ebarnes (260) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours brilliant gold with a huge white head. Excellent flavor really belies the high alcohol content. Silky smooth.
mmanthe (12) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The perfect beer. I lived in Belgium and have tried all 450+ that I know of, and this is the best. Light body, full flavor, nice fruity aroma and crisp tart finish, with an estery yeasty note of the alcohol.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 Brew HaHa - over carbonated body really detracted from what could be a wonderful drinker. All the elements of a great Belgian are there, but the spritzy mouthfeel made them hard to enjoy. Will look to re-rate in a more controlled setting in the future. Rerate - bottle, absolutely massive head turns to pure meringue atop a layer of bubble bath bubbles. The aroma is dessert - sugary sweet peaches and baked cookie. Silky soft mouthfeel delivers more peach, apple and banana body. Light, soft finish. Really great!
jcastillo81 (5) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I enjoy this beer alot. Pretty strong but you can’t really tell. Goes down smooth! If your at a dive, people might look at you funny if your drinking it out of a Duvel glass though :)
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light yellow with solid white head and excellent lace. Aroma is of bananas, mincemeat, alcohol etc. Flavour is far smoother and maltier than aroma, what a lovely and effervescent delight!
agl108 (935) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a hazy, pale gold with thick creamy white head that lasts. Leaves a nice lacing behind. Aroma is spicy and fruity. Yeasty, bread-like flavor with a touch of spice. Highly carbonated and very intense. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. I’ve never been a fan of belgians in the past but I may have to begin trying more of them. A respectable beer.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty damn good Belgian, though with so many great ones, why keep coming back to this?
pineypower (2791) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seen it and even had it a few times, but never bothered to rate it. Poured out a very attractive golden yellow/straw color with a very nice foamy frothy head. The aroma was of spice and hops. The taste has probably one of the best masked alcohol contents I’ve ever had. The taste itself is nice and smooth with notes of hops, yeast and some malt with a few tastes of spices here and there.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very clear pale yellow, huge bubbly head made of tiny bubbles that faded slow and left beautiful lace. Aromas were tangy fruit, flowers, herbs, spice, hops, bread, alcohol and hops. Taste was zesty, tangy citrus, hops, alcohol, and hops. Although well-balanced malt was not noticably present. Mouthfeel was nicely fizzy, just right.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 Duvel pours a deep gold with a massive white head. The taste is a bit salty, like other Belgian/Garde beers, but there’s a strong bready sweetnesss and a lingering bitterness that dries out the tongue. While this beer is strong, balanced, and elegantly thick (yet also carbonated), the alcohol is more prevalent in this beer than in many of its rivals. Further, the malty sweetness can become rather booring after more than one glass.