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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Pours a thick white head with a consistency similar to shaving cream. Taste is similar to Chimay but could hide the alcohol a little better. Aftertaste is similar to that of a cheap domestic beer but initial flavor is strong and wheaty. A good beer but Chimay is a better choice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 The best blond beer in the world (well so far...for me), rich, refreshing, yeasty, winey, some liquer like taste, delicate bitterness from the hops, one of the best beers out there, what a treat...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Very nice golden ale with a nice head. Kind of reminds me of Orval, but not as good. Best served in one of Duvelís signature tulip glasses.

   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.

   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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5331) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
fidemaster (296) - 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

   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.

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