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


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RATINGS: 4268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4385) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagobears (448) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Found this 4-pack 330ml bottles sold with a Duvel tulip glass. Had tried the 750ml a week earlier and looked forward to trying this with the proper glass. Clear yellowish-gold color, half body, half head when poured slow. If yours looks hazy it means you may have dumped the yeast sediment from the bottom in. This is one intense beer. I find the aroma to be strong with banana and a blend of hops. The alcohol seems well hidden. Complex and refreshing. Goes down easy but be weary of its strength. I havenít had much better than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours a pale golden color with a montainous rocky head that actually grew as it sat for a few minutes, and hardly fades away. Thereís tons of lacing left behind on my glass. Smell; at first I was a little dispointed in the smell, as it came of more tame than I was expecting. I let it sit for a few and came back and it really opened up. It has a really nice lemony citrus and a spicy pepper like smell, with yeast and hints of bread dough. Taste; that spiciness really jumps out at me, followed by citrus and a nice malty bread dough. Thereís enough of a hops to add just a touch of bitterness in the finish. I thought the carbonation would have more of a bite, instead itís really smooth and creamy, and very refreshing. I had this beer many years ago, and didnít care much for it at the time, but now I have to say that this is one hell of a beer. Iím glad I gave it another chance after nearly eight years.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lordplayer (19) - Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Fans of this style of beer will be very happy with this Belgium ale. I am an IPA and APA fan, however, and will not be buying this beer again unless at a bar looking for some conversation. Too fruity and "frothy" and watch out for that last sip - sedament galore. Awesome appearance and bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2864) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
Un produit qui reprťsante trŤs bien la Belgique. Elle est face ŗ boire, si tu es un amateur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Pours a pale golden with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is wonderfully fruity with notes of bananas, pears and peaches. The flavor is apricots, grapes, pepper, lemon and apple. The finish is of a medium length, tart and bitter. Mouthfeel is light with very lively carbonation.

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