ssurp (23) - trenton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2001
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I know its the standard Belgian strong, but a bit too peppery in the finish and the alcohol shows up a bit too much at the end also. I like Westvleteren much better.
motelpogo (6111) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 3, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
good introduction to ’weird’ Belgian beer. if that’s what you call it
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had Fin du Monde first and I found them to be virtually indistinguishable, except for the fact that Duvel is slightly drier and the alcohol is not as apparent. Great fruitiness and yeastiness, and a powerful aroma. Be sure to have it in the right glass!
achtungpv (205) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a fine fine brew. Two or three is all you’ll need.
DeKreeft2799 (18) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Five of these and you’ll need a seatbelt to stay on your stool.
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 27, 2001
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nicely peppery. The 8.5% abv is slyly hidden in this smooth elixer.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 had a few of these (5 i think) the other day and i wasn't HUGely impressed. it's a bit too light and tangily yeasty texturewise, although there's interesting peach/pear stuff. i know this is sposter be hoppy, and it probly is in comparison to leffe blond or something, but i didn't get too much of the stuff. maybe old bottles? the smell was kind of dusty too. i dunno. a bit flat, but still pretty drinkable. rer8 with a 750ml: wow the difference between bottle sizes is amazing. had em side by side and the smaller bottle was a lot sweeter, flatter and had less yeast and hops in the aroma (mayeb it was older?) and the big bottle was beautifully perfumey, really dry, fluffily fruity, and hoppy, with a much better rocky, frothy head on it like i remember duvel from when i first had it. there's a bit of alcohol but it's round and warming, not harsh at all. on this form it's right up in the 4's.
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - SEP 23, 2001
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
strong flavor,harsh after taste. i had it warm made this a kick ass beer.maybe ill try it again to get the full-ness of it.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 22, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Bottle 330 ml
Appearance: (4.7/5) Bright golden ale with large snow white, finely weaved with great ornamental lace.
Nose : (7.5/10) Floral , fresh continental hops with sweetness of golden grain , fresh yeasty dough.
Flavor/Palate : Light for its heavyweight numbers. Dry hopped front, lightly chewy malt with warmth of alcohol and bit of pepper. Interesting blend of pilsner light crispness with spice yeasty potency of Belgian blonde. (F-7.5/10)(P-3.8/5)
dins (266) - Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of Belgium’s finest. Nice balance of hoppiness and citrus-like flavors.