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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of beersarang
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -0.8%
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 -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 Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is good.

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

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Andelot Cuvee Diabolique from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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