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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Its been almost ten years since I had this devil. The taste buds are salivating. Big clingy white head. Floral in its aroma. Pale golden color. A semi-sweet, strong beer. Tasting of pears, apricots, maybe even bubble gum. Alcohol is ever present, more in the aftertaste. A truly fine beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 14, 2003
Big thick creamy head on top of a pale beer. Lots of carbonation. Spicey, estery. fruity aroma. The taste is sweet with a slight peppery flavor and the beer finished with a slight acidic bight, but otherwise fairly clean. Nice complexity. It's very good, but lacks a bit of complexity but I'd rather have a little less sweetness/acidity in favor of other of other flavors.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Amazingly clear straw-colored body with a thick, rocky head, and lively, effervescent carbonation. Sweet, clean aroma of fruit, yeast, mild hop spice and fragrance. Warm and flavorful with notes of bananas, sweet peppers, and bubble gum. Nice complexity, some noticeable acidity, and a bittersweet finish. A very good Belgian Strong Golden with properties that remind me of a crisp pilsner and a slow sipper at the same time, making this a unique brew on my palate. Duvel is core beer and one of humankind’s most elegant creations.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4091) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Beer is bright gold and clear, basically looks like a good Pils. This one tries to jump out of the glass as it pours with a lively carbonation that creates a thick white long lasting head. The head is Meringue like in consistency. The beer smells sharp and slightly herbal and fruity, accompanied by a woodiness. Has a lightly sweet taste with a complex herbal aftertaste. Lightly bitter and hoppy. Leaves one with a soft maltiness in the finish. A very light beer that hides its alcoholic strength well.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Nice light glowing golden visage, I first thought this might be a belgian white from the look of it. Nose is marked with yeast followed by some slight citrus marks. Palate is striking right off the bat and has a damn fine mouthfeel with almost no aftertase. Frankly the flavor of the beer is far overshadowed by the initial strong bite and following crispness.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Gold in color with a beautiful head of tiny bubbles. Smell of hops, bannanas. Crisp ginger ale flavor up front--must be the coriander. Lots of fruit flavors: bannana, pear apples. Different flavors materialize all over the palate. Nice amount of hops in the finish. This is a well-balanced brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
This is awesome. The head is huge and white and fluffy...like a witbier. Cloudy light golden in color. I taste coriander, spice, pears, GOOD STUFF.. Honestly, this reminds me of a tripel-witbier hybrid. DRINK UP!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2003 Golden ale with a contemplative huge mushroom white head that sticks to the glass forever. Hops and lemon aroma. Complex body like every ingredient was added to the others thoroughly the tasting: citrus, good quality hops that create a memorable bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
noheinie4u (37) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2003
"Devil's Beer"...strong golden color...crisp taste...solid beer...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2003
clear,clean,gold. Great head. I really enjoy the taste of such a light refreshing beer with a surprisingly strong punch. Very Nice


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