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


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RATINGS: 3638   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2007 Is it wrong that I refuse to drink this without the Duvel glass? An old favorite, an early encounter once I passed the gateway. The myth and wonder that solidify this beer is its beauty. As the picture shows it pours as a wonder, especially when seen early in one’s journey. The head is beautifully large and thick (heavenly clouds). The body is clear pale golden color, with complete clarity, which makes the vortex created in the glass visible. Aroma is pilsner malt rich, which I would usually dislike. However, the crispy pils aroma works well with the structure of the beer. It is backed up by Belgian yeasty sweetness and light bubblegum. Creating a juxtaposition of a light airy pils aroma and a heavier sweet Belgian aroma. But at the same time conveying a great freshness in the beer, as if its was just bottled and sent to you. Taste again is pils heavy but faint on the Belgian yeast aspects, which are more apparent in the aftertaste. I feel it is these characteristics that will emerge if this were aged (I hope to one day experiment). It leaves a sustained white bread sweetness. The bottom of the glass is all crazy, slight spices mixed with meaty fruitiness (I know its sounds weird) and light banana. Again, I tend to believe it is these flavors that will come out more as it ages. Another wonderful aspect of this beer is its mouthfeel. The body is perfectly medium but the carbonation is extremely strong. Feels like all the sense are getting tickeled by the beer. Making it very airy and light on the cheeks, yet defintely present. There is a light herbal-hop bitterness left at the edge of the throat. In the past, often I thought this would always be a staple in my household. However, it no longer is (fortunately it is a staple at my father’s home).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
theTick (1) - USA - MAY 31, 2003 does not count
A beautiful yellow haze in color like the sun peering out from the clouds after a spring rain. A very rich taste with a hint of banana from the yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2003
Appearance is cloudy, light yellow in colour, nice white head. Scent is slightly sour yet sweet. There is almost a buttery scent. Taste is malty. slightly sweet with a light finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisted (9) - Skarrild, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2003 does not count
Same colour as hay. cloudy appearance. Has quite a lot of fruit in the aroma, and a lot of orange and apple in flavour. It's warm in the mouth, but you don't taste the alcohol that much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2003
Pale yellow/straw colour, slightly cloudy. Ample white rocky head. Yeasty, fruity (apple, cherry, raisin) , and buttery aroma. Orange, apple, cherry, raisin, and banana flavours with an alcohol and perfumed bitter finish. Warming and almost chewy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
it didnt really trip my trigger, but then again most belgians dont.. the flavor had a rather appley taste to it that turned me off some.. other than that it was decent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (3912) - Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Poured a very large white foamy head with excellent lacing on the sides of my mug. It had a yellow body to it and a cloudy appearance. It tasted of clove flavor. This brew was a very smooth drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4886) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured an extremely invigorated head of long lasting finely sized white bubbles with an excellent lacing and a cloudy wheat yellow colored body. It has a very mild malt-hop aroma and a flavor of fizzy banana clove and bread. It is a very smooth brew and hides its alcohol content well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Rocky white head, didn't diminish a whole lot over the course of drinking this beer. Sweet, yeasty aroma. Hazy golden color. Lots of carbonation. Sweet flavor of cloves and bananas. A bready accent as well. Not bad at all, it was tastey.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2003
I drank this beer out of a pilsner glass. The aroma was delicate and slightly sugary. The head was very thick and fluffy like meringue, and it did not subside for a long time. When it did it left heavy runners of lace around the top of the glass. The beer poured to a pale straw color with heavy carbonation. The taste was sweet and creamy and strongly reminiscent of apples, cloves and vanilla. It is hard to believe that this beer is ABV 8.5% since the alcohol taste is so well hidden. An easy beer to drink too much of.

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