notalush (4588) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fizzy, clear golden, frothy lace - nose of dusty, dry, biscuity malts, some phenolic character, light tartness - taste is light, biscuity, flinty. crackery, peppery - some underlying sweetness - I usually like most of these characteristics in a beer, but this is beer is too strong for its light and crisp flavors, because a strong, boozy/alcoholic character dominates in the long term, and the other qualities of the beer are too delicate and/or weak to support this - alcoholic finish, lingering dry malts - meh.
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma has lots of yeastiness, sugar, light fruit, and a hint of spice. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a small whtie head that fades to nothing rather quickly. Flavors of orange peel, light apple, yeast and a spicey finish. Candi sugar present in the background. A tad thin.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Akevitt! Gold color with no head. Big floral hop aroma. Yeasty and spicy taste with a bit hops on the finish. Slight alcohol burn.
CapFlu (4322) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Sampled at the Dog & Pony Alehouse in Renton, WA. Lasting white foam head with a mildly cloudy amber body. Nose is mellow with hops and marzipan. A hoppy front tongue is backed by a flavour of whiskey malt base. Good.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear light golden amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma was yeasty with light clove and spice. Notes of bubble gum, flowers, oranges and a yeasty leather funk that was noticeable as the beer warmed. the flavor was malty and fruity with light tart lemony notes. Sweet and yeasty. Acidic finish with a lively mouthfeel.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Actually smells somewhat wheaty. Clear orange but with floaties. The first thought with flavor is that this must have a lot of alcohol, as it shines through. Some nice citrus and floral hops, and definitely lots of belgian sugar, it’s okay, but seems too strong.
nuplastikk (4093) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber. Hazy, unfiltered golden-tan color. Thin, steady off white head. Sweet, sugary Belgified aroma. Doesn’t really do the style justice, very par to sub-par US version. A little bit thick, chewy, with some clove-like balance. Rich, with some alcohol laced fruit tones..banana, orange, tangerine. Lacks the effervescent mouthfeel and delicacy that can make the style great. Sort of goes for an Orval like thing, but doesn’t quite get there. OK.
boFNjackson (4007) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Saraveza... Poured golden with a white head and moderate lacing. Aroma of esters and spices. Medium body and very drinkable. Flavors of clove, yeast esters, banana and sweet spices.
drewbeerme (3838) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 22oz bottle. pours very clear golden with white head. looks just like a BMC. nose is grainy, yeasty, with some pepper. flavor is really sweet and grainy, some yeasty and coriander. thin body. alcohol warms. a very sweet yeasty and grainy beer. a poor attempt at making a duvel clone. drinkable, but barely.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled February 7th, 2010
A solid, but not overly aggressive, pour into my 25cl tulip glas produces four fingers of pale tinged froth. The beer underneath is brilliantly clear and a rich gold hue that shines brightly when held up to the light. The aroma smells of ripe apples, pears, hay and cracker-like grain at the first. A deeper inspection of the nose yields melon notes, some honey-like muskat grape notes, a hint of orange zest, ample clove aromatics and more of a crushed grain husk dustiness in the deep finish.
Fairly dry tasting, though the fruity fermentation notes boost the sweetness that is here. Flavors of ripe pear, bright mellon, a hint of green apple, and some floral green grape notes are balanced in the finish by a light, but firm, bitterness, some spicy phenolic clove notes, a touch of spicy white ginger and maybe even a touch of white pepper. The body has a lightnes to it that makes it quaffable, but it does still have a certain viscous fullness to it.
This is not a bad interpretation of the style that is embodied by Duvel. I like that it has more fruitiness and spiciness than the standard. It does have more body and sweetness, but neither of these really detract. I wasn’t expecting much from this beer for some reason, but I find that it is quite enjoyable.