SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Duvel has been one of my top beers since I started drinking beer...I was so excited to see this brew and did not hesitate to drop $20 for this. 750 ml bottle poured into my large Duvel tulip glass...and Iím NOT sharing.
A- Body is a somewhat dense, dynamically hazy, translucent, pale golden yellow hue. Pours with the classic Duvel 3 finger+ foamy white head. Head eventually, and somewhat unevenly fades to 1/2 finger (altough there is a 2 finger foamy iceburg floating around)...and leaves a TON of lacing all the way down the glass. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.
S- Lots and lots of floral and noble hops everywhere-which are of moderate-to-strong strength and the highlight of the nose-yet they give off a very soft vibe-Hop profile is prominent-but very Euro. Behind this is a lot of pear, a hint of tart apple and moderate sweet, bready, belgian yeast backbone.
T- Taste is subtle at first and offers some dry fruity flavors with a subtle belgian yeast backbone. A spicy presence very quickly emerges over the dryness and becomes prominent. Then a hint of white grape emerges with a bready yeast. The hops really hit for the finish and make their presence known- mostly floral but with a noble softness and a slightly piny refreshing character (actually it pretty much has Saaz written all over it). The spicy, bready yeast makes its presence known-before another breif cry spell and a moderate lingering hop bitterness with a slight breadiness and spicyness lingering as well.
The flavor profile in this changes from start to finish. Its quite complex and as I drink more the picture becomes clearer.
M- Medium to high carbonation, and a light, yet full body that is, for the most part smooth and yeasty/bready (although it has dry spells too-not too common to find a complex mouthfeel).
D- I love this beer. The whole profile-from start to finish just confirms why this is my favorite style. Its complex, refreshing, drinkable, and delicious. This borders on Belgian IPA-but these are the types of BSPAs I go after....$20 hurts-a lot-but this brew sure is worth it.
Benfi (406) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light golden pour with tons of white head and a nice soapy looking retention. Nose of yeast, hops, and straw. Taste has a little hop bite but mostly yeast, bready malts and maybe a touch of citrus.
zwartjesbier (21) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle.Got it three Years ago,thanks bro.
Drank the same year three years ago and Iiked it better three years ago. Donít think it ages well.
Aroma is grassy with a floral hint. appearance is a clear golden with a white head that leaves a nice lace in the glass.
Taste is medium bitter with sweet malty undertone with a dry aftertaste. I can taste the high ABV 9,5%. Body is medium with a thin texture and lively carbonation
TheJvd (534) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Borefts 2013 shared by MrHangover, thanks! Pours hazy yellow with a medium white head. Aroma has some oranges, musty and cardboard. Taste has lots of cardboard, musty, too old.
sic1314 (1984) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle share at Borefts 2013, courtesy of Mr. Hangover. 2010 vintage. Poured cloudy golden with a frothy white head. Aroma of sweet sourness. Medium body, gives the impression of being past itís best, not as enjoyable as the two more recent vintages.
kermis (3678) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at BBF13 thanks to Mrhangover. Pours cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. With the age the hops are gone from the aroma and replaced with a moldy, yeasty and caramel smell. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Not one to age..
jmgreenuk (2617) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of MrHangover. Poured a cloudy light amber with a frothy broken white head. The aroma is acidic yeast and hops. The flavour is rich alcoholic bitter with a yeasty, bitter spicy flavour. A little too old. Didnít age well for me.
allesmetkaas (166) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1st edition 75club bottle shared by Mr Hangover. Pours cloudy gold with a white head. Slightly musty, sweet aroma. Taste is sweet, with a bit of sourness. Donít notice any hops, but itís more balanced than the normal Dual.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/16/2011: Duvel Tripel Hop... Aroma: Big nose of
floral and slightly citrusy hops. Appearance: Pale golden color,
slightly hazy; huge, fluffy, off-white head; scant lacing; large
torrents of carbonation. Flavor: Fruity with a touch of residual
sweetness; delicate bitterness with nice floral and citrusy
(tangerine, grapefruit) hop; bright, maybe sharp, alcohol;
Champagne-like yeast. Palate: Light and airy; good level of fizzy
carbonation lending to an great effervescence. Overall: Wow, really
tasty! Complexity develops as it decants; highly alcoholic, but
addictive; Duvel is the embodiment of basic, yet complex!
750ml corked and caged bottle (9.5% ALC./VOL.; Best before: 18 Mei
2013) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Hop Selection: Saaz-Sazz,
Styrian Golding, and Amarillo; Dry Hopping: Styrian Golding. Rating
#399 for this beer.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2010 bottle. This one was just odd to me. Sort of reminded me of dish soap in a way. Iím glad I was able to try it but the beer itself wasnít that great.
DrSilverworm (4021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, bottled 18 Mei 2010. It says best by 18 Mei 2013. Split with b3shine to celebrate some milestone ticks. Mostly clear golden color. Lots of yeast particles suspended in the body. Thin, kind of bubbly white head. Couple bubbly bits of lace. Pretty sweet taste, lightly spicy. Odd, sweet belgian candy sugar, lightly soapy. Some complex things going on in this beer. Bigger body. Soft carbonation, more dry texture. Light bit of sweet alcohol warmth. Interesting, complex stuff, might be a bit past itís prime, though. For me, a little too sweet, texture is a little too soft. Has an odd belgiany older hop twang to it that Iím not crazy about. Been wanting to try this one for a while, though, glad I was able to share it........ Definitely getting better as it warms up, though. Sweet taste is not as bad. Nice yeasty belgian flavors.