antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pale bright yellow-gold with a monstrous pure white rocky head. Tons of big bubbles rising from the bottom. Classic Belgian yeast smell of cloves and spices with a sweet floral background. Fizzy and crisp in the mouth. Starts out sweet with fruits and citrus in the background, and finishes fairly bitter with some spices lingering. One thing for sure, the carbonation keeps you from drinking it too fast, and not the alcohol, which I can hardly taste. Too strong to drink a lot of, but not interesting enough to be a contemplative sipper. Guess Iíll just get drunk.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head...lots of carbonation. Very nice citrus and grass aroma floating up to meet my nose. Very lively on the tongue with a dry citrusy flavor accompanied by some apple, banana, and sweet grass. Very drinkable...itís a hit here. Additionally, I cannot believe that this is 8.5% alc...
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a cloudy golden coulour with an enourmous and unyielding white frothy head. Excellent carbonation and a sweet/sour/bitter taste that was expertly balanced. Maybe citrus fruits?
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very bubbly head sits atop a very beautiful white gold pour. Might be the "prettiest" beer I have seen. Very little quick moving carbonation. Alcohol, apple, light fruit and grass flavors rule this one. I do like the not to sweet flavor. Light mouthfeel with lots of tingle. Seems to pack quite a punch at 8.5%. Not what I expected at all but I liked it, simple as it is. (330 ml bottle)
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from the botte. Yellow straw colour and a beautiful rocky head. Love the aroma, I get citrus notes. Unfortunately, I donít believe the taste quite lives up to the appearance and aroma of this beer. Nice and malty, but I get hints of sourness coming through and a little too much carbonation fo me. However, it was still enjoyable on a nice Sunday evening.
highlandlad (1429) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 Confession time: first time I tried Duvel, I could barely finish it. Either the sample was past its best or the beer was way too cold or I was an ignorant son of a bitch. Whichever it was, Iím glad I came back. I carried this sample home through the Australian sun and left it on a bench for half an hour. I reckon it was probably around the 10 degrees mark when I cracked the cap. The difference was astonishing. Poured a pale gold colour with a huge rocky head. Big champagne-style bubbles initially, developing into a scattering of smaller bubble streams. Big islands of lace are left as the head recedes. Itís one good-looking bastard. Big floral nose with some banana notes and cloves. Full-bodied, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. (I didnít pick up on the carbonation issues that others have identified but that may be to do with temperature?) There are sweetish malts, citric hops and juicy fruit on the tongue but theyíre quickly overwhlemed by that 8.5% slug of alcohol. You feel it right down in your gut. This beer seems to have a fast-track to the nervous system that other beers donít know about - Iím barely a third of the way into this 330 ml bottle and it feels like Iím well into a session. I think it lacks the complexity of the best of the Belgian strongs but Iíll be back. (Bottle, Best Before July 2007)
stouby (3860) - Holbśk, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, at home.
Light yellow with white head. Unfiltered. Sweet malty aroma and flavor. Finish light bitter, well balanced. The strenght is felt.
Aureth (20) - Knoxville, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle This is a very pretty beer. Poured slowly and carefully in to a tulip glass, the massive carbonation produces a huge, fluffy, pillow-like white head. It recedes gradually to leave a layer of white foam over the top of the beer, with dense islands of foam floating on top. A line of bubbles is endlessly produced from the very bottom of the goblet. It has a yeasty, slightly spicy aroma. The carbonation level of the beer makes this a sipping beverage; itís very bubbly on the tounge. Flavors of cloves, coriander, and a light sweetness start out, but it quickly leads to a dry, bitter sort of finish. The flavor goes slightly sour as the beer warms up. A very interesting beer.
maximusud (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Surprised myself with this high of a rating, but this really was a pleasant beer. The alcohol percentage is enough to give it a kick, but not so much as to make it overwhelming. The carbonation makes this beer refreshing and even invigorating. The sour taste contrasted nicely with the expected sweet taste of other Belgians. A very, very fine beer.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 The first thing i am aware of when i smell this is dusty yeast, the nose is also floral, with some lemon and a definite spiceyness . Duvel pours a wonderfully large head . The alcohol is much less relevant than the content would suggest, very drinkable, it finishes in an effervescent but gentle way.