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


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RATINGS: 4285   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Maybe the greatest beer in the world. Sets the standard (oft-copied) of the light-but-lethal golden Belgian ale. Appearance is amazing, with the huge, lemon meringue-like head, sticky lacing which has to be lightly scrubbed to be removed! Fruity, tangy taste, better than all of it's imitators. Smooth, clean, perfectly balanced. Need I say more? Seems a little taken for granted these days, but this is the real deal. Long live king Duvel!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2004
A golden yellow beer with a hugh frothy head that stayed with the beer for the whole ride.Tastes of a pilsner with some hints of alcohol.Finish was clean and felt the alcohol was hidden well on the ride down to the stomach.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
330ml bottle. Pale yellow with a huge, white, foamy head that leaves excellent lacing. Fresh aroma holds a grassy hop character with notes of green apple and pear. Light-bodied, with an energetic, but unobtrusive, carbonation which is evident from the streams of bubbles in the glass. Lively palate unleashes flavours that are well-balanced between the bread and grain character of the pale malts, and the drier, slightly citrusy bitterness of the hops. Appetizingly dry finish. After not having had this for some time, a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2004
If it looks like a Tripel and smells like a Tripel, it's probably a Belgian Strong Ale. I'm surprised I haven't tried this beer yet. The body is cloudy yellow/yellow-orange and topped by a big, puffy white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma is quite complex and pleasant, very estery, with lemon, clove, pepper and white wine notes. Flavor is dry and vinous with a touch of alcohol, spice, and finishing with alcohol. A nice estery beer that doesn't quite differentiate itself from the pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Strong alcohol scent and flavor, nice fizzy mouthfeel, but not very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
incredible drinkablitility light, yet strong. The flavor is balanced but the abv is high enough to have you singing by early early evening. This review is from notes. The nose is malty yet I can slightly smell the aromatic hops. The taste is sharp and yeasty , the prototytpical belgian strong ale, but witth hops to boot. The flavor is even and balanced yet strong enough to beat an average beer to a bloody pulp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Had a huge, white head. Very light gold colored, like a lager. Lots of lacing in the glass. The nose had a slight some peaches and some soapy hops. There is also some light spring rain scent. The flavor is fairly simple. Apple, port and some cinnamon. Finishes clean and spicy. This is a classic and deserves to be called one. I have had this several times now from small and large bottles. Always a pleaure to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 Re-rate I know this ale is common, but it is uncommonly good. It combines mild and bold throughout. This devil could start and/or finish any session!
750ml caged bottle. Massive soapy head. Misty golden color. Perfume and floral aroma, with grapefruit coming thru the strongest. Lively carbonation adds life to the palate. Lightly toasted bread flavor. Warm, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Finally trying this stuff. Don't know why I never got around to it. Best bydate is 06/2006, so its a 2003 vintage. Aroma is spicy with hints of bananas and other yeasts. Pour is a partly cloudy blonde with a huge frothy white head. Ill also give this one props on appearance cause the 12oz bottle is so damn cool looking. Lots going on here. Citrus, bananas, other spices, bitter to finish with hints of ethanol. The carbonation really tickles your tongue. Kinda like licking a 9 volt battery. Unfortunately, the aftertaste doesnt really do it for me. Somewhat unpleasant. This is a very interesting beer, and I understand why it has a love-hate relationship with its drinkers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2312) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
Sunny yellow in colour with a bit of haze, and a large head. Yeasty aroma, as one would expect from this type of beer. Tastes of buttered bread, lemon, and a hint of pepper. Warming, with a mild hops flavor on the finish.

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