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

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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered.
Launched 2007. Retired 2011. Replaced with an annual release, starting in 2012, using a different hop each year.
Made with three kinds of hops: Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Amarillo. Dry hopped with more Styrian, and an extra dose of malts to hold up.

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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Duvel has been one of my top beers since I started drinking beer...I was so excited to see this brew and did not hesitate to drop $20 for this. 750 ml bottle poured into my large Duvel tulip glass...and Im NOT sharing. A- Body is a somewhat dense, dynamically hazy, translucent, pale golden yellow hue. Pours with the classic Duvel 3 finger+ foamy white head. Head eventually, and somewhat unevenly fades to 1/2 finger (altough there is a 2 finger foamy iceburg floating around)...and leaves a TON of lacing all the way down the glass. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. S- Lots and lots of floral and noble hops everywhere-which are of moderate-to-strong strength and the highlight of the nose-yet they give off a very soft vibe-Hop profile is prominent-but very Euro. Behind this is a lot of pear, a hint of tart apple and moderate sweet, bready, belgian yeast backbone. T- Taste is subtle at first and offers some dry fruity flavors with a subtle belgian yeast backbone. A spicy presence very quickly emerges over the dryness and becomes prominent. Then a hint of white grape emerges with a bready yeast. The hops really hit for the finish and make their presence known- mostly floral but with a noble softness and a slightly piny refreshing character (actually it pretty much has Saaz written all over it). The spicy, bready yeast makes its presence known-before another breif cry spell and a moderate lingering hop bitterness with a slight breadiness and spicyness lingering as well. The flavor profile in this changes from start to finish. Its quite complex and as I drink more the picture becomes clearer. M- Medium to high carbonation, and a light, yet full body that is, for the most part smooth and yeasty/bready (although it has dry spells too-not too common to find a complex mouthfeel). D- I love this beer. The whole profile-from start to finish just confirms why this is my favorite style. Its complex, refreshing, drinkable, and delicious. This borders on Belgian IPA-but these are the types of BSPAs I go after....$20 hurts-a lot-but this brew sure is worth it.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 17, 2016
330ml bottle (Koht Birthday Auction 2016, Tallinn)
Dullish aroma, some hopping. Pale gold, small head. Harshish bitter hoppy taste, malts drowned by the hops. Lacking balance, too much emphasis on the hops, and the hops are a bit of a mess.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (3153) - ESTONIA - DEC 17, 2016
330ml bottle shared by Phil, thanks! Clear yellow pour, medium white head. Nose is hops, fruity notes, lemons, peach. Flavor is lemons, some malt sweetness, floral perfume. Finish is slightly sweet and lemony, some alcohol warmth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6765) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 17, 2016
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear golden color. Medium size, white head, stays. Perfume, bit papery, grainy, alcohol and acetone. Weak aroma. Alcohol, bit yeasty, grainy, sweet, oranges in taste. Oranges and perfume in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Bit thin, but drinkable.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
msbernac (2204) - Krakow, POLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Bottle Aroma-fruits Appearance-pale, hazy, white foam, Taste-medium sourness, lightly bitter, light sweetness, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-interesting

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (1881) - Besanon, FRANCE - NOV 18, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Belle amertume. Alcool prsent, corpulente. Levure sur la fin. Pas ma prfre des 6.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
josanguapo (1313) - SPAIN - NOV 6, 2016
From Belgium in a Box. In Teku glass. Playing Magic Duels vs Lorenzo. More citrusy, refreshing and bit more watery than the normal Duvel. Im not sure if I prefer it over the normal one, but this is very good too. Very foamy, had to pour it in 2 steps.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (4504) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Stas place. Clear light gold, almost green, with a white head. Floral, a little oily and leafy aroma, bitter, floral and a little pine taste. Full body, highly drinkable, bitter, floral finish.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sir__v (2367) - Lille, FRANCE - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle @ home from Tripel Hops Tasting Box from Cash Flandre Artois, Auchy-les-Mines. Color: clear golden blond beer with high carbonation and medium white foam. Typical as a Duvel. Smell: grassy and hay domination. Alcohol boozy finish. Taste: medium body with good sweet malt backbone balanced with grassy hops. Dry boozy finish. Astringent alcohol. So strong... Not so fruity. Aftertaste: astringent alcohol. Boozy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (11656) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2016
Bottle at Nialls. Pours hazy yellow, nose is bready, yeasty, orange, taste is peppery, toffee, sugary, caramel. Guessed Hbc

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17944) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2016
Bottle split at CBC Clerko tasting, thanks to Brian, 07/07/16. Pale yellow with a decent off white cap. Nose is dank hop exhaust, citric kissed straw, pissy notes, lemon rind, hay. Taste comprises light pine bite, lemon rind, tangerine, straw, bread dough, yeast esters. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a hoppy rasp. Drinks well for the ABV.


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