Andelot Cuvee Diabolique | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Andelot Cuvee DiaboliqueAndelot Cuvee Diabolique
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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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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -2.8%
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 -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is crisp and medium-bodied.

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable Belgian.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -4.1%
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 +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of DogFood11
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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 +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Very nice tripel in every way !

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

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 EPseja
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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 yelterdow
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Hunter
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of beersarang
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow pear color with a white head that is frothy and persistant. Lace is sticky and vinous.

Smells quite nice, fruit notes, yeast, apple maybe.

Slightly malty upfront with fruit and spicy something or other towards the end of the sip. Tiny hop bite makes this pleasant.

High carbonation typical of belgians, fairly light to medium bodied.

Drinkable and well priced, I do like this triple.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of WetCoaster
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Boilermaker88
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is good.

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

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Andelot Cuvee Diabolique from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 80.3% out of 100 with 71 ratings
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