TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Classic example of a strong Belgian golden ale. Duvel is legendary in the beer world, and rightfully so. This is a wonderful beer, just packed with flavor and character. Duvel pours to a beautiful, bright, golden color, with a thick, rocky, white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose is excellent, with big aromas of pale malt, spicy/earthy yeast, and peppery alcohol. The palate is firm, with really great pale and pilsner malt flavor, paired with light flavors of ripe honeydew melon. Duvel finishes with more good pale malt up front, then ends with a peppery alcohol burn that lingers. Outstanding beer, that is the ultimate aperitif or after work beer to unwind with. Also a classic match to a variety of Belgian dishes, from waterzooi to steamed mussels, to pomme frites drenched in mayo. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2006
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 From a 750mL Bottle. Mostly transparent, pale gold pour with a very tall, frothy, meringue-like white head. Fruity apple and pear yeast ester aromas sit on top of a bready malt base and a touch of floral, herbal hops. Enticingly complex for such a simple blend of ingredients. Light bodied, heavily carbonated mouthfeel with a texture that starts soft and malty but finishes impressively dry. Bready malt sweetness up front on the palate, spiced by notes of black pepper and a gentle warming alcohol. Some fruity yeast characters emerge mid-palate, bringing out notes of pear and apple. Finishes dry, with a lingering herbal hop bitterness. Exceptionally consistent and complex; a true world classic. chicagobears (469) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Found this 4-pack 330ml bottles sold with a Duvel tulip glass. Had tried the 750ml a week earlier and looked forward to trying this with the proper glass. Clear yellowish-gold color, half body, half head when poured slow. If yours looks hazy it means you may have dumped the yeast sediment from the bottom in. This is one intense beer. I find the aroma to be strong with banana and a blend of hops. The alcohol seems well hidden. Complex and refreshing. Goes down easy but be weary of its strength. I haven’t had much better than this. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours a pale golden color with a montainous rocky head that actually grew as it sat for a few minutes, and hardly fades away. There’s tons of lacing left behind on my glass.
Smell; at first I was a little dispointed in the smell, as it came of more tame than I was expecting. I let it sit for a few and came back and it really opened up. It has a really nice lemony citrus and a spicy pepper like smell, with yeast and hints of bread dough.
Taste; that spiciness really jumps out at me, followed by citrus and a nice malty bread dough. There’s enough of a hops to add just a touch of bitterness in the finish. I thought the carbonation would have more of a bite, instead it’s really smooth and creamy, and very refreshing.
I had this beer many years ago, and didn’t care much for it at the time, but now I have to say that this is one hell of a beer. I’m glad I gave it another chance after nearly eight years. lordplayer (19) - Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Fans of this style of beer will be very happy with this Belgium ale. I am an IPA and APA fan, however, and will not be buying this beer again unless at a bar looking for some conversation. Too fruity and "frothy" and watch out for that last sip - sedament galore. Awesome appearance and bottle!
Quevillon (3064) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
Un produit qui représante très bien la Belgique. Elle est face à boire, si tu es un amateur. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Pours a pale golden with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is wonderfully fruity with notes of bananas, pears and peaches. The flavor is apricots, grapes, pepper, lemon and apple. The finish is of a medium length, tart and bitter. Mouthfeel is light with very lively carbonation. swiseman (498) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
very appealing look. rich, creamy head, heavy lacings. slightly heavier malt taste than other Trappists. very pleasing beer. jhamiltonwv (4) - USA - JAN 23, 2006 does not count
BIG frothy head. A little exciting at first but also a little over rated. Easy to drink and 8.5 leaves a nice kick. It’s important to not drink the very bottom of the bottle since there is much sediment build-up. Very nice winter beer. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle. Maybe a little too much hype. Pours clear gold with the big white, fluffy head. Aroma is yeasty and sweet with sugar. Taste is the same, kind of like a tripel. Its really good, but I don’t really want it again.