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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: 4444   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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4.6
uart (10) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Possibly one of the finest ales I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. When I first tried it in Edinburgh, I didnít know what to expect, a friend had advised me to order it. When it was poured, I looked at the color and immediately formed an impression of what to expect -- and boy was I wrong. The color is golden, but the taste is much closer to a Scottish Ale, although itís also fruity with a unique carbonation. I nearly jumped out of my seat; upon first taste I was in love.

3.9
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2005
[750 ml. bottle] Pours a bright golden color.. with a huge, white head. Aroma is excellent, with banana and spices. Taste is quite sweet, but very complex.. finishing with a nice, slight alcohol burn and bitterness. This is a very good brew.

3.8
OldMrCrow (2435) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2005
From the bottle.

Pours a light hazy goal with a voluptuous white head; the nose provides great big aroma of golden raisins, banana, warm grass, and spice (coriander?). The flavor follows; sweet at first touch, a slight burn of alcohol (surprisingly scant for 8.5%), banana and bubblegum and and a sour lemon twist with enough bitter follow-through to really round the whole thing out nicely.

A fine beer.

4
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Ever so slightly hazy gold with a luxurious frothy head that lasts and lasts leaving a beautiful lace. Yeast, straw, and bananna come through in the aroma. Well carbonated, but not overly so, light to medium body. Predominately sour flavor with some hop spiciness and a quite dry, refreshing finish. Similar to a hefeweizen, except for the alcohol, which isnít really notieceable in the aroma or flavor.

3.7
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2006 [Bottle, 11.2oz, 1y old, chilled]
Duvel means devil. Well, i want to go to hell! Very nice golden color. Impressive head that holds. Nice lacing. Pears/Dark Pears and peppery to the nose with soft touch of light hops. Taste is sweet and crispy.

4.1
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2005
This is one of my favorite Belgiums that is easy to obtain, even though in TN I had to go to the liquor store because of the alcohol content. It pours a lovely golden color with a thick foamy white head. The carbonation is a little over whelming but adds to the complex taste. It was a nice citrus and yeasty aroma with a smooth Belgium Ale finish. I would recommend this to any one just starting on drinking Belgium Ales.

3.8
MarkoR (959) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2016 Beautiful golden colour. Doesnít look that strong, but try to drink a few in a short period of time! Smooth to drink. Excellent!

3.7
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2005
A cloudy golden color. A very thick head full of big bubbles and heavy lacing. An aroma marked of hops, wheat, and citrus. The smooth taste of hops and wheat rolls over the taste buds nice and smoothly. The taste lingers on the palate nicely.

4.5
drinkebroer (3) - BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2005 does not count
This is surely my all-time favourit! It is the golden beer that makes you want to drink more... But after a few, you will have troubles getting up, because this is a real strong beer. It has has a strong taste of hop and malt and it has a long finish. Must be drunk in itís typical big glass.

3.9
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2005
Gold blond, little sprankling, huge white head. Aroma is fruity and herby. Little hops and some yeast. Palate is smouth, fruity and light bitter. Finish is more bitter, but very enjoyable. This is a unique beer.


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