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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 71
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 FatCaster
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rung in the new year with this nice caged bottle of joy. A nice way to spend a quiet holiday for me and the female.

A--Very pretty in my opinion. Poured into a mug, creating a fluffy, foamy head that would not die over top of a very cloudy corn yellow with a touch of orange. Tiny little bubbles streamed up the sides.

S--Sweet grains, and fruit with a touch of grassiness. Pleasant and inviting.

T--Starts sweet and fruity, with apples and pears, fades to french bread and finishes with a tingling, effervescent touch of alcohol bitterness.

M--Thick in the mouth initially, but the bubbles break up the show and hide most of the alcohol. Watch out.

D--Basic lack of bitterness makes this very drinkable, but thickness made me pretty full after half the bottle.

This beer was exactly what I was looking for: a substitute for champagne. If one seeks a more in your face, dense, or exciting beer, look elsewhere. But for a bottle of fun and a fruity complex taste, this was very satisfying.

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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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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 JackWeizen
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 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 Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Maudite chalice. Presented with a thick fluffy white head that dissipated into a thin consistent layer of foam. Decent amount of lacing throughout the tasting. Orange-gold and cloudy in appearance. Scents of yeast and citrus. Taste similar to nose with the addition of a mild banana flavor, clove and possibly coriander; reminded me a little of a witte in some regards. Very lively in the mouth; carbonation left a clean crisp sensation at the finish. A really nice brew, but as with the Angelique, not what I expected, but a pleasant experience nonetheless.

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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 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 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 brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light honey color with a foamy head that deposits lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Lemon, banana, pear and green apple tartness with a hint of candi sugar

Taste: Opens with a tart fruit aspect with underlying hints of candi sugar that becomes quite yeasty by mid-palate; after the swallow the spiciness of clove and coriander make an appearance and the finish is rather bready

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation; warmth from the alcohol in spades at the end

Drinkability: Although there are a variety of flavors and the beer is well-crafted, I can't say I really enjoy it; there is a harshness to the finish that is off-putting to me

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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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 4th in the series of 'ique' beers that have recently been distributed to the area. The beer pours an intriguing solid yellow, and slightly golden color with a mild haze and very well headed. It holds the apprearace of lightness and airiness, and actively carbonated. Aromas abound with fruity (peaches, pineapples, lemons, and mangos) and follow up with a light berry tartness and pronounced alcohols. Light hopping adds a pepery note and an aged quality. The beer tastes quite sweet with the ripe summer fruits and lighter pilsner malts. Sweetness is checked by snappy spices of pepper and acidity. Increasingly tart as the beer flows into the finish. Sweet, but powdery to the palate with a mostly-dry, moderately-sweet finish, with an emphasis on warming alcohols. Could be the best of the Cuvee series.

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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 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 oelergud
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden translucent body with abit of ruby. White beautiful head of tiny to medium bubbles. Good retention and great lace.
Sweet and slightly spiced malts. Caramel and abit of citrus and butter.
Butter, some pepper, strong malts with lots of spice and a generous amount of hops, pretty well balanced. Sweet and strong aftertaste.
Medium body, good coating and slightly dry.
Good drinkability.


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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 ccrida
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork on a 750ml bottle and poured into my St. Feuillien goblet, the Diabolique is golden colored with slight chill haze and very active streamers, upon which rests a rocky, 2-finger white head that is very slow to subside and leaves thick clingy lace. Very impressive, this is pretty much exactly what I look for in a tripel, though if I nit-pick, I prefer more yellow then orange. Upon further inspection, the darker color is the only thing that leans more tripel then BSPA.
The aroma is moderate, soft malt and tropical fruits, with a touch of spiciness and fair amount of fusel alcohol.
The taste starts out spicy and with a sharp mineral twang before softening and growing sweeter, lots of fruit and pilsner malt, and finishing pretty cleanly with a just a touch of hop bitterness. Neither bad nor great, the astringency up front is probably not overcome by the sweetness and moderate depth that follows, although the disparity diminishes significantly as it warms. This is much more like a BSPA then a tripel, quite clearly a Duvel clone. I'm not scoring it as a tripel, as there is not indication on the bottle that it is marketed as such, again, clearly a Duvel style BSPA ("Belgian Ale" on label), confirmed by my tasting. I feel the distinction becomes clear as you let the Diabolique warm, where the fruitness of the yeast clearly asserts itself over the spice. The finish is maybe not as dry as some BSPAs, and as it warms, the fusels become more assertive.
The mouthfeel is pretty nice, medium bodied but smooth and creamy, yet nicely carbonated.
The drinkablity on this is pretty high. Not fantastic, but nicely done and easy drinking, interesting and stronger then it seems, aside from the nose. As it warmed up it really began to win me over, so that I really milked my last 1/2 glass, wishing I had another bottle. Also, it is one of the more affordable Belgians, at least in Portland, which invariably increases the drinkability. After having their Angelique, which was sub-par, the Diabolique was a pleasant surprise. Still, I don't like the fact that both of those beers are clones of true classics...I'm interested (mildly) to see if any of De Proefbrouwerij's other beers from the Andelot line are actually unique!

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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 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 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 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 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 Drew966
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Andelot Cuvee Diabolique pours a golden yellow with a large white head from a brown 750 ml corked and caged bottle. It has some fruit in the aroma. I like the taste it's got a nice amount of candy and fruit flavors in a pleasant balance. Quite enjoyable.

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