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Andelot Cuvee Diabolique | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Andelot Cuvee DiaboliqueAndelot Cuvee Diabolique

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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 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 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 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 SethB2
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A - Beer pours a well-carbonated murky orangish color with a nice (and lasting) snow white head.

S - Belgian yeast, fruits, and a bit of citris. I bit of sour apple is also present.

T - Boozy grapes, banans and spices. A little grassy at the finish, which is not unpleasant. Normally I don't favor beers that stick their abv right out there like this one does, but it blends well with the background flavors making a good tasting beer.

M - Meduim and maybe a tad over carbonated.

D - Good stuff, though I don't agree with the Tripel designation. I drinks like a Belgian Strong Pale, but whatever.

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

Well-bubbled brilliant gold beneath a monsterous head of aged ivory that filled nearly the entire glass after a standard pour. The cap is all kinds of sticky and is leaving gooey remnants of lace on the upper reaches of the glass. A second pour results in an even rockier, more dishelveled look. On the strength of the head alone, this one gets a big number.

Although it doesn't blow me away, the aroma is very nice. Pale malt stays in the shadows while fruit and spice shine. Diabolique is tangily fruity (pears, apples) as well as white pepper, cardamom and clove spicy. I'd like a little more verve and a little more definition, but all in all, I'll take it.

Like the nose, I'm not tempted to the describe the flavor as more than good. I'm amazed at how many good tripels are being brewed. Or maybe it's simply that this is my favorite Belgian style and, like IPAs, I tend to give them a great deal more leeway and a large benefit of the doubt. No question though, this is solid beer.

Diabolique isn't as fruity as some tripels, or as spicy, yet there's very little shortage of flavor. Dessicated lemon zest, Granny Smith apples and snappily tart, unripe pears swim in a white pepper and clove-flecked, light candi sugar syrup. Despite that description, I find myself reaching for a bit more complexity and coming up empty (the biggest reason why the taste score is in no danger of being nudged upwards as I drink). To be fair, the flavor improves with each passing ounce, especially in the bottom of the bottle.

Tripels, more than most styles, tend to vary widely in terms of sweet versus bitter-dry. This beer favors the former, but isn't far from the middle of that continuum. Even though the 8.5% is masked fairly well, a few more months in the bottle might tone things down that last little bit in terms of an alcohol presence on the palate. I'm noticing that the other flavors fade just prior to the finish, allowing a medicinal ethanol flavor to get a toe in the door. A minor complaint, but still...

I wish the mouthfeel would make up its mind between full-sticky and light-airy. It's somewhere in the middle and, therefore, feels uncommitted. The generous, and still vigorous, carbonation is right about where it should be.

De Proefbrouwerij may have been trying to capitalize on the popularity of Duvel when they gave Diabolique its name and its colors. In any case, this is a fine example of the tripel style that, nevertheless, doesn't have quite enough personality or distinctiveness to be counted among the world's best. It's still tasty stuff though.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle but with a red background label instead of the white show here in the picture. I poured mine into a snifter glass. It appears they are reaching for a Duvel attitude here.

This is a pretty solid looking tripel: the expected gold color with vigorous carbonation and a nice 1.5 in. head of briliant white that retained in craggy islands and blips foam as I drank the glass. Thin lacing hung from the inside of the glass. The beer's nose lacked the complexity and spiciness I've come to expect: kind of direct and straight maltiness. The beer itself was light bodied and refreshing in some manner, while having a malty sweetness and a dry alcohol finish. The finish was nicely spiced and well rounded with a dry, alcohol flavored aftertaste. The drinkability was decent, I finished most the bottle by myself, but I would be tempted to reach for a St. Bernardous or Hoblen Chouffe before it. Although, the amazing price I purchased this bottle for - at a Fred Meyer in Salem, OR - was phenomal: $5.59. Still a slightly undistinguished brew.

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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 hoo...review # 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 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 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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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 GCBrewingCo
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale straw with an white and extremely frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to coat the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was fruity with a spicy phenolic character of pepper. The fruits were citrus and pineapple with a definite wheat character presence.

The flavor was light with a estery fruit profile of pineapple and a phenolic charcacter with pepper. The flavor was light and fruity and also contained a citrus presence and a moderate bittering.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruity presence and light spice into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and the carbonation level made for a creamy mouthfeel. The beer was easily drinkable, but not overly complex. No alcohol was present in the flavor, aroma or warming after consumption, so this beer, at 8.5%, might be one to tread on lightly.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

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

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Trader Joes back in September for $6.49.

Nice looking brew pours a solid golden color with plenty of fluffy head that is leaving a nice lacing in my Duvel glass. Nose is a nice perfume of sweet grains with fruity overtones. Taste is fairly grainy, fruity, somewhat sweet, and finishes with a generous hop that balances the grainy beginning nicely. Mouthfeel is nice and lively and full for the style. Overall drinkability is good, a very nice tripel I would recommend to those who enjoy this style.

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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 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 orsulacp
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with nice white head that dropped quickly, but did retain for the whole glass, with plenty of lacing. The color was a slightly cloudy yellowish orange. The first thing I smelt was apricots then some clove spiciness. The taste starts with apricots, semi-sweet, then a bit of the spiciness from the hops. Lively carbonation and a medium body left little after taste, not quite dry but very refreshing.

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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 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 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 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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Andelot Cuvee Diabolique from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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