Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If it looks like a Tripel and smells like a Tripel, it's probably a Belgian Strong Ale. I'm surprised I haven't tried this beer yet. The body is cloudy yellow/yellow-orange and topped by a big, puffy white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma is quite complex and pleasant, very estery, with lemon, clove, pepper and white wine notes. Flavor is dry and vinous with a touch of alcohol, spice, and finishing with alcohol. A nice estery beer that doesn't quite differentiate itself from the pack.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong alcohol scent and flavor, nice fizzy mouthfeel, but not very complex.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
incredible drinkablitility light, yet strong. The flavor is balanced but the abv is high enough to have you singing by early early evening. This review is from notes. The nose is malty yet I can slightly smell the aromatic hops. The taste is sharp and yeasty , the prototytpical belgian strong ale, but witth hops to boot. The flavor is even and balanced yet strong enough to beat an average beer to a bloody pulp.
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Had a huge, white head. Very light gold colored, like a lager. Lots of lacing in the glass. The nose had a slight some peaches and some soapy hops. There is also some light spring rain scent. The flavor is fairly simple. Apple, port and some cinnamon. Finishes clean and spicy. This is a classic and deserves to be called one. I have had this several times now from small and large bottles. Always a pleaure to drink.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 Re-rate I know this ale is common, but it is uncommonly good. It combines mild and bold throughout. This devil could start and/or finish any session!
750ml caged bottle. Massive soapy head. Misty golden color. Perfume and floral aroma, with grapefruit coming thru the strongest. Lively carbonation adds life to the palate. Lightly toasted bread flavor. Warm, sweet finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally trying this stuff. Don't know why I never got around to it. Best bydate is 06/2006, so its a 2003 vintage. Aroma is spicy with hints of bananas and other yeasts. Pour is a partly cloudy blonde with a huge frothy white head. Ill also give this one props on appearance cause the 12oz bottle is so damn cool looking. Lots going on here. Citrus, bananas, other spices, bitter to finish with hints of ethanol. The carbonation really tickles your tongue. Kinda like licking a 9 volt battery. Unfortunately, the aftertaste doesnt really do it for me. Somewhat unpleasant. This is a very interesting beer, and I understand why it has a love-hate relationship with its drinkers.
piscator34 (2284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sunny yellow in colour with a bit of haze, and a large head. Yeasty aroma, as one would expect from this type of beer. Tastes of buttered bread, lemon, and a hint of pepper. Warming, with a mild hops flavor on the finish.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A lot of people really like this brew. I just don't get it cause I can't even finish one of there. Different strokes for different folks
marcusm (56) - Remich, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This light blond beer is awolf in sheeps clothing, as has been posted already, you serve it in it's own oversize glass as the bright white head will build on it's own - unless poured too quickly, where the head fills the glass almost instantly. In my opinion it is best served without any of the sediment as this would cloud the clean flavour. The beer has a powerful hop aroma, the initial taste is of bittering hops pleasantly asailing the palate, this continues on until the light maltiness manages to break through. The end is overwealmingly of hop character.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 When someone asks me what the difference is between their Bud, Coorís Light,etc. and the beers I drink, I pour them a glass of Duvel.The color is similar to their "pilsners", but when they see the head, whoa! It lasts right down to the end. The aroma of Saaz hops also hits them. When they taste it, it seems every sip they find something more to it. The alcohol content is concealed quite well and before they know it, 2 glasses later or so, they usually look at the glass and say WOW! Iíve never had anyone dislike Duvel except my wife. But she is more of a SN PA kinda woman. A week never passes that there isnít some Duvel in my fridge and during the holidays I usually splurge for the big jerebaom. It may not be worth the price, but thereís just something special about opening a giant 3liter bottle of Duvel on Christmas eve.