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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 3861   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2002
I donít know how to compare this to the others Iíve tried in this style. The color is that of a golden sunrise, very nice in the glass. The head is weak and disappears quickly. Initial taste is slightly medicinal with a little mint thrown in, but not at all unpleasant, and a little like very dry champagne. Itís just so different from Chimay, for example, except maybe the white and I donít like that much anyway. This ale is spicy and may be an acquired taste. I like it, and it is much better with slightly greasy food, Iím just not sure how much or if I want it again. Maybe right time, right place.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2002
A great beer. I think Chimay is better but still good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Corked 750ml: Pours a light hazt straw color with a large rocky white head, earthy lemon aroma with light fruits and bubblegum, medium bodied with a bitter aftertaste, starts and ends lighty bitter, carbonation starts full and fizzy but dies down to mellow at by the end. A true classic.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpm8920 (152) - Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2002
pretty good beer...flavor was unique but fullfilling

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hugerat99 (26) - USA - FEB 1, 2002
Nice and spicy, very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2002
Always a great example of a belgium strong ale, good flavours and aromas. Duvel requires the right time and right place when having it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaveZ99 (7) - Burbank, California, USA - FEB 1, 2002 does not count
Very nice, to be sure, but a bit overratted in my opinion. Much prefer Maudite, Scaldis, and Chimay.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2002
íJokesíí review sums it up best.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2002
Iíve always found pouring Duvel a problem: huge foam! A sort of towering (over the rim of my cognac glass) turd of firm wite (and bitter tasting) foam below which shines a limpid golden brew, of which the bubbles seem to have mostly gone into the production of the foam. Fruity hoppy aroma, but no great depth. Then, in the mouth, the brew again erupts into foam. Clean, quite hoppy but also a bit soft flavour, without great complexity, again some mellowness in the medium-bitter ending. This beer has obviously more alcohol and body than pilsner, but then it lacks the immediate refreshment of (good) pils, this beer has nowhere near as much character as Westmalle tripel or, in particular, the great Orval (but then, itís not Trappist beer, either!)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2002
A decent example of the Belgian Strong Ale. It just didnít grab me like Chimay or some of the examples from Unibroue. Still worth trying, though.


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