Andelot Cuvee Diabolique | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Andelot Cuvee DiaboliqueAndelot Cuvee Diabolique

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +27.2%
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 4on4off
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am new to this but i must say , out of all the of the brews i have tried as of late this one has been my favorite! I enjoy the aroma , I enjoy the flavor , and I have bought several to this date. I myself have been a scotch drinker but have left it on the shelf as of late as I have been frolicking among the rather enjoyable flavors i have recently encountered. I am new at this and perhaps I am not doing it right but I really really reallly like this beverage and wish to explore more as I am sure I will!

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Photo of smttycty
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky gold from a 11.2 oz. bottle, with a huge head and good retention (thankfully because I couldn't keep my nose out of it). Thick, sticky lacing on my pint glass. The nose on this was a delight: tart and musky scents wafted, some floral, rich compost pungence, and fruity esthers from the classic Belgium yeast that I love. When I finally took a sip I was surprised by light fruit (bananas, cantalope), of course the alcolol was there, some butter and a light zest from hops. I didn't get the maltiness of a true tripel, and the balance and nuances made me think of a well-crafted Belgium pale ale, with only the alcohol heating to betray the style. The mouthfeel was juicy and lively. Picked this up with some of the Angelique at an outlet store here in Portland. It was cheap and I was happy to find it undamaged. A lot going on here and a real pleasure to sift through all that character.

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Photo of Braudog
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 330ml bottle into a snifter. This presented itself as a valiant citizen of Belgium ... golden orange, hazy and opaque with a mushroom cloud of white foam to cap it off. The first waft gives me an aroma of lemon grass and a sweet fresh springtime air ... very inviting and seductive. The flavor is grand, but light and fruity, almost as sweet as a pineapple fruit cocktail. As I slowly sip it on this cold February night, I want for a warm sunny day in a European cafe with a plate of soft cheese. Superb! (#2677, 2/3/07)

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Looks exactly like ginger ale. Slightly cloudy pale apricot with fine, furious carbonation. Loose, light fluffy head, though a bit small for a tripel. Decent duration and classic lace.

Smell: Sort of tripel light. It's all here, yeast funk, clove, ginger, strong red apple, an overall bright fruitiness, but it's a bit faint. (Note: On a second tasting went from Duvel glass to Westmalle chalice, which surprisingly intensified the scent tremendously.)

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow, really nice. Coats the tongue with a unique, almost lush fruitiness followed by a spice wallop. (It could probably pass for a saison, in fact.) Finishes with a lemony citrus bite and a bit of peppery spice burn--I like it a lot. Mouthfeel is very soft up front with pillowy carbonation, but dries out and tightens up in the finish. Again, me likey.

Drinkability: Great outright; factor in price, it's insane. From what I understand this is a bit of a odd duck, a US contract-brewed actual Belgian tripel. Sounds complicated, but the result is simple: a $12 beer for $6. I can live with that. An unqualified success--I'm stocking up.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +8.1%
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 StoutyMcHaggis
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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 KimenTshom
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of OStrungT
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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 NoLiberty
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

App: Pours a true golden color. Incredibly clear and clean with a nice big white head that settles into a solid cap for the full beer. Nice head retention and good coverage all around. Really quite beautiful. Says "golden" all over it.

Aroma: Nice big, sweet, bready, estery fruits and yeast. Wheat, malt and freshness. Good overall but the aromas are almost stronger than the flavor.

Taste: Sparkling apple juice. Earthy with slightly sweet esters. Has a nice undertone taste of apple cider fresh after the pressing with a mild cedar bite. Slight earthy funkiness in the front.

Mouth: Velvety good. Nice water. Sweet, full, but not thick. Medium to full bodied. Just right. Nice, nice, very present, soft but not biting carbonation.

Drink: Wonderful drinkability. Would be perfect with an appetizer course.

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Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Cascadia
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 abcsofbeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as an after dinner drink post Thanksgiving dinner. Pours a light golden yellow color topped with a creamy white head. There is a good amount of lacing ringing the glass that accompanies the excellent head retention.

The aroma is buttery and very aromatic. It is somewhat sharp and reminds me of some strong cheeses. I detect a faint whiff of alcohol in there as well.

Taste is creamy and fruity. There is a nice bitterness in the backend.

Mouthfeel is tangy and highly carbonated. Light to medium bodied. Overall, a very tasty ale.

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Photo of blakesell
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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 PatrickJR
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 HochFliegen
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured this dull orange colored beer with lots of carbonation has a very fluffy cotton like opaque colored head that laces the glass and lasts all the way thru.

The smell was very yeasty with some spice in there as well. Also citrus scents, the zinging freshness of lemon as well. Also some green apple scents as are also there.

The taste was very strong and was filled with a spicy earthy and slightly hoppy in the aftertaste.

This beer is very nice. The carbonation hits the tounge and sends a rush of flavors through the mouth.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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 AlexJ
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woo freakin # 600 here!

I agree with the sentiment that this is modeled after Duvel, down to the shape of the 12 oz. bottle, devilish reference, and overall flavor profile. Not quite there yet, but what we have is an excellent tripel unique in it's own right.

An aggressive pour into my Duvel tulip reveals a murky peach colored brew with a frothy 2 fingers of pure white head. It settles quicky, depositing plenty of thick lace as it goes. In a contest of appearances, Duvel wins by a landslide.

Aroma is a remarked improvement over the appearance. Honey drizzled spice cake with cool pinapple, mango, and green apple fruit mingled with dry, spicey yeast and faint nuances of white pepper and clove. Actually a very nice nose overall.

Flavor is thankfully on par, dry tropical fruit and pinapple with a touch of oak is shadowed by a zesty citrus tingle with overatures of cotton candy and powdered white grape Kool-Aid. Finish has a very mild note of earthy hops and some lingering cool fruit. Not very complex, but very approachable and tastey. This is 8.5%, coulda' fooled me.

Body is medium, lively, and spritzy. It has a clean, crisp mouthfeel and fluffy, effervescent texture. Definately the best of the Cuvee Andelot releases.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured mid yellow with a big fat head. The nose is yeasty and pleasant. The beer tasted to me like a Duvel with less complexity but with more softness on the finish. As it warmed up the beer created its own identity and really showed some class. Unlike some Duvelalikes this didn't have that harsh alsohol burn on the backend.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a lightly hazy, straw-tinged, yet full gold color that is topped by a frothy, largish bubbled, initially three-finger thick, off-white colored head. The aroma is pleasantly fruity; a mix of tart plum, green apple, fragrant flowers and even a touch of musty earthiness. Citrus like aromatic notes make me think of lemon and orange zest; in fact the orange aromatics are quite present.

The beer has a zesty carbonation to it that provides an immediate prickly sensation as soon as it hits my mouth. It has a certain fullness to it, yet is definitely pretty light, and definitely easy drinking. Sweet grain notes accentuate an orange peel flavor that makes itself known throughout the flavor profile, though it does not linger on in the finish. Spicy notes of white pepper, and perhaps a note of astringent ginger mix with the carbonation to provide a sharp counter point to the malt and citrus notes. The beer finishes with a nice bitterness and a continued herbaceous astringency.

This beer is quite nice, I had written off this series of beers after trying the Angelique, but this has certainly restored my faith in these brews. Someone mentioned that there was a touch of Brettanomyces beer used in making this. I am not entirely sure this is the case yet, but this does have a touch of musty, lightly funky character that adds to the overall complexity of this brew. This is a really nice brew, selling for a great price at my local Trader Joe's; I just may have to pick up a couple more.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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 RedDiamond
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Diabolique is an exceptionally bright yellow, hazy Belgian ale in the apparent gravity range of a tripel. It is profoundly carbonated with a tall snowy head (think Don King hairdo died white) and sports a fair measure of errant yeast specks floating about in the mix. Not surprisingly, the aroma boasts of a strong yeasty presence with notes of grapefruit and all things tart and puckering. It comes in a brown 750 ml bottle with a slippery cork that practically disgorges itself.

The taste is strongly shaped by yeasts with a dry pleasing tartness, pepper-spice and lemon rind flavor, and all around Belgian profile. This flavor is especially piquant and is probably derived from a substantial infusion of candi sugar and other adjuncts. This may not appeal to everyone. Still, for what is essentially a Belgian contract brew for the American west coast market, Diabolique provides a low-key, mid-priced tripel with pizzazz.

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Andelot Cuvee Diabolique from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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