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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cubby96 (1) - Pearland, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2006 does not count
Well, this is one of my favorites. I had one two nights ago, 330mL bottle poured carefully into Duvel-branded tulip glass. Dense, foamy white head that slowly subsides into fine Belgian lace on the sides of the glass. The pale golden color is misleading, as it is quite strong in flavor and alcohol content, though the alcohol taste is not overpowering as in some similar beers. Strong carbonation. The flavor is dry and slightly tart but still delivers an even mouthfeel. A slight sour note matches the dry presentation. I usually drink this one a little colder than I should, so the slight hoppiness is muted. I need to remember to let it sit a bit or adjust the temp in my beer fridge.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2006
Bright clear golden color, huge dense white everlasting head. Champagne like aromas. Highly carbonated, dry finish. A light beer in that you only need to drink half as much.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
simbasa (13) - watsonville, California, USA - APR 9, 2006
my first belgian about 10 years ago. huge head and slight sourness offset by spices. mild alcohol finish with low bitterness. it’s a winner.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2006
Had this at home, from the 330 ml 4-pack I can get down the street. Pours with a HUGE, bright white head that just never dies (as a homebrewer I find this to be amazing). Clove aroma. Pale and clear as a Pilsner, with some sediment at the end, but the flavor and mouthfeel are quite different than a Pilsner. High carbonation. Slightly spicy, with a fruity, clove-y aftertaste, only a very slight bitterness. Medium body, with a faint alcohol tinge, but you sense that this is a strong beer. One more of these and I’ll be off my feet.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5456) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Pours bright gold into a Duvel tulip. Big, frothy head that grows rather than subsides to make a top hat. Sweet earth, hay and honey notes. Sour/sweet, dry and full with a long-lasting, bitter caramel finish. This was my intro into Belgians many ales ago -- deserves respect.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2006
I like this beer a lot.......the first time i had it the giant head freaked me out....but it does add to the overall experience....do they sell packs of this without the glass included???

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2006
Pale sparkling gold color with a big foamy head. Astringent start with sweet honey and pear flavors. Very carbonated. This is probably good but White beer isn’t for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2006
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my brand-new authentic Duvel goblet. Light golden color with a MASSIVE foamy head (fills half the goblet) that stays around forever & clings to the sides of the glass. Tons of bubbles rise to the top, especially a pillar of carbonation in the middle where the stem meets the bottom of the glass. Aroma is very sweet with hints of fruit. Taste is surprisingly dry considering the aroma. There is some initial sweetness followed by a dry, white wine type of bitterness. There is a sharp, spicy bite of yeast, hops, and alcohol in the swallow, but nothing overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel that tingles on the tongue from all the carbonation. All in all, pretty good stuff!! Not quite on the level of say, Delerium Tremens, but not a bad 2nd choice, either. Well worth the price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Belgian Strong Pale Ales are not one of my favorite styles, but Ido like the Duvel. Appearance is wuite nice: fluffy head and a great golden color. Aroma is heavy on the yeast and quite earthy. Very refreshing, but very carbonated. Too carbonated for my liking. However, this beer is a great example of the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle, exp.date 08/01. Clear pale golden coloured beer with lively carbonation and a snowwhite small head. Sweet nose, quite a lot of honey, bit dusty-sour smell that some old beers have. Sweet malty taste, alcoholic. Honeyish, but not sticky. Very fizzy , raw and alcoholic palate, sharp. Slightly sour end, indicating that more years of cellaring probably would be a waste. It sounds a bit harsh, but it’s still pretty enjoyable, though not thrilling either. I wouldn’t say this aged example is better then a fresh version.


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