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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: 4337   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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4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7056) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 The granddaddy of the Belgian Golden Ales. Often imitated but rarely superseded. I love this beer and would have it as a staple if it were less expensive.+++Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a light pale yellow with a huge white head. Light and sweet scent of citrus. Light texture with a strong taste of spice and sweet yeastiness. The classic example of the Belgian golden ale style.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
crisp golden straw color with a large foamy white head. Aroma of hops, alcohol and yeast. Goes down smooth with a crisp finish. Great hop character, stays fizzy and sparkly to the end

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16240) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2005 Bottled (BB 07/2006)
Yellow hazy golden outlook with a huge foamy head. Aroma is malts, yeast and alcohol. Extremely drinkable: crisp citron, yeast, malts, hops and balanced carbonation. Crisp warming aftertaste. (8/3/8/5/17 4.1)
Re-rated, bottled
Golden, clear, magnificent Duvel-head. Banana aroma. Fruity, yeasty, extremely balanced. (7/3/8/4/14 3.7)

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
Duvel, french for "Devil" is everything the name promises. It is said that the name derives from the origin of the style. When one tasted a Duvel they where known to comment "ahh this is truly the work of the Devil". Duvel is a sinfully delightful beer that I liken to the quality of a single malt scotch. The base recipe is as simple as 2 row malt and saaz hops. When pourded in the appropriate glass a beautiful thick head forms taking up half to a third the volume of the glass. An appropriate Duvel glass has an etch in the bottom forcing the never ending supply of bubbles to shoot straight up the center of the glass. A truly fantastic presentation. The aroma is spicy, earthy, estery, and fruity. When sipped Duvel dances across the tounge teasing with fruity ester flavors dissapated by a rich malt flavor. Dangerously light in body with a clean finish. A slight metalic flavor is present along with a lingering alcohol burn.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 9, 2004
Large, lasting, tight head. Very pale color. Tiny bubbles lasted throughout the sample. Earthy, mushroom like aroma was also present in the taste

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2004 Very pale ale. The head leaves a strange, almost soapy residue with a creamy blob in the middle. Strong flavour, fruity with a definite alcohol kick. Perfect mid-level carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rajendra82 (1058) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Pale yellow body that is initially clear and displays an onrush of carbonation reminiscent of Champagne. Outrageously sized head is at least four inches tall, with a full two inches of it standing up on its own outside the goblet I poured it in. Once I poured in the yeast, the body became substantially hazy looking, quite similar to a Hefeweizen. The aroma is like ripening tropical fruits with no detectable alcohol smell. Taste is very refreshing with bananas in the main flavor profile. There are also notes of sourness in the taste like a Lambic. The mouthfeel is silky sooth, enhanced by the tiny carbonation bubbles. There is no way to guess the strength of the beer unless you look it up or feel it going to your head. What a masterful work of art!

P.S.. - I finally bought the glass pack to enjoy Duvel in a tulip, and it made quite a difference. The carbonation was good before, but now there are a ton of bubbles constantly streaming up from the D etched on the bottom of this glass. If you ever are looking to buy a tulip style glass, this is the best way to get two of them for a great price and see a demonstration of the magic they do on a beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToolHead (266) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 33 cl bottle, served in Duvel tulip. Golden colour; mammoth head w/ good retention. This is one impressive-looking beer. Delicate, flowery aroma. Very inviting. Fresh, delicate, fruity taste. Ends up slightly dry in a long, pleasing finish. Hides the alcohol incredibly well. Superlative mouthfeel and perilously drinkable. A classic, and deservedly so. A beer I'll be returning to over and over again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10075) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2004
Pours light straw colored, with a nice head and effervescence. Aromas of hops and citrus, specifically lemon and grapefruit. First taste is smooth, citrusy, and slightly yeasty. Reminds me a little of dry champagne. Finishes smooth, with well hidden alcohol. Between the effervescence, the smoothness, and the 8.5% OH, this one will send you to hell!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Pours a light yellow body, with a large and fluffy head. Aroma is citrusy, like a grapefruit, with some hoppiness to it. Taste is sweet, fruity and boy oh boy is the alcohol hidden! This is really 8.5%? Incredible. This stuf is dangerous, so be careful....it tastes like a juice almost. Nice bitterness on the tongue and throat. Overall a great ale!


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