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

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RATINGS: 3783   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2004
A hint of wheat, but not the predominant flavor. I taste clove all over this beer. Dry [for a high gravity beer] and aromatic ... I love it. This is the first Belgian beer of gravity that I can actually claim that I really like. Most are too syrupy for human consumption. This beer is complex; the impact evolves for several minutes after taking a drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Has the appearance of a pilsner, but is unmistakably a Belgian Ale. Loads of fruit and flower dominate this beer. Could drink this beer the whole night.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Bottled. Poured a very hazy golden with a white head that remained throughout. A fruity flavor that had a slight alcoholic bite. This was very sweet, but good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (2994) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
Pale hazy body with an amazing effervescence that makes it look like champaign. Its white fluffy head is thick, dense and lasts until the end. Its fruity (citrus, pear), spicy and yeasty aroma hides the alcohol pretty well but lacks some strenght. Taste is frankly bitter. The mouthfeel ends in a long dry final. Although this is not the best from its category, it is still a very good example of Tripel. Great easily available beer...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2004
I liked Duvel, I purchased it in Luxembourg, like alot of my Belgian beers, It was more carbonated than I thought it would be, and had a very nice colour, A bit of an alcohol taste, but overall, a great beer! Try one!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilovetrappist (23) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2004
11.2 oz stubby bottle; poured into Duvel tulip glass. Cloudy, golden appearance with a good deal of carbonation. Great foamy, white head that dissapated slowly as I drank. Has a clovish, lemony aroma but a bit weak. Peppery, spicy taste as it first hits the tongue then the alcohol becomes apparent and finishes with a sweet and sour note, lemon and bananas. Not a dry palate on this one as I had expected. Overall I think this is a great beer and out of the ordinary for a Belgian strong ale.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Ok, this is another beer that I think is overrated. Its not a bad beer, but it does not deserve the praise it receives on this site.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2004
bottled: had this one last night and i think once before in belgium. banana, lemon, wheat coriander...light and refreshing. finishes with a bit of tangy sour apple. with this much alcohol i was surprised it had this champagne feel and lightness. duvel means devil, must be a snake in the grass, watch out!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2004
330ml. Hazy light golden yellow with a massive frothy white head. Musty aroma of honey, flowers, light bread, pepper, ginger, lemon and clove. Medium velvety body with lively carbonation. Spicy flavor of pepper, clove, lemon, grass, light bread, hay and honey. Nicely bittersweet and well balanced. Very refreshing. Very good. Thanks to DocLock for sending this one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2004
Great heavy blond beer with nice appearance,a cristal like brillance and a light golden color.The smell is very expressif with hints off noble hops.The nose is also very fresh with fine yeasty impression. The taste is massif and dry,with a nice bitterness and a lot bite.At its best when served cold.


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