jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Light fruity aroma with a hint of vegetable. Yellow color, large white head, very good lace. Light sweet, fruity, light hoppy. Short finish and a little dry.
tapIluv99 (41) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just the color of this beer was a turn off; too yellow for me. The beer is puzzling, not sure what to say about this one. In the future, I’ll give it another try.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2001
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
*sigh*. I want to like it. I really do, but I don’t. It lacks the chewy yeastiness of, say, Chimay Blue, and the finish is far too peppery. Don’t get the fruitiness in this one at all.
ssurp (23) - trenton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2001
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I know its the standard Belgian strong, but a bit too peppery in the finish and the alcohol shows up a bit too much at the end also. I like Westvleteren much better.
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 3, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
good introduction to ’weird’ Belgian beer. if that’s what you call it
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had Fin du Monde first and I found them to be virtually indistinguishable, except for the fact that Duvel is slightly drier and the alcohol is not as apparent. Great fruitiness and yeastiness, and a powerful aroma. Be sure to have it in the right glass!
achtungpv (211) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a fine fine brew. Two or three is all you’ll need.
DeKreeft2799 (18) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Five of these and you’ll need a seatbelt to stay on your stool.
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 27, 2001
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nicely peppery. The 8.5% abv is slyly hidden in this smooth elixer.
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 had a few of these (5 i think) the other day and i wasn't HUGely impressed. it's a bit too light and tangily yeasty texturewise, although there's interesting peach/pear stuff. i know this is sposter be hoppy, and it probly is in comparison to leffe blond or something, but i didn't get too much of the stuff. maybe old bottles? the smell was kind of dusty too. i dunno. a bit flat, but still pretty drinkable. rer8 with a 750ml: wow the difference between bottle sizes is amazing. had em side by side and the smaller bottle was a lot sweeter, flatter and had less yeast and hops in the aroma (mayeb it was older?) and the big bottle was beautifully perfumey, really dry, fluffily fruity, and hoppy, with a much better rocky, frothy head on it like i remember duvel from when i first had it. there's a bit of alcohol but it's round and warming, not harsh at all. on this form it's right up in the 4's.