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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5497) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Pours gold into a tulip. Bright white meringue head with excellent retention craters and conglomerates as it slowly recedes leaving spiders. Saaz and amarillo aromas. Dry with upfront sweet caramel turning peppery and hot in the lasting resin finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11527) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2010
750ml bottle. Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus/lemons, spicy, and grassy. Tastes of the same with some breadiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2010
Shared with my brother in law. Pours out golden coloured. Very good sized head, holds and sticks also very nice. I like the lookings; Smell is also nice. earthy-sweet fruits. Good! Taste is bitter-sour with some nice sweetness that comes up. Smells better then it taste...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color with a pillowy white head. Aroma is off bread and hops. The taste is classic Duvel with a bit more bitterness. Not as bitter as I had hoped, but good. The alcohol comes through as it warms up, but this is very nice brew. Should age nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours cloudy gold, with a white head. Aroma is hops, lemon/lime, and grass. Flavor is hops, lime, grass, and alcohol. Goes down easy for 9.5%, ending bitter, but in a good way. Not as hoppy as expected. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2010
750ml C & C Bottle: GUSHER! Very sweet aroma of hops, citrus, apples, fruit nectar, Belgian yeast, and fruit. Poured yellow/gold in color with a huge, creamy, loose, what head that diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Very sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of alcohol, Belgian yeast, fruit, marzipan, hops, and a hint of berries. Medium body. Fizzy, tingly, then very dry texture. Lively carbonation. Light to medium sweet, medium bitter, hops, Belgian yeast, fruit, and light alcohol finish is bone dry. 9.5% is hot in the flavor and palate. Disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 3, 2010
750ml. bottled may 18, 2010. hazy gold under a loud, effervescent, white head. aroma of white grape, lime. flavor of white wine, white grape, white pepper, lime, a tiny hint of cobwebs. sharp, stingy carbonation. light to medium body. abv is very warming. champagne qualities. quite dry. funny, astringent, bitter, herbal aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2010
Sample at SBWF 2010. Belgian yeastiness, some spicy and floral hops. Smooth but lacks depth. Like a smoother variant of Houblon Chouffe Dobbel IPA Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle pours clear golden yellow color with white head. Aroma is mix of yeast and very intense bitter hop. Highly carbonated. Flavor is intense from the hops. Its very bitter and lends a very intense hop bitterness. Finishes with a belgian yeast taste. Very intense all around and great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19119) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2010
Courtesy of Stefano; brewed 2007, 3 years old
Hazy blond color; solid head, big. The aroma is a bit grassy. Dryish mouthfeel, good body strength, a bit spicy. But unfortunately the hop qualities are basically gone. It’s now very similar to the ordinary Duvel.

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