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


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RATINGS: 3797   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Enough cannot be said about its appearance: a fountain of bubbling through the middle and a beautifully uneven pockmarked rocky head. As for the rest of it, there is some complexity--blunt Goldings hoppiness, tripel-style fruit, citric aroma, but I think Allagash does all this just as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Small bottle. A lively light golden color with a white head. Light, fresh, and springing to life. Not as deep and complex as many beligan strong ales, the Duvel goes for powerfully simple. The nose has light fruits like banana and apples and citrus. It is somewhat dry and zesty. I had to wait for the beer to warm to enjoy much of what Duvel has to offer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Clear light golden, some chill haze; rocky, cavernous head. Pronounced nose: yeasty with a slight fruitiness. Assertive, tingly and sharp palate. Malts are cracker/bread-like with some toasted notes; kind of light. Nice and spicy saaz. Dryish finish with lasting spicy notes. Not bad at all, but not entirely complex either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
document (36) - USA - FEB 5, 2003
Outrageous amount of carbonation. Too much for my taste, but indeed the bubbles are miniscule. Not bad, but not very remarkable, either. Some yeast (lots, actually), some malt, some hops. That particular standard Belgian ale flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2003
tornado of tiny bubbles and an awesome craggy head, sharp yeasty aroma, creamy with slight spiciness and a creamy hoppy finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scpullen (25) - Hitchin, Herts, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2003
marvellous golden ale, its the standard Belgian strong. Nice and soft on the palate, with fresh carbonation feel. If you've never tried a Belgian beer before, and are reluctant, this would be a really great one to start off with

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003
Head is initially large, white, fully lasting. Begins to slide and give the head a mountain look. Body is hazy light yellow with dense tiny particles. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, citrus - grapefruit and lemon), moderately malty (cookie, light bread). Flavor is moderately sweet, acidic, and bitter. Medium to full body, dry and creamy texture. Decent beer but a little to citrusy and hoppy for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Murky yellow with a huge head. Crispy citrus feel to the aroma and taste, and some alcohol flavor creeping in there. A bit too strong for me, but a good complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2003
Brewed using an elaborate sequence of fermentations and maturation lasting 3 months after brewing. Pours with the obligatory massive head that is dense and creamy. Its appearance is pale golden almost pilsner like. Flavours reminiscent of orange zest Poire William and has a light dry finish. Apparently it can be served very cold as an aperitif or warm as a fruity digestif. This is a rich and complex beer that is a true world classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Just not my cup of tea. Very strong stuff, but not bad, just not my cup of tea.

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