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 (4653) - 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.
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - NOV 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Huge white head, irregular bubbles size, going down slowly. Very sparkling body, yellow to pale golden coloured. Fresh aroma, fruity (sour fruits, green apple, pear), citrus-like (grapefruit?), weak peppery note, herbal aroma. Taste is dry, white candy sugar sweetness, bitterness and herbal flavor increase in the finish. Medium to full body, rich creamy texture with a pleasant dry mouthfeel. Very long finish.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 A billowy head launches over a golden-peach hued body. Forcefully pungent, nearly dank, wet grass and white pepper glide over a base of dough and sugar. Sweet of light malts with a building grassy dryness over dried pineapples. Almost weight but pleasantly fluffy in texture and carbonation.
Powerful yet light; perhaps lacking a certain brightness this time around.
33cl bottle, best before 01/2011. New score is a composite of the old (below) and re-rate (7 / 4 / 6 / 3 / 11).
Effervescent with a radiant golden-straw hue, Duvel is crowned by a generous, frothy white head which leaves behind elegant Brussels lacing. Timid pilsner malts lend a light bouquet of bakery-fresh white bread, leaving ample space for other aromatics. Firm, grassy hops blend into lemon, pear and subtle pepper yeast elements. The flavor preludes with a soft bready profile and layers of lightly toasted almonds. Mid-palate is redolent of bright fruits--zesty lemons, juicy pears and sweet bananas. The finish is long, lean and crisp, ending peppery and grassy with a slow, warming sensation revealing the 8.5% abv strength. Being rather on the dry side, combined with a velvety texture and bursting, pinpoint carbonation, Duvel is exceptionally approachable for a high gravity Belgian ale. Original score of Ar9, Ap5, F8, P4, O17.
Meraunge head is white and well lasting. Straw colored body is hazy with fizzy carbonation. Grain and light bread malt (M); flowery, lemon hops (M); doughy yeast; apple, pear, pepper, nutmeg aromas. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter finish. Medium light body, fizzy carbonation, watery / oily texture. The bottom line is: sweet and spicey...a nice 200.
Choos (644) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2004 Re-Rate: Aroma has a wonderful sweet and citrusy overtones with good hints of malt. Poures golden clear yellow that becomes slightly hazy when the yeast is added in (my preference). Great lasting meringue like head that leaves great lacing. Primarily hoppy with magnificently blended hints of malt, maybe some wheat, honey and pear. For me the pear is not always apparent (330ml bottle by bottle) but is sometimes recognisable as a slightly fruity flavour. Great mouthfeel not too highly carbonated and carbonation takes the form of smaller bubbles (I think). For me this brew is so amazingly balanced the 8.5% alcohol is barely recognisable. In my oppinion definately best served in the proper Duvel Tulip. Further had a well aged 750ml bottle and found even more pear flavour and definately appeared to be smoother that I had found in the 330ml bottles. Lovely
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Gold with vigorous head. Yeasty flavor with hint of old banana. Not my thing.
JFGrind (1860) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp Brelgian Strong Ale, with a banana-yeast aftertaste. Like many belgians a beer you can savor slowly.