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

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RATINGS: 3793   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Wow, look at all the carbonation. This has a full palate but not overpowering. Orange zest, pears, green apples.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 Nice snowy white head which lasts the duration. Very creamy foam of very tiny bubbles. Huge carbonation. Head is sticking at least an inch above the glass. Looks great. Initial aroma of yeast then light citrus (lemon). Color is a very light gold color. Flavor is quite good with yeast, citrus fruit and some spices. Fizzy in the mouth. Finish is VERY good with a slight bitter taste, a nice alcohol warm and a finish that is a little evergreen (pine). A very drinkable ale and the "Devil" name is appropriate since it hides its alcohol very well and is easily consumed way too fast.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2003
Beautiful golden ale with a nice white foam. Nice full slightly fermented aroma. A excellent fruity flavor with a complex tastepattern of spices?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2003
Golden, a little cloudy. Beautiful, large white head (pillow-like!?!). Fruity aroma with a little bit of spice and citrus. Soft, fresh (little sweet, acidic, bitter), complex! The high ABV is hard to detect.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2003
11.2oz bottle. Large pure white head, rocky, growing reaching out of my tasting glass minutes after the initial pour, weird. Hazy, straw color. Steady stream of bubbles rising up through this beer, keeping the head strong. Spicey hop nose with some breadyness and hints of alc. also.Medium body, effervescent mouthfeel. Slightly sour, dry with some nice fruity flavors. Finishes dry with a crisp hop bite. The laceing and head were intense, right to the last sip. Very nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hp38 (4) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2003 does not count
Really nice golden color with hazy swirls in it, Nice taste but a bit to strong for my personal taste

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2003
Pours a nice slightly hazy golden color and look at all the bubbles! Has a grand head that really doesn't disappear, it just follows your progress down the side of the glass. Spicy lemon aroma. Medium bodied and tangy, with a sour note that I didn't find at all offensive. Dryish finish and the alcohol is noticeable but not pushy. Yes, very good, very interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - JUN 11, 2003
Really god beer. A strong citrus taste mixed with some spice. The alcohol taste is really sweet, it's hard to believe it is so high.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Beautiful clear pale gold color, with a gorgeous head of white foam, with pinpoint carbonation thanks to the bottle conditioning. Smells like freshly mown hay and yeast, with something kind of funky going on also. Palate is perfect, no bite, smooth. The flavor of Duvel always surprises me, shockingly complex for such a lightly colored beer. The hay and yeast are still there, but so is an amazing interplay of malts and hops. The faintest touch of alcohol warmth at the end, sort of a subtle reminder of the velvet hammer lurking around in this beer. Just fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2004 Hazy light gold color with a lagrge white head. Plenty of citrus and spice in the nose. Big-bodied with plenty of carbonation. Flavor filled with spices and fruit, namely banana and citrus fruits. Slight warming on its way down and a smooth finish. Very nice.


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