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

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RATINGS: 4253   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrt (62) - USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 What a head! Itís like melted marshmallows. A great looking beer. A watery golden beer with a little maltiness and honey. Almost as sweet as a triple. Not overwhelmingly delicious, but it proves quality can be somewhat mass produced!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 330ml bottle. Poured a gorgeous honey-gold with a large, white, moderately diminishing head. Aroma is pleasant and clean: slightly citrusy hops with a suggestion of honey and champagne. Flavor is somewhat less citric hops very well balanced with slightly sweet malt, overall reminiscent of champagne again. Very easy to drink with light to medium body and a crisp, watery texture. Excellent use of lively carbonation. The high alcohol content becomes apparent (though not offensively so) if allowed to warm in the mouth. An excellent refresher.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bullrup (20) - SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle. Very nice beer with good hop charachter. Poors nicely with nice foam. Appealing colour and smell.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Quite good mainstream beer. Nice light color and lasting head. Lemony and quite fresh tasting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dimitri99 (63) - USA - FEB 4, 2006
Quality, easily drinkable, went great with a chococolate dessert I had. Recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Light, barely pale, golden body; loads of lively bubbles; and a monstrous, frothy, white head that doesnít quit for hours. In my opinion, the serving recommendation (40-50 degrees Fahrenheit) is bogus; the aroma doesnít even begin to open up until it is significantly warmer than that. Aroma becomes more aggressive as the beer warms; itís medium in strength, nonetheless; very interesting yeasty nose, not entirely like anything I can recall having before; there is some of the typical Belgian clove and banana, but there is something else thatís subtle but I donít know the words to describe it. Flavor also shows the strange, yeasty characteristic, in addition to some nice, bready malts, pleasant but mild sharp sweetness; the alcohol is nearly undetectable but beautifully present in a very light warmth in the swallow; tremendously well balanced, light, hoppy finish. Medium-thin body; extremely frothy in the mouth; bubbles up profusely in the mouth. Wow--I didnít even begin to "get" this beer until I sat down with the last 4 ounces to rate it; I planned to write about how overrated it is, but this one really snuck up on me. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4382) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Golden color with so much lasting head I wish it was my girlfriend! Smell was very tart and barky. Tasted bitter at first with a malty after taste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Tasty beer, that will give the hickups if not careful. Beautiful pour and fluffy head. While not the best pale belgian, it still lives up to itís reputation.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Classic example of a strong Belgian golden ale. Duvel is legendary in the beer world, and rightfully so. This is a wonderful beer, just packed with flavor and character. Duvel pours to a beautiful, bright, golden color, with a thick, rocky, white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose is excellent, with big aromas of pale malt, spicy/earthy yeast, and peppery alcohol. The palate is firm, with really great pale and pilsner malt flavor, paired with light flavors of ripe honeydew melon. Duvel finishes with more good pale malt up front, then ends with a peppery alcohol burn that lingers. Outstanding beer, that is the ultimate aperitif or after work beer to unwind with. Also a classic match to a variety of Belgian dishes, from waterzooi to steamed mussels, to pomme frites drenched in mayo.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2006
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 From a 750mL Bottle. Mostly transparent, pale gold pour with a very tall, frothy, meringue-like white head. Fruity apple and pear yeast ester aromas sit on top of a bready malt base and a touch of floral, herbal hops. Enticingly complex for such a simple blend of ingredients. Light bodied, heavily carbonated mouthfeel with a texture that starts soft and malty but finishes impressively dry. Bready malt sweetness up front on the palate, spiced by notes of black pepper and a gentle warming alcohol. Some fruity yeast characters emerge mid-palate, bringing out notes of pear and apple. Finishes dry, with a lingering herbal hop bitterness. Exceptionally consistent and complex; a true world classic.


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