Andelot Cuvee Mystique | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Andelot Cuvee MystiqueAndelot Cuvee Mystique

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.4%

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of yeti123
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark brown hue with a thick cap of frothy tan foam. When held up to the light, there is a nice dark ruby hue and evidence of a haze-free body. Quite good looking.

Smell: a fruity aroma hits me first, with plum, pear, apple, raisin ... aromas associated both with Belgian dark ales and with more orchardy tripels. There's a nice deep, dark malt underneath as well, which provides for a nice experience indeed.

Taste: dark malt with a fair amount of chocolate character, followed by an alcohol fruitiness. There's a tiny bit of medicinal phenolic character here, and in this small amount I feel like it adds a nice complexity. Alcohol bite is strong, but overall I feel like it is balanced and nicely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant Belgian creaminess. I dig it.

Overall: this is quite a good beer. Overall, I think I like it quite a bit more than other Proefbrouwerij offerings. Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep reddish mahogany with a one finger light tan head and lacing. Great retention. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, malty and bit sour. Flavor is sweet and roasted malt, dark fruits. Finishes with a pleasant strong roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Close to a Belgian stout. Not very complex and the flavor is subdued, but very pleasant. A surprisingly good dark ale.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark brown. Very opaque, extremely cloudy. Small off white head with decent retention.

S: Caramel and molasses upfront. Cream, malt, and mild hints of dark fruit.

T/M: Big bittersweet chocolate, molasses, honey, sweet heavy cream and fresh hop flavor on the initial sip. Smooth malts and nice subtle hop bite balance well. Hints of roasted coffee seep through the other flavors at some point. Mildly spicy with a rich, thick and reasonably full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavor is complex, and entirely tolerable. Smooth molasses-like aftertaste.

D: Spectacular! A great Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of harrymel
1.33/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This one gushed out of the bottle. Pours nice dark brown with head upon agitation only. Smells like a fermented cantaloupe. Not good. Downright nasty. Luckily, tastes a little better, but notebough to save this one. The beer has resin like falcon with hints of coffee and hemp. Medium mouthfeel. Nothing special. Got this one on clearance, and now I know why.

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color yes a tan head. Head falls to about nothing. Thin lace.

Aroma is of sweet malts and candied sugar. Bit of a roasted smell there too.

Taste is like the aroma. Sweet sugar malts up front with a roasted taste. Coffee flavor in there too, that's different.

Rather thick mouthfeel and lowish carbonation.

Not bad, mostly average but drinkable.

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Photo of terrapinfan88
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Plum colored with amber highlights, foamy off white head that dissipates into a thin ring.

Smell: Red wine, dark fruits, chocolate

Taste: Raisin, plum, subtle chocolate, the chocolate is more predominant on the exhale.

Mouthfeel: Slightly tart upfront, Earthy malty dryness with a clean finish.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable for its ABV couldn't really taste the booze at all. The mouthfeel and taste were not extreme enough to dissuade me from wanting more.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like chocolate and day-old coffee, with some brown sugar and nutmeg.
T: It tasted like rich milk chocolate with some brown sugar and a little Belgian yeast and coffee. It had a bitter but clean aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little smooth carbonation.
D: This had a nice smell and taste, and good body with well hidden alcohol. So it was very easy to drink and enjoy. Not sure if age would improve this beer, but it was good fresh. Nothing really special, and there are other beers that are clearly better in this style. But it was still easily enjoyable.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque chocolate brown with little light passing through. Tan head is fine and thick. Good retention as a film.

Smells malty sweet like molasses and figs.

The taste is like toasted brown sugar and molasses with a bit of a nutty element.

Feels moderate to full. The carbonation is consistent throughout and fairly soft.

Pretty good dark ale, a little different than some others. Has some elements of a double but also elements of a nut brown and a stout. Interesting number, don't know if I would have it again but I'd like to try more from this brewery based on this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dispenses from the bottle a clearish, robust-looking brown body with a thinnish, beige head.

Smell: Vibrant fruit melange in the aroma, displaying full notes of green raisins, tart cherries, and even well-ripened apricots. Pinch of earthy well-ground spices. Sturdy breadiness, along with some sweetish hint of caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Moderately sweet dark malt character with tastes of dark caramel sauce, light chocolate, brown sugar, and a rich breadiness. As with the nose, it's boldly fruity. Earthy, peppery spice accents. Emerging dark candi sugar flavor. Slight hint of alcohol warmth on the drying, crisply carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly smooth BSDA that improves a bit upon slight warmth. It's full and flavorful, but is never overbearing.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.42/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A big brown bottle with a plastic cork? That ain't right.

Pours a cloudy, opaque brown. Very slight light penetration at edge. Nice fluffy head. Good retention, medium tan color.
Smell is not much. Some dark fruit, wet cardboard and very slight malt. Weak all over.
Taste improves with temperature. Notes of dark fruit, alcohol, yeast (weak), wet cardboard which might be masking some nuttiness.
Effervescent up front, slight creaminess, good chewiness. Fairly full-bodied and slightly warming.

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, not much head, some creamy retention. Smells of spicy malt, caramel, vanilla, some chocolate, fairly strong dark fruits. Tastes of chocolate and dark fruit like malt. Some black rasberries pop the flavor. An interesting anise flavor starts everything off. Fairly moderate spicy bitterness ending with some roastiness. Pretty dry finish, creamy texture, alcohol fairly well hidden.

A solid beer, more like a belgian stout than strong dark ale. The "belgian" clove-like yeastiness is missing in this beer replaced instead with solid chocolate and roasty flavors. Not bad.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temp and no cooler. "Brunet Belgian Ale" on the label--and wow, this is as dark brown as brown gets (with ruby highlights). Head is a light tan color and comprised of tight, small bubbles, giving a creamy look to the top, almost like icing.

Rich aroma of chocolate cake and toffee. Some dark fruit too. Very malty, and the yeast isn't as assertive as many other similar beers. Light alcohol and a pinch of anise come in from behind.

Flavor-wise, and even texturally, this comes close to being a Belgian-style stout. A pervading roast character carries Mystique. Coffee, chocolate birthday cake, molasses, and burnt dark chocolate dominate. This is one malty sonofabitch, although it's not all that sweet. Plum, grape and fig come into the picture a little bit, especially with warming. Chocolate-flavored dark roast coffee coats the mouth in the long finish. 8.5% alcohol is modest and very well-incorporated.

Texturally it's bubbly and smooth/creamy, even has a certain chewiness to it. It really can't decide if it's a well-carbonated big dark ale or a thick stout. Most interesting.

Wonderful stuff, and pretty unique. The malt is not subtle and is in fact pretty gooey tasting...yet it's not totally sweet and the yeast isn't as pervasive as it is in so many other Belgians, dark or otherwise. Hearty, although maybe not as dessert-y as other big dark Belgians. Incidentally, a perfect beer for sipping on when snowed in...

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Photo of homebrew311
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into St. Bernardus chalice.

A: pours a cloudy burgundy/purple with light brown head that dissipates quickly

S: sweet malts and candied grapes on the nose, some boozieness in the background

T: the fruit does not come through on the palate like the nose suggests, the front is slightly watery and followed by some sweetness, molasses, slight grapes and an uncharacteristic finish for a Belgian. This is not the best ABT style I've had as it is a bit unbalanced and lacks any complexity

MF: somewhat thin on the body, medium carbonation

D: the taste is good, but compared to others of its style, there are much better things available. This one comes at a nice value at 4.99 a 750 ml, but you basically are paying for what you get.

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Photo of BeerutalTruth
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know nothing about this beer other than that it's a cuvee of some sort.

Pours dark and bubbley like most Belgians of this style. Thin head but it stays throughout the beery journey.

Big malt bomb! notes of chocolate and dark fruity malt. I'm not a dark fruit guy but this was well balanced and not chewy like so many others of the style.

Finishes dry with and sweet but not clingingly so.

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Photo of mudbug
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with family,
poured into large wine glasses, nice dark brown with a small head that leaves quickly
Malt is the heavy hitter here, both smell and taste, a little spice too, very nice!
Medium bodied, a nice thirst quencher, Suggest pair with mild cheese.
I'd drink a lot of this anytime.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: appearance is a deep and dark brown, with a slight head which subsides to leave a nice glass ring and considerable lace.

s: nose is an interesting mix of fig, prune, and sugary malts that at moments almost lends itself to a very light chocolate stout

t: big mouth on this one, with the sweetness of the malts battling an almost spicy/nutty bite from the blend of dark fruits...

m: this brew is a spicy bite over the tongue while at the same time offering a syrupy sweet mouth

d: while i wasn't immediately blown away by this brew, the different elements in the nose and mouthfeel grew on me as it warmed. i would drink this again.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly cloudy deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cookie dough malt with some light spicy yeast and some refreshing fruity ester. Taste is not as complex as expected but still very enjoyable with great notes of cookie dough malt with some refreshing fruity ester and a light spicy yeast. Body is a bit thin with good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. I though it was a very enjoyable beer but still somewhat far from the behemoth that dominated the style.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: dark brown to auburn, almost opaque, sizable layer of tan fine-beaded foam and good head retention

Aroma: prunes, molasses, rum, dark brown sugar, malt, caramel, clove, soy sauce

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with hints of burnt sugar, cola, cocoa nibs, and dark wood; finishes semisweet with a lingering spice and slight acidity

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, pert carbonation, sugary

Other comments: A bit disappointing, this. Especially the mouthfeel. Where's the zippy, carbonated sparkle? Also the flavor profile could be a bit more complex for this type of ale.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cellared for almost two years, I'll serve this in my Duvel tulip at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Appearance- This beer is stunning the instant it leaves the bottleneck... a rich ruby port color, it supports a supple, rich four finger head that sits firmly atop the surface. Even after five minutes, the crown hasn't lost much ground and the lacing is setting up quite nicely. A classic, wonderful Belgian dark ale on the eyes.

Smell- Rich, dark fruits like dates, figs, and prunes fill the nose along with sweet Belgian candi sugar and subtle spices... really a superb aroma. After breathing for an hour now, chocolate and toffee come forth. Outstanding.

Taste- Decadent and malty... damn this beer just keep getting better! A mild hop presence hits first and then backs away to allow the dark, delicious sweetness to flow over the tongue. The swallow leaves such a perfectly balanced atmosphere of malt, sugar, and a touch of hops... I'm sure the year + in the cellar really helped this beer perform to this level. Suggestion: AGE this guy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Creamy yet tingly in the mouth, the texture delivers a very enjoyable backdrop to the flavors here. This has been the biggest and most pleasant surprise in recent memory... purchased at Total Wine sometime in the Spring of '08, again I'll emphasize how well this beer drinks with a year behind it.

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Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark purple in color with a thick foamy khaki head, and good lacing.

smell is of dark fruit, cocoa, yeast, alcohol, a touch of caramel, and a touch of coffee.

taste is creamy, cocoa, malt, prune, grape, plum, raisin, some graham cracker, a little bit of chocolate and toffee, ends just a bit bitter.

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Photo of doktordebris
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice one, and very out of character, if this is brewed by Dirk Naudts(maybe it's just someone using the brewery?). I don't really know what the deal is with "Andelot".
A- Poured nice and thick, dark opaque brown, with a healthy taupe colored head.
S-Spiced banana bread, chutney, figs. Changed overtime to a more pronounced fruity aroma of more figs, strawberries..
T-Not as sweet as I expected, a nice surprise. Reminds me of Grotten Brown, a pretty dry brown, if there is such a thing. The fruit is still there, but more subtle, with a hint of cigar throughout, finished with a slightly puckering tannic bitterness. Later on, this finish seemed to morph into a mildly acidic coffee-like aftertaste. Whoa.
M-Fine. Could have been more balance between the bubbles and syrupy character that follows, but that's nothing to complain about. Actually, I think that's because I drink too many Stouts that weigh in over 10%.
D-A nice dark belgian to impress any one of your chums. Not too heavy for beginners(though it does say 8.5), but definitely complex enough for the snobs. Also, if Dirk did brew "Mystique", he definitely showed some restraint, cus this aint another one of his wild salami beers. Nicely done!

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Dark brown with some light coming through. A finger of light brown head rises. Retention is somewhat short though moderate lacing remains.

S - Excellent smell. My first impression is bitter chocolate with touches of wood. There's a bit of spiciness as well, reminiscent of pepper and clove. Sour dark fruit is also prevalent with notes of raisins, plums, and prunes. A chalky note from the yeast appears on the back end.

T - Semi-sweet malt kicks things off with a wash of bitter chocolate, spice, molassess and just a smidge of wood. Despite the fruit aroma, the sour/fruit flavors are very fleeting and the molassess/spice character dominates. Late palate presents a phenolic bitterness that becomes quite chalky in the aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

M - Moderate to low carbonation, which although rare in a Belgian style ale, was perfect for me. Body is on the light side of medium.

D - Normally I'm not particularly drawn to Belgian style beers, but this stuff is great. A good beer for the initiated and an excellent introduction to anyone who's trying to learn more. One of the few 750ml bottles of Belgian beer that I've been eager to gulp down.

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Andelot Cuvee Mystique from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 66 ratings