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

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RATINGS: 3639   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Bottle conditioned.
Four generations of the Moortgat family have brought together Pilsner malts, Bohemian hops, and a unique yeast strain to create this intense, aromatic and beguiling ale. This Belgian favourite is best enjoyed chilled (40 - 50 F) with discerning friends or good-looking strangers.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 Re-rate I know this ale is common, but it is uncommonly good. It combines mild and bold throughout. This devil could start and/or finish any session!
750ml caged bottle. Massive soapy head. Misty golden color. Perfume and floral aroma, with grapefruit coming thru the strongest. Lively carbonation adds life to the palate. Lightly toasted bread flavor. Warm, sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Finally trying this stuff. Don't know why I never got around to it. Best bydate is 06/2006, so its a 2003 vintage. Aroma is spicy with hints of bananas and other yeasts. Pour is a partly cloudy blonde with a huge frothy white head. Ill also give this one props on appearance cause the 12oz bottle is so damn cool looking. Lots going on here. Citrus, bananas, other spices, bitter to finish with hints of ethanol. The carbonation really tickles your tongue. Kinda like licking a 9 volt battery. Unfortunately, the aftertaste doesnt really do it for me. Somewhat unpleasant. This is a very interesting beer, and I understand why it has a love-hate relationship with its drinkers.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1888) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
Sunny yellow in colour with a bit of haze, and a large head. Yeasty aroma, as one would expect from this type of beer. Tastes of buttered bread, lemon, and a hint of pepper. Warming, with a mild hops flavor on the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
A lot of people really like this brew. I just don't get it cause I can't even finish one of there. Different strokes for different folks

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
marcusm (56) - Remich, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 13, 2004
This light blond beer is awolf in sheeps clothing, as has been posted already, you serve it in it's own oversize glass as the bright white head will build on it's own - unless poured too quickly, where the head fills the glass almost instantly. In my opinion it is best served without any of the sediment as this would cloud the clean flavour. The beer has a powerful hop aroma, the initial taste is of bittering hops pleasantly asailing the palate, this continues on until the light maltiness manages to break through. The end is overwealmingly of hop character.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 When someone asks me what the difference is between their Bud, Coor’s Light,etc. and the beers I drink, I pour them a glass of Duvel.The color is similar to their "pilsners", but when they see the head, whoa! It lasts right down to the end. The aroma of Saaz hops also hits them. When they taste it, it seems every sip they find something more to it. The alcohol content is concealed quite well and before they know it, 2 glasses later or so, they usually look at the glass and say WOW! I’ve never had anyone dislike Duvel except my wife. But she is more of a SN PA kinda woman. A week never passes that there isn’t some Duvel in my fridge and during the holidays I usually splurge for the big jerebaom. It may not be worth the price, but there’s just something special about opening a giant 3liter bottle of Duvel on Christmas eve.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Light yellow colored hazy. Aroma is yeast, like great bread and honey. Some floral aroma of dandilions. Slightly dry, Very good beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnbeerguy (11) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Yummy!! Pours a slighly cloudy light yellow, with a nice white head. Very smooth, yeasty flavor. One of a few beers that would be quite good year round, as it has a nice crispness for the summer combined with the rich, warm, high alcohol content for the winter. Over all, combines the best qualities of a belgian ale, a trappist ale, and a whitbier all into one. Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Hazy golden body, big white head, although fast disappearing. Hoppy aroma. Flavor is some malty sweetnes, with a nice finish of bitter hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Haven’t rated this in awhile, so I thought I’d give it a go again. 750 ml bottle. I never realized that these had Ommegang corks in them before... I guess they’re bottled in NY. Gorgeous beer really... very pale straw colour, a light haze and a massive rocky head that lasts forever. Light spicy yeasty nose, a touch of clove and black pepper. Light apricot and lemon citrus. The flavour is very dry with light yeasty spice. Very lean and crisp. A bit of apricot, some light yeasty notes, and a lingering spicy flavour. Crisp, lightly herbal hoppy finish. I’m always impressed by this brew... deserving of it’s world classic reputation. From a 330 ml bottle with a May, 2006 best before date. Cloudy yellow coloured with a large and rocky head. Yeasty, slightly floral aroma with rich malt, light clove, raisins and a hint of citrus. Quite spicy tasting, with clove apparent and also quite a bit of alcohol. Full bodied with a long and lightly hopped finish. 7 4 7 4 17


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