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


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RATINGS: 4107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2003
Pours a nice slightly hazy golden color and look at all the bubbles! Has a grand head that really doesn't disappear, it just follows your progress down the side of the glass. Spicy lemon aroma. Medium bodied and tangy, with a sour note that I didn't find at all offensive. Dryish finish and the alcohol is noticeable but not pushy. Yes, very good, very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - JUN 11, 2003
Really god beer. A strong citrus taste mixed with some spice. The alcohol taste is really sweet, it's hard to believe it is so high.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Beautiful clear pale gold color, with a gorgeous head of white foam, with pinpoint carbonation thanks to the bottle conditioning. Smells like freshly mown hay and yeast, with something kind of funky going on also. Palate is perfect, no bite, smooth. The flavor of Duvel always surprises me, shockingly complex for such a lightly colored beer. The hay and yeast are still there, but so is an amazing interplay of malts and hops. The faintest touch of alcohol warmth at the end, sort of a subtle reminder of the velvet hammer lurking around in this beer. Just fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2004 Hazy light gold color with a lagrge white head. Plenty of citrus and spice in the nose. Big-bodied with plenty of carbonation. Flavor filled with spices and fruit, namely banana and citrus fruits. Slight warming on its way down and a smooth finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Spicy, zesty citrus aroma. Bright straw appearance and giant rocky head. Moderately heavy body is lightened by the enormous carbonation that delivers bready, banana undertones and spicy alcohol to the roof of your mouth. Earthy, bitter & warming finish. Superlative.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Fogot how much I enjoyed this strong ale. Lovely golden color with a head as deep and white as a Vermont winter. Citrus notes galore. A pleasure to drink such a well made ale. Spices and fruits surface as you drink more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Nice looking golden ale with a head white as snow. Interesting aroma, like another rater said almost a buttery aroma. Very smooth and drinkable despite the unnoticable high abv. I've never had this one before but it reminds me of the Urthel I had recently. I also taste a blend of fruit but nothing leaping out at me. This ale gives me a very relaxing feeling and I can see why some have such an affinity for it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thrashman (4) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2003 does not count
The head on this beer is like ice cream...just amazing. Golden color with just the right body. Hint of fruitiness at the start and then finishes clean with a warming of the throat. Very drinkable strong beer, the alchohol is very well hidden. Excellent Beer!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Cloudy yellow color.Aroma is fairly sour but taste is sweet. Orange seems to be the strongest fruit that you taste. A little malty towards the end but it finishes smooth. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2904) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2007 Is it wrong that I refuse to drink this without the Duvel glass? An old favorite, an early encounter once I passed the gateway. The myth and wonder that solidify this beer is its beauty. As the picture shows it pours as a wonder, especially when seen early in one’s journey. The head is beautifully large and thick (heavenly clouds). The body is clear pale golden color, with complete clarity, which makes the vortex created in the glass visible. Aroma is pilsner malt rich, which I would usually dislike. However, the crispy pils aroma works well with the structure of the beer. It is backed up by Belgian yeasty sweetness and light bubblegum. Creating a juxtaposition of a light airy pils aroma and a heavier sweet Belgian aroma. But at the same time conveying a great freshness in the beer, as if its was just bottled and sent to you. Taste again is pils heavy but faint on the Belgian yeast aspects, which are more apparent in the aftertaste. I feel it is these characteristics that will emerge if this were aged (I hope to one day experiment). It leaves a sustained white bread sweetness. The bottom of the glass is all crazy, slight spices mixed with meaty fruitiness (I know its sounds weird) and light banana. Again, I tend to believe it is these flavors that will come out more as it ages. Another wonderful aspect of this beer is its mouthfeel. The body is perfectly medium but the carbonation is extremely strong. Feels like all the sense are getting tickeled by the beer. Making it very airy and light on the cheeks, yet defintely present. There is a light herbal-hop bitterness left at the edge of the throat. In the past, often I thought this would always be a staple in my household. However, it no longer is (fortunately it is a staple at my father’s home).

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