Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great beer. I think Chimay is better but still good.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Corked 750ml: Pours a light hazt straw color with a large rocky white head, earthy lemon aroma with light fruits and bubblegum, medium bodied with a bitter aftertaste, starts and ends lighty bitter, carbonation starts full and fizzy but dies down to mellow at by the end. A true classic.
jpm8920 (152) - Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pretty good beer...flavor was unique but fullfilling
Hugerat99 (26) - USA - FEB 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and spicy, very tasty.
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Always a great example of a belgium strong ale, good flavours and aromas. Duvel requires the right time and right place when having it.
DaveZ99 (7) - Burbank, California, USA - FEB 1, 2002 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice, to be sure, but a bit overratted in my opinion. Much prefer Maudite, Scaldis, and Chimay.
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
’Jokes’’ review sums it up best.
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve always found pouring Duvel a problem: huge foam! A sort of towering (over the rim of my cognac glass) turd of firm wite (and bitter tasting) foam below which shines a limpid golden brew, of which the bubbles seem to have mostly gone into the production of the foam.
Fruity hoppy aroma, but no great depth.
Then, in the mouth, the brew again erupts into foam. Clean, quite hoppy but also a bit soft flavour, without great complexity, again some mellowness in the medium-bitter ending.
This beer has obviously more alcohol and body than pilsner, but then it lacks the immediate refreshment of (good) pils, this beer has nowhere near as much character as Westmalle tripel or, in particular, the great Orval (but then, it’s not Trappist beer, either!)
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent example of the Belgian Strong Ale. It just didn’t grab me like Chimay or some of the examples from Unibroue. Still worth trying, though.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JAN 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kinda reminded me of La Fin Du monde, but better with less carbonation. My opinion is its a little overated.