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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Aroma has fruit and yeast. Pleasant dry flavor, one of the driest tripels I have tasted. Cloudy, almost white color, like a wit. Finishes with spices. Surprisingly complex with the spices, a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4860) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Slightly hazy golden blonde coloured body with a very thin white head. Aroma of fresh apples, yeast, corn, metal, raisins and caster sugar. Full-bodied; Effervescent taste up front with a lot of pungent malt, metal tastes and a good spicey fruityness tucked in with some sugars, alcohol and a very complex flavour. Aftertaste shows some sugars, toffee and mild corn flavours. Overall, a pretty good beer - showing a ton of complexity throughout. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 22-December-2008 (which i’ve never seen this bottle in the whole of Belgium, ever) sampled at home in Washington on 03-March-2009.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (5799) - ITALY - SEP 10, 2009
oro buona schiuma buona persitenza il naso piuttosto speziato un po etilico in bocca ritornano le spezie molto etilico un deciso amaro la rende abbsatanza secca peccato per l’etilico

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8965) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Muddy brown pour. Initial sweetness falls flat and heavy on the taste buds. Very dirty beer. Lots of sediment and earthiness. Rated 4/13/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (926) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (5148) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5345) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2003
The Duysters Loterbol has kind of changed during the years i guess, as with google i find the Loterbol of 5.2 %. On ratebeer i see the Loterbol of 6.8 %. Although this beer is very much alike with the Duysters Loterbol, i guess Duysters have come up with 2 distinct forms of the new Loterbol brewing season: the Loterbol Blond and the Loterbol Bruin. Cloudy orange color, huge medium lasting head. Dense particles floating around. Initially cheesy and citrussy aroma, when pouring out the more yeasty part of the bottle, the aroma becomes more spicy and yeasty, note of ginger even. Flavor is spicy carbonating on the tongue, with a pretty bitter palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Good Belgian ale. Spicy(peppery), grassy, and fruity flavor. Finish is hoppy and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Bottle pours a hazy amber yellow with a monster head and good lace. The aroma is yeasty and sweet. The flavor is malty and sweet, peppery, but quickly has a sharp bitterness that surprises rather than balances. The palate is cleansing and good. Overall, it needs to get along with itself better.

   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 it’s 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 I’ve encountered in a Belgian blonde, not as smooth or seamless as I’d expect. Spicy, clovey, citric, and uncompromisingly so. Grabs hold of the tongue and doesn’t 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 can’t shake whether this is intentional, or perhaps gone bad? Bottle, bought 2 months ago, is good until May of ’05, so that can’t be it, can it? No, this is how the brew is supposed to be, and I’m just a bit too taken aback by it, that’s all. Actually, halfway through, it’s 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, it’s over now, and I a fruitiness opens up, and I’m having no trouble draining the glass. Quite a remarkable beer drinking experience, chalk it up to Belgium once again!

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