jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It is an excellent choice for those who appreciate a strong wheat taste in an Ale.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very impressed with this beer. Though it was a little too strong for my tastes. Huge foamy head, went down quite smoothly despite the 8.5% alcohol level.
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Always wanting out of the bottle, Duvel delivers a massive head form the get go. Thick foamy head will stay around throughout the drink. Pungent corn mash and bubble gum aromas. Rich clear yellow liquid that is great to watch bubbling up in the glass. Fills the mouth well with carbonation. Cloves and bubble gum let you know it’s a wheaty brew and stops just short of disguising its 8.5% abv. A spicy tingle lingers on in the aftertaste. Laces up the glass well too. A solid standby of any Belgian brew lover.
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 When served at the appropriate temperature (10C) it has a HUGE head which allows the yeast to mix with the beer as you wait for the head to subside. The head itself has all the hops so wait for it to subside before drinking. The flavour seems to dance on your tongue after drinking. Very interesting and complex. An interesting sweetness and bitterness. I will definately have to try again. Reminded me more of a very strong white beer rather than a belgian strong ale.
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2003 The king of the Grocery Store Belgians (at least in the US). This one is a very light in color, but there is a lot of flavor lurking in it. Fruit (pear), Spice (nutmeg?) and a bit of yeast tastes balance the moderate alchohol taste of this ale. Most notible is the charicature head. If you were to pour a beer in a Stein to take a picture... this is the one. Even with careful pouring this will make a Mount Everest of a head that persists for as much as 20 minutes after it has been poured. I like it, but it is not quite my favourite Belgian.
Bronstein (175) - Göttingen, GERMANY - DEC 9, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nicely blonde to look at. Flavour is definetely dry with some sweet spices. Alcoholic burning mouthfeel(like German vodka). Taste like more alcohol than it actually has.
Starman (4) - DENMARK - DEC 8, 2002 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2003 Bottled. A good example of the Belgian Strong Ale. Not as good as Chimay. Still worth trying, though.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 This is one very good stand by, fresh it whups the pants off Chimay White or Leffe. Leave the yeast in the bottle, thats for bottle fermentation. 03 05 05, means it came out of the brewery March 5, 2002. Try it in the winter or spring, not affected as much as some ales by heat due to the high alcohol content. Travel"s better than most. It is not meant to be a Trappists dessert, but a strong session ale, for the cold weather guzzler. UNIQUE and WONDERFUL. Compare it with the best Saisons and Biere de Garde. KING OF THE STRONG PALE/BLONDE/WHITE ALES
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful, bright, cloudy golden color with a crisp peaked white head. Looks almost like a slide of lemon meringue pie in a glass. Wheat beer taste, dry, citrus/lemon, sweet spice (coriander?), yeast, and unmasked alcohol. Sort of a baby Piraat? Nice beer, but better bang for the buck is to buy an Ommegang Hennepin or an Allagash Tripel.
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Duvel is the standard by which American craft brewers attempt to replicate. It’s a classic Belgian Golden Strong Ale: potent, spicy with a typical fruity (particularly pear) flavor, and highly carbonated. I can’t say much more without sounding like a smitten schoolgirl, but it holds its own with other great Belgians. A truly great beer.