Andelot Cuvee Euphorique | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Andelot Cuvee EuphoriqueAndelot Cuvee Euphorique
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Reidrover on 08-19-2005

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of industrialswill
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'll preface this by saying that I've got no prior experience with this beer and that I have nothing to compare it to, nor do I know how old this one is.
It's got a murky, low carbonated and amber look to it.
The aroma is inviting, hoppy and somewhat nutty.
The flavor is the big let down. It's non-descript, being over powered with a boozy, acrid, sour mouthfeel.
I am not sure if I'm sampling a bottle that truly represents what this beer could taste like, or if this sample is a victim of the perils of being an import that has outlived it's shelf life.
In any event, I won't likely try it again, there are too many other ways to spend my money on good beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caged & corked 750. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a dark gold color (much deeper than most blondes) with less than 1/4 inch of off-white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was sweet, almost honeyish, with just a very light yeast scent. Just the slightest bit of grain showed through. The flavor profile was the same, without any feature taking the lead. Even though nothing really stood out, I wouldn't call the beer balanced either. There was just a slight bit of (I think) unintentional funk at the back of the beer.

The body was the typical medium of the style and was slightly sticky. In an odd note, while at first the finish was sweet after a few seconds it was so dry it was like the beer had never been there. Interesting.

Drinkability was OK, but with the beer being as non-descript as it was, a 750 was too much for one sitting, I would liked to have moved on. Overall, an OK brew, nothing really wrong, but not really worth the $9 I paid for it either. Try it if you want, or skip it. Either way.

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Photo of JBogan
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light golden in color and slightly hazy, with a two finger white foamy head which turned into a thin film and left good lacing.

Smelled of sweet malts and honey, along with some yeastiness.

Tasted sweet as well. Mainly honey along with some lemon, and the alcohol is present as well. Still, there was something about the taste that didn't sit well with me and I just can't describe it.

Mouthfeel was good, with plenty of carbonation and a nice smoothness to it. It had somewhat of a dry finish.

All in all I was slightly disappointed in the taste of this beer. Perhaps a bit too sweet, it just didn't tickle my tastebuds. I'll pass on this beer in the future.

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Photo of crossovert
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown synthetic corked and caged bottle.

It pours an amberish/brownish/red rather than a blonde. It has a thick white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is fruity, there are some slight herbal hops over that, and a bit of sweetness, it is simple but effective.

The flavor has a hint of vegetal, herbal, earthiness, it isn't all that good. It is yeasty with some fruit, slight hop flavors, and some caramel.

A supremely average Belgian Pale.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a quick white head with no lacing and bad bubbling for this style. The aromais a fluffy barely husk and some powdery candi sugar. But theres a little too much chalk in this aroma. Dry taste of faint caramel with crystal mlats. A littl sweet and dry with some faint earthy hops in the middle to balance things. The finish has some dried fruit notes, but also a gypsum-like palate. And maybe a little tin. Not a bad Belgian pale ale, would like to see in twelve ounce bottles to make for a more sessionable drink.

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Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a semi-hazy golden orange with a medium size off-white fluffy head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, wheat, citrus, fruit, little bit of spice, and some malt.

taste has lots of carbonation, yeast, apple, pear, peaches, citrus, a little banana, some spice, and some pepper, ends a little dry.

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Photo of dudemuskie
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got lucky and found a bottle of this for $4.99 on sale at Jewel on Broadway the other day! Half off beer is my friend...

Appearance- Pours a light hazy orange with a quick to rise quick to fall soapy bone white head. Thin ring with some patchy foam resides leaving some lacing behind. Heavy sediment in bottom of bottle. Not much for a "pfffft" when I popped the cork...

Aroma- Candy-like sweetness with pithy orange, soft belgian spice, and overripe apples. Very soft and approachable.

Flavor- Bright lemon and orange citrus to start with a honey sweetness. The sweetness is quickly tempered by a yeasty spiciness and breeze of warming alcohol. Everything melds together into a slightly dry finish with a delicate herbal, almost grassy hop balance that is both thirst quenching and leaves you thirsty for more. Soft candied orange peel flavor lingers with herbal hops.

Mouthfeel- Lower CO2 than anticipated for this brew but thats not necessarily a bad thing. Smells sweet but low residual sugars, higher hop balance, belgian spice, and some warming alcohol cut the sweetness leaving a slightly dry finish. Relatively good balance, light-medium bodied. Slight astringency in finish. Decent drinkability.

Overall- Pretty good, but not my favorite. Loads of complexity from the aroma to the finish, but I feel like this brew is missing something. I do like that the belgian spiciness is a bit muted, and the complexity from the other fermentation characters really shine. I will be buying this again to give it another try.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Appearance: nice golden-amber hue with plenty of effervescence and a haze-free body. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam and leaves a rocky lace as it dissipates.

Smell: sweet and cidery with lots of apple and a hint of pear. Not bad, but this smells more like apple juice than dry cider does.

Taste: light malt with lots of cidery and yeasty, bready character. It's not bad, per se, but not really what I'm looking for in the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a satisfying carbonation and light creaminess.

Overall: this beer has so much cider-like quality that it's hard to imagine this was done on purpose. Not bad to drink but not really a very beer-like experience.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sits in my glass with a brilliantly clear, amber-hued, full gold color. It is topped by a frothy, structured, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that is held up by a persistent, ample carbonation. Aromas of concentrated, sweet, pale malts, honey with richly concentrated wild flower aromatics, crushed soda crackers and grassy grain. It is surprising how malt focused the aroma is, it is almost over the top despite derivation from pale malt.

A bit drier than I was expecting, based on the aroma, but it does have a nice, soft pale grain sweetness to it. It is well carbonated, but still has a soft creamy mouthfeel to it. Lightly astringent, wildflower / weed like flavors, combine with honey malt notes and a sharp herbal hop flavor and bitterness in the finish. Somehow the malt character seems quite dusty at times, perhaps a touch oxidized. A touch of orange zest, hints of white pepper and some clove notes provide some spice character to the brew.

This tastes a bit strange at times, it is perhaps a bit too rich and thick, especially for its strength. And the malt tastes a bit tired and flabby at times.

Purchased From: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of ccrida
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the Euphorique is a very nice looking brew. Hazy golden straw colored with a very tall, dense and rocky eggshell head. It left some lace, but half of the glass was actually entirely coated in foam.

Classic sweet and spicy Belgian aroma, but with a metallic tinge I could do without.

The Belgian pale initially has a nice and full Belgian yeast taste, almost tripel like spiciness, but then quickly fades to a dry, mineral, clean seltzer taste with a mildly sweet banana like fruity finish. There's a bit of sharpness, not quite as metallic as the nose, which with the phenols and fusels, keep this one from being a real winner. Those characteristics are tempered as the beers warm and the esters open open. Neither good nor bad, maybe a tad above average, although that could be my bias towards the style...

Medium bodied for the style, with crisp carbonation.

This was a pretty drinkable Belgian, because it had all of the satisfying flavor characteristics but was low enough in alcohol that you didn't have to worry about how quickly you enjoyed it. However, the taste was not perfect, so I'm not running out to stock my fridge with them. Also, it's one of the more reasonably priced Belgians at $6.59/750ml, so you needn't feel guilty if you go through a few bottles.

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Photo of peabody
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out very cloudy with lots of chunks. Two fingers of white fluffy suds with slight lacing.
Smell was very nice, in fact the best part of this beer. Lemon zest and honey with caramel malts. Very slight hop aroma along with a nice mellow yeast. Very slight alcohol detectable here.
Taste was dark hops along with lemon zest,caramel,honey and then the alcohol warming up the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel was Ok but this brew just needs more kick or something.
Drinkablilty is pretty good here but could have more flavor happening.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Cuvee Euphorique pours a lovely beer. In the chimay glass it has a health head with an awesome sudsy lacing. It is clear light amber to golden color depending on the light.

The aroma is spicy and fruity. In the smell I get bananas and a typical Belgian yeasty aroma. The flavor is a strong up front malt. Then it hit me with some spiciness. The finish in the mouth was a off metallic flavor. It was nicely carbonated and gave a thin mouthfeel. Overall definitely worth the price around $7.

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Photo of philerman
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chilled pint glass (I know not ideal but it's what I had handy and looked less ghetto than drinking from the bottle.

Color is pleasingly dirty golden brown and there was about 3/4 finger worth of head.

Smell was fruity with nothing too off, just not very strong.

Taste was pretty average at first but the mouthfeel was much more pleasant for it's fullness.

Overall, worth $5 or so (I believe what I paid at Total Wine in Union, NJ) but nothing spectacular. I suppose better than some of the bigger names.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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