duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-rate: 750ml champagne corked bottle. Use-by date 05-04-02. Hazy gold/orange colour, beautiful white lasting head with small compact bubbles and nice lace. The nose is quite yeasty and a touch floral, its classically belgian. Flavour, is a touch of sweetness, with a dry yeastyness towards the finish, some hops towards the finish, with a toucvh of alcohol and a bit chalky or something, quite mellow aswell as being acidic and bitter, a classic.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - OCT 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A truly outstanding drink.
pour this slowly as it forms a a very firm frothy head with a nice citrus aroma.
It has the pale straw colour of a lager but it is much mpre complex. A slighly sweet taste with hints of spices(I even detected a vanilla-like taste) and fruits. Very drinkable and quite refeshing- careful ias the alcohol content is quite high and this is a beer that can sneak up on you.
It is bottle conditioned and should improve with age. i would like to buy a few bottles to cellar and taste later on.
This is the classic Belgian golden ale.
PorterPounder (5473) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2014 Rerate After over 11 years, not really much has changed . Nice coriander spiciness, some cake mix sweetness, lemony tartness. Original 4.0 Frothy, never dissipating white head with lots of lace. Citrusy, tart aroma and a cloudy, yellowish appearance. Very drinkable considering the high alcohol content. Flavor - a bit fruity and malty. Overall - a good ale.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a rocky head. Very light golden/straw color. Nice aromas of malt and bubblegum, some citrus too? Very drinkable considering the abv. Not my fav but good nonetheless.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice smooth head that stays for the whole drinking experince nice smotth maltiness taste the hops at the very end one of my favorite beers
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 Best belgian strong Ale I have ever had. Poured into the special Duvel Belgian bowl glass with a huge head that stayed huge till the end. The head looked like big fluffy clouds, and the beer looked like straw color- with a little haze. Extremely carbonated- but not spritzy and is stil easy to drink without too much bubbly action in my stomach. Like I said- very smooth and easy to drink. Awesome spicy and earthy aroma. Quite complex beer.
rolo99 (29) - USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff really packs a punch. Great flavor, alcohol is beautifully masked. Smells like peanut butter
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastewise it was very strong tasting. it was like fruit and dryness. i was not a huge fan of it but it was OK i guess.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Re-Rate 10/18/02: The pour produces a stupendous white, foamy head, heaps of lace. The beer is straw in color, clear, with a splendiferous nose, citrus, bubble gum, malt, hints of ripe pineapple, ’Quite Sniffable’. Front is malt, sweet, the top light, the finish acerbic, dry, sparingly hopped. A good beer, but I will take an ’Orval’ over this beer anytime. Ranks #494 on my current 1000 beer master list.
SteC (135) - Oostende, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a nice beer, but not complex enough for me, I know many of the US people have this as a favourite, but there is better out there.