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

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RATINGS: 3800   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 19, 2004
Enormous head. Golden colour with spicy fruity bite. Similiar to Fin du Monde but with longer aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2004
This brew pours an amazing translucient golden color with a perfect tall white head that stays forever in my duvel glass. Aroma has banana, hops, sweetness, and some good spice to it. Taste is very lively with lots of carbonation bringing it to life. A very smooth mouthfeel with a very good balance. Some good amounts of spice in the aftertaste and good finishing hops.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Re-rated: This one works more now that I have experienced a wider varity of beers. It remains a Rich hazy yellow color and a perfect head. What was once a lack of fondness towards the biting alcohol aftertaste makes room for an open realm of spicy flavours as many others are in strong ales. Still has a lot of bite, but that's to it's advantage... almost pretends to be a wheatbeer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
99beerman (29) - Gardners, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2004
(33cL Bottle) Pale golden yellow in color with a thick, bubbly head, it has a nose rich in vanilla, with some hop and spice content. On the palate it is smooth, light and lively, almost creamy, with a taste and texture that give a misleadingly low impression of its strength. It has a distinct bitterness, along with citrus and vanilla flavours in abundance, but the strength only becomes apparent towards the finish - there is a rush of hop character and a hefty, malty kick that lets you know youre drinking something stronger than your average brew. This becomes more obvious the further you get down the glass. Aftertaste is beguilingly fizzy, with lingering vanilla and hop notes. This is a very palatable beer which can be consumed either cold as an aperitif, or at room temperature as an alternative to port.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
One of Belgians I like as it has less of that herbal/floral note. Well balanced, not too sweet, very smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Pours bright yellow with a beautiful thick head, almost like vanilla ice cream...smells fruity and yeasty, grapefruit and apple...maybe cloves too...tastes very dry and fruity...a good beer...alcohol is masked very well...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2004
well, i almost feel bad rating this beer since there are currently 666 ratings and i will make the 667th rating of the devil, but anyway: slightly orangish golden color with nice foamy white head with good retention. light on the palate with a nice sharp bite. fruit--some apple and grapefruit. very bubbly. enjoyable

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2004 330ml Bottle. A nice beer. Golden coloured, with a massive fluffy white head. Spicy, fruity taste. Fairly carbonated. Yeasty. Fairly big alcohol kick.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Ah , the devil Duvel. The right amount of yeasty goodness for this type of ale. Got the free glass with the four pack so that was a plus!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedEft (154) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Rich yellow color with an immaculate white head which persisted for a while. Definitely catch the aroma of alcohol in this one, as well as a biting alcohol aftertaste. Considering the alcohol content (which became quickly apparent) It went down easy and Id drink it again. Overpriced for sure, though.


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