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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The Duysters Brewery may well be the smallest commercial brewery in Belgium - annual production of both its beers is only about 650 cases. Loterbol is a crisp blonde ale that is very tasty and mightily satisfying. It drinks much stronger than its 6.8% alcohol by volume would suggest, and tastes a little spicy, though no spices are used in the brewing. The exotic palate of this beer comes from the unique strain of yeast. Duysters Brewery flourishes in the shadow of one of the world’s largest breweries, Interbrew, in the nearby town of Leuven. But there is no mistaking this exquisite hand-crafted brew for the mass-product of the nearby beer factory. ‘Loterbol’ is a Flemish word for a fool or prankster, an allusion to the deceptive smoothness and drinkability of this beer. Selected as one of the fifty best beers in the world by Men's Journal magazine, July 2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3250) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2005
Rich hazy golden-amber hue, thick foamy white head with good lacing, with small chunk of lees floating, floral, fruity note of apples, spicy maybe hint of coriander, yeasty, pale malt aroma follow through on a medium-bodied palate, citrus notes, yeasty, hint of acidity, pale malt, smooth character in a soft bitterness finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Strong, pale ale with a pronounced yeast sediment in the bottle. Unfiltered with a decent, creamy head. Marc Beirens, the brewmaster, claims that he makes his beers more bitter every year. I’ll recommend, that he stops this pursuit now. Loterbol is extremely hoppy. Goldings-hops are added two times and it’s even dry-hopped with Styrians. The hops almost paralyze the tastebuds, but without covering the underlying sweetness completely. Refermented in the bottle. 090804

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 20, 2005
Nice dry and bitter tripel leaning brew. Some green apple and pear with good grassy hop notes. somewhat earth and citric on the palate. mild sour acidity accompanies the bitterness well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1678) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 Bottle at Heeren Van Liedekercke Blond, hazy body. Rocky white head. Spare lace. The head is mostly lasting. Overwhelming aroma of light malts, flowers, coriander, vanilla. Lightly bitter flavour. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. A nice bitter flavour, not tremendously good, but still very nice. Duysters is becoming one of my favourites. I have to mention my previous rating of this was a lot worse (2.6): there was some saltiness in it. But you should pour the bottle very carefully and maybe only pour 3/4 of the bottle, because there’s a lot of sediment! And it sure doesn’t look like having a positive impact on the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 7, 2005
Cloudy golden amber color, full and foamy white head, never really goes away. Yeasty aroma along with some pear and caramel. Flavor of some must, yeast, fruit and followed up by some grassy bitterness. The bitterness is kind of surprising, but is balanced unlike the bitterness in something like the XX Bitter De Ranke. Fuller creamy body, some warmth. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 6, 2005
33cl bottle, BB May 05. Duvel tulip...solid stream of CO2 going straight up the middle of the beer. Big, Rocky white head atop a slightly hazy copper colored beer. Big pear, banana, malt aroma. Nice malty beer with some good fruit character thanks to the yeast. Hops are light...moderately sweet finish, but bitterness shows up...Actually the sweet palate cuts to dry & lingering bitter at the finish...deceptive. Pretty stellar beer. Nice malt dimension and hops seem to pop out more as I linger over it...the spicy character really starts to shine. This one surprised me...I expected it to like Bink Blonde or Lucifer...but this is big & hoppy. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
Huge, I mean huge, rocky head. (I swear, Carl, I poured this thing properly!) Aroma was off-puting to me somewhat...hoppy, yeah, but sour fruit or even beer wort kind of thing going on...and poorly hidden alcohol fumes. Flavor was timid and ended in a mildly bitter bite. Just alright, I guess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 This looked real good, cloudy orange with a large, creamy, rocky head. The aroma was full of hops (good, to me) - floral, herbal, and orange. But the flavor was rather weak. There’s just an innoucuous, sweet malt flavor with a mild hop bitterness that doesn’t match what the aroma promises. Okay, but disappointing in the end.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2005
Hazy golden color with a big white head. Malty fruity aroma and a sweet malty and hoppy taste. Medium body and a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5242) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Pours with a gigantic and thick foamy head. A light cloudy gold color to the body. Aroma is funky lemon peels and some barnyard. A little hint of leathery goodness. The taste has sweet caramel and peanut butter. Some hints of oranges and vanilla in the aftertaste. This is very nice and light. A little too carbonated.

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