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

bottled
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RATINGS: 3778   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2004
My first ood beer ever...1989, Brussels, Belgium. I wonderif it is the same now as it was then? A classice huge white foamy head, cloudy yellow in color. A musty fruity aroma. Malty with a little tartness. I may even detect a hint of hops in the flavor and aroma. I would say that this is easily a favorite in my book, and a great beer to know that it is available when you nned a good Belgian and no others are around.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2004
What a beer! beautiful golden color with a rocky snow white head that budges for no man. great nose. dry ,light hops and a high abv (rare as I'm led to believe) malty without being to sweet. truly a beer that stands alone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
330 ml bottle - Pours a hazy straw golden color with a huge white, creamy, sudsy looking head that lasts, which takes on a craggy mountainous surface appearance after a bit. Spicy smells, sweet fruitiness like banana and nectary pears, a bit of alcohol smell. Kind of sweet tasting, a little malt, definately some bitter hops in the finish, some alcohol flavor, but goes down easily. Lively on the tongue, but not in a bad way. Pretty good feel in the mouth. Nice!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Duvel me baby! This beer has a thick rich light head on it that you try to penatrate through to taste that bubbly champange like taste you get. On any holiday you will find me at one time or another with a glass of Duvel in my hand.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Pale, slightly straw color. Good clarity. Big to huge head depending on how you pour. The head lasts well and leaves good lace. Aroma of sweet malt and slightly yeasty. Crisp flavor with clean finish that hides the alcohol well. Very Good Beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Very cool stubby 11.2 bottle (cheap bastids can't even give you a full 12oz!) with "Best before date of 01-2006. Pours a cloudy lemon color with some yeast in suspension. Nice bubbles coming to the top to join in the marangue-like head, leaving an absolutely beautiful lace down the side. Um, Belgian lace, of course. Smells of bananas and cloves. Tastes *really* good. Very fruity without being too sweet. Banana/clove carries over. Very light tasting and quite refreshing. This is very complex. Mouthfeel is full without being too foamy. Drinkability is exceptional in my mind, but realize I usually find this style too sweet. I could easily have several of these. Very fine beer, this. I'm starting to understand peoples obsession with this style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2004
Love the cloudy straw colour and fluffy big head. Don't usually like carbonation this much but it works well here - alcohol is hidden nicely and the tartness lingers nicely. Always enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
Duvel is a reliable standby, often useful to keep things ticking along whilst perusing enormous beer lists in Belgian bars. Duvel has a very pale lager colour and soft, subtly fruity, palate. Clean finish. A very smooth beer and, although the high alcohol content is very noticeable, it is still a beer that slips down dangerously easily. I'm not sure it was good idea to have four of them with a full evening drinking in Brussels ahead of us. Bottled, Eurostar train, September 2003.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DatFlycat (12) - Los Gatos, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Monstrous head with sticky lace reminiscent of meringue. I'm not a big fan of the sour aroma, but that concern melts away once my elbow goes into action. I'm normally not an ale guy but these Belgians have got the plan down! Strong, sweet, malty taste with only enough bitterness to make the aftertaste a bit fun. Heavy on the palate, but in a welcome way.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2004
Smells a bit like coriander and has a huge white head. Just a touch cloudy and loads of bubbles, very light colour. I didn't use to like this one so much as the high carbonation makes for an aggressive flavour. After the first few tries the memory of it's dryness made me want more. The dryness seems to be out of place when considering that most high abv's have a stronger malt. So far I think this one is in a category of it's own. I can't recall anything w. high abv and dryness. Defintely none of the perfume so many others of the belgian ilk display. Certainly the first few sips are not as good as the last few when the carbonation dies down a touch.


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