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

bottled
common

on tap
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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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Belgo (154) - KÝge, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2005
Bottle; No beer in the world presents itself better in a glass than this one! Light golden with a massive rocky head that lasts all the way to the end of drinking. Aromas of poires Williams and a bit of honey. Lively on the palate thanks to high carbonation. Full bodied with pears, white peaches and slight spicyness in an off-dry style. A classic and justifiably so.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
I decided to try Duvel after Vinnie from Russian River Brewing mentioned that this was the beer that he drank most often. He even commented that heís had it for breakfast! When I first poured the Duvel, it had a large and very stable head even when poured carefully. The aroma was slightly pre-skunky. For example, if Heineken is skunky, then Duvel smelled like Heineken before it íturnedí. Great, crisp flavor, but I found it way too carbonated. Normally, I donít mind that, but in this case it detracted from the taste and made it difficult to detect flavor notes. This would be a great sunny day beer if not for the over carbonation. All in all, not too bad.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rayomatic (2) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005 does not count
My desert-island beer, provided that said island has icebergs floating by and lots of shade...you donít want to stand in the sun after this one! Remarkably refreshing for such a strong malty brew (I quite like it served colder than cellar temperature, unlike the Trappists or other strong ales that are better suited to cellar temps), with a dense carbonation sparkle reminiscent of champagne. Lots of balanced complexity and something for every part of the palate (without trying to please everyone), even a whiff of spice thatís hard to put a finger on (clove? nutmeg? or just hops?), all conspiring to disguise the alcohol content. Looks the way God intended beer to look: a rich gold youíll only find elsewhere in a haystack by Van Gogh, and a thick head thatís appropriately cloud-like, since your own head will be in the clouds after a couple. I wish I could rate the bottle, label, and glass, which would score perfect points for their classic simplicity. There are many fine copies, but only one Duvel!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andybeer (16) - gent, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2005
Deep yellow color, lively appearance, big white head. Aroma is hoppy and refreching, has a faint citrussy accent and a fine selection of malts. Taste is powerfull, fullboddied and has a good refreshing hoppy finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tatterdash (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
I must recommend that you have the proper glassware for this one, otherwise you are in for a difficult pour. Pours a clear golden into the Duvel glass with half the glass being a fluffy, pillowy, meringue-like head that gets thicker with time and laces like nobodyís business. Smells slightly sour and clovey. Taste was a spicey light malt with a long dry finish, very complex, sometimes varying with the bottle. Mouthfeel was rather smooth and dry. The high ABV is very well hidden. This is a very good and easy to find beer, and quite an experience visually.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
330ml bottle. Aroma is of lemon, light malt, cereal, and hops. Pours a large white rocky head which lasts almost all to the end and leaves nice lacing patterns on the glass. Colour is lighter than I expected: a pale yellow. Flavour is somewhat acidic and bitter with some spicyness and smooth alcohol. The finish is long with medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A historic beer: the original Belgian Golden Strong Ale

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Another good summertime quencher. Pours just like the picture every time. Nice spicy, yeasty, banana aroma. Initial flavor is all banana, with some spice through the middle and pepper in the finish. Finishes very crisp and dry. Really canít believe itís 8.5%.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Just a side note. I taste almost every beer out of the Duvel glasses. Definately my favorite drinking glass. Poured a slightly hazed gold color with a huge long lasting white head and a constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom og the glass. Malty aroma was slightly sweet, with yeasty notes of banana and spice and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is malty, light spice, and a touch of alcohol mixed with a bitter finish. The big carbonation can be noticed on the mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Had this many times, this is one for rating. The thick, fluffy, creamy head lasts and lasts. The white head sat on a cloudy golden body. The nose was hidden, with some banana and clove and lots of yeast. The taste had alcohol, but not over powering, just a nice compliment. Very good , very nice. Try this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - JUL 28, 2005
Bottle. Thick white creamy head. Pours a pale yellow with some haziness. Smells slightly yeasty. Tastes like bananas with a bit of yeast. Some very fine bubbles with some bitterness in the finish. Thin body. Smooth for a surprisingly substantial alcohol content. Not bad for a light beer, though I still prefer something with more bite to it.


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