Duivelsbier van Halle

Formerly brewed at Vanderlinden
Style: Lambic Style - Faro
Halle, Belgium


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 2.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Special dark beer from Halle. Since 1880 it’s the favourite beer of pilgrims, carnival celebrators and real Halle inhabitants. Taste the Devil’s Beer between 8 and 12 C, in it’s ballon glass.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwatoko (43) - - JUL 3, 2009
Bottle at a bar at Grote Markt in Halle. Dark amber brown, with firm large white head (even though this contradicts with some of the other comments here, it is what I got...) Sweet aroma of almost burned malts with some coffee, maybe some smoke. Tastes the same, very light for a dark beer. I liked this one.

kraddel (8718) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle ( 25 cl ) . The backlabel ( if there ever was any ) is missing, and I see no date anywhere on bottle or cap. Presumable around 2000 ??? Pours very dark, nearly black, even. Small white head. Smell is sharp, very port-like sweetness. Taste is mostly oxidation, mildly metallic ( builds up towards the back ) very watery MF. Very mild carbo. There’s an incredibly small aspect of what seems to be funk , but it’s very hidden. Overall, think of oxidized water. Over it’s prime, but probably wasn’t the best one to begin with ?

Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2017 Tasted many years ago from tap. Deep hazy copper coloured beer with thin head and very estery-fruity flavour, in which honeyish and lots of fruity sweetness, citrussy acidity and lactic acid blend together nicely; sweet-sourish finish, drying and refreshing. Typical old school regional beer rooted in lambic culture, too bad it isn’t made anymore today; the Duivelsbier that succeeded it, is a totally different product.

mikske79 (1727) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - SEP 4, 2014
Een donker bier met een heel lekkere geur en een goede volle smaak. Echt een aanrader.

Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with lots of protein globules floating about. Smells and tastes strongly of sugar and honey with some peas and earthy notes on the finish.

VsXsV (4528) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2012
Old bottle at Akkurat. Almost clear, red/brown liquid with medium light brown head. Aroma of raw sugar, vinegar, some alcohol, toffee and port/cardboard oxidization. Not too enjoyable. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, vinegar, dark fruit, cardboard, toffee and port wine. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Not in particularly good shape.

brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Amber pour with a lot of yeast chunks in it. Very little head. Super oxidized aroma. Lots of sherry, some sweet sugar, a fair amount of cardboard, and a bit of booze, as well. A bunch of miscellaneous dark fruits in the background. The flavor is not much better. Lots of cardboard oxidation, some sherry, dark fruit, and a bit of chocolate. Some caramel sweetness is the best thing about it. Not very good at all.

Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2012
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured murky brown with particles floating and not much of a head. aroma was honey and flavor was honey, grain, and cereal. body was kinda syrupy.

Kunstemaecker (32) - Nieuwpoort, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2011
A beer with a rich aroma which, sadly enough, is countered by its sweet taste. Sweetness all around. Surprisingly long aftertaste. I was not aware of the style of beer I ordered so maybe that played a role in my opinion. It is now brewed by Boon, who knows how to make a mean lambic and geuze.

thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
(33cl bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clear rich amber with soapy tan bubbles. Nose is very muted, brown sugar, not much else here. Taste is very dry, bread, brown sugar, a bit oxidized but works well here, just bland in general. Still it’s well carbonated.

Martinus (4692) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2011
Old rating
Found an old rating, one of the first I ever wrote down back in ’98. Think I didn’t realise it was a Faro back then. The points and total score loose all meaning, especially as I used different scale/criteria back then. Just putting it here to preserve the memory and for the quirkiness of it.

Dark brown colour, slight brownish head. Aroma rather sweet, like honey, caramel, bit sour and fruity. Flavour rather (too) sweet, molasses, caramel, no hops bitterness. Quite one-dimensional.
(From 25cL bottle)

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