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

bottled
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RATINGS: 4065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2003
i feel that what this site reeeealllly needs is a 344th rating of this beer. in that spirit of contribution, i freed this pent up devil of it's wire manacle and pulled the cork. it burst out suddenly with a healthy indignation, like it had been leaning heavily against the door in a long fervor to be free. even a delicate decanting excites an enormous head, a billowy two inch preacher's collar of meringue, in a clever white deception of purity. even diminishing, it maintained a floating island of foam, like a huge marshmallow ebbing slowly into hot chocolate. the beer itself is less attractive: a yeast-washed pastel yellow like a dingy old lampshade. nose of carbon dioxide, fine sawdust, fresh cucumber, and apple-soaked lemon grass. this is a beer that evolves like antedeluvian life forms across an epic 25 ounces of sipping: as the carbonation softens and the abundant residual yeast joins the mixture, it brings more fruity notes to the apex of flavors through warming. carbonation cools from fireworks to merely brisk, spicy and woody taste, a ream of starchy office paper, and white grapes. some sweetness, yet not enough apparent alcohol, and modest hop tapers to transparency before much of a finish is registered, though a shadowy grapefruit pulp bitterness whispers from the darkness. like a dense wheat beer, it's all a vehicle for yeast, akin to cider and lemon seeds. still it manages to be delicious, in spite of combining a host of characteristics somewhat removed from what i consider my favorite things.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (11377) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2003
Its hard to add much to what has been written so far. Light peachy colour with a firm foamy head. There is spice, fruit and alcohol all at once. I'm pleased to say I have the corect glass for this, I'm not sure how much it adds to the drink but it give a sense of achievment. A great beer, but not the best Belgian Strong.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2003
This pours so beautifully with a 2 finger head that resembles sea foam. It is still clinging to the side of my glass in foamy bubbles. It is the color of grapefruit and some of the aromas seem to resemble it also. It has robust floral, fruity aroma and champagne like bubbles. I didn't expect this much carbonation but it fills the mouth nicely and leaves a wonderful silky, almost oily, finish. The flavors don't clobber you but, instead they delicately enlighten you to their presence. A floral, fruity and somewhat spicy taste. So drinkable. Refreshing, but I can't get enough. I wish I could change all my other ratings after this one. It may set the tone for the future which is perfect for my century mark. Thanks to mfsw for suggesting this brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Incarpathia (21) - Edmonds, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
A favorite of the more alcohol intensive brews. Available just about everywhere in the NW, this devil is indeed a classic!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Hazy straw yellow in color with a thin rim of foam. Nice zesty yeasty profile with the alcohol ever so slightly biting at my mouth...a true classic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 Before I do ANY tasting, I should mention that I am trying this out of the little 11.2 oz bottle...the only thing available here. First thing...LOTS of head, here. Haven't even poured it all...and it has headed up fully twice! The anticipation is killing me!!! OK...the head is finally down...the anticipation is over...and...IT'S GOOD! Nice appearance for a pale belgian, and good flavor...and the high ABV is far from obvious, making this beer one that goes down easy and hits hard about 1/2 an hour later.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Pours a hazy blond with a strong yellowish head. The initial aroma is of citrus fruits, possibly lemon or orange but is followed by spice and floral hops. The taste is very reminescent of La Fin Du Monde. Almost exact to me. Therefore I enjoyed this beer. The carbonation does leave a zip to the mouthfeel and it finishes somewhat dry. Not as impressed as some others have been. It's good but not great. Recommended though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ferox (84) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2003
Ridiculous head. About three inches thick. Slightly cloudy golden appearence. Really doesnt taste 8.5% ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Enough cannot be said about its appearance: a fountain of bubbling through the middle and a beautifully uneven pockmarked rocky head. As for the rest of it, there is some complexity--blunt Goldings hoppiness, tripel-style fruit, citric aroma, but I think Allagash does all this just as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2605) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Small bottle. A lively light golden color with a white head. Light, fresh, and springing to life. Not as deep and complex as many beligan strong ales, the Duvel goes for powerfully simple. The nose has light fruits like banana and apples and citrus. It is somewhat dry and zesty. I had to wait for the beer to warm to enjoy much of what Duvel has to offer.


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