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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4287   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krausen (102) - USA - AUG 17, 2005
Really carbonated, soft phenolic and ester. Nice clean but somewhat boring belgian. Amazing clarity for being bottle conditioned.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2421) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Paler than any pale lager I have seen except maybe an ultra light. Super monsterous and super foamy head. Aromas of pear and apple. Flavor of spice and alcohol. Not bad stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 Light yellow color with a massive foamy head. Aromas of spice and pears. Soft banana and fruit spiced bread flavors. Efervescent with an almost champagne like yeast quality. A little more astringent than other Belgians I have tried. Somewhat of a citrus sour flavor going on. Good beer nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 Amazingly sour, yet balanced flavor help this one stand out about many other belgians. It has very many strong flavors all going on, but the balance keeps it centered, and keeps it extremely drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
The Devil, you say! The head mounded like freshly whipped cream and lasted. The color was not unlike chartreuse. The flavor was acidic and sweet with green apples and white wine. Dry, medicinal finish with some black pepper.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 14, 2005
The bottle poured a clear pale golden liquid with a soft creamy white head that lasted throughout and left beautiful lacing on the glass. The aroma had a subtle malt undertone almost covered by a soft, sweet, fruity character and notes of clove and pepper. The body was light with medium-to-high carbonation and a crisp texture. The flavor started off with sweet malt and spices and quickly matured to a definite alcohol warmth and pepper in the middle. The finish was long and the warmth and pepper persisted.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SlamBam (1) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2005 does not count
Excellent beer, can be drunk anywhere and anytime. Itīs quite refreshing, and does not have a overwhelming sweet alcohol taste, like Rochefort nr. 10. Perfect beer...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Belgo (154) - KÝge, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2005
Bottle; No beer in the world presents itself better in a glass than this one! Light golden with a massive rocky head that lasts all the way to the end of drinking. Aromas of poires Williams and a bit of honey. Lively on the palate thanks to high carbonation. Full bodied with pears, white peaches and slight spicyness in an off-dry style. A classic and justifiably so.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
I decided to try Duvel after Vinnie from Russian River Brewing mentioned that this was the beer that he drank most often. He even commented that heís had it for breakfast! When I first poured the Duvel, it had a large and very stable head even when poured carefully. The aroma was slightly pre-skunky. For example, if Heineken is skunky, then Duvel smelled like Heineken before it íturnedí. Great, crisp flavor, but I found it way too carbonated. Normally, I donít mind that, but in this case it detracted from the taste and made it difficult to detect flavor notes. This would be a great sunny day beer if not for the over carbonation. All in all, not too bad.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rayomatic (2) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005 does not count
My desert-island beer, provided that said island has icebergs floating by and lots of shade...you donít want to stand in the sun after this one! Remarkably refreshing for such a strong malty brew (I quite like it served colder than cellar temperature, unlike the Trappists or other strong ales that are better suited to cellar temps), with a dense carbonation sparkle reminiscent of champagne. Lots of balanced complexity and something for every part of the palate (without trying to please everyone), even a whiff of spice thatís hard to put a finger on (clove? nutmeg? or just hops?), all conspiring to disguise the alcohol content. Looks the way God intended beer to look: a rich gold youíll only find elsewhere in a haystack by Van Gogh, and a thick head thatís appropriately cloud-like, since your own head will be in the clouds after a couple. I wish I could rate the bottle, label, and glass, which would score perfect points for their classic simplicity. There are many fine copies, but only one Duvel!


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