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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 3792   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (1938) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Great dinner-time beer. I really enjoy its complex flavour with a delicate dinner like chicken or fish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2002
For a golden colored beer, it had a lot of strong spicy flavor as well as aroma. I was very surprised especially by the first flavour which was almost minty.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Interesting how this brew is so light and bubbly in appearance, yet so rich in flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Poured a golden color, massive white foam head that disapatd slowly leaving plenty of lace on the glass, citrus aroma. sweet malty tastte with a touch of spice, very easy to drink. nice

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Nice frothy head, with plenty of lace. Citrusy aromas abound. Fruity, spicy taste. Very drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - NOV 8, 2002
this was a good brew but there are alot of belgian stong ales on the market that are way better than duvel, however, duvel is a very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Pours pale gold with a massive crown of stiff white foam. The foam fades unevenly, leaving peaks and crags. It actually looks fairly dry and sticky. I had expected the body to be cloudy from yeast, but it was clear. The yeast was firmly attached to the bottom and I had not left any beer in the bottle to swirl with thinking that enough yeast would come out that I wouldn’t have too since I wasn’t wanting a lot of yeast in the beer. The aroma was typical spiciness of the style, with a little of the spicy noble hops (saaz) complimenting the yeast spice. Lemon and a faint sweetness were also present. Duvel seems a bit maltier than other belgian strong pales. Besides the malt and typical yeasty flavors, there was a very faint hint of vanilla and cantaloupe melon. There was also a very faint cheese flavor in the finish. The flavor leaves the palate quickly and is rather dry. I was expecting more spice from this beer, but it’s actually quite balanced (possibly because the yeast was stuck in the bottle).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 4, 2002
RE-RATE: Ahh, Duvel, it’s been a while. This takes me back to the days when I could go to the store and pick any 4 beers off the shelf and I’d never have had them. Champagne-ish appearance. Bready, clovish, a good malt/hops balance. A bit too light and plain. Dry, somewhat coarse finish. They just can’t quite do it like the monks can... Original rating 7-3-7-4-12 11/18/2001: TONS of head on this guy. The flavor was a bit sharp and strong. Not bad overall, but other Belgians are better.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Great beer! This thing has a huge, dense head that stuck around for the entire beer. When I was finished, there was still a good deal of foam sitting in the bottom of the glass. To boot, I was using a broad-mouthed Belgian Ale glass. It had a delightfully smooth hoppy fruit taste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2002
Re-rate: 750ml champagne corked bottle. Use-by date 05-04-02. Hazy gold/orange colour, beautiful white lasting head with small compact bubbles and nice lace. The nose is quite yeasty and a touch floral, its classically belgian. Flavour, is a touch of sweetness, with a dry yeastyness towards the finish, some hops towards the finish, with a toucvh of alcohol and a bit chalky or something, quite mellow aswell as being acidic and bitter, a classic.


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