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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4442   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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3.4
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 it’s 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
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
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, 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
Grovlam (4244) - 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.

3.1
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2006
33 cl bottle, ’bbe’ Apr 2008. Clear golden with a light green hue. Rich and abundant froth. Gentle fruity aroma; pears and/of apples. Dry, quite neutral, just a bit fruity and herbal taste with an aggressive, unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Rather fizzy on the palate; partially curdled milk echoes from a distance in the texture. Alcohol well hidden in the flavour, but oh so obvious in the effect. One of the most overrated Belgian beers; IMHO, made for people who find drinking copious amounts of lager a way too slow to get drunk.

3.9
theodor (12) - Son en Breugel, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2006
A very dry fruity beer with a lot of CO2. The beer has rich foam. The fruity aroma has a lot of "banana". The beer is extremely far fermented. I guess it is one of the dryest beers in the world. the glass is very important for the beer. The aroma comes out very well.

3.6
daniel0017 (449) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 Intense fruity aroma. Thick head is bubbly and white, body is an opaque golden yellow. Flavor is as intense as the aroma. Sweet fruity, floral, yeast explosion with lasting wheat aftertaste is what makes this beer. A good beer that took me a while to fully appreciate. Drink it slow.

4.2
jorach (1) - USA - OCT 14, 2006 does not count
I love the thick fluffy head this beer makes. When you pour it, the head just keeps growing and growing, and it never goes away. It’s a delightful beer that I never feel bad for spending too much money on.

3.5
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - OCT 10, 2006
I still think this is such a good laugh. It really does hide those 8½% alc. so well. Huge fluffy head over a pale yellow looks fantastic in the proper glass with the string of bubbles rising neatly from the engraving in the bottom of the glass (would rate app. lower when in any other glass). Very smooth and actually quite nuanced. I got a bit of flowers, lots of fruits (banana, pineapple, green apples and something that might be kiwi) as well as that classic belgian yeast flavour.

3.6
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2006
750ml bottle. Beautiful, slightly hazy golden coloring. 2 finger bubble-bath-head that slowly dissipates. Light, yeasty aroma. Distinctly sweet, fruity taste that’s sharp and punchy. A pleasurable beer.


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