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

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RATINGS: 3790   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigHoss (172) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Nothing needs to be said..............................................


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bork (165) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Fruity, flowery, complex ale with a somewhat annoying champagne-like carbonation and noticeable alcohol in the finish. A little too mild for the high abv.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
buckaroobanzai (6) - - SEP 11, 2014 does not count
Again, given the ratings i found here on RB, i found this beer 60 miles away and at $20 a 4pk, was slightly concerned, but took the leap anyway. FIRST tried drinking from snifter (as i do ALL Belgians), VERY lackluster on ALL counts. Now, I’ve NEVER been a big "the glass makes the beer" follower, but on my LAST bottle, tried in a tulip Sam Adams glass and was shocked at the difference, was like a totally different beer on all counts. Will I buy again, no....but I NOW am a firm believer in the addage that the right glass DOES make or BREAK the beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (679) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
I thought this would be apropos for my 666th rating. Somehow, I had yet to rate this "devilish" brew. 750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy straw gold color with a big white rocky head. Aroma is sweet yeasty lemony malt. Slightly sulphury notes as well. First sip yields a sweet, tart, complex fruity malt character that hints of lemon peel and vanilla bean. Their is a dough-like quality that underlies this tasty ale. The Saaz hops lend an earthy, herbal, spicy character that balance this nicely. The finish is pleasantly dry and tart. Still as good as I remember when I first tasted this some twenty years ago.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
raphagalendi (3) - - SEP 4, 2014 does not count
Mto álcool no paladar, bem dourada, aroma do malte pouco presente, não gosto de cerveja com álcool mto perceptível

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
migwell (33) - - SEP 3, 2014
Used to drink this back in the ’80’s when it was more reasonably priced. Got it for a nostalgic splurge and it is pretty much the same old Duvel, easy drinking and deceptively powerful. Beautiful pale yeasty look in a tulip, nice head. This is a subtle brew, unlike so many American craft beers. No overwhelming maltiness, no overpowered hops, no alcohol taste, just a well blended, smooth, classic brew. Duvel abides.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zlotta (25) - Bonn, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2014
Yellow golden colour. Slightly hazy liquid. Long-lasting big white head. Aroma of banana and citrus but not really strong. Maybe some pineapple as well. Quite bitter. Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Overall it looks really nice but for me it is too bitter. Not my kind of beer. Shame on me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Xebbe (25) - - AUG 30, 2014
God klassiker. En viss sötma som tar lite för stor plats men allt som allt en god öl på flaska. Du vet nog vad får. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Houtmankutkop (16) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2014 Een van mijn favoriete bieren. Als heroïne maar dan zonder de bijwerkingen. Zomer of winter, avond of ochtend, in bed of in bad, kan voor mij altijd. Scherp, fris, knisperend, prikkeling op de tong. De schuimkraag alleen al is een traktatie, zakt als goede slagroom bijna niet weg. Smaak blijft lang op de tong hangen. Juiste balans in bitterheid en frisheid. Dit bier parelt als geen ander. Kan er als een tropisch aquarium uren naar kijken.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayaron (148) - ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear light yellow with big bubbly white head, cloudy at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of white wine, fruity, cheese, sweat. Flavor is winey, fruity, light sweetness, hoppy bitterness, notes of cheese, fresh. Very dry, creamy, medium carbonation. Medium body. bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erkas909 (6) - SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2014 does not count
A strong Beer with a light character and lots of flavour. It was surprisingly easily drunk and was quite bitter. Quite enjoyable.


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