Brewed by Duvel Moortgat
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Bottle: Unfiltered.
Launched 2007. Retired 2011. Replaced with an annual release, starting in 2012, using a different hop each year.
Made with three kinds of hops: Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Amarillo. Dry hopped with more Styrian, and an extra dose of malts to hold up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear orange beer with a big white head. The aroma is hops and yeast. The flavor is sweet and fruits with hops, yeast and notes of alcohol. The palate is round with some warmth. Overall a really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15433) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2009
75cl bottle. Thanks Fonefan. Pours clear orange with a full large creamy white head and lacings. Nose is a combination of yeast, floral hops, fruit and a bit of alcohol. Citrussy fresh hops, alcohol and Duvel yeast. Smooth, warm and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12623) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 Cloudy golden with a big and lasting white head. Spicy and fruity aroma with citrus and pine hops. Alcohol is noticed. Intense sweet and fruity flavours with lots of alcohol, some yeast and a faint oxidation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2009
A clear golden colored beer, with an enormously thick foamy white head. The aroma of spices with hops and fruits like citrus. The taste is fruity, citrus and orange. There are bitter hops with some spices. The aftertaste is dry with some sweets and it stays bitter for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle sampled on 5/22/08: Pours a transparent bright golden with a full-lacing dense froth of white head. Aroma of lightly sweet pale and biscuity malts with a grassy spicy hop nose. Body starts fairly full with a soft carbonation and nice authentic Belgian yeastiness along with smooth sweet biscuity complexity and hop bitterness. Very well balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2009
75cl bottle, thanks for bringing this along, Pat! Hazy golden, huge flyffy pale head w/ tight lacing. Pretty smoothly hopped, sweetish aroma, some citric fruitiness and grass. Flavor has bitter grassy hops, sweetness, little honey, alcohol, duvel yeast, strong peppery & citric bitterness. Medium to full bodied, strongly carbonated silky palate. Duvel with strongly different hopping, seemed surprisingly fresh after all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle shared at Mugs. Nice belgian character tippicle of Duvel. Nice spice and yeasty bread. Some very green and young taste like moss. A nice crisp finish with much hops at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (5887) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2009
75cl bottle in a presentation box. Hazy straw coloured with a billowing white head; spicy, fruity aroma with raisins and some Belgian yeast; rich and buttery in the mouth; deeply bitter - particularly the head - warming finish with almond and apricot. Complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2009
750 bottle in nice box shared by YGTBSM94- thanks Brad! Pours a typical slight hazy gold with a nice fluffy white head. Slight vegetal and dms on the aroma some slight corn, yeasty phenolics and a grassy herbal and earthy hop character. Flavor semed still pretty doughy malty and yeasty with an ok hop presence but nothing over the top- seemed a bit grassy, cold dry hop stuff going on - ok moderate bitterness in the end. Overall I liked this, but I was expecting a bit more hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle@Home. Citrus and light grassy aroma. Yellow colour, white firm head, good lace. Sweet, bitter, fruity, quite hoppy, floral. Warming and sticky mouth feel.

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