Andelot Cuvee Lunatique | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Andelot Cuvee LunatiqueAndelot Cuvee Lunatique

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 36
Photo of BostonBiosafety
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean tasting, with a minimal head and little lacing. An odd blend of spice and citrus. Alcohol presence is evident in the mouth feel. Also, there is an odd, dry after taste. In my opinion, they could hold back on the spice, keep the citrus and lower the alcohol content to bring this Tripel into a higher score.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/31/10 notes.

a - Pours a nice golden color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lemon, sweet fruit, spices, and yeast.

t - Tastes of spices, yeast, bready malts, citrus, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An above average tripel. Lots of spice and citrus in the smell which was nice. Would try again.

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Photo of crossovert
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750ml synthetic-corked and caged bottle.

It struggles to form a head as it pours a hazy brown. The head is white and sticks for a while before receding with some ok lacing.

The smell is super fruity. There are lemons, citrus, grape, and oxidized apple.

The taste is reminiscent of the flavor, though it has a kick of caramel sweetness that is almost too cloying. It is very sweet.

The mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated, especially for the style.

It is a messy beer, but somewhat decent, the bottle was only 3.99.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.
Pours a pale golden with an inch of foam that settles in less than a minute.

Immediately I smell yeast, honey and malt as I pour. Sticking my nose in the glass I get more honey and sweet malt aromas as well as yeast, bread-like grains and fruit with a bit of alcohol.

Taste is a bit sweet with honey and a yeasty taste midway through, there is a grainy flavor that works quite well with the honey taste. The finish is a bit effervescent with a bit of hop bitterness that lingers on the sides of the tongue, as well as some sweetness.

Overall this beer is quite good, not excellent, but a pretty good Tripel.

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Photo of Florida9
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: On the first pour, it was a pale golf with about 1/4-1/2" of fizzy white head that reduces down to a rocky surface coating. Good lacing. On the second pour, this beer became exceedingly hazy from a good dose of fine yeast sediment.

S: Candy fruitiness. Sweet apples, lemons, white grapes. Opens up nicely as it warms.

T: Apples and pears. Some toasted malt in the background. With a strong alcohol finish. Some yeasty funk dances on the tongue.

M: Medium in body, but a little light for the style. Lower carbonation levels. Crisp and acidic.

D: A decent beer. Nice fall fruit flavors, but the alcohol comes through a bit brashly.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've seen brews from this brewery in my local Fred Meyers for a while and finally tried a bottle. Overall, this is an average triple. All the basic components of the style are here but in subdued, understated levels.

The beer had a semi-cloudy yellow color with a medium wjite head. The aromas were typically spicy and yeasty. The taste was grainy and yeasty. the body was smooth, although a bit thin. Drinkability was good, even though the beer was a bit boring.

What the hell, if you see it try it, I'll probably try the other beers from these guys.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale orange to straw, slight haze and chunks of yeast, nice layer of white frothy head with good retention and lace

Aroma: yoghurt, grainy malt, yeasty/malty, alcohol

Flavor: medium malt sweetness laced with clovey phenols and a mild yoghurty acidity; peppery alcohol and an organic bitterness at the back of the tongue

Mouthfeel: medium body, zesty carbonation, alcohol warmth in the throat

Other comments: I was pretty careful handling and pouring the bottle, yet a lot of sediment got kicked out. Really affected the appearance (obviously) but it also released a lot of yeasty notes into the aroma which muddied the water quite a bit.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 750mL into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue; quite cloudy with lots of apparent effervescence. About two inches of rocky white head.

Smell: a little malty; quite cidery. On top of some apple and pear flavors are notes I usually associate with darker Belgians: raisin and plum. I definitely like this.

Taste: quite similar to the aroma. Different from a lot of tripels I've had; this one has a little tartness to it that I quite like (though the aftertaste leaves something to be desired: sour in not such a good way). I feel like some aspects of this beer are very nice but others detract enough for this to be among my least favorite tripels.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with nice carbonation: it is nicely creamy but not so much as a lot of other tripels I like.

Drinkability: the compelling qualities of the flavor aren't enough to outweigh its weaknesses. This is a drinkable beer, but not one I'm likely to purchase again.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden red with decent, styrofoam-like cap that hung in there but dissipated to a sheet, leaving decent webbing. There's some decent carbonation and a few traces of sediment.

S - Grilled pineapple/citrus and malt as it warmed.

T - Pinapple, a bit of sourness and a bit of raw sugar-like sweetness that's nicely balanced. Finishes dry.

M - Very rich with a touch of carbonation that's playing a nice supporting role.

D - Food friendly alert! Mussels, baby.

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Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a bib foamy white head that falls slow. Decent lace.

Sweet herbal nose, fruity. Typical triple style aroma.

Bold flavor, sweet finish, tastes like a triple. Sweet malts coming through.

Medium bodied in the mouth with a nice bite.

Decent brew, will enjoy again.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

Consumed slightly below room temperature.

A - Hazy golden with a little over 1 finger of white, meringue-like head. Retention is somewhat short for the style though decent lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Sweet aromas hit first including sour apple, honey, and hints of pineapple. Grassy and piney notes hit next with a little pepper and hay. Mustiness combines with light to moderate phenols with an obvious citric character; lemon maybe?

T - A lot of decent stuff going on here. When this beer was straight outta the fridge there was a lot of citrus and a lot of dryness. As the brew approaches room temperature however, things really open up. Lots of fruit on the front end, mostly apple with hints of sourness and a noticable touch of pineapple. Sweetness dries out with a hit of chalk and medicine followed by peppery citrus. Brew wraps up with moderate lemon and slight pepper notes with a sharp and strong bitterness.

M - Light bodied and quite thin for the style. Carbonation is moderate. The flavor seems fleeting and unable to hang around as long as necessary.

D - A decent tripel but the bitterness is a bit strong for my tastes. The brew definitely improves as it warms, alcohol is well hidden and phenolic character is kept in check. Not my first choice but a worthy contender nonetheless.

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Photo of iNHaze
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL into a wine glass

This beer pours a cloudy and opaque burnished gold with a serious fluffy head which turns to larger bubbles and sinks to about 1/4" which remains constant through the glass. Lots of lacing.

Lunatique smells fruity and yeasty and alcoholy.

Starts a bit yeasty/bready and what little hop flavor it has is overpowered by a sweet malty wallop of caramel. My tasting notes embarrasingly report this as "CARAMEL OMG!!!" I felt like I was drinking candy, and I loved it. The finish was clean and clear with a slight malty sweetness that lingered on the tongue.

A medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation and a distinctive rush of alcohol, without actually tasting like alcohol.

It may be my affinity for tripels, but I thought this beer was fantastic. It's definitely on the sweet side, so I wouldn't want to drink it all night long. However, I could see myself drinking a glass or two of this beer pretty much every day forever, if that were possible. Cheers De Proefbrouwerij!

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Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. After popping the cork I had a foamer, but it quickly settled down. At first I thought this was just a Duvel knock-off, but as it warmed and with the addition of a little sediment, it turned into a great beer. The aroma has a mix of orange, rum, The flavor has a mellow pale bready malt profile with toast, wheat cracker and cookie accents. The yeast profile follows up tangerine, grassy lemon hops. Very tasty, just be sure to let this baby warm up.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really all I could want from a Belgian tripel.

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get the expected honey aroma, but with some nice pepper and spice as well. There is also a bit of a tropical fruit aroma intertwined with the honey. On the palate this beer is simply delicious. The beer has a moderate sweet honey and fruit flavor (cherry and melon for the most part), with some very nice spice and a good dollop of bracing hoppy bitterness as well. The overall effect makes for a beer with moderate sweetness, balanced with enough hops to give this beer a light mouthfeel. The beer has decent length and drinkability is exceptional.

Good stuff and not too expensive. Impressive.

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Photo of spanky167
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having just got into trying new beers and learning what my beer palate was like, I found that I love tripels. This is a decent tripel pretty good carbonation and mild flavor(not in your face), but for the money I would go with Unibroue La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer for style, Tripel Belgian Ale. Very Smooothe and Definitely a great value at Totally Wine (about $2 cheaper per bottle than a local discout store). Shop around in your area before making the investment ($7 to $10) per bottle for a 750ml(20+ ounces)

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Photo of froghop
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy golden orange-yellow with quite a large white head, good lacing.

smell of pear, some banana, yeast, a touch of citrus, and a little toffee.

taste very similar to smell, pleasant mouth-feel, fruity yet not too sweet, just the right carbonation, leaves the mouth sour, just a little bit of spice to kick it up a bit, ends slightly dry.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice slightly hazy yellow/very light orange color with a stark white head that climbs to the top of the glass and stays there for some time leaving quite nice lacing.

Nose is very interesting. Light fruits, aggressive sugar, some grassy and spicy notes as well. Actually catching a hint of pineapple juice here.

Taste is pretty good. A nice array of light fruits start off the taste. Some apple and pear. Belgian yeast takes it from there. Some good grassy belgian hops. Sugar flavors are nice and balanced with good fruitlike flavors. The finish is nice and dry, and leaves light fruits, fructose, and some slight pineappleage on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Carbonation is solid, not too thin, slick in the mouth and dry on the finish.

Drinkability is actually quite dangerous here. The abv is very well hidden, and it drinks easy without many mouthfeel flaws and nice balanced sweetness.

Overall a nice tripel. Moderately priced, good abv and good quality. The slight pineapple flavors in the nose and aftertaste intrigue me alot in this one. (thoughts of brewing with pineapple juice...) A good value, and an enjoyable brew. Try it out!

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Photo of jwm232
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, corked (rubber), caged bottle purchased from Bottleworks in Seattle (Walllingford).

The beer was poured into a Troegs Mad Elf chalice. It poured a very deep, slightly cloud, elegant copper color. A nice billowing, dense, lush head coats the top of the glass. The beer smells of banana, lemon, delicious belgian yeast, slight roasted malt (though the other scents overwhelm) and has a faint flowery nose. The taste is slightly banana, very grapey, with some vinegar. Cold, it's acidic and very lively and carbonated. As it warms, the vinegar becomes more apparent. The alcohol taste is non-existent.

A nice change of pace for a tripel. Not the usual spicefest...very round flavors albeit a little shallow in depth. Recommended.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged & corked. Served in a snifter.

Thin flaxen in color with a slight chill haze. Pillowy, foamy white head that engulfs the rim of the snifter while barely receding. A few patches of condensed lacing with decent strength.

Sweet, candied sugar; notes of vanilla and sweet honeydew. Slightly phenolic with some off-smelling spices: saffron, nutmeg, and corriander. Rum-like alcohol whaffs. Despite the strange, initial out of synch aromas, the gingerbread nose becomes quite pleasant.

Moderately sweet sugarcane that is joined with nutmeg and light cinnamon. A watery thinness retracts from the initial malt sweetness and reveals a static spice profile: black pepper and corriander. A pleasant mustiness gives a bit of character to the bland spices and makes for a dry finish. Semi-sweet gingerbread, lemon, and toasted bread make for a pleasant aftertaste.

A light, medium bodied; the thinness of this Tripel gives the different flavor components an unpleasant weakness. Unfortunately, it seems as though the warming spices and sweetness are watered down by the thin body.

Some pleaant flavors that grow on you, as does the warming alcohol character; however, the thinness seems to rear its head within each flavor component. Not an offering I will return to, but enough respect to sample more offerings from Andelot Proefbrouwerij.

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Photo of erikm25
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Apparently this one was previously named Diabolique and this new name is just as cool. It pours a nice mixture of hazy amber and cloudy orange. Amazing, almost three finger, fluffy white head after an aggressive pour. Dense and foamy lacing throughout which continues all the way to the end.

S: Abundant aromas including yeast, citrus, roasted almond, and ginger. There are also hints of caramel and light ripe fruits. After a couple deeper intakes the alcohol is noticeable and so is a honey and pepper aroma.

T: This is a rich yeasty alcohol infused taste. Light fruits are in the forefront and the alcohol takes on its typical warming characteristic after a coupe of drinks. A delicate clover cuts through and becomes present amidst the overall bready quality.

M: Medium bodied with full carbonation. It hits the mouth from all sorts of angles but generally goes down very smoothly.

D: Lunatique was good and even at 8.5% it is one that goes down quickly and smoothly. I am not very familiar with tripels but this appeared to be very well balanced and very worth the purchase.

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Photo of Kraken
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into an oversized wine glass. Even pour yielded 1 finger of pure white head that diminished to an uneven wispy topping. Very lite lacing. Beer pours a wonderful overcast murky orange straw color. Nose is of apple, pear, Belgian yeast caramel. On the palate, carbonation lends a very creamy introduction, apple, pear, very faint caramel and a nice lightly sweet finish. This is a very nice Belgian for the price. Mouth feel is very good, booze is totally hidden at 8.5%. Drinkability is high. For $7.99 this may be one of the best values in a Belgian Tripel. Highly recommended.

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Photo of larsee01
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A--Brown 750 ml glass bottle poured into glass goblet. Clear, light amber pour with nice head, disappating to creamy lingering lace. Champagne-like carbonation.

S--Tangy yeast, very mild metal phenols. Mild flowery notes. Apple cinnamon. Mild.

T--Bitter hops balancing initial maltiness. Mildly boozy. Dry. Biscuity-cracker. Not sweet. Surprising lingering bitterness in this tripel. Not sure if I'm excited about it. Persistent bitterness.

M--Again, dry. Crisp. Carbonation not overwhelming. Thin. Surprisingly little is lingering from this 8.5 ABV tripel.

D--Other than carbonation, goes down like an American lager. Buzz'll catch you though.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged

Poured into a snifter. Lunatique pours a golden straw color, with a slight haze. Atop this Tripel, is a solid white head with very light retention, but does leave some decent lacing. Aromas are slightly sour tones, sweet breakfast malts, some citrus, as well as some spices. Taste is sweet, like most Tripels, with some hop quality that fades. All the flavors are the same as the aromas, including the sours, its even more faint in the taste than the smell, but it is still there. Mouthfeel is smooth, and bubbly as the carbonation is high. Very drinkable Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ML bottle bought caged and corked from Total Wine and More in Union, this spectacular true-to-the-style Belgian pours a golden hue with a frothy head that lacked staying power but had visible carbonation... smell was complete with lemon, lime, citrus, and floral notes... nice, crisp, clear, refreshing taste loaded with lemon, grapefruit, pear, and apple flavors... rich, lucid, distinct tripel taste that packs a punch with an 8.5% ABV that is hard to detect behind a wonderful combination of authentic flavors... Certainly a top-of-the line depiction of the style that is very satisfying and boasts a good mouthfeel with great drinkability that goes down effortlessly and is both a thirst-quencher and a satisfying roller coaster of intricate flavors... Definitely recommended...

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