OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Latest rating: 750 mL bottle with use by date of 6 March 2002. Pours much hazier than the 330 mL bottle with possibly slightly smaller head. Aroma and flavour were similar or perhaps a little softer and the spice was more evident than the first rating. Maybe the overall taste was affected because I was drinking this while eating an Indian curry. Still one of the great Belgian beers.
First rated 4/16/2002: 4.6 Iíve had a few of these before but never really sat down and concentrated on what this beer has to offer. OK it looks fabulous and has that great long lasting head but thatís just the beginning. The aroma is really quite magic; sweet, floral, nectar, light spice (ginger?), yellow apples and sultanas come to mind. Faint sour citrusy start, not as spicy on the tongue as the aroma, smooth full body, a complex bitey tang on all parts of the mouth and long lasting pleasant refreshing finish and as mentioned by others a great after taste. Even any resulting GER (Gastroesophageal Reflux) is not unpleasant!
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found this beer to be a nice substitute if you canít get your hands on something Trappist, ie on the Eurostar from between London and Paris/Belgian. Not a beer that you can drink alot of and I found it suprisingly gasey. Itís one of those beers that is not as good as the price would sugest it to be. Quite heavy but still a nice top midrange brew
Valheru (17) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 17, 2002
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
A must to try (mostly because the hype, its funny name and high % of alcohol) but you wonít want to drink it ever again. The strong carbonation bubbles spoil the experience completely. There are much better choices if you are into strong Belgian beer.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
impressive, and finally my high expectations (largely from reading ratebeer reviews)were met. HUGE froth of a head, very crisp and bubbly with lots of citrus happening. i agree with the rater who liked it better than chimay (red anyway, havenít tried white or blue yet)
one of my favorite beers of this style has always been blanche de chambly even though itís not from belgium, iíd love to try them side by side sometime for comparison.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 Re-rate... Bottle... Hazy, straw-colored ale with a large, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. Yeasty nose with gobs of bread dough and a suggestion of apricot. Lightly sweet, yeasty, tangy flavor. Full-bodied and watery with soft carbonation. Finishes grainy and dry. So much more enjoyable now that I understand the difference in Belgian styles. Excellent golden ale. *****Original Rating******A good beer. However, if youíre in the mood for a belgian ale, you could do much better. See Chimay, Westvleteren, Allagash, Ommegang, Rochefort or Orval.
skortila (4311) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rerate (first 3.4); This beer deserves more all though itís appearance is a little off; cloudy golden colour with a little dishwash-like foam. It has a nice spicy well balanced taste. Aroma is a little sweet. Good palate.
tebogro (14) - quarteira, PORTUGAL - SEP 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a very nice Duvelke
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had it while eating out, following a Chimay, and found I liked this better. Seemed a little more complex, with a stronger taste. Would love to try this again, undistracted in my own home, with a clean palate and the proper type of glass. Was amazed by the amount of head on this.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy yellow. fluffy head that sticks around. great yeast and fruit on the nose. subtle spice. quite drinkable for 8.5%abv.
johninmelb (1117) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice strong ale with lagerish tendencies. This guy in Belgium told me you swill the glass quickly to perk the head up and drink it through an inch of foam - hence the type of glass they served it in. Learn something new every day.