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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9546) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10205) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (8570) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2010
17/10/2010 - 75cl bottle @ home

Pours a clear yellow to gold yellow beer, rocky creamy head. Aroma is very hoppy with spices and pepper. MF holds nice carbonisation, medium body. Taste has alcohol sweetness (to compensate the hops, or the other way round?) fruity hops and citrus. Aftertaste more hops, grape fruit and spices. Nice brew, but more a marketing stunt than anything else. (12 euro in Colruyt shops)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4365) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 17, 2010
750ml bottle shared at a tasting, not sure by who. Pours bright hazy yellowish golden with a small white head that leaves a foam layer. Big pale malt and Belgian yeast along with light apple on the aroma, with a nice floral hop profile. Appley and Belgian pale malt base, spice, floral hops, and a little alcohol. Nice palate, medium-bodied and only mildly boozy with rather lively carbonation. Solid beer, maybe not quite up to the level of regular Duvel, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Same May 18, 2010 bottling as just noted by TBG. Typical beautiful Duvel, pale hazy gold with a light haze, huge white head. Aroma is spicy, light citrus, and Belgian yeast. Flavor is initially pale malt sweetness, followed by Belgian yeast spice and a touch of citrus. Enjoyable, but not totally sold on this hopped up version of the classic Duvel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6104) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Front label shows "18 mei 2010". Golden pour with a tall, fluffy white head. Nose is aromatic hops, flowery hops, light spicy notes, subtle yeast and dried tropical fruit. Taste is big floral hops, spicy hops, yeast, dried fruit, powdery malt, light alcohol and candy notes. Body is medium with a strong, effervescent carbonation and a pleasant dryness. More spicy and floral hops during the finish, which are more bitter as well, dried fruit notes, spice notes, candied fruit, bigger alcohol and sponge cake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Thanks to hopdog for sharing. Pours a lightly hazy golden with a large foamy/bubbly white head that left some sticky lacing. Aroma was a nice mix of some noble and citrusy American hops. Like the Amarillo touch. Malt was basically bready with some Belgian spicy yeast character coming through. Flavor was a slightly stepped up version of Duvel with extra hops. Nice choice of hops and overall a fine beer.

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