sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 (Bottled) Very hazy golden color, huge head that forms a large, solid, vertical cloud. Strongly saaz-hoppy, yeasty, sweet and fruity, slightly sour aroma with a tiny hint of alcohol. The flavor is sweetish, crisply hoppy, acidic and fruity with honey, banana, peppery spiciness and yeast. ABV is well-hidden, if served at the suggested temp range (6-10 C). Oily, thick, medium-bodied palate with well-balanced carbonation (most CO2 disappears when pouring). An excellent, easily drinkable and dangerous blonde.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2004 Nothing I can say here that hasn't been said before. This is truely the "champagne of beers". MUCH better with the right glassware.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Massive head, pear like aroma. Goes down like a dream. Complex and near perfection. One of my top ten beers.
rette (6) - BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pro : malty aroma, very pure and shiny looks, long lasting top
con : taste is good, but lacks depths, certainly when compared to its strenght (alcohol)
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured golden yellow.Fantastic Head that lasted all the way till the end!Lots of carbonation,Great fruity flavor,but not overpowering.One of my favorite beers
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
When I comment on Brussels lace or belgian Lace, it's a beer like Duvel that I hold up as the standard. Duvel has outstanding structure, which is evidenced by minute, long-lasting bubbles in the head and thick, concentric drapes of Brussels Lace on the sides of the glass.
The initial nose is of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, gringer, and allspice, with a whiff of upcoming alcohol. There's a maltiness, too that permeates the whole, like the mustiness of an ancient attic.
The mouthfeel is rich and smooth, although perhaps a bit too carbonated--the bite of the carbonation interferes with the otherwise smooth, malty character o the beer. The taste is complex, like a symphony, with spiciness at the foreground, maltiness and heat throughout.
The aftertaste offers just the slightest hint of hop bitterness and a load of residual sweetness like caramel or Belgian Candy sgar.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kind of a strange brew. Aroma is spicy with a fruity smell. Appearance is a hazy golden yellow. Flavor is somewhat bland but is dominated by a spicy alcoholic finish.
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is beautiful. The head looks like meringue. It has a lovely flavor, and is unassuming, which is great for a high alcohol beer.
captspastic (20) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Duvel is a brew that definitely has a kick to it. Good flavor. No bitter after-taste. Goes down smooth and enjoyable, and with the high alcohol content, can make it dangerous. But in a good way!
jtier (1) - manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
a cooler than usual temperature required to prevent a head too large. very tempting to look at; golden, translucent clarity. fresh aroma, sour friuts. cold but very fizzy to taste, heavily filling the mouth. easy to swallow leaving a fuity aftertaste and a desire for more. a very strong ale with the taste of a weaker beer; easy to drink. beutiful taste.