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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (3066) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2008
Colour like a light macro lager with a big white head. A lot of champagne in taste but with a hoppy finish. Festive!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (2910) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2008
Bottle. Golden colour with a huge head. Champangeusqe aroma. Tastes like sparkling wine with a hoppy aftertaste. Really nice "belgian IPA".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
In short: A bubbly crisp ultra-hoppy Strong Belgian blonde ale. Excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed some 6 months after the beer release. Sample at Cathschlag birthday party tasting.
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a large and long-lasting white head
In long: Unltra hoppy nose of meringue reminding me of Chouffe Houblon. Taste is crisp and dry. Crusty lemon pie with a 2 inch meringue top. Very bubbly. Dry finish. Alcohol a little apparent. I don’t have many notes on this one except that I wrote that it is between a Malheur Bičre Brut and a Chouffe Houblon without being as great either of these two... and they’re having a threesome and then a Dark Lord walks in and says: Want something big and black?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - AUG 12, 2008
Botella. Nice bit hazy golden colour with a huge great rocky creamy long lsting white head leaving a great lacing, so very nice. Lovely hoppy and grassy aroma with fruity grapes, alcohol and yeast. Great mouthfeel. Lovely fruity grape, yeasty and alco hoppy flavour indeed with a plesant sweetness. Amazing thewolf got his hands on this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Wow Wow wow, so happy to have had this. Chris of Ebenezer’s broke this bad boy out of his personal cellar for me, my girflriend and some other beer geeks from BA. Pours yellow with a bright white 1 finger head. Nose hoppy and really great. Taste is hoppy and spicy and killer, wow what a combo of duvel and hops into a great new beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12080) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
Bottle. Damn, this looks good - in both box and bottle (even better outside it).
Pours a super beautiful golden with a gigantic, creamy, white head. Brilliant lacing and a looooong duration. Beautiful. Aroma is very hoppy, grass, viniousness, light yeast, apples and grapes. Low carbonation, leaving plenty of mouthfeel for the expanded hops note. Very creamy mouthfeel. Stunning flavour, lightly tart, oranges, apples. Good viniousness and a great, grassy hoppiness. Some sweetness and grape/white wine notes. Wow!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18208) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2008
Bottle, thanks to larsniclas. Yellow color, nice white head. Floral aroma, hoppy, some marcipan and perfume, mailky and a bit fruity. Hoppy, fruity, floral, citric and spicy flavor. Grapefruit notes and with some soap. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2008
UPDATED: APR 27, 2012 75cl, Vintage 2010, exclusive brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex, not easy to drink, hazy, rocky head, beautiful bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6691) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2008
Bottled. Hazy golden with a large, white head. Hoppy, grassy aroma with flowery citrus and notes of marcipan. Spicy, yeasty flavour with sourish notes. Medium, dry, hoppy, grassy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2008
Bottled. Has that typical rocky white head of its weaker sibling atop its clear light gold body. The aroma is spicy and yeasty. Sticky lemons. The taste is spicy and bitter. Nettle notes. Bigger alcohol but not necessarily bigger hops than regular Duvel. Some sharp lemony notes and an unbalanced complexity. Retronasal. Certainly not worth all that extra money, but worth the experience I suppose.

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