prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
rich fruity aroma, cloudy folden appearance, crisp clean flavor with strong carbonation
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite carbonated, light and golden with a moderate head. Lively mouthfeel, nice spices, but am I missing something? I expected more malt, this may be true to the golden style, but pretty smooth nonetheless. Interesting hop profile. This gets a few respect points for being a benchmark, but I found this far from fantastic. Yeah, I’ll revisit in a while anyway. (Sidenote: It’s rather dangerous to drink a 75 cl bottle by yourself before you go out to the bars.)
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good belgian strong ale. Nice balance of malt, hops, and alcohol. Truly a classic.
vacek (67) - College Station, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
When I first poured it out I had to check the bottle to make sure they had put the right brew in there. I guess I have been getting used to just drinking darker beers these days. I was quite surprised by this beer after picking it up for four and a half on the way out of the grocery store. Good Hops. Good Spicy/Fruity Flavor. Great Golden Color. Good Beer.
hoppyman (34) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Some serious bubbles make this one the champagne of beers.Serious and very classy.One of the very first beers that made me discover something else than mass-production beers.Very thankful for that.Huge head and high carbonation.Big floral and pear nose.Goes down well with a spicy,citrus taste with alcohol pretty much in the background.This is one beer i will never get tired of.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice belgian ale with a gorgeous golden hue and well balanced fruity flavors.
Sigmund (4499) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 Overly carbonated but otherwise excellent strong beer with a satanic effect... Aroma of oak and leather, lots of flavour, great aftertaste.
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice golden color, malty aroma, kept a nice head throughout, could taste an orange-like citrus flavor in the aftertaste, not the best Belgian ale I’ve had, but still pretty decent
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus, malt and alcohol great the nose. Lovely yellow, huge head. Oranges and hops taste. Lively, highly carbonated. Fine complex strong belgian ale.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Duvel has a slightly spicy banana cream and butter nose. It is a delight to smell, but it is a greater pleasure to drink this beer. Despite having a high alcohol content, this beer does not taste too heavy. Interestingly, this beer was first made in 1923, when the Moortgat brewers were attempting to create a new beer similar to a Scottish ale. By using McEwan’s yeast (the strain used by McEwan to produce ale in Edinburgh, Scotland), the first Duvel was born... after tasters proclaimed it to be a ’devil of a brew.’ (Yes, Duvel is the Flemish word for devil.) The pale, gold colored version of this ale was first produced in 1968. This beer is a complex blend of fruit and hop flavors, and a surprisingly subtle measure of hop bitterness hide under the sweet, banana and citric flavors one experiences mid-mouth and in the finish.