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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 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 (5153) - 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 (7147) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (4712) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2004
hmmmm... I liked the Bruin version a lot more... Aroma is not too good, maty sweetish with fruits (apple and grapes). The apple smell is much of alcohol... Strange appearance. Orange-brown coloured with a perfect lacing. Big corn-flakes in my beer! Taste is much better than smell luckily. Mostly malt and fruit (apples, oranges). Some hops and quite dusty. Taste is really much better than aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rickgordon (3845) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2004
Bottled. Cloudy golden colour. Rich malt sweetness, very chewy. A bit papery in the finish. Fullbodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10595) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Bottled: Light golden coloured. Unclear. Has a white dense head. Aroma is a little vague. Malt, fruit and sweetness are present. Malt and hops i the flavour. Fruit and a balanced sweetness. Nice. Is light bitter in the and.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Medium orange body, no head at all - somewhat murky. Definetely the strong spices often found in Belgianís are found in the aroma. Very chewy, and thick - interesting! - barely carbonated, and slightly sweet. I detect some pears somewhere in there. Cask-like, with its slightly sour and yeasty finish. Hops make a small appearance, and then some bitterness/astringency. I donít think its that bad really, but as notalush points out, it is too expensive at our local beer store.

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