Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very cool stubby 11.2 bottle (cheap bastids can't even give you a full 12oz!) with "Best before date of 01-2006.
Pours a cloudy lemon color with some yeast in suspension. Nice bubbles coming to the top to join in the marangue-like head, leaving an absolutely beautiful lace down the side. Um, Belgian lace, of course.
Smells of bananas and cloves.
Tastes *really* good. Very fruity without being too sweet. Banana/clove carries over. Very light tasting and quite refreshing. This is very complex.
Mouthfeel is full without being too foamy. Drinkability is exceptional in my mind, but realize I usually find this style too sweet. I could easily have several of these.
Very fine beer, this. I'm starting to understand peoples obsession with this style.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love the cloudy straw colour and fluffy big head. Don't usually like carbonation this much but it works well here - alcohol is hidden nicely and the tartness lingers nicely. Always enjoyable.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Duvel is a reliable standby, often useful to keep things ticking along whilst perusing enormous beer lists in Belgian bars. Duvel has a very pale lager colour and soft, subtly fruity, palate. Clean finish. A very smooth beer and, although the high alcohol content is very noticeable, it is still a beer that slips down dangerously easily. I'm not sure it was good idea to have four of them with a full evening drinking in Brussels ahead of us. Bottled, Eurostar train, September 2003.
DatFlycat (12) - Los Gatos, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Monstrous head with sticky lace reminiscent of meringue. I'm not a big fan of the sour aroma, but that concern melts away once my elbow goes into action. I'm normally not an ale guy but these Belgians have got the plan down! Strong, sweet, malty taste with only enough bitterness to make the aftertaste a bit fun. Heavy on the palate, but in a welcome way.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells a bit like coriander and has a huge white head. Just a touch cloudy and loads of bubbles, very light colour. I didn't use to like this one so much as the high carbonation makes for an aggressive flavour. After the first few tries the memory of it's dryness made me want more. The dryness seems to be out of place when considering that most high abv's have a stronger malt. So far I think this one is in a category of it's own. I can't recall anything w. high abv and dryness. Defintely none of the perfume so many others of the belgian ilk display. Certainly the first few sips are not as good as the last few when the carbonation dies down a touch.
Tessic (918) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bright white head with a light gold body. This is the first one I have ever had and its slightly skunky. Could have a better aroma. But I could get scents of alcohol and floral aromas.
The taste is quite angry at the initial sip with its high carbonation. Also floral notes with a medium bitter aftertaste.
I think this beer could be just a little fresher.
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice Belgian ale with a soft kick. Had to drink from the bottle, but got the feel anyhow. medium barley malts and hops.
CornyWebb (4) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2004 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Without a doubt my favorite beer on the market. I like to save this one for special occasions. And, the second, bottle fermentation .... sheer genius. Tiny firm bubbles that remind me of a Dom perignon. If it wasn't for the distinct ale taste and heavier body I could be fooled into thinking this was a new type of champagne. Another reason to love the great Begian ales and another reason for the great beermakers of the world to get away from the German Ber Putiry law
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Has a nice classic beligian strong ale flavor. Pours a golden pale color with a nice fluffy head. Alcohol is very well hidden in this beer. Overall very enjoyable
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasty beer, hints of fruit and spice. I definitely did not taste the 8.5%, never had a beer with that much alcohol that wasn't either strong tasting or overly sweet. A very good beer.