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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 4232   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.


3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
11.8 oz brown bottle conditioned available from Whole Foods. Clear golden yellow ale having a lasting huge rocky white head. Sweet fruity ester and malt aroma. Lively carbonation. Light-to-medium bodied with creamy texture that starts with a sharp, nutty malt flavor with hints of fruity esters and finishes dry with hoppy bitterness. Almost Champaigne-like. A definite alcoholic warmth. A delicious tasty Belgium ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1576) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2005
Capper. Lively, beautiful golden ale with that very Belgian wheaty softness, yet there’s a citric bite and playful tinge of refined hops. Giant whipped head. A devilish flame of coursing bubbles oscillates from the center of the Duvel Tulip glass, teasing the eye and drawing the full senses to its aromatic bounty within. Some floweriness and green apple and light hints of caramel emerge. There may be grander styles but for its own type of beer Duvel is the incomparable, and certainly none are more stunning to look at. <P> Footnote: I aged a few corked bombers of this - in under two few years a little sweetness drops out leaving a rather fetching, wine-like flavor profile quite different from the above deScription - perhaps another level of beer altogether in overall appeal and certainly taste and mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Has a nice citrus, bitter, wheat flavor like a cross between a witbeir and a saison. A very dry finish. Excellence hazy golden yellow appearance.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2005
My father in law bought a bunch of these (gotta love Europe!). It definately has the fine qualities you associate with Belgian beer (slight effervescence, high ABV, flowery intense aroma and taste, etc). But, there is a dryness with the aftertaste which seems a bit bitter to me. Without that, I’d definately rate this beer higher. If it was more bubbly, that would be a plus too.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 2, 2005
The best Belgian triple? Maybe. The biggest problem with this one is the kick, which if you’re not careful with you’ll be regretting it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - OCT 31, 2005
I just could not get this beer to pour well. wet glass, slow pour down side, nothing worked for me. the pilsner malts give this beer a hint of european pilsner taste which like and dislike. its nice because it brings back memories of my trips to europe but i dont really think it fits in this beer. I do like the "guarenteed not fresh" on the box, i mean its fermented meaning not fresh right.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Bottle. Poured a golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma is very light and yeasty. The taste was light but full of Belgian yeast, which makes for an interesting flavor. Not much flavor is left on the palate. A very good beer, maybe a bit overrated in my opinion.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2005
750ml bottle: Sweet floral aroma, golden yellow in color, slightly bitter taste, slightly fizzy. Good, but I’ve had better belgian ales.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blake71 (4) - Rockville, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2005 does not count
Golden in appearance with a frothy head. Extremely dry flavor with a light bitter taste. Refreshing beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Bottle. Lightly malty, sweet aroma. Maybe a little like yeasty bread. Huge foamy head, like a root beer float. The head is big to the point of ridiculousness. Appearance is a light golden straw with lots of active bubbles, and almost cloudy. Taste is light and sweet; almost like honey without the honey aftertaste. Maybe a little citrus acidity, but very faint. Light mouth feel with smooth carbonation. After taste is light, barely there. Feels thick in the back of the throat after drinking. Alcohol bite is virtually non existent after an initial kick. Pretty refreshing. If I was more of a lager guy, I imagine that this would be like the shining example of what most lagers are trying to be. That being said, this beer is pretty overrated, and just doesn’t have enough flavor or complexity to make me buy it again, especially for $14 for a 4 pack.


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