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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mendvicdog on 08-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 62
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 Mongrel
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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Photo of gillagorilla
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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Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like funky horse blanket and earthy copper with some fresh hay.
T: It tasted like funky horse blanket and earthy copper, with some waxy hops and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a spicy and somewhat clean aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was an ok Belgian pale ale, but the scent and taste and body left something to be desired. The finish was a little rough too, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. Not terrible but not high quality.

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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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Photo of Chaney
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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Photo of Titans77
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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Photo of Greywulfken
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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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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Good Beer in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a very thin film covering the remainder and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy yeast, candi sugar sweetness, and lightly fruity malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of lightly fruity malts with a moderate amount of candi sugar sweetness. There is a light to moderate flavor of spiciness from the yeast and just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An interesting hybrid of Belgian styles - some aspects of a Dubbel and some aspects of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. That makes it less sweet than other Dubbels (which is what it is currently classified as) but slightly more interesting. I might enjoy seeing more beers with this hybrid style.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Good Beer, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the surface.
S: The smell is a little sweet and spicy with aromas of candi sugars and spicy yeast.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has initial flavors of spices that are followed by candi sugars and a bit of sweetness. No alcohol is noticeable in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as sweet compared to some other beers in the style and both looks and tastes like a hybrid between a Dubbel and a Belgian String Pale Ale.

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Photo of Snebbu
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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Photo of cjgiant
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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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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Photo of mendvicdog
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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Belgian Devil (Brew House Rarities) from Flying Dog Brewery
3.46 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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