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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.


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tessic (836) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2004
Bright white head with a light gold body. This is the first one I have ever had and its slightly skunky. Could have a better aroma. But I could get scents of alcohol and floral aromas. The taste is quite angry at the initial sip with its high carbonation. Also floral notes with a medium bitter aftertaste. I think this beer could be just a little fresher.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 2, 2004
nice Belgian ale with a soft kick. Had to drink from the bottle, but got the feel anyhow. medium barley malts and hops.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CornyWebb (4) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2004 does not count
Without a doubt my favorite beer on the market. I like to save this one for special occasions. And, the second, bottle fermentation .... sheer genius. Tiny firm bubbles that remind me of a Dom perignon. If it wasn't for the distinct ale taste and heavier body I could be fooled into thinking this was a new type of champagne. Another reason to love the great Begian ales and another reason for the great beermakers of the world to get away from the German Ber Putiry law

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Has a nice classic beligian strong ale flavor. Pours a golden pale color with a nice fluffy head. Alcohol is very well hidden in this beer. Overall very enjoyable

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Tasty beer, hints of fruit and spice. I definitely did not taste the 8.5%, never had a beer with that much alcohol that wasn't either strong tasting or overly sweet. A very good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Pours cloudy yellow with large white head. Yeast/fruit aroma. Sweet start with lots of spice and a beautiful hop finish. Dry aftertaste. I can't taste the 8.5%, but afterwards, I can feel the warmth. One of my all time favorites.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3214) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 30, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 A thinner color than expected. Yeast and fruit make up the aroma and the taste is sweeter than expected and unbalanced. Many strong belgians out there much better but this one is enjoyable. RERATE Bottle sampled at pint 19 in Dubai int airport Pours lightly orange hue lite haze with a small fizzy white head. Nose is lots of belgian malt floral and a touch of heat. Very true to style. Flavors are floral fruity lots of belgian character. Has a musky note as well especially on the finish this is very good! Long fruity and sligbt spicy finish! Very nice!

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1250) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Frothy head that overflowed the glass. The beer had been on ice for three days. This is fifth of my Christmas beers. The straw color was cloudy. Flavor was drinkable but not noteworthy. This is an easy beverage to drink but not a remarkable beer. Christmas 2005 I enjoyed my second Duvel in the 22 oz bottle. This was a tough one to pour. Everytime the head overwhelmed the glass and beer was wasted. The color is almost clear with a hint of straw. The head had serious lacing. This beer is like a low alcohol wine. Being a Porter man this is not special.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Tasty stuff. Not really my style, but enjoyed it a lot. Very light piss color beer with excellent fluffy white head on top. Flavor is lemony. Very crisp and drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2003
Hazy golden ale with a huge foamy white head. Aroma of yeast and cookies. Taste is hoppy with a bitter finish. Alcohol is present both in the nose and mouth. A good warming beer, excellent for cold winter evening.


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