pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 To truly appreciate this well carbonated Belgium ale, I recommend the smaller sized bottles that come in the four-packs. I’ve tried the pint sized bottles and find that (possibly due to bottle fermentation?) they’re slightly more sharp and less pure in flavor than the smaller bottles. Regardless, when you’re in the mood for a clean, zesty ale with a nice, yeasty kick, I don’t think you can find anything too much better in its class. (And, mind you, I don’t rate every beer I drink, for most are not worth rating.) Update: sadly, after sampling new batches of this from various locations (after the change from the black to white label), I realize it needs aging--or something--before it reaches its peak flavor. Either that, or Duvel changed their brewing process somehow. It just doesn’t taste as good these days.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy golden wheat color with a white head that consumes a good third of the glass. Beautiful floral aroma with spices and hops mixed in. Light and creamy with an outstanding balance of malt, hops, wheat, spice, and alcohol. Outstanding.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straw-colored, noble Saaz and Styrian hops. Slightly sweet as befits the style. Reasonable head retention. Don't miss this one if you like the style.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probably my favorite beer of this type right in front of la chouffe. Very tasty with a strong mouth filling flavor with the usual citrus and spice. These flavors hide the alcohol well. But, you will certainly feel it after you drink it.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 The granddaddy of the Belgian Golden Ales. Often imitated but rarely superseded. I love this beer and would have it as a staple if it were less expensive.+++Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a light pale yellow with a huge white head. Light and sweet scent of citrus. Light texture with a strong taste of spice and sweet yeastiness. The classic example of the Belgian golden ale style.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
crisp golden straw color with a large foamy white head. Aroma of hops, alcohol and yeast. Goes down smooth with a crisp finish. Great hop character, stays fizzy and sparkly to the end
TBone (12815) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2005 Bottled (BB 07/2006)
Yellow hazy golden outlook with a huge foamy head. Aroma is malts, yeast and alcohol. Extremely drinkable: crisp citron, yeast, malts, hops and balanced carbonation. Crisp warming aftertaste. (8/3/8/5/17 4.1)
Golden, clear, magnificent Duvel-head. Banana aroma. Fruity, yeasty, extremely balanced. (7/3/8/4/14 3.7)
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Duvel, french for "Devil" is everything the name promises. It is said that the name derives from the origin of the style. When one tasted a Duvel they where known to comment "ahh this is truly the work of the Devil". Duvel is a sinfully delightful beer that I liken to the quality of a single malt scotch. The base recipe is as simple as 2 row malt and saaz hops. When pourded in the appropriate glass a beautiful thick head forms taking up half to a third the volume of the glass. An appropriate Duvel glass has an etch in the bottom forcing the never ending supply of bubbles to shoot straight up the center of the glass. A truly fantastic presentation. The aroma is spicy, earthy, estery, and fruity. When sipped Duvel dances across the tounge teasing with fruity ester flavors dissapated by a rich malt flavor. Dangerously light in body with a clean finish. A slight metalic flavor is present along with a lingering alcohol burn.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 9, 2004
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large, lasting, tight head. Very pale color. Tiny bubbles lasted throughout the sample. Earthy, mushroom like aroma was also present in the taste
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2004 Very pale ale. The head leaves a strange, almost soapy residue with a creamy blob in the middle. Strong flavour, fruity with a definite alcohol kick. Perfect mid-level carbonation.