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

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RATINGS: 3749   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 (Bottled) Very hazy golden color, huge head that forms a large, solid, vertical cloud. Strongly saaz-hoppy, yeasty, sweet and fruity, slightly sour aroma with a tiny hint of alcohol. The flavor is sweetish, crisply hoppy, acidic and fruity with honey, banana, peppery spiciness and yeast. ABV is well-hidden, if served at the suggested temp range (6-10 C). Oily, thick, medium-bodied palate with well-balanced carbonation (most CO2 disappears when pouring). An excellent, easily drinkable and dangerous blonde.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2004 Nothing I can say here that hasn't been said before. This is truely the "champagne of beers". MUCH better with the right glassware.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2003
Massive head, pear like aroma. Goes down like a dream. Complex and near perfection. One of my top ten beers.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rette (6) - BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2003 does not count
pro : malty aroma, very pure and shiny looks, long lasting top con : taste is good, but lacks depths, certainly when compared to its strenght (alcohol)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Poured golden yellow.Fantastic Head that lasted all the way till the end!Lots of carbonation,Great fruity flavor,but not overpowering.One of my favorite beers

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Bottle, imported. When I comment on Brussels lace or belgian Lace, it's a beer like Duvel that I hold up as the standard. Duvel has outstanding structure, which is evidenced by minute, long-lasting bubbles in the head and thick, concentric drapes of Brussels Lace on the sides of the glass. The initial nose is of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, gringer, and allspice, with a whiff of upcoming alcohol. There's a maltiness, too that permeates the whole, like the mustiness of an ancient attic. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth, although perhaps a bit too carbonated--the bite of the carbonation interferes with the otherwise smooth, malty character o the beer. The taste is complex, like a symphony, with spiciness at the foreground, maltiness and heat throughout. The aftertaste offers just the slightest hint of hop bitterness and a load of residual sweetness like caramel or Belgian Candy sgar. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Kind of a strange brew. Aroma is spicy with a fruity smell. Appearance is a hazy golden yellow. Flavor is somewhat bland but is dominated by a spicy alcoholic finish.

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2003
This beer is beautiful. The head looks like meringue. It has a lovely flavor, and is unassuming, which is great for a high alcohol beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
captspastic (20) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Duvel is a brew that definitely has a kick to it. Good flavor. No bitter after-taste. Goes down smooth and enjoyable, and with the high alcohol content, can make it dangerous. But in a good way!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtier (1) - manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2003 does not count
a cooler than usual temperature required to prevent a head too large. very tempting to look at; golden, translucent clarity. fresh aroma, sour friuts. cold but very fizzy to taste, heavily filling the mouth. easy to swallow leaving a fuity aftertaste and a desire for more. a very strong ale with the taste of a weaker beer; easy to drink. beutiful taste.


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