dm (1) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
When I'm asked about my favourite beers, one of the brews that always comes to mind is Duvel, which comes from Belgium (as do I), the most colourful of all brewing nations. Duvel is a beer of astonishing sophisticated character: beguilingly pale, flowery and soft-tasting, yet packing a perilous 8.5 per cent alcohol by volume.
Its name is a corruption of the Flemish word for Devil.
As in Bruegel's day, we Belgians remain greatly engaged in dicing with the Devil. Lusty eating and drinking, with the much-depicted consequence of divine retribution, are central to our culture.
When the first experimental batch of Duvel was made, as yet unnamed, a brewery worker is said to have exclaimed, "This is a devil of a beer." I am not sure I believe the story, but I certainly go along with the sentiment.
Duvel is a beer in a style of its own creation. It has none of the heaviness of a barley wine or the crude flavours of a head-banging lager.
In Britain, it is often wrongly described as a lager because it has such a pale golden colour. In fact it is an ale, made with a yeast stolen from a bottle of McEwan's by one of the great brewing scientists, the Belgian Jean de Clerck, between the two world wars.
There is a complexity of both geography and character to this product, and no doubt the two are related. Just north of Champagne, barley is grown for malting to an unusually pale specification in France and Belgium (notably at Gembloux in the Ardennes). It meets the water of Flanders at the Moortgat brewery, near Malines, and shortly afterwards receives a seasoning of aromatic hops from Bohemia and Styria, before being fermented with the yeast stolen from Scotland.
It is an unusually long (two to three months) and complicated regime of fermentation and maturation -- at both ale (warm) and lager (cold) temperatures, and concluding with a dosage of yeast and priming sugar in the bottle -- that locks into Duvel such a depth of bouquet and palate, and length of finish.
Duvel is served in a Burgundy glass.
Unusually for an ale, it is customarily served chilled.
Sometimes, even the glass is chilled. Here in Belgium, Duvel is usually regarded as an apertif, though I also enjoy it as a digestif or more (however, never drink it after a whole lot of whiskeys !!).
The classic unfiltered version of Duvel is labelled as re-fermented in the bottle, and has its name in red. This is the one to choose, not Duvel green (which is filtered) or its sister Pilsener-type lager.
For an unfiltered beer the classic Duvel can look surprisingly clear: the yeast sediment tends to settle in the bottle.
Anyway -> ENJOY !!!
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its been almost ten years since I had this devil. The taste buds are salivating. Big clingy white head. Floral in its aroma. Pale golden color. A semi-sweet, strong beer. Tasting of pears, apricots, maybe even bubble gum. Alcohol is ever present, more in the aftertaste. A truly fine beer.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thick creamy head on top of a pale beer. Lots of carbonation. Spicey, estery. fruity aroma. The taste is sweet with a slight peppery flavor and the beer finished with a slight acidic bight, but otherwise fairly clean. Nice complexity. It's very good, but lacks a bit of complexity but I'd rather have a little less sweetness/acidity in favor of other of other flavors.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Amazingly clear straw-colored body with a thick, rocky head, and lively, effervescent carbonation. Sweet, clean aroma of fruit, yeast, mild hop spice and fragrance. Warm and flavorful with notes of bananas, sweet peppers, and bubble gum. Nice complexity, some noticeable acidity, and a bittersweet finish. A very good Belgian Strong Golden with properties that remind me of a crisp pilsner and a slow sipper at the same time, making this a unique brew on my palate. Duvel is core beer and one of humankind’s most elegant creations.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer is bright gold and clear, basically looks like a good Pils. This one tries to jump out of the glass as it pours with a lively carbonation that creates a thick white long lasting head. The head is Meringue like in consistency. The beer smells sharp and slightly herbal and fruity, accompanied by a woodiness. Has a lightly sweet taste with a complex herbal aftertaste. Lightly bitter and hoppy. Leaves one with a soft maltiness in the finish. A very light beer that hides its alcoholic strength well.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice light glowing golden visage, I first thought this might be a belgian white from the look of it. Nose is marked with yeast followed by some slight citrus marks. Palate is striking right off the bat and has a damn fine mouthfeel with almost no aftertase. Frankly the flavor of the beer is far overshadowed by the initial strong bite and following crispness.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gold in color with a beautiful head of tiny bubbles. Smell of hops, bannanas. Crisp ginger ale flavor up front--must be the coriander. Lots of fruit flavors: bannana, pear apples. Different flavors materialize all over the palate. Nice amount of hops in the finish. This is a well-balanced brew.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is awesome. The head is huge and white and fluffy...like a witbier. Cloudy light golden in color. I taste coriander, spice, pears, GOOD STUFF.. Honestly, this reminds me of a tripel-witbier hybrid. DRINK UP!
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2003 Golden ale with a contemplative huge mushroom white head that sticks to the glass forever. Hops and lemon aroma. Complex body like every ingredient was added to the others thoroughly the tasting: citrus, good quality hops that create a memorable bitterness.
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...