Bière Du Démon
Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Style:
European Strong Lager
Ranked #101
ABV:
12%
Score:
62
Ranked #48,743
Avg:
2.55 | pDev: 31.76%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
92
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Les Brasseurs de Gayant
 
France
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  22
SCORE
62
Poor
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Photo of josanguapo
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

De Club del Gourmet de El Corte Ingles de El Duque. Lata. En copa Alhambra. Viendo La Casa de Papel 3x03-05. Suave dulzor alcoholico. Sin estar mal, el exceso de alcohol y tamaño dificilultan terminarla. Si al menos tuviese mas riqueza de sabores...

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Photo of flyingpig
1.48/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

330ml bottle as a gift from France:
Shocking stuff & awful tasting throughout, the nose definitely wasn't as bad & came through very slightly better than expected but still wasn't exactly great but the taste was beyond bad. Coming through as a mix of strong alcohol grain & the odd pale malt, the beer was chemical-like in taste with an overpoweringly sickening taste & it meant it was one I struggled to drink even a fraction of before pouring it down the drain; only it's appearance (& to some extent, the nose) saved it from being one of the worst beers I've ever had.

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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Aug 31, 2018
Photo of The_Bujon
3.68/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Woooah there boy! This tipple is likely to 'tip'ple you over the edge!

Mega strength beer, and excessively so. I actually think it's not too bad, better than some Belgian tripels. A tall slim glass keeps the head, and served chilled takes a bit of the harshness away from it. It has a citrus aspect for me, and given the strength is remarkably smooth to drink. Don't be put off, definitely worth a purchase if available.
A couple of these and you'd be safe sleeping under a bush in the park on a cold night.....thus saving yourself a taxi fare to boot, which can be added to the coffers for sampling a few more brews. Every cloud and all that!

I came back to re-review this one after a second sampling, and down graded it a touch. It is still way way better than the reviews on here, and I think labelling it as a euro strong lager somehow assumes it will be naff right from the get go! But there is the anti-snob in me.

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The_Bujon from Ireland, Jan 10, 2017
Photo of Tone
2.15/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, maize color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, slight dark citrus, and grain. Fits the style of an Euro Strong Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, slight dark citrus, and grain. Overall, weak appearance, alcohol completely dominates, poor body, aroma, and blend.

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Tone from Missouri, Jul 09, 2016
Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Colour: light gold, clear. White head, durability fatal, immediately disappears. Aroma little crisp, malty with a hint of honey and plenty of alcohol. Taste: no surprises, first alcohol, the second 12% alcohol, continue as in the aroma, alcohol plus gentle malt and honey. Gentian alcohol, low. High saturation.

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Photo of Shanex
2.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I read a couple reviews here and the 'Bière du démon' is rated as poor. Maybe that's a tad harsh, just in my opinion. For a French strong lager and as far as I know there aren't many of those, it's slightly above average. Yes 12%ABV is a lot and especially for a lager. It's a beer I gave a try or two already, and won't buy the six-pack, assuming it's exist. A cheap buzz if you are around these parts. For the same brewery though, I suggest Goudale instead.

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Shanex from France, Mar 01, 2016
Photo of stevoj
3.28/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is very malty and hints at high ABV. Color is clear golden with thin but sticky head. Taste is sourish and , hints of honey and plenty of alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is right and despite alcohol burn, overall texture and palate is very smooth. But beware the high ABV, for a small bottle, this is potent stuff....

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stevoj from Idaho, Jan 12, 2016
Photo of Bruno74200
2.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Advertised as the strongest beer in the world, this might be the booziest euro strong lager but with 12% ABV it's far to be the strongest beer I ever consumed.
Very boozy nonetheless and cloying

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Photo of JaimeLondon
2.12/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't get this cheap and popular superalcoholic beers...
They are just terrible.. nothing balances the alcohol in them.
In the end of this one I thought I was drinking a vodka lol.

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Photo of DevAJ
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall not bad. I do agree with most of the reviews that there really isn't much in the way of up front smell or flavor, but it's not necessarily a bad beer. It's worth a try at least once.

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DevAJ from Missouri, Apr 11, 2015
Photo of gwydno
3.79/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found it better than the average reviews. A strong beer that doesn't warn you about its strength. I found it funny. Far from my favourite, but overall, an interesting beer.

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gwydno from Spain, Jan 29, 2015
Photo of Pinchart
1/5  rDev -60.8%

Une bière sans personnalité, dont l'unique intérêt serait le haut degré d'alcool. Mais l'argument ne convaincra que les alcooliques car pour le reste elle est totalement déséquilibrée. Trop de sucres residuels, un goût désagréable et un arrière-goût carrement infect. A éviter.

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Pinchart from Belgium, Dec 08, 2014
Photo of ithacabaron
1.63/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.25

Pours an incredibly clear greenish-yellow, with a healthy head that fades down into toad's eye bubbles and top-lacing. Fine, but on the weak end. Then again, with this alcohol percentage, any head is something.

Nose is largely neutral, with clean yeast, some metalic notes, and a whiff of millet. Not good, though.

Taste starts out fairly harmless, with some honeyed sweetness, and a premonition of alcohol behind it. This is soon followed by a rush of intensely awful fusel alcohol -- enough to make me wince -- along with more metal, and deep, unsettling heat. Truly terrible.

Mouthfeel is fine enough, but the beer it carries is so bad, I'm loathe to keep it in my mouth for very long.

One of the worst beers I've ever drank, and a rare drain-pour (after the review, of course). Even now, it curdles the stomach. An abomination.

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ithacabaron from California, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Cozzatoad
1.61/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

250ml bottle

A- Dark golden colour, reddish hints if seen through light. Head is white, foamy, decently big, but it disappears pretty quickly and also leaves very little lacing

S- Very, very sweet aroma, malty but in some kind of a 'chemical' way if that's the right word. A slight hint of candied apples is possibly the only actual aroma. And then of course a huge boost of alcohol, not at all amalgamated with the smell.

T- Very sweet upfront with a slight touch of grain. From the very start you may think that at least this feels like beer, but the booze soon kicks in, no flavours on tongue (except for a slight metallic feel), alcohol burning on the palate and in the aftertaste. Overall this is an extremely sweet beer, but it does not have sweet flavours, it's just disturbingly sweet

M- Body is a quite thick (you may have expected a bit more given the ABV), but thick with some kind of a burning feel from the alcohol, not at all pleasant. Carbonation is, suprisingly, barely detectable. If it felt a little crisp, it's flaws may have been hidden a bit

O- It's quite obvious what i think abuot drinkabilty, complexity and so on. Half of the bottle was a drainpour. Congratulations Du Demon, you are my new lowest rated beer

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Photo of Raven3464
1.66/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I had this beer while I was in Italy and the experience was too unforgettable not to take notes.

Appearance. It pours a clear golden body with a one finger head. This is the best part of this beer.

Smell: It all goes down hill from here. Aromas from the initial pour are innocent enough. A sweet malt aroma is followed quickly by a huge blast of booze. I did not think much of it at first since the ABV is 12% but the alcohol smell grows to the point of being unbearable as the beer warms.

Taste: A sweet hint of malt liquor is quickly followed by a hideous vodka punch. The alcohol ends up killing any other remote flavors which may have been present.

Mouth feel: It feels thick with a huge burn from the alcohol. The next sip really was a chore.

Overall: I normally do not like to bash a brew but this is one of the most unbalanced beers I have ever had. Take an average Euro pale lager and dump a double shot of 100 proof vodka into it before taking a sip; you will end up with this beer. Even if you just want to get drunk there are better options. I honestly had a hard time finishing this.

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Photo of martja
1.65/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: light golden color with a finger of white foam that takes a while to disappear. The foam laces on the glass and stays for a while.

S: very sweet smell initially, but vodka cuts in quickly.

T: again, sweet up front, with a bitter bite on the backend.

M: surprisingly thick for such a light blond beer, you can see the bubbles rise slowely as though trying to fight the thickness.

O: 12% Alc is it's most intersting feature, the sweet and bitter flavors that come through do not impress.

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martja from South Carolina, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
1.7/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

We pour a goldenrod-colored brew. It holds a one finger head of fatty white bubbles that retains for quite a while. Thick lacing is left as it slowly departs. There is a bit of haze to the look, but no outright sediment is observed. Carbonation looks to be standard but the bubbles rise slowly, as though they’re fighting through the thickness. The aroma is wrought with adjuncty grain and an acetaldehyde sweetness of apple that cuts the heavy malting. There are also big fusel alcohols wafting off the top, mixing with chalky and bitter yeast. As we sip, the mouth is bombarded with adjuncty grain. At first it is only this, but burning alcohols crash in, with a mix of tequila and cheap vodka. I want to keep the sip in my mouth to taste the flavors, but at the same time I want to spit it out because it is borderline nauseating. The middle is mild, with a stale and chalky grain. There is a hollow fishiness about it here as well. It is like a raw salmon, but not in the delicious sashimi type of way. The finish is more of the same, with an added metallic and plastic component. The aftertaste breathes with steely grain and yeast, biting booze, and limey sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation is low. The feel to each sip is actually quite nice, with a soft slurp and heavy coating around the mouth. There is a drying component immediately following this. The abv is maximum and the beer drinks with the ease of mud.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the look. It had a nice color with a good froth and head over it. The aromas and corresponding taste were borderline offensive. As it warms these actually even out a bit and the maladies subside temporarily. The abv is over the top and is not hidden well. They should reevaluate the recipe and then worry about making something more over the top.

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TheBrewo from New York, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
2.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose quite fresh and sweet, slightly relieved by sugar alcohol. Mouth syrupy sweet enough to taste but with a touch of warmth without doubt due to alcohol. Also sweet, it feels a little orange syrup aftertaste, it can quickly become sickening. But for beer to 12 °, it does not really and can be drunk easily. A good point in that direction. But one bad point for the few flavors available and a sickening body quickly such as a poor quality alcohol.

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ThaCreep from Belgium, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of drpimento
2.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had this in Barcelpona with Maria and Zacca. Poured with a decent off white foamy, frothy head and lots of lace. Color was a clear amber. Aroma was malty, honey with a hint of skunk. Flavor was dominated by heavy sweet alcohol. Body wasnk't bad. Finish is the same as flavor. Way too sweet and boozy. One was more than enough, thank you.

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drpimento from Wisconsin, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of EskimoDave
1.15/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Like advertised it's golden coloured. Small white head that disapates after a pair of minutes.
Smells... bad. An omen of whats to come.
You know those flavoured water drinks. They're just water with the 'essence of strawberry' or 'essence of orange' or some kind of fruit. Well, this beer is like that. Except it tastes like vodka with the essence of beer. Awful, just awful.

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EskimoDave from British Columbia (Canada), Jul 18, 2009
Photo of thierrynantes
3.3/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : very sweet malty with notes of alcohol.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet alcohol and malt.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style French "bière de garde" (too strong).

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.58/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

33cl Brown bottle, well in date. Poured into a Duvel glass.

Looked fine, clear, bright and golden. A foaming white head sat proudly on top at first, it fell away to a scummy wisp after a few minutes though.

Heady lager aroma, alcohol and hay smells dominate.

The taste wasn't anything but alcohol, I had to eat something after three sips, or I'd have fallen over.

Very little body or richness, no depth, just alcohol.

If I had no tastebuds and wanted to get drunk I still wouldn't choose this beer. The headache it would surely produce could be really heavy, a real cracker. I am also positive there would be Demons in your nighmares.

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BlackHaddock from United Kingdom (England), Dec 09, 2008
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1.33/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

picked a single bottle up in Poggibonsi, Italia.

I'll admit, the name sold me. It was golden, slightly cloudy, with debris - presumably yeast.

the taste was so overtly alcoholic, it covered up what seemed to be a slightly sweet beer.

being unfiltered, the finish wasn't very clean, and the high alcohol did not help mouthfeel.

drinkability: are you kidding?? i couldn't even finish it.

i would only buy this as a joke....and not drink it myself. moreover, it makes be hesitant of nearing the 12% ABV mark

la Bière Du Démon? peut-être, c'est écœurante, mais c'est sûrement trop répugnante!!

haz paz,
- ajh

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whiteskittlz from California, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
1.15/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This so called beer poured with a moderate gold colour. It was slightly hazy due to some floating particles. The head was white, moderately low, foamy and presenting a poor retention.
The nose was not very pleasant and very alcoholic.
From now on it is truly downhill…The taste was awful and cloying. The alcoholic presence was so strong that I could not get anything else. I can handle strong beer but this one went over the boundaries of an acceptable beer. It was completely unbalanced with no hops and no redeeming flavour.
I almost could not get to end of the bottle. Definitely one of the worst beers I’ve ever tried.

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AlexLMS from Portugal, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Suds
3.08/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is in every supermarket that I've visited in Italy. It's also advertised on several large billboards in and around Milan.
I'm usually a fan of strong beers, but this one really misses the mark. It's a stron brew, alright, but it lacks the flavor and complexity that I find engaging in other strong beers. It's pale and limp, with a s fair clarity. The smell leaves little to describe, except for some ethanol and a bit of grain. The flavor is a bit harsh, but under the alcohol is a bit of malt and a little bitter hops. The beer is of medium body, and fairly low carbonation. This brew didn't excite me at all.

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Suds from Missouri, Jul 29, 2007
Bière Du Démon from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 92 ratings