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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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Came plastic sealed with a T-Cork. How odd.

Appearance - Not a pop when pulled. Clear orange body. No head. Flat.

Smell - Pale malt. Yeasty. Some bubble gum.

Taste - Sweet. A little nutty. Bubble-gummy like a weizenbock. Booze.

Mouthfeel - Flat as ever. Medium heavy body and sweet.

Overall - Not exciting. Not even very good. And what the hell is with this cork? Explains why it's flat.

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Photo of jfmorey
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.

Looks very good, a little cloudy yellow with a generous head of fine bubbles.

Smell is mainly Belgian yeast

Taste begins with the funk of Belgian yeast (which I like), followed by pine and grapefruit hops, and an acrid, alcohol aftertaste. These never come together and remain in conflict to the end. Belgian styles are an adventure, but this is one I can do without.

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2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of VincentFrey
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served from a corked 750ml bottle. There is no way this is a dubbel.

Appearance: Thick but quickly dissipating head. Tinges of foam hang around the edges, inviting in a nice way. A cloudy orange with hints of paler yellow. Looks like a Belgian, but wish there was more head retention or lacing.

Smell: Eh. Belgian yeast spice but that's about it. A little, maybe, heat? Otherwise just very boring. No real malt or hop notes to speak of, and as the 7th review here, it can't be that old!

Taste: I'm not a fan of generically labeled "belgians", but this is pretty solid. Perhaps a bit thin, but the malt backbone really covers the 8.5%. Hops mostly come on the back, and seem oddly English. Not looking up what's included here, but it's got a weird Belgian / English combination going that I can dig. Definite heat at the end of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Very thin. Disappears somewhat quickly except for some sugariness around the lips and spicing in the cheeks.

Overall: This tastes good, but it doesn't hit a lot of sweet spots. Worth a try at least.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: orange side of gold, not completely clear, but not hazy. No head.
S: apple and, i wouldn't trust this as normal, but I smell a little coconut. It's probably a weird combination with the aromas from the bar's kitchen.
T/M: I get apple with a little bit of banana, combining into an apricot notes. Very subtle pine flavor if I let the beer linger a little before swallowing. Also get a bit carbonation on the tongue, but little to no pull or dryness from hops. A slight alcohol burn comes in late.
O: tastes a little more on the cider-ish side to me. The flavor is ok for a fruit beer, and the alcohol content is noticeable. Not a bad beer, just not what I expected from a "Belgian", more of a fruit/vege beer.

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3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Flying Dog goblet.

A: Hazy golden blonde color with ok lacing and very little head.

S: Yeasty and funky. Lots of earthiness.

T: Odd taste. Slightly spicy. Bready/biscuity. A bit earthy with a tinge of funk.

M: Smooth but lightly massaging. Not a good mix for the flavors.

O: I always wonder what makes them bottle some of their Brewhouse Rarities over others. The only bottled one that I enjoyed was the St.Eadman one, but I haven't had it out of a bottle. I couldn't finish it, so I boiled some sausages in it.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of fourstringer
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle with a gentle hand. Split between a Brewers Art goblet and a Duvel tulip. Sticker on the bottle reads "311 13". Very cool quote by Hunter S. on the label.

A: Cloudy, honey-colored body with 1 finger of white head. Reduces to a thin coat over 2 minutes. Small to moderate lacing. Looks good.

S: Heavily of yeast. Some funk. Lemon. Green apple. Fruit notes are subtle.

T: Hop bitterness up front with lemon/citrus elements on the finish sans any tartness. Intermittently some faint sweetness breaks through. Mild soapy qualities. Light bitterness lingers. Fairly straight forward. Hoppy for the style.

M: Light to moderate carbonation. Decent fullness. Good. Style appropriate.

O: This is serviceable - conveys the style. Yeast is pronounced and it is relatively hop heavy. A bit one-dimensional. It's probably not fair reviewing this immediately following a Hof ten Dormaal barrel-aged. Not bad by any means, but probably will not be revisited.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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Belgian Devil (Brew House Rarities) from Flying Dog Brewery
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