douglas88 (4597) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 330 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a large white head. A sweet fruity yeasty nose. A rich flavor, very fresh and dry with sweet candy. Very good. Unusual for a Blonde or BSA, quite hoppy I thought. Good.
Gription79 (1632) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last bottle from a group order shared with the Utah crew. The aroma is delicate sweet malts, citrus, and some candy notes. The flavors are sweet, honey, sugar, and lemony. A great beer.
olio (4156) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ Brussels.
Rated on 20100720.
Pours hazy golden color with medium head. Artsy front label. Aroma of yeast, ripe fruits, caramel and toffee and some herbal grass notes. Flavor of yeast, spices, caramel malts and ripe fruits.
Mortlach (745) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 16, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16/02/2012 Bir&Fud Bottega (330ml bottle). Dorata, brillante, vivissima, riflessi color pesca, inusuale perlage, schiuma bianca abbondante e persistente. Aroma magnifico di lieviti, spezie, mela, pesca e banana, luppolo. In bocca ha un attacco moderatamente dolce, caramello appena, quindi note citriche con un finale magnifico, amarognolo e secco, nel retrogusto lieviti protagonisti. Corpo medio, carbonazione forse eccessiva. Una gran birra, indecifrabile per certi versi, ma dannatamente buona.
77ships (2239) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl. bottle split @ Kulminator: the bottle is graces by a lovely artwork created by the brewery & bears a ďDe DolleĒ bowtie, served into two gorgeous dolle tasting glasses, it pours a clear and sparkling golden with a big fluffy white head, truly a beautiful looking beer, smells very inviting, very sharp, clean and crisp with the typical dolle yeast, strong esters and a strong spice quality to it which veers into herbal direction, the taste continuous in the same direction, very clean with a sharp bitterness coupled with the dolle yeast, this has a slight fruitiness to it with slight apple, strong esters, the finish leads to what could be describes as being spices but to me this tastes very herbal with a strong medicinal quality, leading up into a finish of medicinal bitterness and definite alcohol presence, this is very light and highly drinkable and strongly carbonated by my own standards and preferences but in a very nice suiting way, I donít think that De Dolle makes any bad beers, they are to me unquestionably one of the worlds greatest breweries and this one is another winner
FatPhil (7597) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle (BierKompass.de)
6 Rather simple belgian blond aroma, slight herbal and bitter, like fresh bracken growth in a wood.
4 Mid gold, lovely large spongy white head. I was clear, Anna had some slight haze.
7 Herbal aspects, and the barky bitterness come straight out in the retronasals, the breadiness of the malts is only low, and there are very little aromatics - this is a singularly bitter blond. Annaís hazy one was a bit mellower, and more nutty, and we preferred hers. So I added a tiny splash of the sludge to mine.
4 Good bitter bite, better than your average Belgian. Woody and honey in the late finish, maybe a bit of breakfast cereals - a touch nutty with walnut papers. Drying bitterness does become quite tongue-scraping quite soon. Some liquoricey aspects to that.
14 I swore when I saw this was 9%. To me, there was basically no alcohol at all, and even after my swearing and jaw dropping Anna underestimated the strength. Nice to see Belgians use plenty of hops, and this is a good example of a brewery that can do that effortlessly.
finol (1719) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Hirigalzkar!
Nice fruity belgian with lots of hops - grass and orange peel.
jedwards (10) - Rhode Island, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to claaark13 for bringing this back from Belgium. Original review 06-16-2011
Poured into my Oerbier glass. Huge rocky head characteristic of Belgian golden ales, with some of the tight structure of other De Dolle beers. Reduces to two or three fingers of pillow-y foam. Beer itself is a slightly hazy reddish gold.
Smell is spicy hops and lemon pith, a bit of yeast. Taste has a big hop presence on the front end, lots of spice and pepper, and a bit of a honey/malty backbone with a long-lasting bitter finish. Doesnít come off as dry as many of the other Belgian golden ales do, but the hop presence prevents it from being overly sweet. Typical creamy De Dolle carbonation, but the bitterness and a slight boozy quality cut through that.
Really solid beer. Iíd say I want them to bring it to the USA, but it would be a sin to let this sit around on shelves.
Cuso (2708) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bierkompass. Hazy golden color with huge white head. Aroma of grapefruit, honey, spices. Taste, grapefruit, honey, ginger, spices. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice.
ClubGonzo (2762) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from the EtreGourmet web shop. Slightly hazy golden body with a gargantuan foamy white head. Nose is yeast-propelled tones of dried apricots, peaches, molasses and light candy sugars. Hints of alcohol and honey. Eventually, the huge layer of foam settles into some sort of dense pillow in the middle of the glass, allowing me to take a sip. The taste is yeasty tones of light candy sugars, honey, straw, molasses and dried fruits. Near-astringent grassy hop tones in the finish, when the ABV also gets me warmed up with a quite clear, but not overtly boisterous presence. As most of De Dolleís beers, itís a bit fuzzy and rough in its taste profile, but still very pleasant. Lichtervelds Blond is sort of the "little sister" (yes, as you can see from the label this is a female beer) of Stille Nacht (who is a man - a snow man, of course). While not being fantastic, this is certainly a good and warming beer for the chilly autumn weather outside my window right now.