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

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RATINGS: 3797   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1968) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
Sunny yellow in colour with a bit of haze, and a large head. Yeasty aroma, as one would expect from this type of beer. Tastes of buttered bread, lemon, and a hint of pepper. Warming, with a mild hops flavor on the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
A lot of people really like this brew. I just don't get it cause I can't even finish one of there. Different strokes for different folks

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
marcusm (56) - Remich, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 13, 2004
This light blond beer is awolf in sheeps clothing, as has been posted already, you serve it in it's own oversize glass as the bright white head will build on it's own - unless poured too quickly, where the head fills the glass almost instantly. In my opinion it is best served without any of the sediment as this would cloud the clean flavour. The beer has a powerful hop aroma, the initial taste is of bittering hops pleasantly asailing the palate, this continues on until the light maltiness manages to break through. The end is overwealmingly of hop character.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 When someone asks me what the difference is between their Bud, Coorís Light,etc. and the beers I drink, I pour them a glass of Duvel.The color is similar to their "pilsners", but when they see the head, whoa! It lasts right down to the end. The aroma of Saaz hops also hits them. When they taste it, it seems every sip they find something more to it. The alcohol content is concealed quite well and before they know it, 2 glasses later or so, they usually look at the glass and say WOW! Iíve never had anyone dislike Duvel except my wife. But she is more of a SN PA kinda woman. A week never passes that there isnít some Duvel in my fridge and during the holidays I usually splurge for the big jerebaom. It may not be worth the price, but thereís just something special about opening a giant 3liter bottle of Duvel on Christmas eve.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Light yellow colored hazy. Aroma is yeast, like great bread and honey. Some floral aroma of dandilions. Slightly dry, Very good beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnbeerguy (11) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Yummy!! Pours a slighly cloudy light yellow, with a nice white head. Very smooth, yeasty flavor. One of a few beers that would be quite good year round, as it has a nice crispness for the summer combined with the rich, warm, high alcohol content for the winter. Over all, combines the best qualities of a belgian ale, a trappist ale, and a whitbier all into one. Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Hazy golden body, big white head, although fast disappearing. Hoppy aroma. Flavor is some malty sweetnes, with a nice finish of bitter hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Havenít rated this in awhile, so I thought Iíd give it a go again. 750 ml bottle. I never realized that these had Ommegang corks in them before... I guess theyíre bottled in NY. Gorgeous beer really... very pale straw colour, a light haze and a massive rocky head that lasts forever. Light spicy yeasty nose, a touch of clove and black pepper. Light apricot and lemon citrus. The flavour is very dry with light yeasty spice. Very lean and crisp. A bit of apricot, some light yeasty notes, and a lingering spicy flavour. Crisp, lightly herbal hoppy finish. Iím always impressed by this brew... deserving of itís world classic reputation. From a 330 ml bottle with a May, 2006 best before date. Cloudy yellow coloured with a large and rocky head. Yeasty, slightly floral aroma with rich malt, light clove, raisins and a hint of citrus. Quite spicy tasting, with clove apparent and also quite a bit of alcohol. Full bodied with a long and lightly hopped finish. 7 4 7 4 17

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Parrothead (292) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2004
I had this beer from a 750ml bottle. Huge white long-lasting head. Hops evident in nose [Saaz?]Very effervescent. The first glass put me off a bit - but I warmed to this beer. By glass #2, I could see what all the hollering was about. I really nice combination of malt sweetness and hop bight. Maybe the fact that my mother was Flemish has someting to do with the fact that Belgian beers have grown on me!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
11 oz bottles (with new/old white label)Everytime I come back to Duvel, I wonder why I don't always keep a 4 pack of it on hand. Talk about a beer that defines its category. Probably the most gorgeous beer you'll ever see-luscious fluffy white head, incredible clarity and yet a color that could almost pass as a "light beer"if you didn't know better. Carbonation is just about as high as any beer I've tried, but does not prickle like seltzer water. Duvel seems to hide its alchohol about as well as any beer of its strength. Always a good beer to spring on a newbie as they won't know what to think of it at all. Think of it as your "everyday belgian."


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