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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4182   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
A pretty damn good Belgian, though with so many great ones, why keep coming back to this?

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2898) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Seen it and even had it a few times, but never bothered to rate it. Poured out a very attractive golden yellow/straw color with a very nice foamy frothy head. The aroma was of spice and hops. The taste has probably one of the best masked alcohol contents Iíve ever had. The taste itself is nice and smooth with notes of hops, yeast and some malt with a few tastes of spices here and there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Very clear pale yellow, huge bubbly head made of tiny bubbles that faded slow and left beautiful lace. Aromas were tangy fruit, flowers, herbs, spice, hops, bread, alcohol and hops. Taste was zesty, tangy citrus, hops, alcohol, and hops. Although well-balanced malt was not noticably present. Mouthfeel was nicely fizzy, just right.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 Duvel pours a deep gold with a massive white head. The taste is a bit salty, like other Belgian/Garde beers, but thereís a strong bready sweetnesss and a lingering bitterness that dries out the tongue. While this beer is strong, balanced, and elegantly thick (yet also carbonated), the alcohol is more prevalent in this beer than in many of its rivals. Further, the malty sweetness can become rather booring after more than one glass.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AndySox9 (2) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
I really love this beer. It has a great taste, great color, just top to bottom great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Appears a hazy pale light gold with a 2 finger creamy white head. Smell is of tropical fruit, nectarines, light zesty malts, spices featuring pepper, and hops. Taste is of spicy orange peel, and black pepper mixed in a pilsner brew with definite Belgian yeast being implimented. Mouthfeel is slightly harsher than smooth with a slight sweetness, bitterness, and just a touch of off skunkiness thatís hard to place. Drinkability is ok. Definite alcohol presence which makes me want to sip this more than anything else.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
Pours a yellow gold color with an amazing, creamy thick head, lots of tiny bubbles, slightly cloudy. Spicey, fruity aroma, typical of the belgian ales Iíve tasted before. Flavor is quite strongly of yeast and spice with a great deal of alcohol coming through towards the finish. Lively carbonation. This is not my favorite style of beer, but it was an exciting session none the less. Woot!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slabonator (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
This Belgian Golden Ale is in my top FIVE. Faintly hazy golden color with a huge head that lasted to the finish. Fruit in the nose with some hops, but tropical fruit dominates. Nice mouthfeel with great carbonation. Dry finish. Great beer with a sneaky punch.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brandonfisher (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2005
smells like a good beer should smell. pours a golden color and has a everlasting head down to the very last drop. yum. Very stong hoppiness flavor with a tingle left in mouth, but went down, ok. This beer letís you know that yes there is Alcohol in it, but that is the beautty of this potent potable. I would try this beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
bottle. pours a golden but slightly coudy colour. the head last until the end and leaves nice lacing. taste is of yeast and subtle alcohol. tasty.


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