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 (651) - 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 (2233) - 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 (1881) - 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.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A huge head that was there even after the beer was gone, very hoppy appleish taste not as good as I remember it
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow, after a long wait it was no dissapointment. cloudy horse piss yellow with a large frothy white head. warms you up like white wine, except this tastes good. quite gassy very fruity, spicy, yeasty, hoppy. what can be said that hasn't already. it gets better as it warms up. excellent, and next time i will get the big bottle with the cork.
ghawener (1480) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - NOV 6, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Bottle: Nose is very malty and fruity, the taste starts strong on hops then gradually moves to hers and spices and finishes sweet. Very complex in strong yellow colour with a heavy snowy head that stays to the last sip. One beer you´ll always enjoy.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Everyday is like Sunday with this fabulous, aptly named brew. Light, gold, creamy. Sweet though it's nicely hopped, nice dry finish.
Jayb0 (1073) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazed that I hadn't rated this.. CReamy head with great fresh smell, reminiscent of a brewery. Spicy, hoppy, somewhat dry - refreshing. A great beer.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright cloudy gold. Lively carbonation. Massive fluffy white head. Fragrant yeasty, spicy, fruity aroma. Soft, spritzy, effervescent feel. Creamy fruity, yeasty flavour reminiscent of pear, orange, & banana. Spicy & peppery in the middle. Finish is lightly dry & warmly alcoholic.