overall
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinte (557) - Udine, ITALY - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle 0.75L. Golden, hazy body; huge, white head, fully lasting with an excellent lacing; small bubbles of thick density coming from the center of the bottom of the glass. Aroma is dominated by spicy and alcohol notes; moderate-to-heavy yeasty aroma (earth), moderate malty (cereal) and light hops notes (orange); some fruity notes (banana and apple). Flavour is moderate-to-heavy sweet, moderate bitter and lightly acidic; in the dry finish the acidic note prevales on the bitter carachter. Medium-to-full body with an oily texture; fizzy carbonation; light metallic and moderate alcoholic feeling in the finish. Very satisfactory beer; quite complex and well balanced; maybe the alcoholic note and the spicy carachter are a bit too dominant, but its OK.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
Poured a thick white head, not quite as impressive as the one pictured but I guess I havent quite nailed the art of pouring. Very smooth and spicy mouthfeel. Aroma and flavour of citrus and spices. Quite a dry finish. Good stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Nice thick foamy head on the yellow brew. Nice hoppy/yeasty aroma. Flavor is citrus and light banana. Very refreshing. Very lively on the tongue.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theisti (4088) - Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 Bottle. Pours yellow, big white head. Wonderful aroma, hop, yeast, dirt even a touch of alcohol. Crisp tasting, touch of bitter, dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
750mL Bottle. Poured a hazy, straw yellow/ golden body. Huge foamy pure white head with some rocky lacing. Complex aroma with some earthy, yeasty, fruity and slight alcohol scents. Smooth mellow mouthfeel. Mild, sweet applle flavor. Dry finish with no real alcohol present. Very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitterpeanut (15) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Poured from a 750ml bottle. Lightly hopped, not much hop aroma. Gives off some nice fruity esters, banana more relevant. Great head retention that just will not go away. Maybe someone put whipped cream in my beer. Medium-to-light on the bitterness and sour. A nice wheat taste. Huge carbonation, as it says on the label: pour unhurried. A classic Belgian strong ale that is a good introduction to Belgian beers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2006
This one pours a pale yellow color, very clear and bubbly. The head is tall, foamy, and almost pure white. The smell is yeasty and beery, with a spicy something wafting up from behind. The flavor is pretty mild, but its spicy and malty and a bit dry. The moderate alcohol content is well hidden with crisp flavor. Finish is dry, and it leaves little aftertaste. Not my favorite, but definitely not bad.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
great the first time i had it but has sunk down on my list as i try many more belgians. golden with lotsa head, majour carbination, too bitter and too much alcohol flavour, dry finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kopestes (164) - Braine lAlleud, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle at home. Golden color with big white head. Duvel glass has that kind of shape that bubbles stream comes from the bottom exactly in the middle of the glass. Despite it is an ale it has a lot of lager qualities. Not my favorite but worth trying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2006
Bottle. Light golden colour with slight cloudy look to it. Fine clear white head what last long. Light-medium body. Very carbonated. Buttery like aroma, with hints of dry fruit and maybe some spice and banana. Flavour is bitter-sweet, or though the bitterness is dominant in the taste. Fruity and dry bitter finish.


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