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


on tap

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RATINGS: 467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Bottle: Unfiltered.
Launched 2007. Retired 2011. Replaced with an annual release, starting in 2012, using a different hop each year.
Made with three kinds of hops: Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Amarillo. Dry hopped with more Styrian, and an extra dose of malts to hold up.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2009
Pale hazy yellow with a big white head. Good retention and lacings. Aromas of eppery and somewhat floral hops, tobacco, fruity yeast and biscuity malts. The flavor has a gentle malty backbone, rather sweet. Peppery and floral hops. Citric notes. Notes of fruit and yeast. The finish is somewhat bitter with notes of grassy hops and a hint of alcohol. Medium body and medium carbonation. Easy to drink. A decent beer, no more. Didnt live up to the hype. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deflagro (106) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle. Pale yellow with a very large, white head. Smell is relatively weak, with nice floral notes of hop. Taste is rather sharp and fruity with some acidity and alcohol. A lot of esters and some pear juice. A bit sharp, but a good and interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear orange beer with a big white head. The aroma is hops and yeast. The flavor is sweet and fruits with hops, yeast and notes of alcohol. The palate is round with some warmth. Overall a really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15683) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2009
75cl bottle. Thanks Fonefan. Pours clear orange with a full large creamy white head and lacings. Nose is a combination of yeast, floral hops, fruit and a bit of alcohol. Citrussy fresh hops, alcohol and Duvel yeast. Smooth, warm and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12988) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 Cloudy golden with a big and lasting white head. Spicy and fruity aroma with citrus and pine hops. Alcohol is noticed. Intense sweet and fruity flavours with lots of alcohol, some yeast and a faint oxidation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2009
A clear golden colored beer, with an enormously thick foamy white head. The aroma of spices with hops and fruits like citrus. The taste is fruity, citrus and orange. There are bitter hops with some spices. The aftertaste is dry with some sweets and it stays bitter for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle sampled on 5/22/08: Pours a transparent bright golden with a full-lacing dense froth of white head. Aroma of lightly sweet pale and biscuity malts with a grassy spicy hop nose. Body starts fairly full with a soft carbonation and nice authentic Belgian yeastiness along with smooth sweet biscuity complexity and hop bitterness. Very well balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2009
75cl bottle, thanks for bringing this along, Pat! Hazy golden, huge flyffy pale head w/ tight lacing. Pretty smoothly hopped, sweetish aroma, some citric fruitiness and grass. Flavor has bitter grassy hops, sweetness, little honey, alcohol, duvel yeast, strong peppery & citric bitterness. Medium to full bodied, strongly carbonated silky palate. Duvel with strongly different hopping, seemed surprisingly fresh after all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle shared at Mugs. Nice belgian character tippicle of Duvel. Nice spice and yeasty bread. Some very green and young taste like moss. A nice crisp finish with much hops at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (6169) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2009
75cl bottle in a presentation box. Hazy straw coloured with a billowing white head; spicy, fruity aroma with raisins and some Belgian yeast; rich and buttery in the mouth; deeply bitter - particularly the head - warming finish with almond and apricot. Complex and enjoyable.

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