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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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-15-2004

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of jrob21
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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 dgherm
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of wavz
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice pale hay color with light head for a belgian ale.

S- Yeasty with a hop aroma you dont usually find with belgain ales with hints of orange and citrus.

T- First thing that hits your tounge is the sweetness of a belgian ale but the hops jump up right after. Almost a nice unexpected bitterness to the finish of this beer.

M- Smooth and not as carbonated as most BA's.

D- At first try I was a bit disapointed, but this beer is starting to grow on me as I like the hoppiness. Not my favorite, but a must try.


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Photo of yelterdow
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served too cold (more on that in a minute) in an Ommegang chalice. Paired with a buffalo burger.

I have to begin by saying that this Belgian Tripel went through a strange metamorphosis through its half-hour lifespan in my glass. My ratings began on the low side (2-2.5) for the taste/mouthfeel/drinkability, and then climbed to their present levels. A word of advice- serve this at cellar temp, then wait another 15 minutes. This needs time to mellow in the glass.

Appearance- Pale straw like a pilsner, but showcasing a terrific pillowy head with tight bubbles. Good retention, but not great.

Smell- Light, grassy hop character with a note of coriander. Typical for the style, only a bit more subtle.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability- At first, when this was sampled too cold, the carbonation was horribly aggressive, to the degree that I wouldn't go any further with my tasting. After letting it sit ten more minutes, and swirling it to release some more carbon dioxide, it improved noticably. The mouthfeel and overall drinkability gained a point as well, and the fruit, spices, and hop notes became more evident.

Overall, a tripel that I will pass up next time in favor of a new beer or an old favorite.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 750 ml bottle that is corked and caged. Orange golden color with a frothy white head and great retention.

Smell: Fluffy floral aroma with a malty spiciness. Very refreshing aromas.

Taste: Metallic, malty, sweet, spicy. Floral undertones with a refreshing burst of clean watery and malty flavor. Some mild corriander and clove spicings bring the distinct Belgian flavor. Otherwise it is uneventful.

Mouthfeel: Sandy, sticky, decent.

Drinkability: Bready and sweet. The taste is rather unimpressive when compared with the nose. Decent but not spectacular.

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Photo of EPseja
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at fridge temperature (initially) in a chalice. However, scores recorded are the revised numbers *after* letting it warm up to above cellar temperature.

A - Light straw yellow with a moderate haze and a marshmallowy head. Decent lacing. Very nice looking triple.

S - Clean, light citrus notes along with spicy hoppiness. Unassuming, yet distinctly pleasant for the style.

T - Sweet organic taste with a citrusy hoppiness and just enough body to veil the alcohol. Nothing too special here. [Taste was originally 3.0 at fridge temperature due to the unchecked alcohol presence.]

M - Active mouthfeel; grows on the tongue but subsides to a frothy wave in time for the swallow. [Mouthfeel was originally 2.5 at fridge temperature due to the fact that it blew up in the mouth so badly that it took away from the taste and made it hard to sip.]

D - Not the smoothest tripel I've had, but at the correct temperature, it's average. [Drinkability was originally a 2.0 at fridge temperature due to the fact that it's crazy carbonation made me belch and feel bloated -- something a drinkable beer doesn't do.]

In conclusion, this beer is a prime example of the importance of drinking your beers at the correct temperature, although having a little less carbonation to begin with wouldn't hurt this beer either. I would even go as high as 55 degrees as the recommended serving temperature.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a pale and very cloudy orange with a big white lacy head that never leaves. The aroma is funky to the nth degree, sugar cane, very sweet smell with some tropical fruits, mango, pears and champagne-soaked strawberries. Flavor is a little too funky for my tastes. Very sweet with a light passion fruity sweetness to it that tries to balance it. A tad bit of bitterness at the end does little to offset the sweetness, which leads to a noticeable alcohol warming.

This brew just tastes overly sweet to me, too much like champagne with two scoops of sugar. I'll go for something with a little less funk (and more balance) next time.

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Photo of clvand0
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear yellow color with a tall head that falls slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy and has some light fruitiness. The flavor is surprisingly full. Lots of light fruits with a low spice profile. This beer isn't as interesting as I thought it would be - it's kind of like a Pilsner with a slightly more interesting flavor character. The body is very full and it has good drinkability.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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 DogFood11
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle corked and caged. Served in a tulip at around 50 degrees.

Big fluffy white head with excellent ring lacing.

The smell was of the typical yeasty,clove belgian tripel but there is an earthy/grass type taste that is welcomed. Nice hop finish along with the perfect carbonation stings the dark fruits into your buds. All the elements are there it just didn't produce that WOW. Very nice tripel but they are up against tough competition in the style.

($5.99 at trader joe's for the big bottle) August '05

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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 atsprings
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a beautiful yellow with a great frothy lasting head that left great spotty lacing. The aroma had a great spiciness and malt aroma. The taste has a good spiciness and hop presence. The beer has an extremely overpowering alcohol presence, one that seems to be much more than 8.5%. This is yet another moderately respectable Tripel that is far from the best.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, caged & corked. Got a nice solid "pop" when I pulled the cork. Poured into Westmalle trappist chalice.

This pours a very clear golden straw color, perfect white head, and plenty of caorbonation present. As the head slightly fades lacing is quite evident all around.

Aroma is belgian yeast, grains, some mild spices, and sweet fruit like Pineapple and Tangereine possibly...

Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, somewhat dry. A bit sweet for my taste, but this style usually is. It is a pretty easy drinker for 8.5%. Overall, fairly enjoyable, and not overly complex.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of waldowin
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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 leedorham
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden in color with a white head and strong lacing. Very active carbonation.

The aroma has a bit of spicy character to it but I'm not picking up the normal fruity apple aroma that I get from a tripel.

This is a very drinkable tripel. There is just enough spice and hop character and not too much fruitiness to it. Very dry. Goes down without the usual warmth of a high abv brew. Nothing overpowering about it at all.

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Photo of freed
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle on my birthday and just cracked it open tonight. Pours a deep cola brown with a turbulent cap of brownish foam. Lacing on the side of the glass, and little active carbonation in the body.

The aroma is generally yeast-influenced and tends towards the cidery. A very mild toasted malt aroma can be sensed as well.

The taste is bright with yeast effect - apples, bread, more apples, and finally malt. There's a nice sour finish, partly from the roasted malt, and partly from the curve of the yeast flavoring. Nice but on the less interesting side.

Drinks easily and goes well with food, but nothing spectacular. Toning down the yeast flavors or improving the malt body might make it better.

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Photo of xoqx
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Hunter
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like so many tripel's this pours an enormous head. Pillowy cloud of white foam sitting atop a hazy brew colored a light pear (green gold) with moderate carbonation and soapy, thick lace.

Aroma is light and fruity. Candi sugar, alcohol, and lemongrass all make an appearance. This is nice.

Flavor is less complex than one would expect. Spicy, semi-sweet, but almost completely bowled over by a scouring from the carbonation. Mouthfeel is sharp and slightly harsh. Aftertaste is clean and carries a fruit tang to it.

Overall, a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Dmann
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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 woemad
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge-ass 750ml bottle I picked up at the Cheese Monger's Shoppe in Leavenworth, WA for $8.99 back in June. According to the label, it's "Brewed and bottled for SB Northwest" by the brewery in Belgium listed here as the brewers. WTF? A contract brewed Belgian? I'm glad this site agrees with my assessment that this is a tripel, seeing as how the bottle is rather uninformative as to style. It describes the contents as being a "Belgian Ale." Thanks for the hot tip! Personally, I had already gathered that by the "Product of Belgium" that is perched above the beer's name on the label. The bottle was caged and corked, and I had to use a wine bottle opener to remove the cork (god damned arthritis).

This poured a cloudy, lemon yellow color, with a HUGE white head that took forever to dissipate. Lots of lace was left behind in my Duvel glass. A very attractive beer. Once the head had seemed to dissipate, a slight agitation of the glass was all that was needed to bring back a finger of foam (and I have thick fingers - arthritic, but thick).

The smell of this is citrus and spices - coriander, I suppose (coriander is one of those spices I see mentioned a lot in reviews of beers of this type, but is one I have little experience with. Someday I'm gonna buy some just to snort it and know exactly what the hell the stuff is like). It's rather tart smelling, like smelling a grapefruit someone has dumped a bunch of spices onto - in a good way.

The taste is pretty much what was foretold in the smell. This is a tartly citrusy, spicy tasting tripel. I have to grade it down, however, because there is a somewhat nebulous raw grainy taste that is a tad off-putting. It makes this beer seem a little bit less refined than other tripels I have known. I suppose this is the difference between a good beer and a great beer, but it's still noticeable to me. Nonetheless this is a fine tasting beer, just not of the first rank.

The mouthfeel is just about right for a Belgian tripel. This is medium bodied, alnmost full bodied, but with the heavy carbonation that is normal for the style, it's not a burden to drink at all, and goes down rather easy. Certainly the rather high abv is well hidden.

For a decent price, this is a perfectly good tripel. What I paid for it was a little above what most reviewers have, due, probably, to the fact that I bought this in a store located in a town best described as a tourist trap. However, if I could get this at around $5.99, I'd consider this a good tripel to have on-hand. While not a session beer (8.5% ABV), this is an easy enough beer to drink if you don't mind the drier citrusy aspects of a Belgian beer. This would probably be too tart and dry for a newcommer to craft beer, however.

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Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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 Portertime
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Liquid lemon merengue splashed with a little orange. Pretty hazaey, yet bright when held to the light. Had a very hard time seeing the bubbles. Had to sqint my eyes and press my nose to the glass in order to look at the par bubbling. The aroma is a light candied fruit. Peaches, pears, apples. Very fruity smelling beer. But not overpowering. The light hops and a hint of spices help out the overall aroma. The taste is a fluffy apple splash mixed with afew spices and a flash of hops. Thebackbone is all dry, pale malts. You can feel the bubbles more than you can see them. Slight warmth to go along the finish of the beer. Great looking bottle and a pretty good tasting beer inside of it.

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Andelot Cuvee Diabolique from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
3.93 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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