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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 worldís 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. ĎLoterbolí 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 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. Thereís just an innoucuous, sweet malt flavor with a mild hop bitterness that doesnít 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 (5194) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Bottle at Monks in Philly. This was ok. Nice malty aroma and taste. Alochol was hidden pretty good. Little to yeasty for my liking

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7815) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
This golden beer pours with a generous white fluffy head. Other than a few chunks of sediment, it has a very attractive appearance and a pleasant aroma. The taste is quite hoppy with a strong, somewhat bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew, but not quite as satisfying as the Loterbol brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Appearance: hazy, tarnished gold-to- straw yellow in color, with an enormous helping of foam, taking up most of the glass, taking itís time to whittle down, bone-white and puffy, leaving lace. Aroma: spicy, right off, and citric, lemon and orange, yeast in abundance, as well. Alcohol peeks through, too, when you really breathe it in. Taste: acidity is high here, to match the carbonation, maybe. Sourness is the primary taste, and it dries soon off of the palate. Very odd, quite unlike another Iíve encountered in a Belgian blonde, not as smooth or seamless as Iíd expect. Spicy, clovey, citric, and uncompromisingly so. Grabs hold of the tongue and doesnít let up right away, just gradually fades. Hops are wildly at play, as well, and a bitter undertone. Body is nearly medium, finish is tangy and brief, ...but I canít shake whether this is intentional, or perhaps gone bad? Bottle, bought 2 months ago, is good until May of í05, so that canít be it, can it? No, this is how the brew is supposed to be, and Iím just a bit too taken aback by it, thatís all. Actually, halfway through, itís much less harsh and the drinkability markedly improves. Maybe decanting the bottle some before consumption would have distanced my tastebuds from that harsh acidity? Who knows, itís over now, and I a fruitiness opens up, and Iím having no trouble draining the glass. Quite a remarkable beer drinking experience, chalk it up to Belgium once again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
She pours a hazy golden/orange with plenty of fine carbonation. The head is foamy and white with great retention. Aroma is earthy bready and fruity. Flavor is tart with an astringent finish and some sweetness in the background. Spicy and peppery taste lingers. Mouthfeel is lively and effervescent, yet the astringent/hoppiness prevails. An interesting version of a blond, but a little hoppy for me.

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