Belgian Devil (Brew House Rarities) | Flying Dog Brewery

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Belgian Devil (Brew House Rarities)Belgian Devil (Brew House Rarities)

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mendvicdog on 08-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden Orange with a quarter finger of white head that vanished. A good lace of bubbles around the top of the glass.

S - Slight bit of hops, and Belgium yeast quality. Pine and orange are the aroma I get. But there isn't much here...

T - Big banana and some pine and citrus. It is actually much better than I was expecting after smelling.

M - It has medium to high carbonation, and goes down smooth. 8.5% abv? It drinks like water. Very solid mouthfeel.

O - It is missing something, but I cant put my finger on it. I think it needs more of a hop presence. Either way, 8/10 would recommend you pick it up if you can find it.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An homage to the devilish Belgian Golden Ales that continue to inspire our brewers, this Belgian Devil has aromas of peach, pear, and apple along with slight hints of banana and spice from the Belgian yeast strain. Those aromas carry through in flavor, with pear, apple, and yeast phenols dominating. It has a light, subtly sweet malt backbone and subtle bitterness for balance.

8.5% ABV
27 IBUs
Pilsner and Carapils Specialty Malts
Northern Brewer, Saaz and Calypso Hops

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Belgian Devil, part of Flying Dog's "brew house rarities," lives by the phrase "too weird to live, too rare to die." Does it live up to the hype? Starting my second glass of the 750 ML bottle and I'm feeling pretty damn good. Here's the tasting notes:

Appearance: Hazy orange color - light head.

Aroma: Grapefruit, herbal "yeasty" spices, light banana scent.

Taste: Hits you right away with spiciness of belgian yeast, followed by a mix between pear and pineapple. Sweet malty flavors typically associated with a belgian ale. Earthy hops carry throughout that do not overcome the beer, but are definitely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation which ends in a smooth finish with a buttery feel at the end.

Overall: As Flying Dog says - "too weird to live, too rare to die." Complex flavors throughout starting with spicy pineapple and pear and ending with sweet flavors (while earthy hops carry throughout). One 750 ML bottle will put you to bed at night AND leave you satisfied. A good replacement for a sweet wine. Tongue tingles from beginning to end, while your tastebuds are asking for me. Leaves the mouth a bit confused but also happy.


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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: into a tulip, hazy deep gold with an off-white head two-fingers high that slimmed quickly into a slight film

S: orchard fruits abound, maybe some hints of prickly spice, vague floral notes in the background

T: spiced fruits, like peach and pear, apple and pineapple; juicy sugars and holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove

M: fuzzy, spicy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation

O: a nice take on the Belgian ale, with lots of juiciness and spice - if you're expecting a dubbel, this may be off-base, as to me it was more of a strong pale Belgian ale

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet up front like bubblegum or cotton candy, Only a tiny bit of Belgian spice in the form of clove and banana. Touch of cool hops, but mostly just sweet. It's a uniquely Belgain sweetness though, and it's enjoyable. Nice palate coating mouthfeel.

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3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked & caged bomber into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Very murky Alka-Seltzer infused orange color with a nice 1-2 finger head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Not really that strong in the citrus orange sense... more like melted Orange Sherbet. Faint.

T: Pretty good, but ultimately one-dimensional. Besides the ever so faint grassiness, I didn't really get much of a Belgian yeast strain. Sort of like a cross between "Raging Bitch" and a pretty decent farmhouse saison.

M: Nice prickly carbonation and the sweetness was kept on the conservative side. Only a hint of lacing left on the glass.

O: I strong Belgian funk is your thing, look elsewhere. If you're just looking for a nice, malty farmhouse IPA, this may be your thing.

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