Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours cloudy gold with a lasting, creamy white head and frothy lacing. Pears, citrus and floral hops dominate the aroma. Flavor is balanced with candi sugar, dark fruit syrup, pepper, banana and tart green apple. Medium-bodied, smooth and well-carbonated. A good beer, but not so much so that Iím compelled to run out and buy it again.
Choos (661) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: spiritous, hint of pear fruit and a touch of cinnamon. Apperance: golden and nicely hazy wit hthe yeast. White head and good lacing. Flaovur: spiritous, sweet, malty and slightly sharp. Palate: thin with lingering bitterness.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is citrus, yeast, malt and pears. Cloudy apricot, firm white head, lotís of carbonation, good lace. Strong malt and strong alcohol flavour, lemon, pear, with a bready aftertaste. Medium bodied, warming, alcohol isnít the least bit subtle. Satan is good, but itís no Duvel.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A rare disappointment in the wonderful land of Belgian beer. Unassuming appearance, faint aroma, dreary taste, mostly sour. Am I alone in finding the marketing of this product slightly unpleasant? Or in a Catholic country do they take a more pragmatic view of such things?
vanvenlo (1399) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
27 Aug 2005 (Hunnshof) - Pear (duvel like) floral aroma. Cloudy yellow orange-gold colour with good lacing asnd reasonable head. Fruity pear and floral flavours. Loses on palate with a tangy finish.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity and light nose, cloudy and flat appearance. Flavour starts well - fresh, dry and bitter. Then, it all disappears. No lasting impression really, so probably good as a session beer but not so hot as a dining one.
ALLOVATE (2556) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Could only take the Block Brewers to obscure much judgement on the Belgian Strong Ale category, the same way Moortgat did years ago with their Duvel. Poured a hazy and almost opaque orange-gold with a mist of yeast particles floating about. Dense and creamy white head formed from the pour, lasted and left a good amount of lace. Soft and sour citric nose, herbal, with a blend of sweet candi sugar and mangoes. Even softer on the tongue, very light in carbonation, medium-light bodied and smooth as silk. Strong mix of sweet sugars; fruity esters, including mangoes, grapefruit and tangy cantaloupes. No noticeable alcohol in the three samples I tasted, and the finish remained fruity and fresh. Unusual, not overly complex but still a good balance of soft flavours and high alcohol brewing. Quite easily a sessionable beer you could get lost on. Quite nice.
ElGaucho (2286) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sour, tart, lemony citrus aroma. Reminds me of a Berliner weiss. Soda like effervesence on the pour. Slightly off-white head makes lots of noise, like a coke as it is poured and mostly diminishes. Light orange in color, with plenty of sediment swirling around in the body. Tastes better than I thought it would be from the aroma. High alcohol profile is there. Highly carbonated mouthfeel, which is a bit odd due to there being very little in the way of visible carbonation. I actually like this brew and I started to wonder a bit as to why it isnít more highly rated. Was it because there are so many better examples of the style out there? Or is it a negative backlash from what may be perceived as a kitchy marketing of satan? But then I rated it and ended up with a rating right around the average, so I canít say that itís particularly underrated. As it warms, there isnít the sweetness I like from a Belgian strong. This is dryer and less refined. In fact, as I get to mid-glass I am starting to wish it was over. But then a little further it redeems itself again. As can be summed up from the stats, a pretty decent beer, but toward the bottom of the barrel within its revered style.
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
As expected, this beer has a gold appearance, a little bit oily. Yeasty and hoppy aroma, with citrus, sulpher. The taste is hoppy, flowery and spicy; with hidden alcohol. Sweet dry aftertaste.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The Devil may have all the best tunes, but he might want to rethink his beers. This sample was too authentically sulphurous for my taste. (But hey, whoís going to argue with the big guy with the horns and the tail?) It looked good - gold, with a thick, lacing head. The aroma is dominated by yeast but marred by subtle satanic acrid sulphurous notes. There are also barnyard straw characters and bubblegum in there. Unfortunately, the sulphurous notes carried through to the taste. (Damn, this brewer takes the satanic theme seriously.) I guess this sample hasnít travelled well. Beyond the sulphur, it seemed to be a fairly one-dimensional Belgian tripel, with a clean acidic floral middle and a dry spicy finish. Bit too sweet and a little skinny for the 8% abv. Partially redeemed by the firm, bitter finish. (33cl bottle, International Beer Shop, Perth)