MoritzF (7756) - Bochum, - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle, 33cl, 2012 edition) Hazy, pale golden colour with a huge and persistent foamy white head. Heavily citrus-fruity aroma with loads of grapefruit, accompanied by spicy yeasty notes. Moderately bitter flavour, still with a present malty sweetness in the background, medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Pale malt-character with strong if not obtrusive citrus-fruity hoppy notes in combination with spicy Belgian yeast; bitter and slightly sweet fruity hoppy and slightly piney finish with a dangerously well-masked alcoholic strength. Quaffable, although it could be a bit more complex. 20.X.12
ShivanDragon (482) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
geel/gouden helder met schuimig witte kraag, mede het hoge co2 gehalte blijft de kraag voeden
aroma: MEGA CITRUS achtig, echt ik ben nog nooit een bier tegengekomen welke zo fris naar citrus rook
smaken: matig zoet, medium bitter
medium body, glad, te hoog co2, afdronk: hoppgi, zoetig
dit zou een fantastisch terrasbier wezen in de zomer/volle zon, maar nu even niet!
Camons (3688) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ DōE meeting. Pours yellow with a white head. Aroma of malt, rich citrusly hops, peach, orangepeel. Flavor of malt, citrusly hops orangepeel, little honey, peach. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation, light bitter and easy drinking beer. 150513
Eructoblaster (2444) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 330ml. Hazy blond body with average carbonation and a decent white foamy head. Fresh hoppy aroma with herbal and bready hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Its sharp hoppy taste carries herbal, coriander, and some subtle honeyish notes. Ends with a sharp, long, warming bitter/herbal finish. Very enjoyable all-season strong ale.
tomtomdp (5) - BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bloemig, citrus, kruiden, lychee , lekkere hoppetoetsen, aangename bitterheid versus fruit
richc83 (13) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured with tons of head, golden clear color.... Not much of a nose, pretty bland taste too... Slightly disappointed
Osprey87 (518) - London via, WALES - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cold bottle. Pale yellow, high carbonation, big enduring white head, lots of lacing. Looks great. Citra hops smell. Taste is peachy, fruit soda, lager and sparkling wine qualities. Flavour isnít very intense. Easy drinking.
jschoofs (14) - BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold pour, strong big white head, smells like grapefruit, tastes like grapefruit. Memorable!
mcberko (4052) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Delirium Hoppy Loft, pours a hazy gold-tinted yellow with a large white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, bready malts, British hops and some spice. Flavour of fresh Belgian yeast, spicy hops, cereal malts, some dough. Intensely flavourful and quite spicy and yeasty on the palate. Finish spicy and cerealy.
Hanoi (73) - - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nose is classic citra, tropical fruits, peach, papaya, mango, lemon, undercut with a gentle yeast; beautiful. Apperance is classic duval. The taste underwhelms compared to the nose. Floral notes, a little lemon balm, duvel yeast, grasses, fading to malt and a short lime and grapefruit finish. Palate is very carbonated. Wonderful nose, but the flavours donít carry the same weight, leaving a disjointed beer, which I think is inferior to standard duvel..
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
There is plenty of hay to support the tropical fruit in this classy, dry and resinous interpretation of Duvel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam covers the misty pale straw yellow.
-Citra overpowers Saaz and Styrian Goldings in the flavor profile.
-Alcohol disappears from the flavor profile in the second half.
-The resinous hop bitterness is of the same medium intensity as the rest of the brew.
-Bubbles are big and vibrant. With the dryness, this makes for a festive mouthfeel, not too far from Champagne.