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


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RATINGS: 3821   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jh773 (142) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Pours with a smaller-than-expected head. Bubblegum and straw in the nose. Taste is yeast, bread, straw, champagne grapes. Very fizzy, distractingly so at first but it settles down as you let it sit. Refreshing and tasty.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (215) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (5944) - 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."

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gustavofnd (23) - SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - OCT 17, 2014
Não faz muito meu gosto. Não achei nada demais na cerveja. Não vale a compra, pois além de nada demais tem um preço alto ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miyauchi38 (271) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2014

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Classic 330ml bottle poured in a Grimbergen chalice. As mentioned by others, it’s difficult to review such a "simple" and "popular" beer which is, at the same time, so fantastic. A: Pours a pale yellow hazy color, nothing special. However, its head is impressively big (actually, huge), bubbled, creamy and persistent. Tons of lacings are left S: Smell is a bless. Really. Spicy. Stingy. Citrus. Sweet grains. Special attention to the Belgian yeasts and citrus and grassy hops T: Taste follows the nose. I mean, exceptional. Sweet grains, Belgian yeasts and hops, oh yeah, wonderful hops. In overall, a quite dry beer in the palate. The bitter aftertaste is just a must M: Heavy creamy body. Huge carbonation. Excellent bitterness O: The truth is that its taste is simply extraordinary: Delicious malt taste and very bitter end. Its mouthfeel and drinkability are just perfect to a beer with such a high ABV. Therefore, IMHO this beer has a good reputation just because it deserves it... Cheers [ BA Review @ 1/9/2010 ]

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