AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
There is a loud carbonation release when I pop the top off of this bad boy. Pours a huge rocky white head as a result of the high carbonation level. Beer is a pale yellow color. Very effervescent is this brew, tons of tiny little bubbles flying all over the place in there. Aromas is yeasty and I detect some cloves. At first sip there is a light carbonation bite on the tongue. An interesting rubbery taste comes into play that I donít care much for. Body is smooth with a creamy/foamy mouthfeel. Finish is dry with a slight bitterness. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 12, 2005
11.2oz bottle. 48.5į. Served in a Duvel glass. Pours golden yellow with a 1 3/4" head. The head is billowy white and collapses steadily under itís own weight after time. Vigorous carbonation. Tiny bubbles. I have heard that the Duvel glass shoots a stream of bubbles up in the middle where the "D" is etched in the glass, and that is correct, in fact it is really directing a big stream of bubbles. The aroma is sourish, with pear notes. The flavor is pears, lemons, and yeast with a spicy finish. There is a depth of character, but it is more subtle than itís brown belgian brothers. The finish is spicy and sour, with some lingering citrusy flavors. Nice mouthfeel. The beer belies itís 8.5%. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 Proper re-rate. 33cL bottle purchased at SAQ Atwater - Montreal, QC (for $3!). Quieting lemon verbena and oats aroma. Champagne-like carbonation brings a sparkle to the tongue. This is the right feel for Belgian yeast, just hinting at distant phenols, ever so slightly banana, plum, and pear. The texture of this beer is as good as it gets. Clean dry malt finish, a little pithy zest quality from the yeast products, and a delectable snap laid properly by the carbonation. Quintessential and a reminder of what proper Belgian fermentations are like, instead of all these syrupy, boozy, sweet bubblegum bombs America keeps lobbing. Keep it dry, keep it clean, keep it elegant.
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Early era original review. I hate this beer back then, but canít see it as anything but an awesome classic now. 2/12/2005. Thin and yellowish. Copious white head, with strong lacing. Nice fuming thin carbonation. Very delectable fresh bread flavors, backed by nutty tones. Finishes with good melllow yet pine hops. On second thought, as this beer has warmed a little and Iíve sipped it more, itís too dry, bitter, and sour for my palate. 7/3/6/2/13
Nice looking pour in snifter,very champagne looking with a touch of a champagne aroma as well. Very good lacing and head.Started out refreshing but finished with a bitterness at the back of my mouth that I couldínt shake. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Another bottle and even more impressed than before, again this beer is truly world-class and IMO under-rated....
mephisto (1287) - TAIWAN - FEB 8, 2005
Original rating: How in the hell did I never rate this? Anyway...75oml and in the Duvel snifter: Pours a bright golden hue (keep that yeast at the bottom of bottle, thanks). A huge fluffy head and outstanding lace. Funky yeasty hybrid nose that is a cross between a Biere de Garde and a Saison with just a touch of witbier for good measure. So earthy, barnyard estery, sour fruity, floral and rich, lightly spiced, and well developed. The taste is equally rounded and balanced with noticeable yeast and pale malt notes followed by grassy and spicy hops. Perhaps that is itís weakness. Itís so balance it doesnít appear complex and deep and that is so far from the truth. Sip and enjoy, let it warm and fully enjoy the depth of the world-class beer! The feel is a bit fizzy but works to keep the palate refreshed. A bonus point for masking the alcohol so devilish well. A work of art which is as good today as it was when I first had it in 1988. Bravo! (BB date 17/05/05)
a very dangerous, true ídevilí. i got knocked out by this beer several times when i was in college. drink w/ caution. green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Pours nearly white. Large bubbled white head. Luminescent grapefruit colored in a burgundy glass. Sour, champagne aroma. Everything is in the front end here, no bitterness on the back of the tounge. Pleasant pineapple overtones, not sour at all as the aroma suggested. Mouthfeel? It just effervesces on the tongue. Somewhat clueless on how to rate a Belgian although chimay blue is my all time favorite beer. This is really nice, distinctive (and inexpensive) beer. Very enjoyable. Think I am beginning to see the light of Belgian genius. cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Closing in on the finish line of the obligatory "accessible beers" list, and this is very nearly the last one. Aroma is much too like an American macro to be inviting in that regard. Did pour with a massive, inviting head. Partly cloudy American-macro yellow. The taste redeemed it considerably, though still rather light and carefree to this IPA junkie. Crisp mouthfeel, partly creamy in the finish. More interesting and less grassy than Orval. A session-type brew for those without an IPA obsession, like yours truly. Okay, there, Iíve rated it, itís done, Iím more well-rounded. Now, can I have a hop fix, please?
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Tasted 06/02/2005. 750ml burgundy style bottle.
Straw gold with green tinges and not entirely bright. A huge, pure white, rocky head tries to escape for the glass. Head looks like a small dollop of vanilla ice cream has been dropped into the beer. Appears to have a firey (devilish?) effervescence much like a wheat beer. Nose is spices and lemons with a yeasty background note that appears bready. Mouthfeel is spritzy, but smooth, and medium to light bodied. Full sweet malt flavour is nicely complemented by the spice and lemoniness that carries over to flavour. Good cleansing from hop flavour leaves only a little warm alcohol flavour on the palate. mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
pours very lively. light hazy gold to yellow straw color, bottle conditioned. explosive. very effervescent. huge yeasty, hoppy, fruity, citrusy, spicy, and honey aromas. foam so dense, like shaving cream, not going away. superior mouthfeel, soft and champagne-like action on the palate. flavor much like the aroma. champagne and bread come together with bright citrusy, spicey hop flavors, light candy sugar and malt, moderate bitterness, and alcohol. dry finish. flavors linger with a prickly sensation on the palate. strong, soft, bubbly, and quite complex. an everlasting gob stopper. kind of like the farmhouse ales from belgium, a tripel crossed with a saison. i canít think of one single reason to give this less than a perfect score.