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

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RATINGS: 3728   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
11 oz bottles (with new/old white label)Everytime I come back to Duvel, I wonder why I don't always keep a 4 pack of it on hand. Talk about a beer that defines its category. Probably the most gorgeous beer you'll ever see-luscious fluffy white head, incredible clarity and yet a color that could almost pass as a "light beer"if you didn't know better. Carbonation is just about as high as any beer I've tried, but does not prickle like seltzer water. Duvel seems to hide its alchohol about as well as any beer of its strength. Always a good beer to spring on a newbie as they won't know what to think of it at all. Think of it as your "everyday belgian."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1005) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
Gigantic Pop as I opened the bottle. Pours like a lager, looks like a lager. Slight skunked hop aroma Yellow big lacey head. Some fruit roast and alcohol. Slightly sour. It's okay but that's all I really expected. It's really boozey and I didn't find the palate all that complex.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
This a really good looking ale, you can tell that it's good the moment you pour it. A good amount of carbonation and a taste of fruit as you first drink it and butter as you finish the sip.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Fruity and carbonated belgium with tons of flavor. This is an exeptional brew that is easy to drink. Perfect on the nice hot summer day in front of a bowl ful of creamy mussels and garlic bread.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluevegie (3049) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2004
Poured out a pale yellow colour with a large frothy white head that hung around for ages and left good lacing. Almost tropical fruit salad aroma. Lots of different flavours on the taste, honey grains melon spices etc, but all wonderfully balanced out. Hardly noticed the alcohol in this, could keep drinking it till I passed out. Cheers!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2004
One thing i noticed about it was the buttery taste after it went down. the color of it was surisingly light. Massive head on there too. pretty common around here so i might have to pick it up again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Spicy hops, buttered popcorn, raisins, oranges, honey, melon, candy and alcohol were all wrapped up in this beer. I spent the entire bottle trying to detect all the different flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2004
Bottle at cellar temp. Chalky yeast, peppery hops and fruity aromas of pineapple and mango. Alcohol very apparent on tasting. Dry with some bitterness. A pleasing strong ale with an interesting aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2004
Really quite a simple beer, but it is the balance of the whole thing that stands out the most. Pours well, with a good and well lasting tight white head. Beer is clear and well carbonated. Aroma of malt, hops and a hint of alcohol. The tastes are all just melded together, with nothing really dominating the flavours. Might be a bit of a ninja though, and sneak up on you when you least expect it, and put you on your arse. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Bright golden color, fruity/yeasty flavor and aroma, a little crisper and less complex than Chimay Blanche.


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