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

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RATINGS: 3824   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a slightly hazy, straw-gold with a small white head on top. Good retention, and there’s plenty of lace left behind. The nose is sharp with Belgian yeast, sour citrus, dry grass, coriander. This one starts out really spritzy and a bit harsh. A massive amount of carbonation on the palate. Thankfully, though, this smooths out as I sip. Gets much more mellow and cleans itself up. A bit dry on the finish. Wonderful balance on this one. Completely understand now why this one is rated so highly. Spice, tart yeast, lemon zest, dry crackers. Just a touch of alcohol rounds this one out. Man this is incredibly balanced! Nothing really overpowers here, but every flavor plays their part and adds to the whole. A spectacular beer. This is a style I don’t drink very often as I haven’t had many that I really crave, but this one jumped to the top of this list. One I will revisit again and again.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (710) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Slightly cloudy, very low hops light maltiness, smooth and lighter, better with time ...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syfher (46) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle of 33cl. Very nice beer, unique in her kind, and so very difficult to explain. Just try it !

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Daanminator (120) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2014
Opzich is dit een mooi biertje. Drinkt me toch niet zo makkelijk weg omdat er een overload aan koolzuur in lijkt te zitten waardoor je bij elke slok een vol gevoel krijgt. Kwa smaak en bouquette een voldoende verder.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stefanos (98) - POLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle. Straw, hazy, thick white head with some lacing. Aroma mainly of herbs and spices with some hay but also solvent notes. Taste is rather sweet with some refreshing sourness and bitter pepper-like finish. For its abv really drinkable. A devilish trick, no wonder!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (217) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2014
BBD 7/16. Clear very light amber pour (pale gold). Superb head, lacing and retention. Wonderful nose of spicy Belgian yeast, banana, sweet fruit (pear with hints of orange) and subtle biscuit. Light medium body, yet nice and slick. Heavily carbonated with rich effervescent rushes throughout the profile. The flavor profile is of normal intensity, complex and balanced. The 8.5% alcohol is perfectly hidden. It begins with the fruit flavors, then flows into a light biscuit sweetness. In the middle, an effervescent light hop bitterness emerges coupled with a light note of pepper. The finish is rather clean, somewhat dry and a light bitterness lingers a bit over a blend of the previous flavors while notes of clove come to the forefront. World Class and one of the highest scores I’ve ever given.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
filippomassari (6) - Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014 does not count
Golden colour with a white persistent foam. Lively carbonization. medium sweetness, lightly bitter. In general, a nice a drinkable beer with a strong and unique taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laakus (22) - Nossebro, - OCT 19, 2014
Light golden color. Nose is dry. Taste is bitter with a light touch of alcohol. Drygt finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niknyk (2) - FINLAND - OCT 19, 2014 does not count
Poured from 33 cl bottle. Hazy, light golden colour with huge head with excellent retention and lacing. Nose is fruity and yeasty. Taste follows the nose with malty and citrus notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Slight bitterness. Medium body with excellent carbonation. Overall, a very drinkable and tasty beer.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
graf0 (95) - POLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Duvel jest w kolorze jasnego złota. Przy przelewaniu tego piwa powstaje obfita piana, która jest za rzadka oraz szybko jej ubywa. Na jej plus jest to, że obwódka pozostaje do samego końca picia. W zapachu jest to piwo mocno przyprawowe, pieprzowe, fenolowe, lekka wanilia, toffi, brak zapachu alkoholu co przy 8,5 % robi wrażenie. W smaku mamy wyraźną goryczką, trochę alkoholową. Smak gorzki uzupełniają akcenty alkoholowe oraz jakiś gorzkich owoców. Całość bukietu smaku dopełniają delikatne nuty słodowe. W odczuciu jest to piwo średnio wytrawne, bardzo mocno nasycone dwutlenkiem węgla.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"i like the head, but after that it really did nothing for me that would make it stand out from any other belgian blonde/strong. That said, it’s pretty good, just not unique."


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