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

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common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 4049   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 This was very good. It tastes similar to Chimay Red but not quite as good in my opinion. It was still excellent and I would drink it again. The alcohol content is hidden really well. If it didnít say it on the bottle I would not guess that the alcohol content was that high. The aftertaste was nice. It didnít dry my throat out.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dowdfather (8) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2004 does not count
Beautiful golden blonde, cloudy but bright. Head beautiful and long lasting (by design). Nice hint of fruit. Full bodied but not too heavy. Nice clean and flavorful aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Great beer. Definitely recommend using the shape of glass they recommend. It poured with a huge head that KEPT GROWING for about 5 min after the beer was poured. continuous bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Light and very drinkable

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
bottle from brewery, in duvel glass. pours with nice big head. bright aroma, slightly yeasty with a touch of fruit. flavor is wonderfully complex: different impression every time I have it. Is more bitter than most belgian strong ales, but hop flavor is perfectly balanced with full-ranging malty sweetness. alcohol is present, but not objectionable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4920) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Wheat and fruit in the aroma. The beer looks like a wit, and the head is huge and clings to the side of the glass. Flavors of apple and other fruit and wheat. I can taste the pilsner malt. Light palate, more refreshing that most of this style.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
fidemaster (288) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 One of my favorite beers, heavy, filling, fruity, creamy. Such an incredible flavor, with the right blender of cream. best head of any beer you can find. very smooth after taste. A fine wine of beers

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 I see some of my fellow Alabamian raters got their hands on some Duvel this weekend as well. Weird. What an incredible beer, though. It pours a dark, hazy gold with quite possibly the most amazing head Iíve ever seen: thick and creamy with the look of folded meringue ... it lasts forever. The aroma is fruity (banana), spicy and floral ... very complex. The flavor is sweet with a touch of salty brine. The aftertaste lingers, sweet and full of alcohol warmth. Silky smooth on the palate. An excellent beer overall.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - NOV 6, 2004
This beer...wow...this beer is amazing. I canít possibly describe the wonders of this ale in words. It is sweet, with hints of sweetness and slight, as DerBiermeister notes, saltiness. The appearance is wonderful--a strong cream-colored head with a dark amber base. The taste is extremely full with caramel, malts, hops, and a veritable abundance of goodness. In short, it tastes like happy.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 6, 2004
The Belgians simply make the best beer out there. This is of amazing quality and taste, the palate intricate and made with seeming theological love...almost...godly. I love this beer. Its head is large, its lacing pleasant, its taste sweet and yet briny, as of the ocean, tasty and full, beautiful and lovely. On the bottle it uses the word íperfectioní. It is near that.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Oh Duvel, how i love thee! This stuff is wild. Iíve had it cold, warm, in a bottle, in a pub, bought the glass, and even got a 60 minute rub down by one of the Duvel girls...in my dreams of course. I just canít get over it. You def have to experience it in the duvel tulip glass. 3 bottles into a 4 pack, and your fixated on the ascending bubbles D-middled. ...this gives it a cloud like head, which makes my head feel cloudy. Taking a sip, you come out sans-foam-mustache; Milk aint got nothing on this. Spices and Citrus nose and taste with citric malty nanners.


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