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

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RATINGS: 4091   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 Yellow colour. Huge head, very creamy and persistent. Hints of citrus in the nose. The flavour is sour, spicy and yeasty with fruity (citrus and peach) notes. The finish is quite alcoholic and bitter. A good Belgian strong.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2003
The classic "Belgian blonde" in coloration--yellow with a white head--nose--coriander and funky yeast--and flavor--slightly sweet malt with a peppery, coriander spice tone and a touch of bitterness. A little to hot/spicy for my taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GearHead (32) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2003
A great taste from beginning to end. Hints of citrus tickle dance on your taste buds as the carbonation lifts you away.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eirikur (377) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - FEB 25, 2003
UPDATED: APR 3, 2003 The duvel is very nice and hides the alcahol very well. It is a bit on the heavy side though. A Belgian classic

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2003
My expectations were shattered when I first had this beer. This was my first Belgian Ale, and I had expected more. Extremely fizzy and slightly skunky. Perhaps I had a bad bottle, but I won't be trying this for a while. I'll stick to English brews.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Found this in Zuri in the MGM Grand in vegas, this made my day!!! good beer in the middle of that vrazy ass city is soo hard to find sometimes and this helped so much. great golden clear color with a white head that was wonderfully full. yeasty sweet aroma. the flavor was yeasty and slightly alcoholic with malt to back it up. the alcohol was definitely finding me by the end of the glass.

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 (11473) - 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!


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