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

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RATINGS: 3861   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparhawk (8) - Karlskoga, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2003 does not count
One of the best belgian beers and that says a lot for me. Very good taste and aftertaste, the only sad thing is that it is too expensive here in Sweden

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Carbonated yes it is, golden color with a moderate head. Has that Champaign feeling in the mouth that is not all that unusual in a Belgian beer. Its a bit light I would say at the risk of being excommunicate by the beer gods that this Belgian uses too much sugar. A bit cidery, nice hop profile lightly bitter a very refreshing beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Light and crisp. Starts semi-sweet, goes to an alcohol taste, then finishes very dry. Cloudy golden color.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 26, 2003
Very pale straw color and famous big thick head. Strong and rich lace. Aroma of fruits (apples, pears) and hops. Yeasty, alcoholic and fruity flavors, quite smooth. I expected much more...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2003 What a ridiculous head(like whipped cream)Great beer.Mellow yet somewhat hoppy.Smells kinda ordinary w/o the yeast at the bottom poured in.Lower the price,it'd be twice as nice.Alcohol becomes more apearant when warm/easy to drink & very good but only a "devil of a beer" if better than all other beers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Bottle. Poured hazy light golden with a huge white head that lingered and lingered. Aroma is yeasty, fruity, malty with spice and hops. Flavor is definitely interesting, sour apples, spice, bitter hoppiness, sourdough and alcohol. Medium body, and moderate carbonation. A treat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2003
This started off immediately fruity sweet and thick, then alcohol flavors in the middle, and finally dry with hops at the end. As it warmed, some wheat characteristics came into play. Color was pale hazy gold; excellent head and lacing. A very enjoyable Belgian.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Kind of spicy, slightly better than your average belgian strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4501) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
The Cellar, St. Andrews. Golden color. Good fruit nose and taste. A bit floral as well. Certainly does not taste as strong as it is.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Duvel is divine. Duvel is delicious. Duvel is delightful. Duvel is indescribably great. Duvel might bean Devil in flemish, but it seems heaven sent to me. If loving this beer is sacrilegous, then I'd gladly go to Hades. I had it for the first time on my 21st birthday a few weeks ago, and I cannot get this beer out of my mind. I think I am infatuated with it. It's wonderful. Everyone whom I have shared this brew with agrees. Pick it up if you can, it is definitely worth it. Beautiful blonde, clear color that is reminiscent of a normal lager/piss beer, but the head is frothy and delicious as hell. It feels delicious in the mouth and continues to taste great all the way down. Fruity and sweet, the smell sort of reminded me of a glass of apple juice from my youth. Overall, I think it could be my favorite beer. "This is a devil of a beer."


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