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

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RATINGS: 3843   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Pours cloudy yellow with large white head. Yeast/fruit aroma. Sweet start with lots of spice and a beautiful hop finish. Dry aftertaste. I can't taste the 8.5%, but afterwards, I can feel the warmth. One of my all time favorites.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3272) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 30, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 A thinner color than expected. Yeast and fruit make up the aroma and the taste is sweeter than expected and unbalanced. Many strong belgians out there much better but this one is enjoyable. RERATE Bottle sampled at pint 19 in Dubai int airport Pours lightly orange hue lite haze with a small fizzy white head. Nose is lots of belgian malt floral and a touch of heat. Very true to style. Flavors are floral fruity lots of belgian character. Has a musky note as well especially on the finish this is very good! Long fruity and sligbt spicy finish! Very nice!

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1305) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Frothy head that overflowed the glass. The beer had been on ice for three days. This is fifth of my Christmas beers. The straw color was cloudy. Flavor was drinkable but not noteworthy. This is an easy beverage to drink but not a remarkable beer. Christmas 2005 I enjoyed my second Duvel in the 22 oz bottle. This was a tough one to pour. Everytime the head overwhelmed the glass and beer was wasted. The color is almost clear with a hint of straw. The head had serious lacing. This beer is like a low alcohol wine. Being a Porter man this is not special.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Tasty stuff. Not really my style, but enjoyed it a lot. Very light piss color beer with excellent fluffy white head on top. Flavor is lemony. Very crisp and drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2003
Hazy golden ale with a huge foamy white head. Aroma of yeast and cookies. Taste is hoppy with a bitter finish. Alcohol is present both in the nose and mouth. A good warming beer, excellent for cold winter evening.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Nice golden color with large white rocky head. very nice boquet and crisp spicy flavor

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2003
spicy aroma; pale amber in color with a thin white head; the same spiciness is in the taste, and the finish is an odd combination of sweet and bitter; very complex

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 aroma is of spicy alcohol with some aromas that I associate with stout, I can't quite put my finger on it yet, pears also present in the aroma. hazy golden with rocky white head. complex spicy alcohol flavours with fruits like pear also there. smooth mouthfeel, slightly drying the palate. a great flavoursome beer that I never get the chance to really concentrate with, something always comes up forcing me to rush my tasting, maybe the next one I'll be able to do a better rating as I have a couple of bottles available to me now.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2004 Bought a bottle that has been sitting in the store for a while...Best before 01/2000. Sampled 12/09/03. Poureda very pale gold color head was amazing, huge thick lacing head lasted through entire glass...probably the most notable thing about this beer...maybe the flourescent lights of the store took their toll...Slightly floral nose...I'm not gettinng anything that I've read about in other ratings...must be a bad bottle need to try some fresh... maybe I just don't like this one but it is unusual for my rating to be this far from the mark. RE-RATE: Fresh bottle straight from Belgium. It arrived 2 days ago with a freind who visited there. All writing on the bottle is in Flemish and French. Poured a hazy yellow color with a huge airy head that was quick to dissipate. Strong smell of banana with a slight spiciness to it. Flavor is malty with very mild fruit hints, very complex. Very crisp taste. Smooth and very drinkable beer. Much better this go-round.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Fruity aroma and a golden body with snow white head. Dry but not so dry. Worthy of its popularity.


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