La Divine
Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #493
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,247
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 14.75%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
107
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Brasserie de Silly S.A.
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
  10
SCORE
83
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled at the Triangel Brasserie & Restaurant in Halle (see BeerFly) on Easter Monday 28th April, 2005.

From a 33cl bottle, La Divine, listed at 9.5% ABV, cost €3.20 for the 33cl sample.

Appearance: Copper orange-bronze body, utterly devoid of any deleterious matter. Massive bleached white head rises with an egg-white stiffness and reels with a rocky white surface once it relaxes. Immense carbonation builds under the soft frothy natural covering which leaves a pearlescent silky lacing.

Nose: Sweet at first, but Pilsner malts race through the entrance, pineapple lingers in the idle middle whilst some spice hop character rules in the finish.

Taste: Lovely blend of spicy yeasts and fleshy fruits, peppery Belgium yeast mixes with a Peach flesh interior and a citric Pineapple finish. A sharp Grapefruit tingle flashes the ending as the bitter Saaz hops rush a mélange of rape & pillaging at the finish. This is quite the brew, feels sweet at times, but not always in a bad way, sweet in some mouthfuls but not others, indifferent but in a good way. I enjoyed this one. Wish I could have more to evaluate it further.

Mouthfeel: Big feel, the fleshy Peach feel rides with Pineapple, raw hard Granny Smith Apples and soft Grapefruit ending. Feels big but the body of this one can be deceptive, under scrutiny it is above average but not really as big as it feels.

Drinkability: Well I just had the one, but I could have managed two. Or maybe even three. Quite the brew, it is hard to nail this one.

Overall: A solid performer, the sharp Grapefruit & Pineapple takes care of the sweeter malts and the Cidery apple twangs lend individuality to produce a decent finish. Not your usual brew, I’m not sure this should be listed as a Belgium Strong Dark Ale…..but there again I’m not sure what this really is.


And….as my mate EyeChartBrew would add……

Music: The Smiths, Hatful of Hollow; “Still I’ll”….

I decree today that life
Is simply taking and not giving
England is mine - it owes me a living
But ask me why, and I'll spit in your eye
Oh, ask me why, and I'll spit in your eye
But we cannot cling to the old dreams anymore
No, we cannot cling to those dreams

Does the body rule the mind
Or does the mind rule the body?
I dunno...

May 16, 2005
More User Reviews:
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samEBC from Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 26, 2020
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robotic_being from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 26, 2019
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not tripel at all, but Belgian strong ale. Clear light copper caramel ale, some laces.Moderate esters and carbonation. Somewhere between silly and divine.

Jan 17, 2020
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BeerAngel from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear burnt sienna with a large fluffy off-white head that sticks around for quite a while. The smell consists of a strong sweet raison-like aroma with yeast and alcohol to boot. The scent is simply mouthwatering! The taste mimics the smell with more of the raisons, yeast, and alcohol along with mild spices that are blended nicely and hit you in waves with each overlapping it’s neighbors. This is a medium bodied beer with a warming alcohol that is slightly sweet then dry in the end. This is a very nice brew! Thanks to belgianbum for the opportunity! Op uw gezonheid!

Jan 24, 2004
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sponberg from New York

4.74/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: On tap, about 48 degrees, in pint glass.

Beautiful dark auburn color. Aroma of caramel, Belgian yeast, and alcohol. Starts out by filling the mouth with a very round maltiness - caramel, toffee, Belgian spicy/yeasty notes, tastes like a double decoction brew of the highest order. The flavor is almost a perfect cross between a doppelbock and an abbey ale. Just enough underlying bitterness. The finish is more of that luscious malt, with a bit of a wraming surge of alcohol.

Thank you, sir, may I have another and another and another? Outstanding brew - one of the better ones I've tried recently. Made the Troegenator doppelbock I tried afterwards seem watery, and having had that brew on its own before I KNOW that's not the case.

Apr 04, 2002
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rastaman from England

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks delcious, crystal-clear amber, classic Belgian head, although a bit more blotchy, but still nice and fluffy. Nose is yeasty, peppery, definietly bready and flowery aswell. Palate is full and balanced. Peppery, bready. Some dried orange/citrus flavours. Some resiny medium bitter hops. Theres some toffee buried in their aswell. Finish, is salty and bitter. Savoury. Not bad in the end.

Aug 17, 2004
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Sigmund from Norway

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. Deep amber colour, hazy. Large head. Aroma and flavour are rather alcoholic, with caramel, brown sugar, oak and hints of barnyard. Sweetness is reasonably balanced by the hoppy bitterness, which also has some not-so-desirable metallic edges. Mouthfeel is warming and a bit peppery. An unusual beer, well worth sampling, but DIVINE?? I don’t think so - go for the Trappists in stead, they have better connections "upstairs".

Mar 07, 2005
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold with just a hint of a haze vs clear. Large head of foam settles to aboot an inch and ceases from there to recede.

It has the classic aromas of a Belgian Tripel. Hoppy, yeasty, earthy, yeah.

Tastes like it smells. Nice level of bitterness that compliments that Belgian yeasty character and overall so earthy. Dry as a bone in the finish.

Great mouthfeel and sooo drinkable. I am sorry that others don't get this beer as in recognize this fits the style so well. Yeah, Silly is pretty much an overlooked brewer but. ..this is delicious!

Apr 07, 2016
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in official glassware...appears a golden honey color with a finely bubbled off whtie cream head forms fine Belgian style lacing with each sip. Aroma contains lively European hops somewhat tart fruit layer vinous very nice sweetness a bit spicy smelling. Taste contains a nice fruitiness tart vinous flow with a grassy herbal hop bouqet, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied fine carbonation silky smooth on the palate, another dangerous Belgian draft offering. Drinkability is incredible thoroughly enjoyed this rarity from Silly. Oh and for you Sharp Edge price haters peep this happy hour half off belgian drafts from 4:30 - 6:30 on weekdays.

Mar 10, 2006
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Gusler from Arizona

4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle after its debarkation from the 330ml brown bottle sets in the glass a translucent copper color with a behemothic light tan and creamy head and after its demise the lace forms a thin satin sheet to lie upon the glass. Nose is tart but yet fruity sweet, citrus like in its crispness, fresh and appealing to both the ocular and olfactory senses, start is sweet with a pleasing malt profile, the top is light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finnish is striking in its acidity, the hops joyful in their spicy presence, desert dry almost vinous aftertaste that lingers long on the palate.

Aug 15, 2004
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daledeee from Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice chunky white head with cloudy orange or coppery color. The nose is vanilla with some malt.

Taste is pretty malty and some citrus in the background. I believe their may be some hops in there too. Finish is rather hoppy. Some carbonation and warming after the fact. That's OK. This is pretty strong beer.

There are better Belgians out there but this is pretty drinkable.

Feb 03, 2008
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crookedhalo from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a thin, yet holding, head with a light beige hue. Laces well. Solid malt backbone with a faint fruitiness/woodiness, almost vinegary. Light malt sweetness, and a tartness that is similar to vinegariness described in the aroma (not offensive). Faintly dry astringent finish. Interesting to try out again.

Jan 10, 2005
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Gavage from Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's cafe in Philly, and it arrived in nice glass sporting a deep gold color and a thick head that produced lacing. The aroma was decent as only some sweet malt was detected. The flavor was better as sweeter than normal levels of malt, some caramel, raisins and orange were reasonably balanced.

The mouthfeel was thick and very mildly syrupy. Malt and raisins lasted long on the tongue after swallowing. Very nice drinkablility as the alcohol levels were barely noticeable.

Mar 01, 2004
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Fonefan: Poured a hazy deep amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some bready yeast notes. Taste is mix between some sweet Belgian malt with some notes of flight fruit (peach) and a bready finish. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nothing spectacular but very drinkable and refreshing.

Feb 22, 2008
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tjd25 from France

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label shows a little chapel, maybe the beer is supposed to help you go to heaven. Reasonable head. Orange color, a bit darker than orange. I thought it smelled like good Belgian strong pale ales, although it is dark. The brew is thicker than some other Belgian ales. The alcohol content is very present in the taste and hides other flavors. The taste was enjoyable, but I couldn’t divide it in a sum of flavors. It was just one block: alcoholic and enjoyable. I wasn’t disappointed, but it’s not on my favorite beer’s list.

Mar 18, 2004
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

As others have pointed out, La Divine Belgian Triple Amber Ale is not a BSDA, it's a Belgian tripel. The new label features the painting "The Birth of Venus" by Botticelli and indicates an ABV of 9.0%. Now, on to the important stuff.

Yeasty kumquat with a lovely looking crown of foam that is somewhere between pale gold and pale orange. The sound the beer made when entering the glass was like the pouring of heavy cream. It's always nice when a beer can make a positive impact on every one of the senses. The head looks even better as it deflates. It's remarkably sticky and is depositing gobs of lace. Simply put, La Divine looks divine.

The nose is much less impressive. It's primarily apricot and orange fruity with a smattering of ground clove. I also pick up a musky hoppiness, but could never have identified the members of the hop bill (East Kent Goldings, Hallertau) in a million years. I hope the flavor profile has more in common with the appearance than with the aroma.

Actually, the flavor is the worst characteristic yet. This is not a typical tripel and isn't a very well-brewed beer in general. Although it's fading somewhat with time, I still get a big blast of metal with each mouthful. Things start out on okay footing. Sweet fruit pulp and hints of spice are the first flavors to hit the taste buds... but then things take a turn for the frankly nasty.

From the midway point on, it tastes like I'm sucking on a mouthful of pennies and a few drops of pure alpha acid. It's possible to appreciate the apricot and peachiness of the beer, but it isn't easy to focus on the better aspects of the flavor profile when the worst aspects are so prominent. I'm pretty sure this bottle isn't old, so I don't know what the hell happened.

There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. It's on the full side of medium and has a wonderful creaminess that was foreshadowed by the sound that greeted my ears on the pour. There aren't as many bubbles as in most Belgian beer, but then I don't mind quiet carbonation.

Although I wasn't too thrilled with La Divine Blonde (a BSPA), it wasn't the train wreck that this beer is. If I could subtract out the metal shavings, it might be an okay tripel (the operative word being 'okay'). I have a feeling that a complete overhaul is only thing likely to save this one.

May 16, 2007
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Beer Bistro. OK amber appearance, some yeast and spice in aroma, rather medium to thin mouthfeel. Some taste, an easy drink. An OK Belgium. Suitably carbonated, I think Saaz hops. Rather dry aftertaste.15 months later, another bottle at SMokeless Joe, and the smell even better. Much sweeter.

Dec 20, 2005
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Billolick from New York

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the BTAH in NYC, pours medium cloudy caramel, with a medium off white head, and leaving very fine, respectable lacing. Ripe fruity nose, leads to a quaff of an interesting and differant tasting kind of brew. Jammy fruits, lucious and interesting. I'd like to try the bottled version to gain some perspective here. Fruity, overflowing with flavor and compexity. A fresh treat on tap

Jun 09, 2007
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Dukeofearl from California

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 for 33cl bottle at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in October 2006; tasted in November.

I'm not completely convinced I am reviewing this int the right place. The name is right, the ABV is right, the label is wrong and the style isn't what I expect. The label sez: Belgian Triple Amber Ale. To me it's more tripel-like than BSDA, so it's hard to review/compare. I guess it's just one of those creative beers (hard to wrap my brain around that- I like order in my chaos and planning in my spontaneity!!!).

Pours a deeper than typical (for a tripel) golden-orange, with a slight cloudiness. Aroma of sweet but slightly femented orange juice and rich sweetbreads. Flavor has those same notes in spades, but with an overlying green hops and light baking spices. Quite tasty and easily drinkable. Alcohol fuel notes are only a slight burning sensation on the insides of my lips.

Perhaps a little sweet for drinking much, and I'm sure the 9% would catch up in a hurry, but overall very enjoyable- would be a great dessert beer.

Nov 26, 2006
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in one of the back alley Brussels bars and again in Gent where it is found nearly everywhere. Nice lable on a small capped bottle. Pours a pale orange-gold body with a healthy and lasting foam. Eventually the head settles to a playful and mobile lace. Very pretty and sticky. The aroma is spicy, all spice or clove, with fresh orange and a grapefruit finish. Zesty. Taste molds spicy yeast character with a variety of fruits - peach, pineapple, and orange. Finishes with grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with quite a good deal of warming character, although this never feels as boozy as it might at 9%. Mild carbonation. Very drinkable.

Nov 24, 2009
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revdrjbob from Australia

3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed with Teaser, purchased from the Berry bottlo. They actually had Scotch Silly on display in the window, but none inside! Bastards! Got me all excited, and then very dissapointed... This was a great beer in it's stead.

Poured into tumblers, the Divine had a pale amber hue, with a slight cloud and a thick fluffy white head. Lots of lacing and plenty of carbonation to boot.

Aroma: Sweet, malty, a slight yeastyness, candy apples and rhubarb (that's what Teaser says). Awesome aroma, hints of biscuits in a malty way and touches of cookie dough.

Taste: Yummo! Sweet malt in the mouth, a slight bitterness, and a warming of alcohol. Hints of honey and sweet jammy fruits, and a slight citrus character (or am I dreaming?). Very mouth filling, and a great lingering "Belgian", almost dare I say "Chimay" character.

This beer rocks! I love these great Belgian flavours and charachteristics, it's like a new experience everytime you swallow.

Jan 18, 2006
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot with a huge head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Candi sugar, toffee and over-ripe peach

Taste: Opens with a strong caramel and candi sugar that changes to a peppery, metallic flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, the over-ripe flavors add some fruit but the peppery metal flavors persist; alcohol not well-hidden

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with surprisingly moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Distinctive but not all that appealing

Mar 01, 2008
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Bierschenker from Belgium

4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Amber colour, bit like a pale ale. Good portioned carbonation.
The head forms very rapidly. White creamy colour. It leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The scent is very strong on furniture wood and beeswax polish. Hops, grains and some slight honey.
On the other hand, the taste has a disturbing element. The metallic front taste is not only annoying, but is a real downer. Followed by over baked dry pie dough, raisins and very soft pure chocolate. Goes over in strong pepper and overpowering yeast with dosed strong malt. Finishes raw steak.
The aftertaste continues with strong yeast, meat, hop and malt. And still very spicy.

Jul 17, 2006
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paterlodie from Belgium

2.34/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice and quiet good lasting head and a brown beercolor. Nose is roastmalty and very buttery. Didn't know there were beer with this much of butterscotch on the market. Makes the brew to me unenjoyable and soon into a poorout. But not before tasting it; nice roast and full malty with a roasty bitter aftertaste. But again lots of butter what makes this brew to me into a poorout fast.

Jun 29, 2005
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