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

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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Pours a light golden color with thick pillowy white head. Aroma is like must, floral and citrus hops, light spice, and mild fruit. Taste is sweet malt, candied sugar, floral hops, light citrus, and yeast notes. Well balanced, easily drinkable and just a terrific beer. Shame its $19.99 a 750ml.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2244) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2010
Dutch Ratebeer Meeting Baarn. Hazy golden coloredm thick white head. Strong hoppy nose, flowery, fruit. Hopbitter flavor. Balanced, lasting alcoholic finish. Better than the regular Duvel? Yes, i believe so, the extra hops work. But for three times the price i think ill stick to the regular Duvel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle at Unofficial Dutch RB Meeting. Aroma is quite spicy and peppery, much like the usual duvel, only with loads of Belgian hops. Still very well balanced. Flavor is nice and bitter, spicy and with some fruits. Better than the normal Duvel, but also very similar. Worth the extra jink? Probably not.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very bright lightly hazed yellow with a big frothy white head. Great nose of citrus, fresh cut grass, perfume and faint Belgian yeast. Had some off flavors, but damn good overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
bottle pour. Thanks to whomever brought this (saco_de_toro?, DrBill?, cquiroga? guezehound?). golden, white head, very very dry. easy drinking at 9.5

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9992) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle at Monks Kettle. Pours cloudy golden with a massive white head and a floral fruity aroma. There is a fruity herbal flavor with some banana and spice. An interesting hop profile adds a dry bitter finish. As expected, this brew is heartier and more bitter than the standard Duvel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10472) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750 cc from Capones. Pours turbid gold with big 4-finger fluffy white head. Nose is floral, heavy hops, spicy yeasty, rock sugary. Tastes floral, spicy, dry, hoppy, with some funky and rock sugary malt notes.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy gold with a thick, rocky white head. Aromas of hops, spice and yeast. Flavors of apple, spicy hops, yeast and citrus. Very dry finish, almost like a champagne. The extra hops in this is evident; a little more complex than regular Duvel.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a dark brown, corked bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle came with a little info booklet, which gives some background on the beer and the three hop varieties used in the beer. The label also has the hops listed as well as the abv (9.5%) and a best before date (11/04/13). Appearance: The body has a clear golden color on the first two glasses and a pale hazy golden color on the following glasses as the yeast unsettles from the bottom of the bottle. It also has a lot of wonderful champagne like carbonation streaming up to the tall frothy head. This head is white in color and thick. This makes for an excellent long lasting head that clings to the glass and leaves thick sticky lacing behind as I drink. Smell: in the nose I get the classic Duvel character with notes of fruity (pear/apple) and funky yeast blended with a bigger more complex hop character. There are nice delicate pilsner like floral hops mixed with spicy and herbaceous hop notes. A mild pine like note also comes and goes in the nose. Behind all of this is a noticeable but expected alcoholic presence. Taste/Palate: Its flavor matches the aroma perfectly and finishes with a solid dry bitterness slowly fading off the tongue. The firm medium body is lifted by the fine and quite active carbonation which helps to cleanse the palate and keep things light. Notes: I am a big fan of the regular Duvel and this adaptation takes it to a whole new level. I had high expectations and it did not disappoint. I am very happy that I was able to find this at my local beer store and enjoy it for myself.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wolfenstein62 (48) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2010
A lot more complex than the normal bottling of Duvel. Serving it at room temperature makes a big difference in the flavor. The hops are prevalent, but do not overwhelm you. The unique part of the Ale is the texture. It is dry and creamy at the same time. Long after taste. Glad they made the Ale a second time.


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