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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 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.

Hildigöltur's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, - DEC 28, 2003
Golden coloured with lots of sediment. Fruity and flowery aroma. Sweet and fruity flavour. High carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (4477) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2014
17/V/14 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: V/2016 (2014-504)

Little cloudy blond beer, creamy off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: floral, citrus, bit spicy. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: spicy, coriander, some citrus, floral, soft bitterness. Aftertaste: hops, very spicy, coriander, some cloves, orange peel, little sweet. Aftertaste: bitter, roange marmalade, bit sugary, lots of coriander, spicy. Decent Belgian tripel (or whatever).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarcoDL (2133) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2014
Standard Belgian blond beer. Bit more floral and sweet than others. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wim (2712) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2014
at my home hazy golden blond coloured body with a white head and with a fruity yeast hops aroma a spicy fruity hops bitter taste with a alcholic bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3142) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle shared at the March 2014 DC RB gathering. Pours a cloudy gold with an off white head. Lemon nose. Flavors of bubblegum and cloves. Light bodied. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4524) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Ajax! Bottle. Poured a cloudy yellow color with a white head. Aroma is a nice sweet malt character, some light lemon notes. funk. Enjoyable. Easy to drink!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (864) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2014
Blonde dorée trouble, effervescence légère à bulles fines, col blanc fin. Malts cara, un rien fruitée, bonne petite amertume herbacée.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MikeJslc (741) - USA - NOV 29, 2013
Deep gold, clear, low carbonation, thin white head. Aroma: pilsner malt, an earthy note, leather, light spice, pear. Flavor is similar with definite leather, earthy notes, light fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trappist1 (437) - Diest, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
Color: golden yellow, full white head. Nose: typical Belgian yeast, hops, grassy, little metallic. Taste is dry, bitter, a lot of yeast, a lot of CO2 bit still balanced. Okey beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gription79 (2246) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Poured from a 330ml bottle, thanks to Mike. Oxidized, pear with skins. Caramel notes. Old and aged poorly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (3680) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2013
33 cl. bottle @ home. Procured from Willems. BBF 05/2015. This brewery is really everything that one could wish from a very small Belgian brewery. Solid, outstanding beer, something to set them apart, good price, excellent quality, standard offerings plus one or two specials, … whereas most breweries of their size put out infected, crummy beers which are dull and unimaginative at best. Bright opaque orange with little fungus looking white head. Smell is overripe oranges, esters, hay, sweet BE yeast, light caramel, mandarins, touch spices, bitter old yeast type stuff,… Taste is sweet caramel, thick BE yeast, plaster, slightly fruity, light bitter spices, touch esters, zest light pepper,… Malty body, med. slightly lively carb. This one is far from unique but it has no flaws, solidly executed, very drinkable,… This is really nice considering just how bad a lot of the beers from breweries of similar production sizes are.

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