Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poura a sligthly pale golden colour with a classic huge balgian head that last forever. Aroma of candysugar, dough, hay and some cinnamon. Flavour is very sweet, almost a bit too much. Lot of candysugar and dough, and a cinnamon finish. Medium to full bodied wirh a soft palate, but a lot of carbonation. Overall, a good beer, but nothing superspecial.
vanvenlo (1283) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
East of Everything (14-Nov-13) Very light herbal citrus aroma. Amber light cloudy colour, ordinary head and suds lacing. Sweet herbal spirit fruit Slight ashy fruit spirit hot finish. More a golden strong ale.
Maris (1011) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 330ml bottle on 30/11/2012. Pours a cloudy yellow golden with bugger all head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, some apple and spices. The flavour is sweet and fruity, with lots of yeast and spices present. There is some tart apple and more spices in the medium bitter finish. The carbonation is lively but typical of the style. While certainly not my favourite style, this is a decent crack at a strong Belgian ale.
mkel07 (3640) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Soft white head above a hazy light golden amber colour. Spice and fruit in the aroma is pleasant with a strong warming flavour with a hint of sweetness in the background.
madmitch76 (15834) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
1st July 2012
Bottle at the Kernel. Hazy gold beer, big fluffy off white head. Light dry palate. Sweet malts. Traces of bubblegum and fruit salad sweets. Dry finish. Messy and sweet.
tkrjukoff (4100) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33 cl, Slowbeer. Pours cloudy dark golden eith a nice off white head leaving lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity, buckwheat, malty, yeasty and piny. Flavor much as aroma, good bitterness and a bit pungent and acidy. Finishes pungent, bitter and malty.
GlenH (7) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2010 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely golden colour with a nice white head that has good retention. Spicy and fruity nose - those typical Belgian notes and some apples, bananas and white grapes. Palate is thick and creamy, with a nice tart bite on the finish. Good beer worth trying, just don’t drink too cold.
hawthorne00 (2512) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2013 Tap at brewery. Very cloudy orange with an off-white head. Aroma and taste of pears, candi sugar, dough, grapes, lemon, cloves. Very easy drinking for 8.5%. A little like one of those Belgian versions of an English Ale. Also a touch of German "new wine" if you’ve had it. Refreshing and engaging, but completely unlike the last time I tried this.
Bottle, same day. Tap was very cloudy, so poured with abandon. Cloudy orange, white head. Aroma has dough, cloves, cheese, pears, apricots. Fruity sweetness with pears, grapes and apricots, dough; mildly spicy finish (white pepper, cardamon, cloves, vanilla) is also quite yeasty. Very cheesy yeast. Could use just a little astringency or bitterness?
Bottle (2 days later). Equally careless pour, but this one’s clear orange with a white head that fades sharply. There’s sediment, but without swirling the bottom it didn’t come out this time - is goo at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma as above, but much less cheese. Rather more spice in the taste - it’s really quite peppery. This one really is quite Duvelish.
I wouldn’t have picked any two of these as the same beer. Now I can’t remember what last year’s was like. I quite liked them all, but I guess the third was what they were going for. [3.4]
Bottle. Frustrating, this one. All the flavours are there and the spices are lovely, but the yeastiness of it muddies things.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dirty golden colour with dense creamy head. Some lacing as the head falls away. Nice aromas of dark fruit, banana, and some alcohol with a decent malt backbone. Flavours are a little subdued with some malt, spices and a little alcohol. Quite lively carbonation as expected. Not bad.
davidm (1937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Delicious flavour. Aroma is fruity, with apple, and also caramel. Flavour is very long-lasting, and combines bitter and sweet notes nicely. Velvety in the palate, medium-bodied. Yellow colour, with a fizzy white head.