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


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RATINGS: 3986   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3189) - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - OCT 31, 2002
A truly outstanding drink. pour this slowly as it forms a a very firm frothy head with a nice citrus aroma. It has the pale straw colour of a lager but it is much mpre complex. A slighly sweet taste with hints of spices(I even detected a vanilla-like taste) and fruits. Very drinkable and quite refeshing- careful ias the alcohol content is quite high and this is a beer that can sneak up on you. It is bottle conditioned and should improve with age. i would like to buy a few bottles to cellar and taste later on. This is the classic Belgian golden ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2014 Rerate After over 11 years, not really much has changed . Nice coriander spiciness, some cake mix sweetness, lemony tartness. Original 4.0 Frothy, never dissipating white head with lots of lace. Citrusy, tart aroma and a cloudy, yellowish appearance. Very drinkable considering the high alcohol content. Flavor - a bit fruity and malty. Overall - a good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 27, 2002
Pours with a rocky head. Very light golden/straw color. Nice aromas of malt and bubblegum, some citrus too? Very drinkable considering the abv. Not my fav but good nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Nice smooth head that stays for the whole drinking experince nice smotth maltiness taste the hops at the very end one of my favorite beers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 Best belgian strong Ale I have ever had. Poured into the special Duvel Belgian bowl glass with a huge head that stayed huge till the end. The head looked like big fluffy clouds, and the beer looked like straw color- with a little haze. Extremely carbonated- but not spritzy and is stil easy to drink without too much bubbly action in my stomach. Like I said- very smooth and easy to drink. Awesome spicy and earthy aroma. Quite complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rolo99 (29) - USA - OCT 20, 2002
This stuff really packs a punch. Great flavor, alcohol is beautifully masked. Smells like peanut butter

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