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Andelot Cuvee Euphorique | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Andelot Cuvee EuphoriqueAndelot Cuvee Euphorique

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Reidrover on 08-19-2005

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of RBorsato
4.94/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apricot/peach color with a decent off-white head and good carbonation up the middle. Fruity aroma with soft malt edges and traces of spicy phenols. Nice fruity, malty, yeasty balanced without being overly spicy. Medium bodied and smooth with a nicely balanced finish.

A great intro to the style... and Belgians in general.

($6.99 / 25.4 oz. / 750 ml tall straight brown wine-like bottle, corked, and caged)

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Photo of beakerboy
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber-orange with a bright white head which falls to half a finger and linger throught the drink. The lacing is remarkable. The aroma is bubblegummy with lots of sweet malt. The flavor is great with spice mixed with fruit. Medium bodied and quite refreshing

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured, this blonde delivers a clear golden body with glowing highlights. The yeast pour gives it a bit of haze and an orange cast, but perhaps also a bit more flavor due to the addition of the yeast. It's rocky white head holds rather well and leaves some nice lace before settling to a creamy 1/4" head.

A sweetish, candy (some mild vanilla) and honey-like malt resides in the nose along with a touch of yeasty spiciness.

The body is medium/light, and it's creamy and smooth on the tongue as it warms, releasing it's very-fine bubbled natural carbonation.

The cookie dough and somewhat honeyish malt dominates the flavor, balanced by yeasty spiciness (some clove, some black pepper), a firm bitterness, a touch of ctirus rind, a subtle spritz of lemon, and a flitter of alcohol. The maltiness itself is nicely done, not too full and not too thin, and it finishes dry with a combination of residual sugar and spice that lingers in the mouth.

Well balanced and very drinkable! Others may argue that it lacks in character, but for the style I feel it has more than enough character while offering even greater drinkability. Very nice. Quite possibly the best of the Andelot line.

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Photo of Portertime
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Andelot is giving Chimay a run for their money! These beers are pretty tasty. So I poured this one into my Chimay goblet (he he) and admired the glowing golden sunset color. Smell was pleasent with apples and some hop spiceness. Taste was similar with some banana and yeast in the mix. Nice and creamy drinkable, great going down.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light orange yellow in color with a health head. Aroma has a sweet spiciness to the yeast. The taste was not far from the smell with a hint of honey. Medium mouthfeel though the color could let one believe it to be lighter. Overall a beer that is easy to drink, leaves a slight bitter aftertaste and the carbonation helps make it go down smooth. I'll have another.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny peachy color, kind of has a coppery glow as well. Certainly not as blonde as one would think, considering the label itself calls this a "blonde ale." The head is fluffy and blinding white, but thins to a skim and a thicker crown pretty quickly. Lots of lace hanging onto the glass.

Seriously fruity and sweet nose, and I love it. Plenty of pear and apple on display, and the yeast seems to be the factor that brings in some banana vibes. Even though the alcohol is a mild 6.5%, there seems to be a kind of warmth to the aroma that alcohol usually provides. Whatever the case, whatever's going on here to produce this aroma, it's very, very nice. Finishes clean as a whistle, with all the flavor elements fading very slowly...

Fruity on the tongue too...mostly peach, pear, and candied apple, with the yeast dressing it all up nicely with its earthy flair. A little bit of cinnamon elbows in. Sweet, but definitely not overboard. Had the alcohol been stronger, it might have been a mess, but Euphorique very much remains a balanced beer. And, as with the nose, I'm getting a little more alcohol in the taste than expected from the very reasonable 6.5% ABV. And that's fine, it lights a small fire under the fruity succulence and gives more shape to the beer.

Soft, slick, round, and gets very fluffy if held in the mouth even a few second longer than you normally might. Carbonation makes sure it never gets too chewy. Lively and luscious at the same time.

I'm sure some will find this too sweet, and the sweetness dominant...and yes, the sweetness is dominant, but it's a pleasure to sip and the experience is one that is wholly Belgian. That's a good thing, and so is this. Maybe not Belgian beer euphoria, but no complaints either. Would pair insanely well with apple pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top.

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Photo of mudbug
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light orange with a bubbly head that dissipates quite quickly into a decent lace.
Aroma s slightly sweet and bready like croissants
Complex flavor with fruitlike hints of banana pear, malty backbone and a nice tart dry finish.
Easy drinker, refreshing

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Photo of ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this and the new Mysterique at Total Wine in Delaware. I had previously had the Angelique and Diabolique and thought I would give this one a try. This was a 750ml bottle that I poured into a Duvel tulip glass while relaxing from shoveling 18 inches of snow! The beer had a hazy golden huge to it with a fluffy thick white head that left nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma of this beer was of definite lemon with some slight hop bitterness. The texture of the beer was similar to Duvel in that it was champagne like but didn't have the potent kick of Duvel and didn't have the mouthfulness of it either. This beer has a citrusy taste with some floral notes and I find it very drinkable although the taste disapates in my mouth quickly.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Total Wine in River Edge, NJ... this will be served beginning at fridge temperature and sampled over the course of one hour. The Troubadour large tulip glass will be my vessel of choice.

Appearance- Fiery orange, this beer carries a very beautiful four finger head that stays put for several minutes. It gently, softly billows and begins to pop away without causing much disturbance. A classic, impressive appearance.

Smell- First and foremost is the aroma of Belgian candi sugar, with its fat, sweet presence. Later the fruity spiciness comes through.

Taste- The crisp, whip-like zing of the hops are balanced effectively by the malt and residual sugars. Interesting and very enjoyable... it's packed with flavor but doesn't feel weighed down at all. Terrific with food, I'll highly recommend this for Thanksgiving dinner as a possible alternative to the usual Saisons, Tripels, or dare I say Hennepin? *ooohs and aaaahs*

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Each sip is a joyous event... no kidding. The entry is crisp and effervescent, dancing on the tongue with microscopic precision... then it immediately swells and blossoms like seafoam in the mouth. Stunning, considering the other (more well-known and available) BPAs...

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Photo of watchnerd
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

This puppy is so drinkable I blitzkrieged through 2/3 of the bottle before I stopped and started taking notes. A good sign if you find yourself forgetting to be a beer afficionado and just start enjoying the brew. Much like tapping your feet...if you find yourself unconsciously enjoying it, then you know it's good.

Nice, finely foamed head of medium thickness, but without the craters and potholes of other beers. An aroma of hops and a Pier 1 imported tea section, full of orange and lemon zests, with whiffs of cinnamon and peppers from the aisle one over. Taste matches, as well, but with more subtlety and more yeast.

Yummy and drinkable. Try it!

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Photo of Reidrover
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking ale, slightly murky yet bright golden with a good sized creamy, thick head, great lace down the glass. Quite a good aroma, soft and lemony in aspect but with medicinal and flowery undertones. quite a nice flavour too slight maltiness to start then taken over by a great herbal spicy bitterness that lasts till near the back of the tongue then it mellows out comfortably for a smooth almost mellow finish..with lingering spice in the throat. Very good mouthfeel very "eventful". I found this an excellent ale and for a half descent price. Great summer beer.

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Photo of clvand0
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light amber color with a medium head that has good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is mild, but there is a definite light maltiness in there with some small hints of spiciness. The flavor has a character similar to the other Andelot beers I have had - I think they use a similar yeast profile for each beer. It's a definite type of yeast spiciness - it's very nice, but not my favorite. This beer has a nice malty flavor to go along with the yeast characters. A little doughy and hints of lemon throughout. The body is medium and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of bheilman
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! I got this out of a bomber with an excellent presentation. Plastic cork with the metal cap that you need to twist to release. I like these things because it always make you feel like you are getting into something special. The beer has the golden color you'd expect from a belgian blonde. Don't confuse this with an american blond you might find at an average brewery. Those beers are always bud light tasting beers that have blond in the name to attact the ladies. I get frustrated every time I fall for that trap. This is blonde in the style of leffe blonde. A much more serious beer with some flavor. Very rich malts with a light hop balance and an overall very drinkable beer. This beer doesn't hold up to Leffe in my mind but it is an above average beer that I would get again. With that said, Leffe Blonde was my favorite beer at one point and it's been a while since I had a Belgian blonde. The style on beer advocate reads Belgian Pale Ale, but the bottle reads Belgian Blonde. Maybe, they're the same, but anyway, don't think american pale ale when you drink one of these. It's much sweeter with less hops. Think more Belgian Tripel Light.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bold, brash, brassy gold with a tangerine blush. There's a fair amount of fine carbonation rushing up to the fantastic looking head, although it isn't as frenetic as most beer from this country. The best part of Euphorique's appearance is the beautiful, sticky, rocky cap that looks great immediately after the pour and even better as it melts in interesting ways prior to the next pour. Thick chunks and delicate sheets of lace grace the glass.

The nose is standard for the style with no real surprises. That said, this is still a pretty nice BPA aroma whose only real downfall is its reluctance to exit the glass. Lightly spiced (cardamon and clove) golden fruit stews in a snappily sour Belgain yeasty broth.

I feel the same way about the flavor, more or less, but this is such a drinkable version that I feel no qualms about nudging the taste score upwards. I just wish that the beer was a bit more vivid on the palate. Euphorique would be a great beer to introduce novices to the style, and to Belgian beer in general, since it contains all of the usual elements on a friendly, approachable scale.

Lightly tart unripe pears and golden apples hold the center while warm spices and tangy yeast orbit closely. The beer ventures toward sweet on the first leg of the flavor arc, changes its mind in midcourse and finishes as supremely dry and as crisp as any Belgian Pale Ale in recent memory. Spotlessly, OCD-like clean.

The body is light with a nod toward light-medium and is well-carbonated without being hectic. I usually prefer big-bodied beer, but I kinda like the way this one is put together. The waifish body eases an already ridiculously easy drinkability.

Andelot Cuvee Euphorique is a better beer than its BSDA counterpart, Angelique. Although it still has a ways to go to compete with the heavy hitters of the style, it's a pleasant, drinkable offering that is finding me deeper into the 750 ml bottle than is usually the case at this point in the review. I hope that Diabolique and Mystique are at least as good. Of course, better would be better.

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

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a large white head. Smells of sweet candy and some lemony zest. Some fruity candy like flavors with just a bit of hops noticable. Not overly complex. I found it to be a nice refreshing brew. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with a white and frothy head which lasted well to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity and earthy with a farmhouse influence. The aroma contained a light spice as the head was high which was lesser as the head fell.

The flavor was lightly malty with a bit of honey sweetness coupled with enough bittering to keep the beer from becoming cloying. The flavor contained only a bit of the earthy presence in the aroma and just a hint of a bit of peppery spice coupled with a light amount of citrus presence.

The finish was just dry with a lasting bit of malt character and very light spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was creamy. A very easy to drink beer which could use a boost in the character and complexity department. This beer improved dramatically as it reached room temp.

750 ml bottle. Purchased at Total Wine in Durham for $6.99.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is an amazing little beer. Quite good and challenging. Opens up with a fragrant nose of fruits, bread, malt sweetness, and spices. The pour is a hazy straw with some golden highlights. The flaovrs are juicy, estery, and nectar sweet. Fruits of pears, peaches, and berries rise early. Tempered late with earthy hops, spicy esters, cloves, yeast, pepper, and alcohol. A bit murky late with a more earthy characteristic than prefered and a light phenolic (plastic) flavor. Finishes just shy of clean, but leaves a bublegum / bananna note lingering. Nice beer, but not quite a Duvel.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with an exquisite thick foamy head. Excellent retention as the head stays for the duration. Full lace throughout the glass.

Aroma is sweet and very spicy. Apple and other fruits mingle with spices of clove, pepper... coriander perhaps?

Great spice profile in the flavor. Crisp fresh and tart fruits layer over white pepper, clove, Belgian candy sugar, and possibly very faint hops. As it warms a bit it seems some darker fruit flavors develop.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twisted off the cork from this 750 with a soft *schwist!*

Pours a bright golden straw hue containing tiny yeast particles giving a hazy appearance topped with a thin ivory headcap that left a fair amount of lace in the glass.

Nose offers a soft meld of clove and bread dough. Some easy peppery spices, and brisk hop front. Pleasant clean nose, well focused.

First swigs: Dry hops meets a tangy candy malt. A prescence of lemon citrus with a light banana kiss. Middle has a leathery touch, Finish is lingering and dry with a lasting powdery zest.

Feel is light to medium bodied with a flowing soft resiliant carbonation. Quite dusty dry aftertaste.

Last swigs: Lightly lemony peppery Belgian blonde that would serve well as a crossover convert. Seemed to lack a Belgian oomph! Overall, well done. Thanks to Jredner for pointing out this unique opportunity whilst in Tampa. These are brewed just for Total Wine by this little Belgian brewery.

Beer is good. Happy Belg-blonde beering.

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Photo of MikeTaz
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another summer night class, another summer night beer. Served cold from the fridge the spice was strong for a blonde ale but not in a bad way. The head poured a crisp strong white and the smell was faintly yeast. As it warmed the spice surprisingly became lessened and a little lemon hit the back of the throat. Not the best blonde i've had, but tasty all the same.

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Photo of mrkc
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The 75cl bottle is simple - brown glass with a cork and basket. It has a simple yellow label with the name, the country of origin (Belgium), and a subscript declaring it an "Abbey Style Blond Ale." No mention of the brew or bottle date. The beer itself is perfectly clear, a pale copper-gold with moderate carbonation; you can see just how clear it is, even in the dark bottle. It pours thin, with some head which dissipates into a thin white ring.
It smells of bananas, cloves, and perhaps some wheat? Very fruity, very aromatic.

Tasting it, it is sweet and simple. A bit of a carbonated bite, more than one would predict from the head. A very spicy body as it lingers in the mouth. Oddly, my mind keeps going to apples, but not enough to make me feel comfortable putting it down on paper. Others disagree with me, so I include this fact for your consideration. It's a little heavy on the pepper, and for such a mild beer (merely 6.5% ABV), it seems to leave your mouth dry like you've drank vodka.

If you let yourself drink it casually, not letting it linger on the tongue, past when it starts to impart the spices, I imagine it is like drinking thinned honey. This makes it easy to drink for extended periods, for long sessions. A good beer for dinner with chicken or mild seafood.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass a slight hazed burnt orange with a fluffy two finger white head that settles very,very slowly into a creamy-like mass.A bit of sour in the nose along with a leafy hop presence.To me this beer is made to quaff on a nice spring day,not overly complex but highly drinkable,and somewhat light.A bit of green apple and funk on the palate,a slight white pepper note comes through as well.Again its a quaffer,not overly complex but flavorful.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked (with plastic) and caged. No date that I could find. Poured a flecked gold, on the side of yellow. Head is clean white, and very firm. Lace is solid for 2 inches.

Smell is at first surprisingly simple of cheap malt and a little bit of frosted flakes. A deeper sniff reveals more clearly some light malts blended with a whole lot of candi. Floral hops with only the smallest bit of alpha scent, and even a hint of booze. Maybe some light spice, but that might be part of the hopping.

Taste is very mild and fairly sweet. Spice comes up a notch and carries with it some citrus. Corriander and a whiff of clove. Hops get piney and more tart than bitter. Body is quick and neither bready or caramely; hints of honey.

Feels allright on the tongue, though perhaps a touch overcarbonated. Fizzy like a soda, with nearly as much acid bite. Clean for a few glasses, cloying after 3.

An interesting 'bargain belgian'. At seven bucks, this is a half or a third of what I pay for most belgians. That said, it's at leas 2/3 as good as most, so it's a steal. Nothing in the way of complexity, balance, or cleverness, and not too strong, either. A good companion for when you don't want to blow one of the bottles you've been cellaring.

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Andelot Cuvee Euphorique from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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