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


on tap

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RATINGS: 459   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 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 (5988) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
750mL bottle. Poured clear, bright lighter golden with a tall, creamy cap of white head.. left fine lacing as it descended. The aroma was very hoppy with floral and cat pee leading.. pale sweetness supported.. dusty yeast and light funk lingered in the nostrils. The flavor was spicy and bitter throughout with floral and dusty notes leading.. sweet, slightly sticky pale sweetness at the core.. more floral and lesser citrusy bitterness on the long finish. Heavier-bodied with high carbonation on the palate.. spicy and very hoppy.. quite well done, but the regular Duvel is a bit more approachable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Bottled 08/01/2007, aged over one year. Pours a lightly hazy, yellowish golden color with a small, foamy, snow white head. Jagged, sugary lacing marks the glass, scant traces remaining behind to dry. The aroma shows heaps of grassy hops, with loads of lemon zest, estery orchard fruits, and bready yeast. Flavors follow suit, very zesty overall, with lemongrass bitterness, soft white fruits, and dry, distinctly Belgian yeast. Dry and peppery on the tongue, with fine, lively carbonation, the mouthfeel is almost like that of an active sparkling wine. This one is cut from a different mold, a hoppy, grassy mold that I really dig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Thanks to TheCheeseMan. Golden yellow color, pretty, white head with really good carbonation. Has a grassy hay-like flavor. Pretty light with nice hoppiiness. Hope to get more of this sometime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Slightly cloudy straw color, thin white head. Interesting hop aroma, strikes a balance between perfumey Saaz and citric Amarillo. Nice rich hop character, not too sweet, not overly yeasty, very dry finish. Not an overt tripel, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Milwaukee YeHA 2008, THANKS Jason for the chance to taste this beer! Deep golden hue with a nice solid frothy head and left classic beautiful lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has an excellent grassy and peppery hop profile along with apple and phenolic overtones, a hint of earthy notes too. The taste has an aggressive bitter and alcohol forefront supported by a full blown Duvel yeast characteristic. Spicy and minerally finish make me very very happy! The mouth feel is lively and sharp that is ultra refreshing, the alcohol is noticeable but does not interfere with the enjoyment. WOW, methinks I just pissed my pants...this takes one of my favorite beers to another level... I must get more and so should you!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10609) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle… Murky pear-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Yeasty nose provides lots of bread, fruity esters and spicy phenols – banana, pear and clove stand out. Medium-bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Sweet, breadsy, fruity flavor – a smidge citric. Good bitterness, but not overpowering. Lengthy, breadsy, lightly tart finish. <b>Kudos to TheCheeseMan for sharing the bottle!</b>

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