noheinie4u (37) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Devil's Beer"...strong golden color...crisp taste...solid beer...
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear,clean,gold. Great head. I really enjoy the taste of such a light refreshing beer with a surprisingly strong punch. Very Nice
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear gold color with a large frothy white head. Aroma of spices( coriander), orange peel, yeast. Very smooth for an 8.5%. Taste of straw, spices, bread. Spice aftertaste with the head lasting throughout. Nice.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2004 Humongous white foamy head. Moderately clear, bright yellow color. Aroma has some perfumey alcohol notes and some yeast in it, little bit of pepper.
Tastes like the empirical belgian ale. Pronounced yeast flavor with some strong malt flavors mixed in with some citrus alcohol notes. Duvel’s flavor is like a crescendo, mild, soft and dry at the beginning, but really warming up, getting sweeter(though still retaining much of a tart flavor) and somewhat heavier as it goes down. Ends with some malt/grain notes, like a sourdough english muffin with marmelade. Maybe a bit too much carbonation in the bottle, could use some more complexity, and is prone to a bit too high of an astringency. Though it is definitely a good beer, and well constructed, in my opinion.
JorisPPattyn (7908) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK; Let's see if I can put myself above 25 years of prejudice(*). Colour: pale yellow-gold with greenish shine. Ridiculously huge white head, like a pressure-poured soft ice, going down lacey. Champagne-like bubbling. Grain, alcohol, dry sugarness in the nose. Garden weeds, the kind the neighbours' dog pissed on. Taste: sugar and bone-dry at first. Then it strenghtens itself, at the same time getting creamier and sexier. The finish and palate are what makes this a great beer. It is silken smooth, very velvety, nothing harsh. The alcohol is hidden - but not that much. There's detectable steel under this velvet. Aftertaste is bone-dry, white candi-sugar like, slightly grassy. It is a classic. It's more than OK. It's just not my style. (*) About the prejudice: I often consider Duvel the beer for those wanting to show off: 'see what I drink', but not really interested in taste.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, an explosive bottle. It's foaming all over the place! The merengue-like head looks like it should be on a pie. Yellow in color, this one is fruity and smooth. A good but not excellent Belgian Ale.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light yellow color with ridiculous white head that just wouldn't die. Has that pungent spicy Belgian aroma. Decent hops, somewhat bitter and acidic, yeast, medium-full body, dry finish, champagne-like. Could barely taste the alcohol.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2004 TFOB 2004 - Pale slightly cloudy with a white head. Bit of spice in the aroma, but I am not getting much in the way of aroma. Nice bitterness with a hint of spice. Much more mellow than I remembered it being. Palate is quite nice, and a bit spritzy.
Toronto Festival of Beer 2000 - Tasted of coriander and spice, but not overpoweringly so.. They were charging more tickets than it was worth.
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the greatest. Sweet candy, malt and hops all in aroma. Beautiful golden gues with big white head. Malt balanced perfectly with hops. Clean, refreshing, loaded with all the flavors you want in a beer.
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2003 How can you go wrong? Such a quality Belgian. I do love the Duvel and rate most belgian strongs against it