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


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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Willy26 (1) - Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2012 does not count
Da’s nie om idere dag te drinken, maar de smaak is fantastisch. De aroma’s komen werkelijk tot hun recht. Bitter, mmmm, maar toch dat vleugje Duvel. Ik wou dat het bier altijd te verkrijgen was.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Duvel has been one of my top beers since I started drinking beer...I was so excited to see this brew and did not hesitate to drop $20 for this. 750 ml bottle poured into my large Duvel tulip glass...and I’m NOT sharing. A- Body is a somewhat dense, dynamically hazy, translucent, pale golden yellow hue. Pours with the classic Duvel 3 finger+ foamy white head. Head eventually, and somewhat unevenly fades to 1/2 finger (altough there is a 2 finger foamy iceburg floating around)...and leaves a TON of lacing all the way down the glass. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. S- Lots and lots of floral and noble hops everywhere-which are of moderate-to-strong strength and the highlight of the nose-yet they give off a very soft vibe-Hop profile is prominent-but very Euro. Behind this is a lot of pear, a hint of tart apple and moderate sweet, bready, belgian yeast backbone. T- Taste is subtle at first and offers some dry fruity flavors with a subtle belgian yeast backbone. A spicy presence very quickly emerges over the dryness and becomes prominent. Then a hint of white grape emerges with a bready yeast. The hops really hit for the finish and make their presence known- mostly floral but with a noble softness and a slightly piny refreshing character (actually it pretty much has Saaz written all over it). The spicy, bready yeast makes its presence known-before another breif cry spell and a moderate lingering hop bitterness with a slight breadiness and spicyness lingering as well. The flavor profile in this changes from start to finish. Its quite complex and as I drink more the picture becomes clearer. M- Medium to high carbonation, and a light, yet full body that is, for the most part smooth and yeasty/bready (although it has dry spells too-not too common to find a complex mouthfeel). D- I love this beer. The whole profile-from start to finish just confirms why this is my favorite style. Its complex, refreshing, drinkable, and delicious. This borders on Belgian IPA-but these are the types of BSPAs I go after....$20 hurts-a lot-but this brew sure is worth it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Grzesiek79 (4035) - Radom, POLAND - DEC 25, 2012
Rewelacyjne i wyśmienite piwo. tak ogólnie mogę je określić. Opakowanie robi piorunujące wrażenie: trójkątne kartonowe pudełko z czerwonym środkiem, a butelka zdobiona złoceniami i malowana. Wszystko wygląda elegancko, podobnie samo piwo które jes zabutelkowane dnia 18 maja 2010r. Otworzone z wielkim hukiem korka po niemal 3 latach daje niesamowite wrażenia smakowe i zapachowe. Chmiele wyraźnie się wyczuwa, piana tak gęsta jak nie wiem co, zmętnione lekko, a sam smak wytrawny i rozgrzewający finisz. Wszystko to czynią ten piwny rarytas bardzo ekskluzywnym i mądrze pomyślanym wyrobem. Polecam szczególnie na świąteczne lub inne ważne okazje. Wysublimowane.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a dark brown, corked bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle came with a little info booklet, which gives some background on the beer and the three hop varieties used in the beer. The label also has the hops listed as well as the abv (9.5%) and a best before date (11/04/13). Appearance: The body has a clear golden color on the first two glasses and a pale hazy golden color on the following glasses as the yeast unsettles from the bottom of the bottle. It also has a lot of wonderful champagne like carbonation streaming up to the tall frothy head. This head is white in color and thick. This makes for an excellent long lasting head that clings to the glass and leaves thick sticky lacing behind as I drink. Smell: in the nose I get the classic Duvel character with notes of fruity (pear/apple) and funky yeast blended with a bigger more complex hop character. There are nice delicate pilsner like floral hops mixed with spicy and herbaceous hop notes. A mild pine like note also comes and goes in the nose. Behind all of this is a noticeable but expected alcoholic presence. Taste/Palate: Its flavor matches the aroma perfectly and finishes with a solid dry bitterness slowly fading off the tongue. The firm medium body is lifted by the fine and quite active carbonation which helps to cleanse the palate and keep things light. Notes: I am a big fan of the regular Duvel and this adaptation takes it to a whole new level. I had high expectations and it did not disappoint. I am very happy that I was able to find this at my local beer store and enjoy it for myself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
Bottle, brewed May18 2010. Pear & subtle pine aroma. Cloudy yellow body with medium lasting head, nice lacing. Flavor begins with the saaz, followed by pear, amarillo, spices and slight funk. Dry, Crisp, tart and slightly bitter at the same time. Hides the alcohol well, an amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tinybears (69) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2012
2012. Really like this. Hazy with white head that sticks. smell of lemon. Taste is a mix of sweet and sour and fruity. Very hoppy. Dry ending.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2011
This beer has a great aroma, though a hint of alcohol. Looks like a Belgian wit, cloudy white-yellow. Flavor is a very nice light spice and just a hint of alcohol. Really the only downside of this beer is the exorbitant price. Otherwise it’s awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbcbike (6) - - DEC 23, 2012 does not count
Golden pour with a thick white head. Nose is grapefruit and pine. Slightly bitter and sweet citrus with a short clean finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilif (25) - zedelgem, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2008
it’s an amazing beer , the dry hopping is wonderful , i’ve drunked at christmas eve for appetizer in a large wine glass

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