than what a few deep inhalations would lead you to believe. Some modest tropical fruit flavors but a bold biting spiciness, mainly pepper. Ethereal alcohol warmth left a trail down the throat and in the chest.
Feel: full, creamy and real lively thanks to the high degree of carbonation.
Overall, this was a real pleasant surprise, especially given the price which can't be beat. Diabolique has a good look to it, nice feel and is pretty darn tasty, to boot. One of those rare "gems" amongst the duds at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of waldowin
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a near-crystal clear yellow, with a constant stream of bubbles from the etching on the bottom of the tulip glass. A white head forms very quickly, but fades almost as quickly, leaving just a ring. Good lacing.

Smell is peaches and brown sugar. Sweet, but not overly so.

Taste is of pears, mandarin oranges, and raisins. Not quite cloying, and very heavily carbonated. Almost harsh on the tongue from carbonation, but with a vigorous pour, enough is released to make it just right.

If it wasn't for the alcohol, I'd probably drink a second 750mL of this stuff. A nice light dessert beer, would go well with pasty or pie.

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Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a straw yellow with an orange tint. Two fingers of white suds.
Smell is sweet yeast and alcohol. Plum or grapeskin with caramel sugars.
Taste is a little thin but has a dirty flavor followed by sugary caramel with a bitterness like lemon zest or apple core.
Mouthfeel is pretty clean with a slightly oily residue that makes the mouth water and crave another drink.
8.5% makes this a nice all around beer. Worth drinking the whole thing all at once.

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Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 750ml cork and caged brown bottle a somewhat beclouded light golden orange with a substantial bright creamy white head that evaporates leaving a tight girdle of lace to surround the glass. Nose is fruity, pineapple, tart tones of grapefruit, sweet malt to back it all up, a touch of yeast, quite complex to this old schnozzle, start is lightly sweet, grain presence noticeable, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is stingingly acidic, the hops dynamic in their spiciness, severely dry. In its own way it reminds me of Duvel and maybe even Orval, a fine brew to start out a Saturday afternoon, I also have a bottle of Angelique in my new pint sized DBF, that is within arms reach of the computer. The old DBF is humming away in the garage, loaded with beer that is just in case the old Gusler gets snowed in! lol

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Photo of JackWeizen
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a corked 750 ml with very little on the label. It pours a nice straw yellowish color with a great frothy lasting head, and a slight haze. There is some incredible lacing.

A light citrusy aroma pours from the head, and I really enjoy sticking my nose in this beer. There is hint of spicyness in the flavor. Malt profile is strong but not too complex. The hops are there, but only to balance the malt it seems. I also get hints of champagne, liqorice, caramel and banana.

This beer had a high carbonation, a good crisp character, and isn't too boozy. Its a really good triple for the price. I'll probably try the other offering I saw, Angelique.

This bottle is either going to put me to bed, or send me out on a rampage later.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear sunny golden brew with fine champagne like bubbles.

Smell is light and clean and fresh, smells of coriander and spring flowers and grasses. Mild honey notes in the smell.

Taste is sweet and fruity, clover and coriander flavors come through clean and bright. Mild bitter aftertaste and the aftertaste of honey. A nice perfume of flowers permeates this entire beer, it tastes like Spring. This is VERY similar to Duvel or Hennepin in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Ambrosia sums up the Drinkability. A tasty brew that hides the alcohol content completely. This is a brew in the same class as Hennepin or Duvel.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged. I didn't even finish taking the cage off when the cork went flying from the bottle! So, be careful. Anyway, the beer itself looks nice. Cloudy golden color with the typical belgian head. Lots of bubbly carbonation. Smells very sweet, candy like with just a bit of tropical fruit and percievable alcohol. Taste is thick and malty sweetness. Fruitiness comes with warming. Just a bit of hops to balance this one out just right. Maybe a bit more complexity would have helped though. Mouthfeel is good, smooth and slightly chewy. Good beer. Very Duvel like as has been said before.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a fluffy and creamy had that thins, but maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very doughy and yeasty with a hint of spicy hops and a light fruitiness.

Doughy and yeasty upfront with a light fruitiness. Leads into a spicy hop flavor with a bit more hop bitterness than anticipated from the smell. Finishes with a lingering mix of yeast and hops. Slightly boozy as it warms.

Full body, plenty of carbonation.

Nice drinkable brew, and a quality tripel all-around. Belgian fans will not want to miss this one.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Light golden with a very slight haze. Three fingers of white head rise with great retention and moderate to high lacing.

S - Lots of granny smith apples in the aroma with pear and banana as well. A cinnamon-like spiciness rides over the fruit. Faint phenols dance in the background. Great synthesis of fruit and spice aroma; the most apple/pear-like tripel I've smelled thus far.

T - Exactly what the nose would suggest. At the forefront is something between a big bite from a slightly sour pear and a granny smith apple, and on some sips, I even detect a modest hint of vanilla. Moderate sweetness leads into fleeting notes of lemon zest, cinnamon, lavender, and mint. Diabolique dries out even more late palate with some quick but sharp lemony notes, a medicinal bitterness, and a smidge of alcohol. Aftertaste is rich with cinnamon and lemon juice covered pear slices, with even a touch of salt. Though the brew moves from sweet to less sweet, this remains on the sweet side for the style throughout.

M - Light to medium bodied with a moderate to high carbonation. While I enjoy the crispness, the fruit flavors would have been top notch with a solid medium body.

D - Another excellent beer from De Proef's "-que" line. A definite improvement over Lunatique. Alcohol is well hidden. Though the phenols may be more hidden than a lot of tripels, the fruit character is amazing.

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

Saw this in my local Fred Meyer today, had to have it.
750ml corked brown bottle. poured into a Chimay chalice.
Quite a good looking ale,its a hazy bright gold with a pure white head, slightly frothy.
Nice typical spicy Belgian aroma, quite fruity.
The taste is very pleasant, not mind blowing,pleasant.Mostly spiciness, though has a good fruity/bitter aftertaste.Dryish finish.
Pretty nicelly carbonated and feels refreshing on the palate.
Not the very best beer, but very nice and extremelly drinkable..the high alcohol is barely noticed.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up from Total Wine in Jacksonville Florida. It isn't a bad triple, but it isn't even close to being the best. But, hey, still better than Golden Monkey.

Poured part of a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - It produced a solid 1 finger sea-foam head. Lots of lacing, looks pretty good. It has a hazy translucent golden orange/yellow color.

Smell - I get mostly fruit scents from this one - raisin, banana, pear. I also get notes of clove or allspice, and a slight peppery note. There is a heavy sweet smell highly reminiscent of honey - most likely from the candi sugar. Alcohol makes its presence known as the drink warms.

Taste - The taste is very similar to the scent, only certain characteristics are more pronounced. It is very sweet - lots of candi sugar. The sweetness is closely tied to the fruit flavors - I get lots of orangey citrus with banana and pear. There is a biscuity quality from the malt. The end of the flavor is where I can taste the hops (which are a little too thin) and the spices - clove and pepper. Alcohol makes its presence known as the drink warms. My one complaint with this tripel is that the sweetness dominates too much. It causes the flavor balance to be a little out of whack.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium bodied. There is a good level of carbonation - lots of prickly sensations across the tongue , but it doesn't do enough to cut through the sweetness. The carbonation dies towards the end of the mouthful. However, it does go down very smoothly.

Drinkability - This wasn't a terrible beer. I know that tripels have a high level of sweetness to them, but this one was a little over the top. It caused the overall flavor to be slightly unbalanced and that detracted from the overall enjoyment of the beer. It was okay to drink, and I am glad that I bought it, but I won't cross anymore state lines to buy this one. If I see it again somewhere along my travels, I might pick it up. Since they sell Westmalle and St. Bernardus here, I won't be missing Diabolique anytime soon.

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Photo of xoqx
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This Belgian pours golden with slight to moderate cloudiness depending on how carefully you decant it. For those who love all the yeast, it will be a medium cloudy with superb carbonation appearance. The head is crisp and is continually replenished and maintained by the carbonation expected from the style.

Smell - The smell has a lot of citrus above the yeast.

Taste - Slight medicinal, cloviness shows up in the taste, but I still think this is a very accessible Belgian, even for those not in love with the style. The medium-dry finish reveals some further fruitiness and not much hops.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is crisp and medium-bodied.

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable Belgian.

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Photo of Cascadia
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice apple-juice yellow with a solid, two-finger, pillow-white head. Very nice. There is a small amount of hazing, but overall it is very clean looking. Smells good, nice belgian yeast notes with a little fruity ester finish. Very refreshing first sip, with a musty fruit taste that finishes clean and dry. Second sip turned into a gulp, I like this beer! The 8.5% ABV is almost not even there, this is as drinkable as any beer I've tried. Great with almost any meal, especially chicken or fish, I'd like to have a few of these on hand at all times. Tasty.


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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yellow color with a big pillowy white head, very active carb and sheets of lace. Nice fruity, yeasty, saaz-ish hop aroma and flavor. Cloves and fruit with lots of yummy Belgian yeastiness and a little alcohol. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a bit of airiness.

Very nice tripel in every way !

($6.99 / 25.4 oz / 750 ml tall straight brown champagne style bottle, corked, and caged)

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Photo of StoutyMcHaggis
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just started trying out some imports recently and this is definitely one of the better ones I have tried so far. Its high in alcohol, but I really could not tell while drinking it. Super-thick, frothy head with amazing retention. An amzingly drinkable beer for the amount of alcohol. Very recommended.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with 3 fingers of foam. Good carbonation is evident. No visible sediment.

S: Not much smell. A little malt comes through with hints of sweetness, but not much overall.

T:Nice malty bite up front. Caramel is hidden in the background. A slight bite from the alcohol, but not overpowering. Not bad.

M:A little grainy, but smooth. Good carbonation. Goes down easy. Nice alcohol warming in the end.

D: If the style suits you, this is definitely a drinkable beer. A little strong for a session beer, but a nice take on the style. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Portertime
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know the devil could be so sweet! I enjoyed this one in my Chimay goblet. Poured a reddish orange color with a monster head. Smelled like a fruit basket, malty and sweet, a far cry from Bezelbuth and Old Nick barley wine. Taste was of apples, ginger ale, pear, banana, butterscotch, a little tropical and very viscous. I couldn't stand more than one bottle at a time.

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Andelot Cuvee Diabolique from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 71 ratings