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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The Duysters Brewery may well be the smallest commercial brewery in Belgium - annual production of both its beers is only about 650 cases. Loterbol is a crisp blonde ale that is very tasty and mightily satisfying. It drinks much stronger than its 6.8% alcohol by volume would suggest, and tastes a little spicy, though no spices are used in the brewing. The exotic palate of this beer comes from the unique strain of yeast. Duysters Brewery flourishes in the shadow of one of the worlds largest breweries, Interbrew, in the nearby town of Leuven. But there is no mistaking this exquisite hand-crafted brew for the mass-product of the nearby beer factory. Loterbol is a Flemish word for a fool or prankster, an allusion to the deceptive smoothness and drinkability of this beer. Selected as one of the fifty best beers in the world by Men's Journal magazine, July 2005.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Hazy blond, light white head. Coriander leaves, orange and pineapple nose. Fairly straightforward, herbal and minty alcohol. Very sweet palate,. strong floral character, but the hop dryness is truly insufficient. Spicy, herbal, banana-ish and alcoholic. Medium to full bodied, soft yet intense carbonation. Strong...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hotstuff (4947) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Bottle. Huge white creamy and smooth head that was mostly lasting, fine-large sized bubbles, good lacing, hazy, carbonated, and a straw yellow hue. Malty, sweet and fruity nose. Flavor was sweet, acidic, lightly bitter, sour, and malty. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3309) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2005
Rich hazy golden-amber hue, thick foamy white head with good lacing, with small chunk of lees floating, floral, fruity note of apples, spicy maybe hint of coriander, yeasty, pale malt aroma follow through on a medium-bodied palate, citrus notes, yeasty, hint of acidity, pale malt, smooth character in a soft bitterness finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Strong, pale ale with a pronounced yeast sediment in the bottle. Unfiltered with a decent, creamy head. Marc Beirens, the brewmaster, claims that he makes his beers more bitter every year. Ill recommend, that he stops this pursuit now. Loterbol is extremely hoppy. Goldings-hops are added two times and its even dry-hopped with Styrians. The hops almost paralyze the tastebuds, but without covering the underlying sweetness completely. Refermented in the bottle. 090804

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 20, 2005
Nice dry and bitter tripel leaning brew. Some green apple and pear with good grassy hop notes. somewhat earth and citric on the palate. mild sour acidity accompanies the bitterness well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 Bottle at Heeren Van Liedekercke Blond, hazy body. Rocky white head. Spare lace. The head is mostly lasting. Overwhelming aroma of light malts, flowers, coriander, vanilla. Lightly bitter flavour. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. A nice bitter flavour, not tremendously good, but still very nice. Duysters is becoming one of my favourites. I have to mention my previous rating of this was a lot worse (2.6): there was some saltiness in it. But you should pour the bottle very carefully and maybe only pour 3/4 of the bottle, because theres a lot of sediment! And it sure doesnt look like having a positive impact on the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 7, 2005
Cloudy golden amber color, full and foamy white head, never really goes away. Yeasty aroma along with some pear and caramel. Flavor of some must, yeast, fruit and followed up by some grassy bitterness. The bitterness is kind of surprising, but is balanced unlike the bitterness in something like the XX Bitter De Ranke. Fuller creamy body, some warmth. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 6, 2005
33cl bottle, BB May 05. Duvel tulip...solid stream of CO2 going straight up the middle of the beer. Big, Rocky white head atop a slightly hazy copper colored beer. Big pear, banana, malt aroma. Nice malty beer with some good fruit character thanks to the yeast. Hops are light...moderately sweet finish, but bitterness shows up...Actually the sweet palate cuts to dry & lingering bitter at the finish...deceptive. Pretty stellar beer. Nice malt dimension and hops seem to pop out more as I linger over it...the spicy character really starts to shine. This one surprised me...I expected it to like Bink Blonde or Lucifer...but this is big & hoppy. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
Huge, I mean huge, rocky head. (I swear, Carl, I poured this thing properly!) Aroma was off-puting to me somewhat...hoppy, yeah, but sour fruit or even beer wort kind of thing going on...and poorly hidden alcohol fumes. Flavor was timid and ended in a mildly bitter bite. Just alright, I guess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 This looked real good, cloudy orange with a large, creamy, rocky head. The aroma was full of hops (good, to me) - floral, herbal, and orange. But the flavor was rather weak. Theres just an innoucuous, sweet malt flavor with a mild hop bitterness that doesnt match what the aroma promises. Okay, but disappointing in the end.

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