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


on tap

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RATINGS: 470   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
promontor (127) - - NOV 5, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2013 0,33 bottle bought and drunk in Brussels. Very pale colour, a bit hazy. Small head. Extremely fresh aroma with amazing fruity character. its like a fresh fruiy white wine indeed. Amazing. Carbonation is too much for me but is compensated by a mixture of dry hopiness and moderately fruity white-wine-like character. One of the most dry-white-wine-like beer I ever tasted. Aftertaste is mostly bitter. Would be perfect with less carbonation. Maybe its perfect this way, too. Note on 23 October 2013: Based on the date, this must have been the 2012 Triple Hop Edition with Citra...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 17, 2016
330ml bottle (Koht Birthday Auction 2016, Tallinn)
Dullish aroma, some hopping. Pale gold, small head. Harshish bitter hoppy taste, malts drowned by the hops. Lacking balance, too much emphasis on the hops, and the hops are a bit of a mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (3159) - ESTONIA - DEC 17, 2016
330ml bottle shared by Phil, thanks! Clear yellow pour, medium white head. Nose is hops, fruity notes, lemons, peach. Flavor is lemons, some malt sweetness, floral perfume. Finish is slightly sweet and lemony, some alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6773) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 17, 2016
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear golden color. Medium size, white head, stays. Perfume, bit papery, grainy, alcohol and acetone. Weak aroma. Alcohol, bit yeasty, grainy, sweet, oranges in taste. Oranges and perfume in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Bit thin, but drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
msbernac (2224) - Krakow, POLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Bottle Aroma-fruits Appearance-pale, hazy, white foam, Taste-medium sourness, lightly bitter, light sweetness, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (1881) - Besanon, FRANCE - NOV 18, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Belle amertume. Alcool prsent, corpulente. Levure sur la fin. Pas ma prfre des 6.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
josanguapo (1319) - SPAIN - NOV 6, 2016
From Belgium in a Box. In Teku glass. Playing Magic Duels vs Lorenzo. More citrusy, refreshing and bit more watery than the normal Duvel. Im not sure if I prefer it over the normal one, but this is very good too. Very foamy, had to pour it in 2 steps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (4505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Stas place. Clear light gold, almost green, with a white head. Floral, a little oily and leafy aroma, bitter, floral and a little pine taste. Full body, highly drinkable, bitter, floral finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sir__v (2367) - Lille, FRANCE - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle @ home from Tripel Hops Tasting Box from Cash Flandre Artois, Auchy-les-Mines. Color: clear golden blond beer with high carbonation and medium white foam. Typical as a Duvel. Smell: grassy and hay domination. Alcohol boozy finish. Taste: medium body with good sweet malt backbone balanced with grassy hops. Dry boozy finish. Astringent alcohol. So strong... Not so fruity. Aftertaste: astringent alcohol. Boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (11679) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2016
Bottle at Nialls. Pours hazy yellow, nose is bready, yeasty, orange, taste is peppery, toffee, sugary, caramel. Guessed Hbc

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17960) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2016
Bottle split at CBC Clerko tasting, thanks to Brian, 07/07/16. Pale yellow with a decent off white cap. Nose is dank hop exhaust, citric kissed straw, pissy notes, lemon rind, hay. Taste comprises light pine bite, lemon rind, tangerine, straw, bread dough, yeast esters. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a hoppy rasp. Drinks well for the ABV.

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