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

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RATINGS: 4301   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wacher (129) - Århus C, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2006
Huge head, that settles slowly. A pale hazy golden colour. Aroma is yeast and banana, some citrus and coriander too. The taste is quite acidic and hoppy. The alcohol is barely noticable. There is a sort of champagne-quality to it. Very refreshing beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EithCubes (5615) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2015 Bottled. She’s a blonde with a massive head. Huge aroma of yeast, some banana and apple there, too. Very alluring scent, indeed. Complex taste: spicy, malty, acidic, and certainly alcoholic. There’s a note of a citrus-wine hybrid, too. Acidic bitterness in the finish. A big, big beer with lots of character.

Update, from a new Duvel glass. All the previous tasting notes and scores hold, with a touch of breadiness coming through. She’s still a stunning beauty, and a world class brew. [2006.02.21: 4.1]

Long, long overdue re-rate, a 330mL stubby into the branded glass (whose label I’ve worn down pretty convincingly over the years), Best before 09.2016. Nose Pils malt and golden yeast character, characteristically clean with light spice, booze, and rich honey. Very effervescent pour, abundant carbonation surging up through clear, rich bright yellow-golden with a huge but thin and oily soapy bright white head. Taste digestible and attenuated, a little booze showing through, dry and oily, slowly warming, light bitterness that accumulates, faint mineral stroke, loads of clean but earthy-grainy pils malt, clean noble hops with a dash more citrus, dusty rustic yeast, clean and exciting. Spicy and a touch tart, soft and lemony-chalky. Again, an oily and lightly boozy fullish body, but super refreshing, fresh, lively, some bright fruitiness dancing and cavorting in the background. I was expecting a little Moortgat strip-down, burnishing, industrialization, but no! Hard to believe I appreciate this even more now! [2015.05.01: 4.3]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
Aroma: Citrus and floral hops,light yeast... Appearance:Light hazy gold,mega huge head.... Flavor:yeast,citrus,alcohol.....

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 20, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 300 ml bottle in Duvel glass. Pours (slowly) light golden hazy with big fluffy white head. The head lasts all the way to the end leaving good lacing on the glass. The engraved "D" at the bottom of the glass gives a raise to a stream of small bubbles. Quite a spectacular presentation. Aroma of yeasty dough, fruity, orange zest, light coriander. Sweetish malty flavour with citrus fruityness and spice (coriander). Sweetish malt is balanced with good herbal hop bitterness. Alcohol is noticable but does seem to bring out the aroma and flavour rather than detract from it. Duvel must indeed be enjoyed chilled and not cold. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greg5783 (10) - Turvey, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2006
Very Good. The bottle has plenty of sediment kicking around in it. Pours a Golden Yellow Colour with a white fluffy head that lasts ages. This is a strong beer and it tastes like one. Very yeasty with little bitterness and an ever so slightly sour aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jsou (20) - Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2006
One of the best of the Belgians and there are a lot of excellent Belgians! Big, creamy, long lasting white head. Very appealing color & aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4380) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2006
Bottle at the Sports Cafe, Amsterdam. The only thing worth drinking in this bland establishment, which just happened to still be open at 1.30 on a Sunday. Creamy, hardened wheat flavour. Nice colour and great head. Flavour is beguiling and easy to swig. Solid and smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (15536) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2016 A belgian tripel. blond/golden in its appearence with a huge white head which could have been a pilsener head. Much stronger than the average pilsener though. dont let the colour of the beer fool you. Duvel means Devil and is has 8,5 in alcohol. A great simple and easy drinkable tripel. One of the better commercialized beers in Belgium! Hahahah - Classic rate. Too much alcohol, straw, grains and malts. Its a bit rough overall. 3,9-3,5

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrt (62) - USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 What a head! It’s like melted marshmallows. A great looking beer. A watery golden beer with a little maltiness and honey. Almost as sweet as a triple. Not overwhelmingly delicious, but it proves quality can be somewhat mass produced!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 330ml bottle. Poured a gorgeous honey-gold with a large, white, moderately diminishing head. Aroma is pleasant and clean: slightly citrusy hops with a suggestion of honey and champagne. Flavor is somewhat less citric hops very well balanced with slightly sweet malt, overall reminiscent of champagne again. Very easy to drink with light to medium body and a crisp, watery texture. Excellent use of lively carbonation. The high alcohol content becomes apparent (though not offensively so) if allowed to warm in the mouth. An excellent refresher.


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