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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: 3819   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Light fruity aroma with a hint of vegetable. Yellow color, large white head, very good lace. Light sweet, fruity, light hoppy. Short finish and a little dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tapIluv99 (41) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2001
Just the color of this beer was a turn off; too yellow for me. The beer is puzzling, not sure what to say about this one. In the future, I’ll give it another try.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2001
*sigh*. I want to like it. I really do, but I don’t. It lacks the chewy yeastiness of, say, Chimay Blue, and the finish is far too peppery. Don’t get the fruitiness in this one at all.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ssurp (23) - trenton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2001
I know its the standard Belgian strong, but a bit too peppery in the finish and the alcohol shows up a bit too much at the end also. I like Westvleteren much better.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 3, 2001
good introduction to ’weird’ Belgian beer. if that’s what you call it

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2001
I had Fin du Monde first and I found them to be virtually indistinguishable, except for the fact that Duvel is slightly drier and the alcohol is not as apparent. Great fruitiness and yeastiness, and a powerful aroma. Be sure to have it in the right glass!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
achtungpv (211) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2001
This is a fine fine brew. Two or three is all you’ll need.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeKreeft2799 (18) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2001
Five of these and you’ll need a seatbelt to stay on your stool.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 27, 2001
Nicely peppery. The 8.5% abv is slyly hidden in this smooth elixer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 had a few of these (5 i think) the other day and i wasn't HUGely impressed. it's a bit too light and tangily yeasty texturewise, although there's interesting peach/pear stuff. i know this is sposter be hoppy, and it probly is in comparison to leffe blond or something, but i didn't get too much of the stuff. maybe old bottles? the smell was kind of dusty too. i dunno. a bit flat, but still pretty drinkable. rer8 with a 750ml: wow the difference between bottle sizes is amazing. had em side by side and the smaller bottle was a lot sweeter, flatter and had less yeast and hops in the aroma (mayeb it was older?) and the big bottle was beautifully perfumey, really dry, fluffily fruity, and hoppy, with a much better rocky, frothy head on it like i remember duvel from when i first had it. there's a bit of alcohol but it's round and warming, not harsh at all. on this form it's right up in the 4's.


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