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

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RATINGS: 3643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2004 TFOB 2004 - Pale slightly cloudy with a white head. Bit of spice in the aroma, but I am not getting much in the way of aroma. Nice bitterness with a hint of spice. Much more mellow than I remembered it being. Palate is quite nice, and a bit spritzy. Toronto Festival of Beer 2000 - Tasted of coriander and spice, but not overpoweringly so.. They were charging more tickets than it was worth. 6/4/5/3/11

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
One of the greatest. Sweet candy, malt and hops all in aroma. Beautiful golden gues with big white head. Malt balanced perfectly with hops. Clean, refreshing, loaded with all the flavors you want in a beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2003 How can you go wrong? Such a quality Belgian. I do love the Duvel and rate most belgian strongs against it

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dflip (27) - USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 I particulary enjoyed that spicy flavor that you get in a Beglian beer. The head poors overly foamy, but thatís only because I did not know what to expect. I really liked this beer - not quite as well as Chimay - and will for sure have it again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1128) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
Aroma of spices, citrus (lemon?) and hops. Pours a cloudy yellow, head is monsterous and foamy. Actually if I had to guess I would have thought it was a wheat by appearance alone. Flavour is spicy with a baking soda quality. Alcohol is definitely there. A solid beer.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 July 10, 2003 - Ok so i poured this and this giant foamy head sat and sat on top of the glass. it dissapated in a weird way which reminded me of the crappy foam schmeg that you sometimes see on a river. the yuky kind. and the color, when help up to a light, was reminiscent of Bud, or Miller, or some other vometious american rice-based beer. then i thought "oh great, hereís another super higly rated beer that sucks ass." then i tasted it...and i was like, "hey, this isnít bad!...itís actually really good!" lots of fruity (zestfully lemony?), spicy, torrent of flavors. it left a creepy foamy residue on the inside of my glass, but thatís ok...it was really good. - April 24, 2005 - On tap in Amsterdam. Clear yellow color, with a thick head. Fizzy mouthfeel. Lemony flavor. Nothing special and I have no idea why I thought so much of this beer when I first had it. Way overrated.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2003
Stubby bottle: Unique color of light yellow, very gem-like in character looking much like a sparkling white wine, with lots of bubbly carbonation. The head on this was a monster, an amazing sight to behold, tall, bright bleached white head nearly over three inches. The head is super foamed cream, looking like light styrofoam, or more so, close to a meringue. Upon the first sip, the head barely moves, only where the liquid touches does the head dissolve, leaving huge cliffs of foam clinging on to the glass. I wouldn't even call it lace, it looks just like the origianl head just stuck like glue in marshmellow clumps all around the inside of the glass. Miraculously amazing! Smell is super zesty clean of light lemon and orange peel and spicy, notes of yeast and sharp hops. A super sniffer and strikingly complex with brightness. Taste is more of the same, mirrored of the smells, light, smooth, zesty clean and fresh with pops of lemon, orange, yeasty peppered spices, other bright fruits of apple and pineapple all just complexly mixing over the palette and taking it for a ride of enjoyment - finishing strongly twinged of bittering sweetness, zesty clean, and actually somehow smooth. Feels lightish-medium body but packed full of carbonating action with a perfect smooth hold and slightly drying and tart. How'd they do that. So complex in character and flavors its hard to use words to describe it, just drink it and see, you'll become stupified with levels of wonderment. On another note: after drinking about half my glass I was shocked to see that on the bottle it is labeled 8.5% - that sure doesn't seem to be an effect until its "after-effect", so I say its sneaky head swimmingly delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Fairly hoppy nose, faint pear aroma - very nice. Smells a bit sweet, and gets sweeter as it breathes. Pours a very muddy brown - probably due to the fact that it's unfiltered. Medium sized head. Average mouthfeel, starts a little bitter, and finishes bittersweet. Very, very good, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2003
A quality ale - sweet, light flowers aroma and a lovely grey-yellow hue with a cloud of bone white, meringuey (sp?) foam. Duvel offers a sweet flavor and thick, creamy palate; yet it's kicky AND dry too. (NOTE: I had some difficulty pinning down my qualitative rating here, since PsychProf was teasing me about my description so smartly and lovingly! But I still think a beer can be both sweet and dry, don't you? :)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2003 Can't believe it took me 890 beers to sample Duvel - What was I thinking? Sampled in the Cadieux Cafe, Detroit, as authentic a Belgian atmosphere as you can get, along with super garlic-smothered mussels and the the fantastic company of hoppygrrrl, pre the free Wilco show, downtown Motown. This has fantastic Saaziness in the nose, light straw aromas, beautiful and light and effervescent in the glass, pale yellowish and gray. Very dry and a tiny bit sweet, has some orange peel and lemon accents. Very tingly, late bitterness, a resemblance to the great Orval. Orval and Duvel: Beers for lovers?


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