maximusud (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Surprised myself with this high of a rating, but this really was a pleasant beer. The alcohol percentage is enough to give it a kick, but not so much as to make it overwhelming. The carbonation makes this beer refreshing and even invigorating. The sour taste contrasted nicely with the expected sweet taste of other Belgians. A very, very fine beer. Aureth (20) - Knoxville, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Bottle This is a very pretty beer. Poured slowly and carefully in to a tulip glass, the massive carbonation produces a huge, fluffy, pillow-like white head. It recedes gradually to leave a layer of white foam over the top of the beer, with dense islands of foam floating on top. A line of bubbles is endlessly produced from the very bottom of the goblet. It has a yeasty, slightly spicy aroma. The carbonation level of the beer makes this a sipping beverage; it’s very bubbly on the tounge. Flavors of cloves, coriander, and a light sweetness start out, but it quickly leads to a dry, bitter sort of finish. The flavor goes slightly sour as the beer warms up. A very interesting beer. GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 The first thing i am aware of when i smell this is dusty yeast, the nose is also floral, with some lemon and a definite spiceyness . Duvel pours a wonderfully large head . The alcohol is much less relevant than the content would suggest, very drinkable, it finishes in an effervescent but gentle way. antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Bottle. Pale bright yellow-gold with a monstrous pure white rocky head. Tons of big bubbles rising from the bottom. Classic Belgian yeast smell of cloves and spices with a sweet floral background. Fizzy and crisp in the mouth. Starts out sweet with fruits and citrus in the background, and finishes fairly bitter with some spices lingering. One thing for sure, the carbonation keeps you from drinking it too fast, and not the alcohol, which I can hardly taste. Too strong to drink a lot of, but not interesting enough to be a contemplative sipper. Guess I’ll just get drunk. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Poured golden yellow with a giant head and lacing that hangs in sheets.
Aroma was yeasy, fruity , spice.
Flavor is of yeast, light malt and hops.
Nice sweet flavor on the finish that lays on the palate.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Clear yellow/golden brew with a monster-assed head.Nose is that familiar lovely Belgian yeast.criminy,that’s nice.Fruity,spicey-coriander,sweet.Taste the Coriander?yes I can.The fruits, yeast and malts are
well balanced.it is just to damn carbonated to enjoy the tastes.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2005
Pale golden bber with incredible white head and massive carbonation.
Spicy aroma with notes of yeast, almonds, cardboard, rubber and forest. Fresh.
Bitter flavour with notes of almonds and apple pits.. Roasted and harsh. Fruity and bitter. 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 don’t 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. 48.5°. Served in a Duvel glass. Pours golden yellow with a 1 3/4" head. The head is billowy white and collapses steadily under it’s 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 it’s brown belgian brothers. The finish is spicy and sour, with some lingering citrusy flavors. Nice mouthfeel. The beer belies it’s 8.5%. auerbrau (3206) - 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.
Early era original review. I hate this beer back then, but can’t 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 I’ve sipped it more, it’s too dry, bitter, and sour for my palate. 7/3/6/2/13