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 I’m 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.
PriorL (1263) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opened another bottle of these last weekend, though it was infected around the cork. Resulted in a sour beer with no foam. Smelled oké in a way, like a sour ale, but the taste was bad.
So rating from memory of the previous bottles I had of this beer.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, nice stable white head.
NOSE: hoppy, spices, alcohol more noticable.
TASTE: very hoppy, long lasting fruitiness, some alcohol, rather sweet.
bubblehouse (229) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not my favorite beer. Funky taste and aroma. Normally a big duvel fan but i will pass on it. Perhaps it sat to long.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 cold, corked 750ml bottle: Pours a cloudy, pale gold color with a frothy, alabaster head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste are of light grains with lemon/citrus and grass notes. Medium bodied and crisp, with good carbonation. Well blended; the hops are subtle and the alcohol is well hidden. Cheers, Volgon! ☆
mcberko (5357) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, sent from robloc303 (thanks a lot, Rob), pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. Nose is very oxidized bringing out mostly oxidation, Belgian yeast, and moderate spicy hops. Flavour reveals notes that are very oxidized and cardboardy, but not as bad as the nose, with mandarin oranges, Belgian yeast, spicy hops, and champagne. It’s not a disaster, but it’s way past its prime. You can tell this would be good when fresher - what a pity. Decent.
ThiagoRimondi (1) - são paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 10, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cerveja de ótima aparência, sabor inconfundível e reteogosto agradável. Espuma pouco cremosa mas de ótimo sabor.
rok1024 (902) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - DEC 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow appearance with decent head. Strong hoppy citrus, lemons aroma, grassy notes. Well rounded in the mouth, overall a very good Belgian Pale Ale.
Benfi (490) - 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 (28) - 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. Don’t 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 (680) - 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 (2553) - 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 it’s best, not as enjoyable as the two more recent vintages.