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.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 11.2 oz. Blonde color, very slight haze, big white soapy, frothy head. Aroma is yeast, light malt and spice. Flavor is similar, soft finish, has white wine quality. Very good. NOTE: This was my first > 6% ABV beer since NC passed their new beer law!
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
The super, monster, rocky, creamy lasting head (Enough alone to love this beer) is outdone by the solid body and drinkable nature. This is a loaf of bread in liquid form.
The ’Gold’ Standard.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Robe blonde légèrement voilée surmontée d’une mousse en dentelle incroyablement épaisse et persistente. Arômes de houblon amérisant et d’agrumes. Saveurs d’agrumes, de blé, de levure et de houblon amertume.
Nekronos (3954) - Xalapa, MEXICO - AUG 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 A little high alcohol tatsing, not exactly what I expected, but it was nice eventhough. NIce foam, althoug, very strong at it. It has something at the bottom.
Krausen (102) - USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really carbonated, soft phenolic and ester. Nice clean but somewhat boring belgian. Amazing clarity for being bottle conditioned.
fordest (2362) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Paler than any pale lager I have seen except maybe an ultra light. Super monsterous and super foamy head. Aromas of pear and apple. Flavor of spice and alcohol. Not bad stuff.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 Light yellow color with a massive foamy head. Aromas of spice and pears. Soft banana and fruit spiced bread flavors. Efervescent with an almost champagne like yeast quality. A little more astringent than other Belgians I have tried. Somewhat of a citrus sour flavor going on. Good beer nonetheless.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 Amazingly sour, yet balanced flavor help this one stand out about many other belgians. It has very many strong flavors all going on, but the balance keeps it centered, and keeps it extremely drinkable.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Devil, you say! The head mounded like freshly whipped cream and lasted. The color was not unlike chartreuse. The flavor was acidic and sweet with green apples and white wine. Dry, medicinal finish with some black pepper.