BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden and hazy with nice head retention and lacing. Aroma is herbal and floral with citrus and sugar. Flavour is full of citrus and herbs with a light undertone of sugar and malts. A touch thinner as it finishes. Touch of spice as it warms. Yeasty throughout.
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Pours a clear golden body with nice head. aroma is of spices, banana, cloves, yeast. Flavor is smooth, perfumed spices. Nice palate. Really reminded me of Duvel, in fact I think it would be hard to decide which is which in a blind tasting.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber body with large white head..aroma of massive yeast, citrus hops, spice..flavor of yeast, breads, circus peanut..finishes nice and fruity...not bad
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow straw color with a hugh billowy off-white head. Lots of effervescence present. Floral hops and light malt present in the aroma along with some lime and dust old barn scent. Somewhat interesting, but nothing really caught my interest. Effervescence everywhere in the palate, that makes the thickness seem to float away. Slight Duvel qualities, but not the finesse. Citric hops bite in the middle and lead to a dry herbal bitter finish that also has a dusty pollen-like character. Linger returns to some pale malt. Quite assertive at times. Lots of things to keep the mind occupied, but not enough pleasant ones to make it truly pleasurable.
harrisoni (15809) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at LCRBM3. Hazy gold with thin white head. Lovely tangerine aroma. Supposed to be a saison. Light, blond, wheaty and refreshing. Not overly aggressive.
gnoff (9190) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 First rating
75 cl bottle from Systembolaget
Clear pale golden color. Grassy fruity hoppy scent. Spicy and hoppy taste. Medium mouthfeel, also medium bitterness.
75 cl bottle thanks to thomat! January 15, 2011
Clear pale golden color, small white head. Sweet alcohol scent. Phenolic, spicy, alcohol taste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from DocLock. Drunk 5/28. Yellow color with big head. The flavor and aroma was mainly of fruity bannans.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml Bottle) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of orange peel, coriander, fireworks fumes, and mustiness. Flavor of spicy yeast, earthiness, light citrus, black pepper, and mild hops.
Aurelius (4781) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Incredible appearance - nice big yoked and embossed bottle, mostly clear gold beer with a lacy white head. Soft, wit aroma with alcohol vapors. The dried residue on the top of the bottle smells oddly of sweet, burnt pipe tobacco. Nice lemon-peachy fruitiness, moderate sweetness, vanilla. Lightly sour and acidic on the tip of the tongue. A very good mouth and finish with a musty bitterness in the back corners of the mouth on the finish. Moderately, but pleasantly, astringent. A formidable brew from a brewery that’s earned its reputation.
ClarkVV (4646) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle consumed on 8/25/07
Very nice-duvel-esque appearance boasting a large, well-retained, dense white head that laces well. Clear golden-bronze body with just a touch of chill haze. Natural carbonation in the liquid is quite pervasive.
Aggressive yellow fruit esters combined with prominent (for the style) hops pack a punch up front, with cookie dough and honey not far behind. Warm, gooey, sweet baked-bread and tons of peaches, nectarines and such. Very aromatic and round, perhaps a bit too much of a sensory overload (and quite sweet) but some pepper-like phenols appropriately dry it out on the end, as does a bit of breadiness/graininess from the malts and light yeast acidity. Floral hops and suggestions of vanilla add welcome complexity. No flaws and no more alcohol warmth than is inevitable.
Honey and bread are the main force of the malt notes, giving a very substantial, full body that is further buttressed by the carbonation, giving it a very fluffy, creamy texture. The attenuation seems about right, as Duvel is intended as a slightly sweet beer. It’s not overdone, and the yeast acidity and phenolic spiciness definitely help dry things, while the floral and spicy hops give it some crispness. Supple and warming, but still drinkable, I thought, and very well-brewed. I kept my bottle a while after it was released (5 or 6 months) and that may have helped allow the yeast to clean things up a bit, though the hops have probably died off a bit.