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

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RATINGS: 3903   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 I see some of my fellow Alabamian raters got their hands on some Duvel this weekend as well. Weird. What an incredible beer, though. It pours a dark, hazy gold with quite possibly the most amazing head Iíve ever seen: thick and creamy with the look of folded meringue ... it lasts forever. The aroma is fruity (banana), spicy and floral ... very complex. The flavor is sweet with a touch of salty brine. The aftertaste lingers, sweet and full of alcohol warmth. Silky smooth on the palate. An excellent beer overall.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - NOV 6, 2004
This beer...wow...this beer is amazing. I canít possibly describe the wonders of this ale in words. It is sweet, with hints of sweetness and slight, as DerBiermeister notes, saltiness. The appearance is wonderful--a strong cream-colored head with a dark amber base. The taste is extremely full with caramel, malts, hops, and a veritable abundance of goodness. In short, it tastes like happy.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 6, 2004
The Belgians simply make the best beer out there. This is of amazing quality and taste, the palate intricate and made with seeming theological love...almost...godly. I love this beer. Its head is large, its lacing pleasant, its taste sweet and yet briny, as of the ocean, tasty and full, beautiful and lovely. On the bottle it uses the word íperfectioní. It is near that.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Oh Duvel, how i love thee! This stuff is wild. Iíve had it cold, warm, in a bottle, in a pub, bought the glass, and even got a 60 minute rub down by one of the Duvel girls...in my dreams of course. I just canít get over it. You def have to experience it in the duvel tulip glass. 3 bottles into a 4 pack, and your fixated on the ascending bubbles D-middled. ...this gives it a cloud like head, which makes my head feel cloudy. Taking a sip, you come out sans-foam-mustache; Milk aint got nothing on this. Spices and Citrus nose and taste with citric malty nanners.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 30, 2004
Definitely a great Belgian, the flavor is smooth and balanced, with nice subtle spices accentuating the underlying crisp fresh ale. Thought it would be better, but again the overwhelming popularity has set my standards high. I can say that the mixture of spices and sweet flavors are dead-on, making this the best Belgian flavored ale that I have ever had. Perhaps my slight gripe is there remains such a contrast between spiced beer and more hop / malt dominated selections. I will clarify though that within this realm, itís at the top of its class.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2004
wow. This is excellent. Beautiful hazy golden ale with a big fluffy white head, and lovely lacing all the way down. Nothing wimpy here, with 8.5% alcohol you wont even notice. Its completley hidden in the splendid flavor that is a nicely balanced fruity, hoppy, peppery brew. It aint cheap, but like everybody says, its worth it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Beer pours a very cloudy yellow/off-white (almost lemonade-ish) with a huge, fluffy white head. Banana and sugar in the aroma with a touch of alcohol. Lots of fruit and spice come through in the taste. Perhaps overpriced, but still extremely good. Almost dangerously easy to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Nothing wrong at all with this ale. White head will stay there forever. Donít even realize the alcohol content. Worth the money.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Very light straw color with a large white head. Aroma of malt, yeast and hops. Same flavors with some spice. Very soft mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2004
An absolute winner. Has a fruity/orangey/alcohol aroma. Has a huge white head with excellent retention despite the high alcohol content. Just the slightest bit sweet, acually reminded me of a slightly toned down Hoegaarden. Well balanced and the alcohol does not exert much presence in the flavor at all. Drink slightly warmed, not the Australian "chill the hell out of it" way.


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