dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy theCheeseman. Light cloudy yellow pour with a thin white head. Slightly sour vinegar, sour apple, citrus hop aroma. Sour biting hop taste very chewy citrusy hops with a grapefruit acidity. Really tasty with a mouth puckering aftertaste.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Cheeseman...Pour was a delightful pale bubbly yellow. Looked like champagne. Sweet smell of wet grass and lemons. Flavor was VERY mild for the hops. The hops blended nicely. Sweet lemony flavor with a hint of honey. Very delightful!!
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at the Orlando December beer tasting courtesy of Cheeseman. A very nice golden champagne looking pour.A nice grassy funk nose. Flavor was mild hopped, grassy with a mild funk.A nice solid brew.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden-yellow color with a huge off-white pillowy head with some streaks of lacing. Aroma is very floral with some citrus and spices. Taste is much the same - slightly bitter, some floral and citrus characteristics, with a hint of spices.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at pauls. Pours a golden body with a 1/8 white head. Sweet honey flavors. Spices pepper and ginger. Big floral earthy hop resins. Good offering.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 Brewed August 2007, Best By June 2010; Sampled November 2008
A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass easily produces five fingers of head (including a full fat finger above the rim of the glass); the head is a pale, just off-white color and forms an impressive structural surface / mesa and lots of Belgian lace patterns as it slowly subsides. The beer is a nice gold color that shows a bright, yellow-gold color when held up to the light and shows a mad frenzy of carbonation. The aroma smells of lemon zest, touches of apricot, cracker-like grain, notes of black pepper, pink ginger, clove, a touch of pear, honey-like malt and a solid backdrop of tropical fruit notes that seem to have faded over time, but still have a commanding presence in the nose. I have a feeling that a lot more of the base beer comes through in the aroma now, and I definitely like that. This is far more aromatic than the regular version of Duvel; at least in volume, I like regular Duvel for its soft, yet deep complexity, but this is also really nice (plus I am a sucker for Amarillo).
The beer flavor still has lots of Amarillo signature to it; up front flavors of peach, lychee and candied kumquat. The beer finishes with spicy phenolics and a spicy alcohol warming as well a nice, though soft, clean bitterness. Clove, a ginger heat and a turpene driven light palate numbing show a nice, yeast derived phenolic character towards the finish blends in quite well with the up front hop character.. The carbonation died down considerably as I was enjoying the aroma, but still has a prickly tickle to it as well as providing a bit of a carbonic bite. The body of this beer stands up quite well to the carbonation though, it definitely has a touch of heft to it, though in true form it is quite an easy beer to quaff faster than is safe. My second pour only nets me a half finger of beer, while the rest is foam. The spicy & phenolic notes seem to get a bit more prominent as I work my way through this bottle; it actually starts to get quite spicy in the finish. My third pour has me learning a bit and I end up with only a bit more head than beer in my glass.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that the Amarillo character is still pretty apparent; that definitely had me a bit worried. I am sure the hop character has faded a bit, but it is still quite nice. I am not sure I have ever had a beer that is more prone to leaving structural sculptures of foam (a product of the foam positive character of hops and the high carbonation of Duvel), it is quite interesting and visually you really can’t quite ask for more. It is always a good sign when I have a hard time not finishing off a 750ml bottle of strong beer by myself.
heavy (2773) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
30/10 0.75 l bottle from belgianshop.com, probably the last they held there, so I had luck to get my hands on this. Opened with a big pop, it poured murky golden to orange body with huge and compact white head that was stubborn to get down. Interesting aroma of some hop fruits (apple, lemon) a bit salty but not in the bad way, some spices...pleasant and complex enough. Flavor was moderately bitter, hopped (apple, grassy spices) much more than malted (honey, some darker fruits maybe). Alcohol is hidden very well beyond it all. Medium bodied and quite complex with medium-long bitter apple finish. Quite good, definitely different from anything Belgian, interesting, but not the best for sure.
ogivlado (7215) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled(750ml). -courtesy of heavy(thanks!), shared with him and Doggythedog.
Hazy yellow/orange coloured, really huge white head, fruity and spicy nose. The taste is also very spicy and very hoppy (Amarillo is dominant) with notes of fruits and coriander in the finish. Very good BSA and the best Duvel.
Marko (4948) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy’s 0.75l bottle that he shared with me and ogivlado (huge thanks!)
Poured a murky orange-golden body with an enormous thick white head that took eons to go away (yup, it’s a Duvel). Chalky, soft malty nose, some apple, honey.. lightly vinous even. Amarillo shows up. Nice and complex. The taste is soft again, a bit light, but truly pleasant. Aroma hops (yup, definitely Amarillo and Goldings), no big bitterness. Soft, kinda weak (bit nice) maltiness, some apple. Silky mouthfeel. Not the best beer in the world but definitely a nice drink.
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nice golden with a very big white creamy head with nice lacing and crates a small "cloud" in the middle of the glass. Aroma and flavour are both great, fruity - oranges, hoppy and vinious. it is nice and dry and has a long aftertaste.