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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13533) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Aroma of carbonation! and hop. Maybe some citrus; maybe honey? Refreshing and clean. Hazy golden color. Flavor of alcohol and yeast. Tiny bubbles on the top of the tongue. Starts sweet, but a nicely astringent hop finish. It’s not sweetly complex like a number of belgians - must be the pilsner malt.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (6698) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2006
330 ml bottle. Thick white head, I mean thick thick thick. Long lasting as well. Nice flavor, and while 8.5, it doesn’t seem too strong.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2006
The aroma is nice, floral. Appreance is a very heady hazy straw. Lots of visibale carbonation. Palate is very smooth with a fizzy finish. Flavor is warming. Detect alcohol and slight metalic finish, which does not detract i this case as with some brews. Overall, a very impressive beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (5360) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
A very intensely flavoured blond ale with plenty of hoppiness and yeast on the tongue. The head was mildy creamy and carbonation about average for Belgian style which is more than most beers.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2006
bottle poured into a chimay chalice. It poured with a foamy white head that reached an inch above the rim of the glass. The smell is of belgian yeast, green apple, and citrusy hops. I think that this is the hoppiest belgian that I have had so far. There was a very pleasant carbonation that added a bite to this unique belgian brew. Duvel was an enjoyable beer experience.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zippo01 (17) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Pours a thick white head, and a gold clear color. A nice smooth belgian aroma a little biter but overall nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Hazy golden color with a huge frothy white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma of spice and light yeastiness. Sweet malt, some fruit, light citrus, and some yeast in the flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2006
330 ml - Big hiss when opened. Pours a golden color with a good size WHITE head. Aroma is of Belgium yeast. Flavor is full of esters. Has a wheat beer character. Light to medium body. Decent beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Bottle, into a Duvel tulip. Not many beers absolutley have to be sipped from the brewery specific glass. This helps immensely with Duvel. Huge head threatens to overtake the rim of the glass. As it settles a block-type D forms on the head, a result of the D etched on the bottom of the glass and the torrent, tornado of bubbles that form in the center of the glass. Very reminesent of Grand Brut Champagne. This beer drips of pear sweet malt and citrusy hop spice. The beer dances on the palate with it’s carbonation and the sweetnesss of sugar and alcohol are quickly masked and balanced by the generous hop addition. There is nothing like this in the world. Many have tried. Just a classic to behold. The worst part of this beer is the craving that I have for another glass as soon as one’s finished.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cweb7 (39) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Bottled - Poured a nice golden yellow that had a huge head. Had a nice taste of melting yeast and hops and was a perfect sipping beer while I watched movies.


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