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

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RATINGS: 4066   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2005
750ml bottle. Pours a pale yellow color and makes a HUGE fluffy and clumpy white head. Aroma is very yeasty with some citrus fruit lingering around. Flavor is quite complex with notes of lemon zest, coriander, nutmeg, fresh baked bread, yeast, alcohol and caramel bananas. Light to medium on the palate, carbonation is firm, strong dry finish. This is a very quaffable brew, the strength creeps up on you. I enjoyed several of these while in Brussels last week, it was nice to see something so good and readily available everywhere.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
33cl Bottle. slightly hazy golden yellow with a ton of fluffy white head. Citrusy, malty aroma. Flavor is of spicy fruit with some alcohol and yeastyness. Well balenced and smooth. I could drink Duvel all day, although im sure that after a few, I wouldn’t need anymore.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
Optimal trappist beer, with a fort luff in aroma. ottima birra trappista con forte orzo nell’aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
One of the world’s famous and acclaimed beers. This is a strange marriage of Williams pear liqueur, a very hoppy pilsner and some soda for the fizz. It’s a fascinating combination - dry, chalky, quite bitter, yet with that intense Poire Williams flavour never far away. The alcohol is always present - intruding somewhat, but adding warmth and depth. It’s a beer to sip at the end of the day - often hitting harder than the 8.5% abv suggests. There are questionable flaws, and there are limits to the beers appeal, but it is an outstanding character in the beer world and has spawned a generation of imitations and eventually a whole new beer style - the strong golden ale. Within that style there are many who are finding the Belgian beers to be a little too yeasty for modern tastes and are turning to the newer beers of America and Britain. However, Duvel still has much to offer and, providing expectations are not too high, can still delight the crowds.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Bottle 11.2 oz. Blonde color, very slight haze, big white soapy, frothy head. Aroma is yeast, light malt and spice. Flavor is similar, soft finish, has white wine quality. Very good. NOTE: This was my first > 6% ABV beer since NC passed their new beer law!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2005
The super, monster, rocky, creamy lasting head (Enough alone to love this beer) is outdone by the solid body and drinkable nature. This is a loaf of bread in liquid form. The ’Gold’ Standard.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
Robe blonde légèrement voilée surmontée d’une mousse en dentelle incroyablement épaisse et persistente. Arômes de houblon amérisant et d’agrumes. Saveurs d’agrumes, de blé, de levure et de houblon amertume.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - AUG 18, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 A little high alcohol tatsing, not exactly what I expected, but it was nice eventhough. NIce foam, althoug, very strong at it. It has something at the bottom.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krausen (102) - USA - AUG 17, 2005
Really carbonated, soft phenolic and ester. Nice clean but somewhat boring belgian. Amazing clarity for being bottle conditioned.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2027) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Paler than any pale lager I have seen except maybe an ultra light. Super monsterous and super foamy head. Aromas of pear and apple. Flavor of spice and alcohol. Not bad stuff.


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