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

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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
For this 2014 edition, our brewers have selected Mosaic. This new US hop variety enhances the beer with a tangerine sweetness, hints of tropical fruit and an interesting blueberry flavour.


Swank's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swank (27) - - MAY 18, 2014
Nice take on a classic beer. The extra hop gives it a nice twitch but also makes it quite high on alcohol. Good beer to try if you like Duvel, but personally I didn’t find it worth trying again.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (33) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
Du même caractère explosif au service que sa soeur ’’Duvel Classique’’ celle-ci mérite également d’être servie avec grande précaution! Le liquide est jaune paille très clair, bien filtré et semble quasi instable tant la gazéification est importante. La mousse, dangereusement volumineuse, ne se construit pas en étages biscornus et irréguliers tel que nous pourrions l’anticiper. Elle est moins Belge sur ce point tiens! Au nez par contre, la signature Belge est bien présente additionnée d’une touche de houblon qui lui va à merveille tant l’équilibre levures/houblon est harmonieux! Le nez reste toutefois simple. En bouche, c’est d’abord le gaz qui attaque rapidement suivi du houblon Mosaic frais et rafraîchissant! Les notes d’écorces de citron et d’eau minérale dominent et coupent plutôt rapidement tant cette bière est sèche. Le fort picotement que l’on ressent sur la langue est pour sa part moins éphémère. L’arrière-goût qui nous reste en bouche est le citron et un petit quelque chose de curieusement salé qui surprend fort agréablement. L’alcool est parfaitement dissimulé et la bière très rafraîchissante. À déguster en grignotant des amandes fumées et des pistaches à l’apéro, à l’ombre sur une terrasse.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5025) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Golden in color, clear with a thin head. There was just too little hops in the beer but being a Belgian beer this was thick with yeast and interesting fruit like flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyReynolds (917) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2014
That has that cat piss aroma at first wiff. I get some lime and citrus. Here is what Superspak says: " 330 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 7/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, pine, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, pine, floral, grass, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Sizable amount of pine/spicy yeast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, pine, floral, grass, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and light malt flavors; with a very crisp hop/yeast flavor balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth ,crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hop, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering." He gives it a Superspakie 4.1.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3483) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 19, 2014
330 ml. bottle. It pours a nice clear light golden color with a decent foamy white head. Not as luxurious as regular Duvel. You can definitely get Mosaic in the aroma. It’s stronger than I expected it to be, but still not exactly a hop bomb. Dense fruitiness and light dank with hints of spice and earth. The flavor is more spicy with citric and tropical fruit underneath. Some berries and spice near the finish. High carbonation and a light alcohol sweetness. It’s pretty easy to drink despite the high ABV. This is actually pretty good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (5900) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottled 330ml. -Courtesy of Yves (Visibaba Brewing), shared with Marko and him. Bright yellow coloured, medium sized airy white head, light lemon and black currant nose. Sweet malty, fruity (again lemon and black currant) and evident alcohol presence. Lingering bitter finish. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NBird (408) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2014
Looks .. Golden yellow, medium head in duvel tulip. Smells..orange & grapefruit citrus, piney, even notes against a large light waffle malty scent. Tastes..mandarin/tangerine citrus, a bit grassy and piney bitterness with solid sweet waffle malts.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PauloAG (30) - BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2014
330cc bottle. Colour is hazy yellow with huge head. White and foamy. The hops dominate. A bit grapefruit, citrus and resins. Very fulfilling drink. Finishes kind of too bitter for me. A great beer though and very Duvel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bewyder (137) - FRANCE - DEC 12, 2014
Dorée forte, un houblon présent assez singulier et étonnant, mélange doux-amer particulier avec petit touche sèche, non agressive, très bonne. Bouteille achetée en grande surface, Noisy-le-Grand, France, bue le 12/12/2014.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (2130) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2014
What what in the $5 bottle to snifter. nose is fruity and tropical with a hint of spiciness and perfume. A subtle orange character comes across in the sniffer. pale yellow and damn clear with a large white head. laces extremely well. taste is blissfull. a combo of oranges and pepper with a touch of heaven. a subtle alcohol is noted, but not extreme for a 10% beer. yum a dum dum.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Helsdon (207) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
Working on my "cellar" of beers, and I’m running behind. Gotta clear those beers out before the move. Better to drink them than haul them. This is the last of the four-pack. Pours a slightly cloudy sunshine yellow with a generous serving of cloud-white head, which is really blocking the nose on this one (plus my slight cold doesn’t help.). Taste leaning dominated by hops, but more, bitter, resin flavours, with a little soap. I got a mention for this beer in my Booze Brother’s Freaky_tiki’s review (Two months ago, I’m that far behind.) But I have to say this beer feels to me be relying on more of the hopstastic North American tradition, than the subtle yeasty magic that the Belgians do better than anyone else. Plus, there are just some hops that bug me. Summit being one, and I suppose Mosaic on there too. Sadly this beer doesn’t jib with me, but that just means more for you guys.


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