Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very nice golden from the 11.2 ounce stubby brown bottle (purchased for $2.43/bottle at Trader Joe’s). Bottle indicates this is Duvel Belgian Golden Ale, bottle conditioned, 8.5% alcohol, "pour unhurriedly". Nice tall, lasting white head, lacing and champagne-like carbonation. Aroma consists of bitter hops, some malt and sweet yeast. Bitter hops dominate the flavor early, followed by alcohol and spices. Aftertaste is acetic from alcohol and rather long lasting. A very fizzy feel in the mouth, but body is not watery. I don’t consider this an above average beer from a drinkability standpoint. There are a lot of positives, but I can’t see me drinking more than one of these at a time.
scotty (1107) - SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Morrisons Hawick. I’ve loved this beer for years and the affair goes on, still has the fab golden colour and the lively white head. The aromas are rich and captivating, as is the vast array of flavours that fill the mouth, sweet but well balanced and yet very complex. My only gripe about this beer is that I lose some of it when pouring, as I broke my proper Duvel glass a long time ago and I now have to use a (not quite large enough) wine glass...not the beers fault.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THE classic Belgian golden ale. Ethereal gold with massive white head that decays into strange formations. Bold, present mouthfeel with typical Beligan notes and a bitter finish.
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
golden champagne color with a huge rocky white head. lots of carbonation. the head lasts and lasts. I could look at this forever. champagne like with some peppery spiciness and some malt in the background. pretty good. astringent hops with a good malt backbone that provides a nice texture and good bitterness. Dry, bitter aftertaste with a nice alcohol presence. Wonderfully crisp, bitter, and smooth. crisp but not thin. carbonation is prickly and does a great job. 8.5% hardly noticeable. I’ll definately have another. This is a quite enjoyable brew that I could drink every night. I love the hops. The bitterness is just wonderful.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 An incredible brewing accomplishment from the country of such things. Pilsener in appearance, even hoppy to the nose for a Belgian, but also estery and effervescent, with a meringue-like head. Stunningly drinkable at 8.5% (thanks in part to the candi sugar ?). Very, very dangerous brew if you plan to drive -yes, it’s that drinkable. The Belgian beer for people who don’t think they like Belgian beer.
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 Another great belgian beer. Beautiful yellow color with fluffy head. A typical belgian beer taste with aroma of fresh bread.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Pours a pale yellow color and makes a HUGE fluffy and clumpy white head. Aroma is very yeasty with some citrus fruit lingering around. Flavor is quite complex with notes of lemon zest, coriander, nutmeg, fresh baked bread, yeast, alcohol and caramel bananas. Light to medium on the palate, carbonation is firm, strong dry finish. This is a very quaffable brew, the strength creeps up on you. I enjoyed several of these while in Brussels last week, it was nice to see something so good and readily available everywhere.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl Bottle. slightly hazy golden yellow with a ton of fluffy white head. Citrusy, malty aroma. Flavor is of spicy fruit with some alcohol and yeastyness. Well balenced and smooth. I could drink Duvel all day, although im sure that after a few, I wouldn’t need anymore.
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Optimal trappist beer, with a fort luff in aroma.
ottima birra trappista con forte orzo nell’aroma.
Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the world’s famous and acclaimed beers. This is a strange marriage of Williams pear liqueur, a very hoppy pilsner and some soda for the fizz. It’s a fascinating combination - dry, chalky, quite bitter, yet with that intense Poire Williams flavour never far away. The alcohol is always present - intruding somewhat, but adding warmth and depth. It’s a beer to sip at the end of the day - often hitting harder than the 8.5% abv suggests. There are questionable flaws, and there are limits to the beers appeal, but it is an outstanding character in the beer world and has spawned a generation of imitations and eventually a whole new beer style - the strong golden ale. Within that style there are many who are finding the Belgian beers to be a little too yeasty for modern tastes and are turning to the newer beers of America and Britain. However, Duvel still has much to offer and, providing expectations are not too high, can still delight the crowds.