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


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RATINGS: 4142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2005
330 ml bottle. Pours a beautiful pillowy white head with peaks in the center. Color is like a weizen but without the cloudiness. Shows the bubbly carbonation of a bottle conditioned beer. Aroma (while the beer is covered with the head) is typical "wheat beer" with faint banana and citrus (mainly tangerine) notes. Flavor is rather fundamental, with forcefully carbonated maltiness (Pilsner malts per text on the bottle) carrying elements of honey and a slight bit of hops to the middle. Could use more hops in my opinion. Finish is largely weizen, with some of the alcohol showing through. Though more like a higher-quality weizen than the typical Belgian artisan ale, Duvel is still commendable - and at 8.5% it might sometimes be like the "devil in Flemish".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2005
Bottle. Looks fantastic, pale yellow (almost like champagne) with a reasonable creamy head that retains well and plenty of lacing. Aroma is subtle - sweet, spicy with hints of honey. Taste is very well balanced starting sweet and finishing slightly bitter. Alcohol is well hidden and hardly noticable. Could drink a lot more of these if only I could afford to the ridiculous prices you need to pay over here.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
on7bwb (1) - BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2005 does not count
Very fruitish beer with a huge foamy white head. It takes some practise to get it nice in the glass. Strong taste afthertase. This is my favorite beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2005
Bottled. Yellow colour, huge white foamy head, lacing. Fruitish malty aroma with hints of alcohol. Fruitish flavour with strong taste of alcohol. Sweetish aftertaste with a sting of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2005
No matter how slow I pour, the head is huge...foamy and rocky, long lasting. Pale light,straw-yellow colour, active carbonation. Flavours of pear and lemon, though alcohol is not present, the taste is quite bitter, I could use a little more sweetness and body, as I’ve come to expect of a Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Pours a hazy yellow color. Has a foamy white head. Aroma is somewhat yeasty. A little bit of a grainy aroma a well with some spice. Flavor is somewhat yeasty with spice and a touch of alcohol present. Finish is grainy and bitter. I’m not really too impressed. Alright stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2005
Pours golden, large white firm head. Fresh, acidic aroma. Nice blonde flavour, hides the alcohol quite well. Fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DemonHunter (1) - BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2005 does not count
A very nice strong Belgian beer. It tastes exactly how it looks like. I have only one advice : Enjoy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kyuss (21) - BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2005
Looks great, tastes even better. Quite bitter and quite strong. Best named beer I ever encountered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
This beer was recommended to me by a friend whose beer tastes I trust quite a bit. What I discovered was that this particular kind of beer is not for me. Quite a lovely appearance, especially in a nice duvel abbey glass, and not bad just before dessert (but of course after a meal, good lord not on an empty stomach). Everything seemed to agree with me until I actually tasted it--far too full of a spirits-like aftertaste for me. Not my thing, but pretty interesting nonetheless.

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