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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnbeerguy (11) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Yummy!! Pours a slighly cloudy light yellow, with a nice white head. Very smooth, yeasty flavor. One of a few beers that would be quite good year round, as it has a nice crispness for the summer combined with the rich, warm, high alcohol content for the winter. Over all, combines the best qualities of a belgian ale, a trappist ale, and a whitbier all into one. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Hazy golden body, big white head, although fast disappearing. Hoppy aroma. Flavor is some malty sweetnes, with a nice finish of bitter hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Haven’t rated this in awhile, so I thought I’d give it a go again. 750 ml bottle. I never realized that these had Ommegang corks in them before... I guess they’re bottled in NY. Gorgeous beer really... very pale straw colour, a light haze and a massive rocky head that lasts forever. Light spicy yeasty nose, a touch of clove and black pepper. Light apricot and lemon citrus. The flavour is very dry with light yeasty spice. Very lean and crisp. A bit of apricot, some light yeasty notes, and a lingering spicy flavour. Crisp, lightly herbal hoppy finish. I’m always impressed by this brew... deserving of it’s world classic reputation. From a 330 ml bottle with a May, 2006 best before date. Cloudy yellow coloured with a large and rocky head. Yeasty, slightly floral aroma with rich malt, light clove, raisins and a hint of citrus. Quite spicy tasting, with clove apparent and also quite a bit of alcohol. Full bodied with a long and lightly hopped finish. 7 4 7 4 17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Parrothead (293) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2004
I had this beer from a 750ml bottle. Huge white long-lasting head. Hops evident in nose [Saaz?]Very effervescent. The first glass put me off a bit - but I warmed to this beer. By glass #2, I could see what all the hollering was about. I really nice combination of malt sweetness and hop bight. Maybe the fact that my mother was Flemish has someting to do with the fact that Belgian beers have grown on me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
11 oz bottles (with new/old white label)Everytime I come back to Duvel, I wonder why I don't always keep a 4 pack of it on hand. Talk about a beer that defines its category. Probably the most gorgeous beer you'll ever see-luscious fluffy white head, incredible clarity and yet a color that could almost pass as a "light beer"if you didn't know better. Carbonation is just about as high as any beer I've tried, but does not prickle like seltzer water. Duvel seems to hide its alchohol about as well as any beer of its strength. Always a good beer to spring on a newbie as they won't know what to think of it at all. Think of it as your "everyday belgian."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1039) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
Gigantic Pop as I opened the bottle. Pours like a lager, looks like a lager. Slight skunked hop aroma Yellow big lacey head. Some fruit roast and alcohol. Slightly sour. It's okay but that's all I really expected. It's really boozey and I didn't find the palate all that complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
This a really good looking ale, you can tell that it's good the moment you pour it. A good amount of carbonation and a taste of fruit as you first drink it and butter as you finish the sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Fruity and carbonated belgium with tons of flavor. This is an exeptional brew that is easy to drink. Perfect on the nice hot summer day in front of a bowl ful of creamy mussels and garlic bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluevegie (3069) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2004
Poured out a pale yellow colour with a large frothy white head that hung around for ages and left good lacing. Almost tropical fruit salad aroma. Lots of different flavours on the taste, honey grains melon spices etc, but all wonderfully balanced out. Hardly noticed the alcohol in this, could keep drinking it till I passed out. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2004
One thing i noticed about it was the buttery taste after it went down. the color of it was surisingly light. Massive head on there too. pretty common around here so i might have to pick it up again.

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