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 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Bottle from miketd - thanks man! Golden color with a big, pillowy white head. Aroma dominated by sugar, oranges, and a nice dose of "C" hops - very inviting. Flavor is quite nice with a nice sugary sweet/floral to citrus hop mix that is overall good, but comes up a tad short of the better "hoppy tripels" (Capt. Lawrence, East End, Chouffe). Still a very nice entry into this niche category that was quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4755) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with an explosive, foaming white head. Smell: Spicy, floral, soapy aroma with a touch of peach juice and some candyish hints in the background. Taste: Pale malts with a candi sugar sweetness. Dash of fruit peach juice. Plenty of spiciness to the hops added. Slight kick of acidity. Floral hints. Pinch of coarse ground black pepper. Warm, fruity finish with a lingering sour yeastiness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Drinkability: It’s pretty decent. The bumped up hoppiness compliments the original Duvel fairly well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
750ml bottle, caged and corked. Pours deep golden color. Huge off-white head. Aroma of medicinal hop. Some bubble gum. Woof. Flavor is a sharp, hop bitterness all on top of a bold malt body. The hops clearly dominate in the beer over the big malts. Big bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2008
Yellow colour with a dense white head. Malty, sweet aroma with notes of flowers and fruit. Malty, sweet flavor with perfume notes. Light dry, floral finish with a vague alcohol note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2008
Pours a hazy golden color with a medium white head. Nice aroma of piney, fruity hops and yeast. Very good flavor of fruity hops with yeast and meringue. The body is light with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Thanks to Sylvain for sharing this and thanks to Joris for giving it to Sylvain!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6422) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle (75 cl), purchased with some luck at Systembolaget, sampled next to an ordinary Duvel. Hazy golden, large white head. Fruity, yeasty, citric, with spicy hops. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Well balanced with a dry and slightly acidic finish. Preferred it to the ordinary Duvel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2008
Thanks to ekstedt & friends. Hazy, light yellow with a white head. Notes of citrus. Mild, acidic taste. Dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2008
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Cathschlag. Arôme: Odeur de citron et de céréale avec une pointe de fleur. Apparence: La couleur est blonde pâle voilée. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de citron avec une pointe d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #1661)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12193) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2008
Corked bottle from Brad, thanks! Blonde, large foamy head. Poire Williams and a hint of grapefruit in the grassy aroma. Malty, firm grassy, citric hoppy flavor, with hints of grapefruit. Slightly perfumed. Long grassy hopbitter aftertaste. Good, but not as lean and tight as a normal Duvel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2008
Objectively speaking: A very large Belgian brewer trying to take its part of the latest "IN" market of Champaigny, very hoppy simili-trippels.
I like: The Duvel yeast strain works well to provide a very clean, champaigny texture. Sagacious use of hops. Refreshing wheaty aspects. Deliciously dry upon the finish, but surprisingly sweet initially. Firm supporting pils malts. Very very good, but while Duvel created its own niche, this is clearly aiming at stealing the niche of others and does not strike me as the chef d’oeuvre it had to be to outclass such splendid beers as Chouffe Houblon, Malheur Brut et al.
I dislike: The competition is very, very strong in that category and to me, the other players fare better. First, their hops generally feel more directly aromatic whereas they pushed the classy yeast forward here. Also, the peppery nuances take a bit too much room to be. Its alcoholic nature is also more forward I feel, making it less refreshing despite the fact that most serious competitors are generally stronger in ABV.

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