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

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RATINGS: 3822   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Pale yellow body that is initially clear and displays an onrush of carbonation reminiscent of Champagne. Outrageously sized head is at least four inches tall, with a full two inches of it standing up on its own outside the goblet I poured it in. Once I poured in the yeast, the body became substantially hazy looking, quite similar to a Hefeweizen. The aroma is like ripening tropical fruits with no detectable alcohol smell. Taste is very refreshing with bananas in the main flavor profile. There are also notes of sourness in the taste like a Lambic. The mouthfeel is silky sooth, enhanced by the tiny carbonation bubbles. There is no way to guess the strength of the beer unless you look it up or feel it going to your head. What a masterful work of art!

P.S.. - I finally bought the glass pack to enjoy Duvel in a tulip, and it made quite a difference. The carbonation was good before, but now there are a ton of bubbles constantly streaming up from the D etched on the bottom of this glass. If you ever are looking to buy a tulip style glass, this is the best way to get two of them for a great price and see a demonstration of the magic they do on a beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 33 cl bottle, served in Duvel tulip. Golden colour; mammoth head w/ good retention. This is one impressive-looking beer. Delicate, flowery aroma. Very inviting. Fresh, delicate, fruity taste. Ends up slightly dry in a long, pleasing finish. Hides the alcohol incredibly well. Superlative mouthfeel and perilously drinkable. A classic, and deservedly so. A beer I'll be returning to over and over again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7913) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2004
Pours light straw colored, with a nice head and effervescence. Aromas of hops and citrus, specifically lemon and grapefruit. First taste is smooth, citrusy, and slightly yeasty. Reminds me a little of dry champagne. Finishes smooth, with well hidden alcohol. Between the effervescence, the smoothness, and the 8.5% OH, this one will send you to hell!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Pours a light yellow body, with a large and fluffy head. Aroma is citrusy, like a grapefruit, with some hoppiness to it. Taste is sweet, fruity and boy oh boy is the alcohol hidden! This is really 8.5%? Incredible. This stuf is dangerous, so be careful....it tastes like a juice almost. Nice bitterness on the tongue and throat. Overall a great ale!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
Light, refreshing and citrusy much like a wheat, but with that distinctive blegian taste. The head is big and billowy white with tiny bubbles. A great summer brew to drink out on the deck. But be careful- this is not a summer session. The abv is hidden and potent.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
DeltaBlues (9) - Yakima, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2004 does not count
Hops and maltiness balance perfectly. The head is a Meringue-like must see! Incredible lacing too. The unfiltered lager-like appearance fools you when the citrusy, semi-sweet flavor smooths out the high ABV. It does finish a bit dry with the ABV, but after a glass it's not noticeable. Nice for a change of pace, but not an everyday kind of beer. Put it on your "special list" from time to time.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Maybe the greatest beer in the world. Sets the standard (oft-copied) of the light-but-lethal golden Belgian ale. Appearance is amazing, with the huge, lemon meringue-like head, sticky lacing which has to be lightly scrubbed to be removed! Fruity, tangy taste, better than all of it's imitators. Smooth, clean, perfectly balanced. Need I say more? Seems a little taken for granted these days, but this is the real deal. Long live king Duvel!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2004
A golden yellow beer with a hugh frothy head that stayed with the beer for the whole ride.Tastes of a pilsner with some hints of alcohol.Finish was clean and felt the alcohol was hidden well on the ride down to the stomach.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
330ml bottle. Pale yellow with a huge, white, foamy head that leaves excellent lacing. Fresh aroma holds a grassy hop character with notes of green apple and pear. Light-bodied, with an energetic, but unobtrusive, carbonation which is evident from the streams of bubbles in the glass. Lively palate unleashes flavours that are well-balanced between the bread and grain character of the pale malts, and the drier, slightly citrusy bitterness of the hops. Appetizingly dry finish. After not having had this for some time, a pleasant surprise.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2004
If it looks like a Tripel and smells like a Tripel, it's probably a Belgian Strong Ale. I'm surprised I haven't tried this beer yet. The body is cloudy yellow/yellow-orange and topped by a big, puffy white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma is quite complex and pleasant, very estery, with lemon, clove, pepper and white wine notes. Flavor is dry and vinous with a touch of alcohol, spice, and finishing with alcohol. A nice estery beer that doesn't quite differentiate itself from the pack.


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