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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: 4240   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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4.1
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 330ml bottle - pours such an amazingly light shade of yellow, only ever so slightly hazy, with such a massive white head, it’s hard not to be amazed. Aroma is a spicily sweet mix of cloves, some banana, and bready yeast. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, from the top of the sip to long after the finish. Flavour is sweet, but perfectly so, with alcohol esters that warm the mouth. Fruity, banana notes follow into the finish, with a slight tangy-bitterness that lingers. For such a complexly flavoured beer, it’s extremely light and refreshing. One could drink a lot of it quite easily, which is dangerous when you consider the ABV. This is a mainstay in my cabinet/fridge, perfect for either summer or winter months.

4
mobster07 (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2006
33cl 2005 bottle. Effervescent, pale/golden in color, with a large white pillow like head. Aroma of spices, clove, bananas, pineapples, and some earthy/mustiness. Flavor dances across your tong with pepper, spices and some metallic hints. Very dry bitterness and a little alcohol warming on the way down.

3.8
TallGuy (17) - Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Bought as part of a special 4 pack that included a nice tulip glass, just like the one in the picture. $15.99 @ Beltway Fine Wines in Towson. Tasted good, sweet but not majorly. The color initially scared me because it looked like Bud Light, but I continued, through the massive head, to find out that it was a fantastic brew. And the glass is a keeper.

3.5
zootfinster (221) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 I think I’ll sell all my possessions and move to Belgium Until I discovered Belgium ale I was a devotee of Pilsners. Ales were no match for lagers in my world. But now it’s my plan to find a hovel in Belgium with a refrigerator. I’ll have just enough money to eat and buy a few beers each day. I might consider that having gone to heaven. Duvel is a sparkling, bright refreshing ale. It has a nice big white head. It has a sweet and tart taste. Just a little tingle in the back of the mouth. The high ratings for this beer are well substantiated in my opinion.

4
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle, poured a crisp yellow with a thick candy shell...I mean white head. Aromas of yeasty goodness. Delicious spicy flavor with sweet undertones. i love this yeast bite. Bubbly mouthfeel, chanpagnish. Clean finish and the yest sticks around for a bit. Very good.

3.8
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
very light golden appearance with a white head. the aroma makes up for the appearance, a very powerful nose that smells of tart sweetness, very nice. the flavor is nice with an initial malty flavor finishing with a complex dryness and hides the alcohol well, a nice brew that is much more flavorful than the appeance would indicate

3.4
dwh50 (47) - Clay, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Can a beer have too much head? Thick long lasting creamy white head, can be avoided by slow careful pouring. An interesting, highly rated beer that I found disappointing, although it does hide the alcohol very well. It was too yeasty wheaty for my taste. Still far ahead of American lagers.

4
chmurarz (649) - Legnica POLAND, POLAND - NOV 29, 2006
not filtered, light in colour, rich, multiple, complex, full taste, strong wheat flavour, strain of yeast, tangy, very good, taste of lemonade

3
islay (3115) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle. Cinnamon-spicy aroma, sweet like lemon candy. Classic Belgian ale as well as Hefeweizen-like scents. Pours a lovely, cloudy, light-orange gold color with huge, foamy white head. Shockingly strong alcohol taste, almost like a gin and orange juice mixed drink. Very tart. I can tell that there is a complexity of flavors buried in this brew, but the alcohol overpowers them. The bottle I tested was far overcarbonated; the beer overflowed badly when I popped the cap. The texture is fizzy on the tongue and fluffy in the mouth. The two most memorable things about this beer are its alcohol-dominated flavor and overcarbonation. These two factors add up to make Duvel quite a disappointment. At least it looks and smells good. I plan to give this beer another chance some day, but it’ll be awhile.

4
scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Pours a huge foamy, lacy multilayered head. Tangy first sip with amazing yeast and hoppy aroma. Very satisfying. Citrus (lemon), grape (wine) brandy (fig) and light spiciness accent this tremendously complex strong ale. Very alcoholic. Recommended even at the steep price.


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