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


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RATINGS: 3827   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2003
UPDATED: APR 6, 2003 Humm, strong. But it doesn't mean its not good ! It doesn't taste the alcohol a lot, there is like a little citrus after taste ! Witch make it kinda sour. I didn't find it very complex or very fruity. Not as good as I tought but its still good and a classic ! Try it ! *** It goes up to the head real fast :P

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2003

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gelada (12) - ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2003
A classic Belgian ale. The sweetness of the higher alcohol content is well balanced with sour hops and citrus flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8110) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 Beautiful big fluffy head. This is what its all about... a wonderful nose of sweet floral spices and semi-tart bread crust. Wow... much better than the first time I rated it. Perfect balance of tartness and sourness with a sweet trippel-like flavor. My last rating, from about two years ago, was a 3.2... I think having it fresh is of great significance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2812) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2004 Interesting how everyone perceives the flavor a little differently. I got a taste of bitter orange in my glass. Belgian style sugar does not interfere with the taste, and there is a nice hoppy nose, too. That and a head that can rise above the edge of the glass like a meringue!

Additional note: Aug. 04: That last bottle from my stash had a much more sour note than I'd noticed before. Of course that's acceptable in a Belgian, though maybe less in a Belgian strong ale. This bottle was also over a year older than my first taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Anonmatel (22) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2003
Not Much can be said about this beer that hasn't been said before, but i'll keep typing anyway. peppery, fruity, heaps of flavour. i really enjoy this beer, and i don't drink it often enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 BIG ReRate: I decided to buy a 750 of Duvel to see if it was worthy of an up grade from my previous rating of 3.0, Yes it most certainly was deserving!
Pours a golden body fizzy white head. Very effervescent, explosive on the palate, light lingering notes of vanilla….. Nice subtle sweetness from the golden malts….The Alc is very warming throughout the finish, big notes of vanilla and cotton candy.
Upgrading from a 3.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1719) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Rerate, 7/01/04. Same overall score, just tweeked the other scores a little. This beer is a true classic. ORIGINAL RATING - A great beer, one of the best ever. Hoppy, bitter, earthy, and easy to drink, despite the 8.5% alcohol. I’ve tried one that was aged for about 1.5 years, and that one tasted even better, a bit smoother and somewhat creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CEZ (398) - Milano, ITALY - MAR 19, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 [re-rate] [bottle] Slightly hazy straw yellow body, towering white head. Lace cobwebs clinging to thegclass. Delicate herbal and floral aroma. No indulgence in mellow maltiness: tastes sharp and zesty right from the start, with white grapefruit notes becoming soon evident in the background. Creamy mouthfeel. Spicy with just a hint of pepper, dry and slightly acidulous without being sour. Yeasty, bitter, looong finish. Devilishly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diablokev (152) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2003
The aroma is floral and lightly hoppy. The appearance is a honey like gold, with a frothy white head, that leaves great lace. The flavor is light of spice, with a bit of a alcohol bite. The beer is a bit rough going down, but not all that bad. Overall not what I expected, but yet still fairly nice.

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