Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. [Another great tasting session @ Papsoe] Huge thick bubbly off-white head that mostly lasted. Excellent lacework. Light cloudy sparkling body with a pale golden color. Aroma of classic Duvel with soft notes of hops. Spice, yeast, light fruit, citrus and light grassy and floral notes. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and light dry texture. Moderated sweet flavor with a counter bitterness. Light dry and bitter finish. 7 / 4 / 7 / 3 / 15
oh6gdx (19934) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Yellowish golden colour with small white had. Aroma is caramel, fruits and some yeast. Flavour is fruity, hoppy and slightly caramelly. Also the alcohol gives a slight sweetness to it. Not very much hops kicking in, except for some mild fruity notes.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottled, 0.75l@Kerstbierfestival 2007, Essen) Hazy golden with a medium, creamy-lacy head. Honey-malty, reasonably grassy-lemony-hoppy aroma with some flowery American hops added. The flavor is Duvel with some orangey floweriness as well. Don’t expect a hop-bomb, and you’ll surely like this. Way overpriced, though.
SHIG (3404) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Kerstbierfestival 2007: Poured a golden color with white head. The aroma is hoppy to the nose. Taste is a perfume/floral with hops. Don’t think this lived up to the hype in my opinion.
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2011 Clear blond coloured beer with much carbonation and an average white head. Very fresh hoppy nose with the typical Duvel hints. Full light bitter, sprankling body. Finish is dry bitter, special and light herby with a slight hint of alcohol. Nice but I prefer the regular Duvel.
2010 version: Light hazy yellow blond coloured, lots of carbonation and a huge white head (bot not that solid). Fruity to flowery hoppy hinted aroma. Very refreshing. Full palate. Finish is strong bitter hoppy with a dry slightly alcoholic ending. Nicely balanced, intense hops without being extreme. Matured.
Ungstrup (28235) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A hazy light golden beer with a lazing white head. The aroma is sweet citrusy hoppy with some spice notes. The flavor is sweet lightly malty with strong notes of malt and citrusy hops. I don’t think the hops and yeast work that well togther.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hard to imagine a prettier beer: apricot gold pour with abundant pure white foam, luxuriously settling in cloud-like lumps, leaving frost-like lace down the glass. Aroma of melon, mint, honey, wild marijuana underfoot on a cold morning, rosemary, lime, a touch of pepper. A little more hop character than regular Duvel, but nothing that makes me think Amarillo. Spring-like herbal mint flavors blended with delicate clean malt. Alcohol warmth is certainly present, but in a supporting role, deftly played. A touch of sweetness, but dry finishing. To my taste, a very close cousin of Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux. (Though a much steeper price tag.) I really dig this beer as it is, but with all the talk on the label of a seriously hoppy version of Duvel (which this isn’t), I’m curious now: what it would this taste like had they used say...oh, maybe twice as many hops?
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This struck me as a slightly sweeter, warmer version of Duvel. It’s not a hopbomb, in case you were expecting that from the name or recipe. Looks gorgeous as always, a translucent old gold with a serious white mousse. Aroma was malty and even sweet with some grassy, piney hops--OK, maybe more aromatic than the classic Duvel, but nothing to write home about. Flavor is moderately sweet to a degree that perhaps covers some of the bitterness. The alcohol was obvious in our bottle, and it struck us as a tad out of balance. It is good enough to be a celebration beer, especially with the fancy bottle, rarity and price. We drank it from flutes, just for kicks. But damn my American palate: I’d be lying if I said I was satisfied by the level of hops in here.
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted it first at Hasselt Beer festifal but had only a sip of it. Now I bought one beer for my own indead at 12€. It is sold ias gift pakkage and that makes this nice beer way to expensive in Belgium. Deus for example is much nicer and cost a little more then 10 €. Nice and a good bitter taste.
JorisPPattyn (7682) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very clear gold, maybe slightly darker than usual Duvel; medium to good white head, with textbook lace. Immediate hoparoma, with a bit dusty, but fine hops - definitely the Amarillo showing. The Duvel malts are there, but thankfully, the candi sugar is hidden here. Sweet-ish - more malty than ordinary Duvel (though sample VERY young, of course); and with unmistakable hopflavours, without a hopbite. If anything, a superb balance. The dry alcohol feel (even more than Duvel ’Rood’) present, but with a creamier, yeastier MF, and then retronasal lingering hops (noble). Superb balance, and very good idea. But why the h*ll only 22.000 bottles - and at €12 apiece, at that?? This is more than just interesting, it’s bound to cause a riot. I don’t get the marketing. I did get the beer, however...