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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: 4091   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdjuice (461) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 17, 2005
Pours with a big head and greeny golden color. Smells of honey and citrus. Taste is like champagne at first, quite dry, a little sourness but quickly gives way to a moderately heavy sweetness. Finish is kind of weird, has a grainy flavor that isnít very pleasant. Easy and drinkable, although not worth the four dollars a bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artfink (28) - Iím everywhere Fokker!, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2005
very de-lish and a classic. pours a nice pale golden color with a head that is like lemon merangue. after waiting for it to subside (it never fully goes away!!). ahhhhhh!!! oranges and slight hints of green apples in the smell and taste. pouring it all in a glass is difficult since I usually get the750ml bottle. so I have to wait for the head to go down a little, or drink it down a little!!!!. very nice brew, definatly worth a pour or five!!! cheers!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Bottle. The head blew up on me about half way through the pour. Some serious bubbles make this a frothy delight. Poured a clouded brownish gold. Sharp and bitter with a hint of citrus. Bubbly as predicted by the massive head. Alcohol was well hidden by the hoppy, citrus palate. Finishes with a lengthy hoppiness. A very nice Belgian Ale.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 I love Belgian beer! Pours a beautiful golden with an enormously huge, rocky white head! Slightly sweet with a pleasant alcohol flavor and warmth. Beautiful lacing on the glass!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2005
Bottle. This is a pleasant beer. It varies - as would be expected with a love beer. It rarely rises to the greatest highs, though it also rarely sinks very low. Mostly itís a pleasant easy drinking experience. Quite soft and flavoursome. Scores in the 3.0 to 3.75 range seem the most appropriate.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2005
Hazy yellow colour with a large white head. It has som aroma from banana och fruit. The taste is from wheat and yest. Some alcohol is also inthe flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2005
750ml bottle: Sweet floral aroma. Pale yellow/gold in color with a huge puffy white head. The head was excessively bitter, like the pith of an orange or lemon. I found I had to wait for the head to disappear before drinking this ale. Slightly bitter taste. Heavy carbonation. Ok, but there are better belgian ales out there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2005
This is a very well done beer. It pours a beautiful gold with a very think, persistant creamy head. Itís easy drinking but the strength can sneak up on you.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
11.8 oz brown bottle conditioned available from Whole Foods. Clear golden yellow ale having a lasting huge rocky white head. Sweet fruity ester and malt aroma. Lively carbonation. Light-to-medium bodied with creamy texture that starts with a sharp, nutty malt flavor with hints of fruity esters and finishes dry with hoppy bitterness. Almost Champaigne-like. A definite alcoholic warmth. A delicious tasty Belgium ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1564) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2005
Capper. Lively, beautiful golden ale with that very Belgian wheaty softness, yet thereís a citric bite and playful tinge of refined hops. Giant whipped head. A devilish flame of coursing bubbles oscillates from the center of the Duvel Tulip glass, teasing the eye and drawing the full senses to its aromatic bounty within. Some floweriness and green apple and light hints of caramel emerge. There may be grander styles but for its own type of beer Duvel is the incomparable, and certainly none are more stunning to look at. <P> Footnote: I aged a few corked bombers of this - in under two few years a little sweetness drops out leaving a rather fetching, wine-like flavor profile quite different from the above description - perhaps another level of beer altogether in overall appeal and certainly taste and mouthfeel.


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