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 (2421) - 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.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle poured a clear pale golden liquid with a soft creamy white head that lasted throughout and left beautiful lacing on the glass. The aroma had a subtle malt undertone almost covered by a soft, sweet, fruity character and notes of clove and pepper. The body was light with medium-to-high carbonation and a crisp texture. The flavor started off with sweet malt and spices and quickly matured to a definite alcohol warmth and pepper in the middle. The finish was long and the warmth and pepper persisted.
SlamBam (1) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent beer, can be drunk anywhere and anytime. Itīs quite refreshing, and does not have a overwhelming sweet alcohol taste, like Rochefort nr. 10. Perfect beer...
Belgo (154) - KÝge, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; No beer in the world presents itself better in a glass than this one! Light golden with a massive rocky head that lasts all the way to the end of drinking. Aromas of poires Williams and a bit of honey. Lively on the palate thanks to high carbonation. Full bodied with pears, white peaches and slight spicyness in an off-dry style. A classic and justifiably so.
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
I decided to try Duvel after Vinnie from Russian River Brewing mentioned that this was the beer that he drank most often. He even commented that heís had it for breakfast! When I first poured the Duvel, it had a large and very stable head even when poured carefully. The aroma was slightly pre-skunky. For example, if Heineken is skunky, then Duvel smelled like Heineken before it íturnedí. Great, crisp flavor, but I found it way too carbonated. Normally, I donít mind that, but in this case it detracted from the taste and made it difficult to detect flavor notes. This would be a great sunny day beer if not for the over carbonation. All in all, not too bad.
rayomatic (2) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My desert-island beer, provided that said island has icebergs floating by and lots of shade...you donít want to stand in the sun after this one! Remarkably refreshing for such a strong malty brew (I quite like it served colder than cellar temperature, unlike the Trappists or other strong ales that are better suited to cellar temps), with a dense carbonation sparkle reminiscent of champagne. Lots of balanced complexity and something for every part of the palate (without trying to please everyone), even a whiff of spice thatís hard to put a finger on (clove? nutmeg? or just hops?), all conspiring to disguise the alcohol content. Looks the way God intended beer to look: a rich gold youíll only find elsewhere in a haystack by Van Gogh, and a thick head thatís appropriately cloud-like, since your own head will be in the clouds after a couple. I wish I could rate the bottle, label, and glass, which would score perfect points for their classic simplicity. There are many fine copies, but only one Duvel!