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98
style
Brewed by Duvel Moortgat
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2006
For a golden ale, this was a very good beer. Slightly hazy with a huge head. The taste was minimal hops, with a thickness that gave the beer its power.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2006
I decided to try Duvel. I wish I had not. Everything I had read prior to its consumption praises it. I dont believe it to be a bad beer; it was okay. It was not to my liking, though. The appearance was its greatest asset. It is a beautiful ale. The color was a hazy, translucent, straw yellow that glowed with light. The head was enormous, lasted for quite awhile, and left behind intricate lacing. The aroma was heavily weighted toward banana with hints of light spiciness, citrus, and alcohol. The taste was somewhat off for me. It was rather dry, almost too dry, and reminded me of a dry white wine. I felt that the aroma was much stronger than the flavor, and was not too pleased with the way that Duvel sat in my mouth. Perhaps the advertising machine that has made Duvel ubiquitous in beer magazines and other media has overhyped this ale. Perhaps I am a ruffian. Either way, I was disappointed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagomswedish (213) - Ume, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2006
Cold from the fridge. I love this beer. This is what its all about for me - a beer than picks you up, slaps you around the face a few times and spits you out at the end of it all, feeling a little abused but with a big grin on your face. Beguiling pale murky yellow in colour with a huge inflatable white head (seemed impossible to pour any more slowly and yet still it was mammoth). Didnt need to raise the glass to my nose to catch the aromas for this beer - spicey, clovey, peppery, grapefuit and white wine. The effect on the palate of this beer is outstanding - like champagne, bursting with white wine grape and a gentle but intruiging acidity. Drank this while nibbling some thinly sliced Vsterbotten Cheese - life doesnt get much better than this.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Beautiful pour created a thick head with a nice bullet crown... in another glass created beautiful effects as the head slowly disolved. The aroma was fruity and first impressions were of pear and clean taste. Overall a pretty good Brew. Thanks Volgon

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (2198) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Huge head, which I understand, but dont appreciate. Bleached blond color, and lots of yeast taste. Hop taste is light.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2732) - JAPAN - NOV 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 Lots of carbonation and of course a huge head when poured in to my hoegaarden tulip. Kind of looks like champagne, but the taste surely elevates it above that...oh the fruity hoppiness is fantastic. Not a huge aroma, but still gets better as it warms. A classic, but I still rate hoegaarden grand cru over this (!!!)...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 750 split three ways. Hazy golden with a large off white head. Aroma is light citrus, lightly bready yeast and lightly spicy. Taste is light citrus, lightly bready, malts, and light spices. alcohol well hidden. The carbonation is lively, giving the beer a prickly feel. This is a good straight forward belgian

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Cold 750ml corked bottle: Pours a hazy pale gold color with a large, rocky alabaster head, which slowly dissolves and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of light grains, grass, flowers, lemon and spice. Taste is of light grains, lemon, spice and light floral bitterness, well blended together. Medium bodied, crisp and well carbonated. Has many champagne characteristics, including the dry ending.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Poured with a MASSIVE head that settled to a filmy white top that is beautiful. Color is a very light golden. In the mouth and beyond the flavor is light with out a hint of bitterness and no real distinct flavors. I would of thought this was a light beer until I realized that behind the mild demeanor was a whopping 8.5% alcohol. Dont ask me how they do it. This is an extremely unique and enjoyable beer. Cheers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4671) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Poured a pale cloudy golden brew. The head was white and very thick. The aroma was spicy, earthy, yeasty, and slightly sour with hints of orange peel. Tasted slightly hoppy, alcohol as it warmed, some fruit. The palate is sharp and carbonated. The finish starts off hoppy and then it begins to resemble the dry finish of a wine when it heats.


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