Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2013
THOUGHTS: One of the best examples ever of how a yeast truly defines a beer ad its style. If it wasn’t written all over the bottle, I never would have guessed it was based on Duvel . I guess it also proved a great base beer can make many great beers. This one proved that in another place and time Duvel might have been somewhere between a Saison and a cali-belgizue pale ale of cail-belgo tripel. SIMPLY BRILLIANT. Way softer carbonatoin thena true Duvel and less prolific head. Probably the best tasting beer I had, had in a few months. Hid alc fairly well, too.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, light to medium yellow that at times looked almost slightly neon. It also had an average, white head that mostly diminished and left barely fair lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy light-colored bread, pale malt and cracker; light to moderate floral, perfume, herbal, and grassy hops; lighter citrus hops; heavy doughy, earthy and funky yeast; and other citrus. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and acidic, and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter, and slightly sour with a fairly long duration. There was pale malt, lemon, cracker, light bread, grassy, herbal, perfume, floral hops, earthy and lightly funky yeast, cracker, spicy yeast and doughy yeast. The medium to full body was fort of creamy and then very dry with soft but tingly carbonation and a slightly astringent, lightly alcoholic and very dry finish. rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Nice brown bomber coming with cork and a wire cage. The silhouette of the devil and his goat on the artwork was a nice touch. I poured it into a Duvel tulip (of course), and the pale golden color of the original seemed intact, but the carbonation was not quite as lively as that of the urban Duvel. The aroma was very sweet, with banana, and honey, followed by a bit of barnyard funk. The taste was not too much like the original Duvel, as that beer is known for it’s dryness and well hidden alcohol. This one was more sweet, with a lot of floral and herbal notes, and some saltine cracker like breadiness. The finish was quite a bit more Saison like, with some bright hops a blast of pepper and a touch of lemon. The alcohol content was also more readily apparent here. The body felt medium thick, and had a decent mouth coating action. This one was closer to Hennepin than Duvel, as the house yeast strain seemed to have made more of difference than anything else. ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 5, 2012
This is a really nice Belgian Strong, comparable to Duvel. Has a nice banana, pepper, and a small amount of citrus. Pours gold and hazy. Bought at on the rocks in Lawrence in 2012. Cybercat (5835) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a hazy, bubbly golden yellow with a fairly thick, if not persistent, snow-white head. Aroma has only average strength, but tempts with notes of apple, pear, butterscotch and malt plus a hint of yeast. Lip-smacking flavor has good fruity (apple and pear, plus a hint of banana), malty and yeast notes with a bitter hoppy undertone and a hint of butterscotch. Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and leaves a sweet fruity finish with a bitter, woody hops undertone. Rusticate with this one whilst you can! Mrthekidd (62) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Almost a perfect beer (honestly can't say what could make it better). One of the best aromas I have ever had on a beer.
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jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2013
On tap. Cloudy straw color with white head. Aroma is funk, yeast, banana, and straw. Taste is sweet, banana, lemon, hops, and light funk. Light bodies and very good. Very impressed with this beer. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - FEB 23, 2013
750 ml. corked n’ caged bottle- Pours cloudy golden with a one finger white head. Aroma is very yeasty, pepper. Taste is very creamy and delicious, yeasty, peppery, not much barnyard which is what I was hoping for, but this is good, classic tasting. Body is medium, carbonation is medium, finish is creamy and mouth coating. Overall I am not going to go into if this is better than regular old Duvel, which is a wonderful beer. This beer deserves it’s own identity in my opinion, I loved it, very classic Belgian taste, drinkable as hell (whatever that means!), awesome and I would definitely have this again. DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2012
A golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that rose two+ fingers to fill the glass. A good amount of active carbonation. The nose is of soft floral hops, grass, and bubble gum. Light bready notes, hay, and honey round out the profile. On the palate, noble hops up front with bubble gum through the middle with a subtle spice. Doughy yeast sweeps in with grass and floral qualities before a semi-dry finish. Some hints of pear and apple skins poke through as it warms. Light bodied with sturdy carbonation. Dry finish, crisp with some lingering grass/earth notes. This is a fine golden ale reminiscent of its brother, but with obvious nods to American ingredients. Highly enjoyable. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grainy and wheat malts with orange and lemon zest, coriander, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pepper, and a bit of biscuit.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy and wheat malts with some lemon and orange zest, coriander, and pepper. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavors come through with some clove, banana, and some other farmhouse flavors, with some grassy hops and mild bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, and other spices, and some grassy hops.
M - Medium-plus bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, estery, and spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice bold but balanced BSPA. Good yeast character. superspak (5597) - Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2013
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2012. Pours hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, bread, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with light-moderate malt. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, floral, grass, bread, wheat, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, light fruits, clove, pepper, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt; with a great fruity/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale! Great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.