TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2005 Bottled (BB 07/2006)
Yellow hazy golden outlook with a huge foamy head. Aroma is malts, yeast and alcohol. Extremely drinkable: crisp citron, yeast, malts, hops and balanced carbonation. Crisp warming aftertaste. (8/3/8/5/17 4.1)
Golden, clear, magnificent Duvel-head. Banana aroma. Fruity, yeasty, extremely balanced. (7/3/8/4/14 3.7)
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Duvel, french for "Devil" is everything the name promises. It is said that the name derives from the origin of the style. When one tasted a Duvel they where known to comment "ahh this is truly the work of the Devil". Duvel is a sinfully delightful beer that I liken to the quality of a single malt scotch. The base recipe is as simple as 2 row malt and saaz hops. When pourded in the appropriate glass a beautiful thick head forms taking up half to a third the volume of the glass. An appropriate Duvel glass has an etch in the bottom forcing the never ending supply of bubbles to shoot straight up the center of the glass. A truly fantastic presentation. The aroma is spicy, earthy, estery, and fruity. When sipped Duvel dances across the tounge teasing with fruity ester flavors dissapated by a rich malt flavor. Dangerously light in body with a clean finish. A slight metalic flavor is present along with a lingering alcohol burn.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 9, 2004
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large, lasting, tight head. Very pale color. Tiny bubbles lasted throughout the sample. Earthy, mushroom like aroma was also present in the taste
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2004 Very pale ale. The head leaves a strange, almost soapy residue with a creamy blob in the middle. Strong flavour, fruity with a definite alcohol kick. Perfect mid-level carbonation.
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Pale yellow body that is initially clear and displays an onrush of carbonation reminiscent of Champagne. Outrageously sized head is at least four inches tall, with a full two inches of it standing up on its own outside the goblet I poured it in. Once I poured in the yeast, the body became substantially hazy looking, quite similar to a Hefeweizen. The aroma is like ripening tropical fruits with no detectable alcohol smell. Taste is very refreshing with bananas in the main flavor profile. There are also notes of sourness in the taste like a Lambic. The mouthfeel is silky sooth, enhanced by the tiny carbonation bubbles. There is no way to guess the strength of the beer unless you look it up or feel it going to your head. What a masterful work of art!
P.S.. - I finally bought the glass pack to enjoy Duvel in a tulip, and it made quite a difference. The carbonation was good before, but now there are a ton of bubbles constantly streaming up from the D etched on the bottom of this glass. If you ever are looking to buy a tulip style glass, this is the best way to get two of them for a great price and see a demonstration of the magic they do on a beer.
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - APR 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 33 cl bottle, served in Duvel tulip.
Golden colour; mammoth head w/ good retention. This is one impressive-looking beer.
Delicate, flowery aroma. Very inviting.
Fresh, delicate, fruity taste. Ends up slightly dry in a long, pleasing finish. Hides the alcohol incredibly well.
Superlative mouthfeel and perilously drinkable.
A classic, and deservedly so. A beer I'll be returning to over and over again.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light straw colored, with a nice head and effervescence. Aromas of hops and citrus, specifically lemon and grapefruit. First taste is smooth, citrusy, and slightly yeasty. Reminds me a little of dry champagne. Finishes smooth, with well hidden alcohol. Between the effervescence, the smoothness, and the 8.5% OH, this one will send you to hell!
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Pours a light yellow body, with a large and fluffy head. Aroma is citrusy, like a grapefruit, with some hoppiness to it. Taste is sweet, fruity and boy oh boy is the alcohol hidden! This is really 8.5%? Incredible. This stuf is dangerous, so be careful....it tastes like a juice almost. Nice bitterness on the tongue and throat. Overall a great ale!
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light, refreshing and citrusy much like a wheat, but with that distinctive blegian taste. The head is big and billowy white with tiny bubbles. A great summer brew to drink out on the deck. But be careful- this is not a summer session. The abv is hidden and potent.
DeltaBlues (9) - Yakima, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2004 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hops and maltiness balance perfectly. The head is a Meringue-like must see! Incredible lacing too. The unfiltered lager-like appearance fools you when the citrusy, semi-sweet flavor smooths out the high ABV. It does finish a bit dry with the ABV, but after a glass it's not noticeable. Nice for a change of pace, but not an everyday kind of beer. Put it on your "special list" from time to time.