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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,140 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,140
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 224
Gots: 414 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Yagman3000

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my gigantic Duvel goblet (three cheers for a gift box set).

Appears a light golden yellow with some initial bubbling head that fades down to a foamy head. Bubbly lace rests along the sides.

Smells spicy and yeasty. A hint of black pepper but the Belgian yeast comes through big time.

Tastes of floral citrus with plenty of spice. Certainly some complex flavors with layers. Again, I have to cone back to the pepper notes as striking me as prominent.

Mouthfeel is full with a slow gentle fade out. Sour at the end. I'm a little surprised at its high level of effervescence.

Overall I haven't had a Duvel in a long time but genuinely appreciate it in the genre of a Golden. Really enjoy the spice to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 01:55:05 | More by Yagman3000
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nofalltoofar

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip glass

A: A beutiful beer. Looks like liquid gold with a thick white head sitting on top. The head dissipates to a fingers-width.

S: Musty, yet aromatic. Spicy

T: Lots of fruit. Sweet and yet gamey. Plays with lots of different flavors on the tongue. Notes of citrus

M: Smooth, not overcarbonated. Wonderful consistency for sipping, or even gulps if you love to waste money and do not feel like appreciating what you are holding.

I waited with baited breath when I tried this beer. I feared the hype was just that. But it wasn't. This beer is everything they said it would be. It tastes incredible, leaving nothing to be desired. It has depth of flavor while still remaining tasty and accessible. It is a supremely balanced beer. I enjoyed every single drop.

Also, this truly is a beer of many vocations. I happened to enjoy it after a meal, however upon retrospection I believe it would have gone very good with the meal too.

Duvel lives up to its image and is worth exploring for any skeptics wondering about the hype.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 01:06:55 | More by nofalltoofar
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ArrogantBastage

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Bright, clear, golden yellow with a very thick head. Looks beautiful in the tulip. Head lingers for the first several sips and then just remains as a thin ring with an island in the center of the glass. Love the constant stream of bubbles from using the tulip.

S: Lots of spice and some phenols when the beer is first poured. Let the beer sit for a few moments and it opens up more. Some fruitiness in the aroma tinged with spicy hops and a fair amount of yeast.

T: Nice blend of light malt, spicy hops, and yeast. The hops and malt lead the way followed by some phenols and the yeast. The finish dries completely making this beer very crisp, no lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D: So easy to have more than one after another after another due to how crisp this beer is. Sneaky and lives up to the name. Very enjoyable and one that I would recommend for those looking to find a way to get into Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 19:57:19 | More by ArrogantBastage
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UTCengOwl

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at the Central Market 25% off sale. I hadn't reviewed this and it really was a shame. I had a friend that came back from Europe and she said at this was unequivocally the best thing she drank over there. Very much a classic girl. It reminded me of the bottle I had in the fridge and I had to go review it. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass... but I could have used the room of a Duvel signature glass for the pour.

Clear, beautiful, golden. Huge, unrestrained, wispy head. Great differentiation between the liquid and head. Great retention and lacing. This is how beers are supposed to look... except I like a denser head. Otherwise absolutely perfect.

Musky and peppery. Some dense, but bright fruits below that. Much funkier than I remembered. Complex as all heck. Different notes keep coming to the forefront. Just plain interesting and unique.

The taste is much more of the fruit, but still with emphasized muskiness. Might be a bit much for me to process at e moment... but I'm also not a huge fan of peppery noble hops. Otherwise, this would hit the A+ ranking pretty easily. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Quite drinkable. Quite interesting.

Duvel is a unique beer all to itself. I thi the closest thing I've had before is an Orval, but those are still worlds apart. Funky, hoppy, complex, fruity. A beer to aspire to.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 04:36:51 | More by UTCengOwl
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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle from the winter of 2010/2011 production (Best before 05 2013 on bottle), well stored in a temperature controlled environment, Poured into a Duvel Tulip with nucleation etching.

Pours a huge four finger head, effervescent, very lively, beautiful golden color, with a consistent explosion of carbonation from the nucleation point. Head settles down to a solid two fingers, and then finally after quite some time one finger. One of the liveliest Ales I have drunk. Very nice lacing on glass.

Very pleasant aroma of Belgium yeast, candied sugars, very refined, elegant, with some blonde malt in the background. Not powerful but very enjoyable.

Very crisp, highly carbonated entry in the mouth. The carbonation is very Champagne like and extremely enjoyable. There is a delicious, distinct Belgium yeast present with just a very light hint of alcohol that actually helps balance out this Ale. This is followed by light malt flavors and a bit of the candied sugar flavors so typically Belgium. There is a slight bitterness in the finish which is very pleasant and lingers with the yeast.

Overall this is just a delicious and thirst quenching Ale. The 8.5% ABV is not at all noticeable. A very refined and balanced Ale that reminds me of a fine Champagne. It seems at its best at about 45 to 50 degrees. This is not a “big” Belgium Ale and if you are looking for a very intense experience you should look elsewhere. I have overheard some negative comments about this Ale but I feel that it is exactly what it should be, not every Belgium can or should be a Triple. If you have not tried this please do so with an open mind and you will be rewarded with a very pleasant experience. I have enjoyed this Ale many times over the years and if fresh it is very consistent.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:32:39 | More by JTSbeerislife
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice light golden color with a little haze since i got the last pour and some yeast. the smell was slightly hoppy and a little spicey. the flavor was slightly hoppy, not flavor wise just a little bitterness, and a small amount of sweetness and an almost heiniken like skunkiness. the mouthfeel was ok but over all i was unimpressed by this beer

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 18:31:07 | More by rowingbrewer
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hopsgirl35

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Apperance: It poured out golden with a small ring.

Smell: Strong sweet hoppy aroma with a malty
sweetness but not as much.

Taste: Very strong with the first sip after that
it had a very sweet fruity spicy taste.

Feel: very warm going down the hoppy taste lingures and brings out the liquor taste.

Overall: very good beer on a cold winters night,
a great gift. This is a beer I always keep around.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 12:42:46 | More by hopsgirl35
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magictacosinus

California

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a non-Duvel tulip glass out of a 11.2 oz bottle with proper pouring directions. Freshness date on the bottle is listed as July 2013.

Appearance: It contains an intense, thickened golden color with carbonation visible around the glass. It looks absolutely delectable.

Smell: Sugary malty flavors and strong hoppy aromas immediately tingle the nose.

Taste: Simply amazing. It's sweet and well balanced, yet has a spicy kick to it. The high ABV is an intense factor that make this beer spark. Tastes of honey, sweet apples, canned apricots and other wonderful delicacies are very present.

Feel: It's smooth and resembles champagne, yet also has a warming and hearty effect similar to liquor. This is a beer that truly makes me ecstatic due its gentle effect on the palate and stinging rise on the throat. It is such an easy beer to drink, even with its complexity.

Overall: This is a legendary beer recipe that has been romanticized and written about to death - with good reason! How anyone could casually drink it on a weekly basis is beyond me, yet its tempting flavorful experience is a well justified excuse. Thanks to Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, you can drink with the devil without running the risk of him stealing your soul in the process – even though drinking this beer at times seems to emulate such an experience!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 07:26:07 | More by magictacosinus
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zimm421

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer appears a clear, pale yellow that is easily see-thru. Has a thick, sudsy white head that is about 3 fingers and leaves beautiful lacing all over the upper part of the glass.

The aroma is full of spices, a little bit of black pepper, earthiness and slight citrus from the hops, as well as some wonderful light pilsner malts. The taste is very complex. Bready, spicy and bitter. There's a great balance between the malts and hops and the spices fit perfectly in here. Everything just seems to fit together the way it should and it all hides the alcohol flavors extremely well. The aftertaste leaves nice spiciness and bitterness on the tongue and each sip leaves flavors for a long time.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with good amounts of carbonation, there's a nice bite on the tongue from the carbonation. Even with the bite from the carbonation, there is still a nice smoothness in each sip. This is extremely drinkable, and each sip makes you want to go back for more. Overall, this is an amazing brew. Annoyed with myself that I waited this long to try it. Everything just fits together so perfectly and the flavors are so appealing that you can't step away.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 19:02:24 | More by zimm421
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass a pale golden color, forming a massive rocky head like soap suds. Lacing is superb and the head is retained till the last drop. Looks gorgeous.

The smell of orange blossoms, honey and green apples are very aggressive in the nose with hints of yeast and spice.

Tastes mostly of honey and orange peel up front with notes of sour green apple and pepper. Crisp pils malts are detectable in the middle. Quite sweet and a bit boozy. Finishes very dry and bitter, much like champagne.

Mouthfeel is also quite champagne-like...very lively. High carbonation. Residual alcohol and tart sweetness really stick to the palette.

This is one of those "world-class" beers that i just don't get. It's not awful...there are just several others in this style that I find much more palatable.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:36:59 | More by HumanParaquat
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jgurley

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields a massive white head with beautiful lace. Opaque luminous gold color. Smell is slightly vinous, malty, yeasty. Taste is sour white grape, booze, a little hop bitterness. Refreshing medium mouthfeel. A little bubbly. Sticky bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 22:36:42 | More by jgurley
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doughanson78

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden straw color. Hazy like a Hefe. Huge 4 finger head frothy/rocky as all hell. Head would've been bigger but glass can only hold so much. Bright white. Best head retention I've seen, don't think it will ever go away. Great lacing.

S: Very big clove aroma. Peppery. Slight hints of apple. Light spiciness. Maybe some coriander.

T: Very big cloves again. Definitely a peppery spiciness. Light lemon highlights. A few other citrusy hints.

M: Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. The pepper leaves a very mild burn in your throat. Slightly creamy.

O: Kind of disappointed. Reminds me of a Hefe/Weizenbock minus the banana fruitiness to balance it out. This style just might not be for me as I don't think 2300+ BA's could be wrong. I'll give more in this style a shot and maybe come back to this one and rereview.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 04:15:01 | More by doughanson78
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lil' Duvel->Unibroue Tulip

A ~ Deep gold with great carbonation. Head like a mix of snow and marshmallow.

S ~ Lemon juice, dry bread, apple, champagne

T ~ More golden delicious apples, sunkissed grains. Hefty amount of hopping for a BSPA which is excellent. Also a bit of raw dough, haystacks, and tangerine.

M ~ Creamy, Soft, Prickly. Kinda tart with a good dry finish.

D ~ A classic. Purchased often.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 21:18:36 | More by chocosushi
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heinzdog9

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a deep complex ale. I purchased a 750 ml bottle at my local bottle shop for just $8.99 + tax. It's a pretty strong ale at 8.5% but it disguises it well.

Its color was dull pale straw which was consistently hazy. Its head was initially like shaving cream but later waned out to a nice sturdy foam that clinged to the side of my glass in long thick horizontal and vertical lines. It looked like shampoo suds.

The smell was to me of green apple bread. A slightly sour smell that planed out to a clean well balanced slightly sweet finish. I would like to work in this brewery if not for only the smells.

The taste was strong, clean and intense but well balanced and smooth. I tasted initially a strong but sweet yeasty tartness that ends harmonious pleasing. Smooth but slightly crisp. This beer is a class act. It pours and tastes like a well heeled Belgian blonde. A strong, robust pleasing experience. I'd like to try it on tap and would go out of my way to do so.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 03:29:52 | More by heinzdog9
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Baladin stemmed-shaped wine glass

A - Great well built layer of lacing formed; golden straw colored body; moderately carbonated; beer poured with a two finger sized white colored head; rocky in appearance and held very well; the head also leaves a nice frothy ring around the glass

S - Pilsener notes; bitter and turns to a lemony nice finish; sweet grain; wheat; floral and yeasty

T - Pilsener style taste, coupled with a great sweet finish; some mild bitterness or harshness turns into a sweet balanced finish of lemon and grains; yeasty fruit flavors

M - Good wholesome body; slight bitter aftertaste; some sourness; flavor washes away pretty quickly; crisp

D - Good drink; its a Duvel; they make plenty of great stuff and I'm never let down by this drink: I still don't know why it took me so long to review this though, I never get over that...

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 03:41:47 | More by ferrari29
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RickS95

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely pale, a little moreso than I like, but good for the style. A darker straw yellow that's pretty clear. The head is fluffy and white and spends some time with you.

Smells similar to champagne with some of that Belgian yeast fruitiness coming through. You can almost smell the dryness.

Tastes exactly like it smells, with the fruity yeast playing the star role. As it warms, the tastes are pronounced.

Even in the mouth you can tell this is a great beer. It starts off fruity with a hint of tart as the beer works its way across the tongue before finishing with a carbonated, dry finish.

About as good a beer as you'll find.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 02:25:45 | More by RickS95
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rand

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel

From bottle to oversized wine glass 

A:  Straw-yellow in color, duvel forms a huge, pillowy, sudsy head.  Lacing is all over the glass, and it never fully recedes. 

S:   Malty sweetness with notes of fruit;  apples, tangerine dominant.  Really yeasty, bready.   Smells of freshly baked pastries.  Alcohol volatiles dry.

T:  Big fruity esters followed by malty, caramelly sweetness.  Apples, candied oranges.   Yeasty, bready character provides a nice canvas for the flavor profile, while a touch of earthy tea is discernible throughout the sip.   Layered, complex, lots of spicy notes pop up, especially as it warms.  Satisfying back-and-forth between bitter and sweet.   Alcohol is almost completely masked.

M.  For all that going on, relatively light on the palate.  Combined with the fact there's little alcohol on the palate, this brew is dangerously easy to toss back. 

This is one of those beers you can drink on any occasion.  Light enough for a warm summer night;  spicy and complex enough for a holiday meal.    Probably the best beer of it's style, it's hard to imagine someone not liking this. 

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 09:15:13 | More by rand
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dcook11

California

2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thick soapy, iceburg head...light straw colored body with a lot of carbonation and ample lacing. The smell is sweet..sugar, belgian yeast, some alcohol and solvent, and a touch of apple. The taste is of belgian yeast, alcohol, and hops (much more than in the smell). The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall a good beer but too much alcohol in the taste will lower the overall score.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 05:08:01 | More by dcook11
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McNealc31

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp and golden white a very aggressive white head, don't let the color fool you into expecting something light and watery. The first thing I notice in the smell is apple and some hops bite. It's full and dry on the tongue, with sour fruit at the back end. Very well balanced between malt and spicy hops, and there is a lot of both. I'm also getting a late alcohol warmth, and at 8.5% ABV, that is expected, but you'd never guess it's that high.

Here is proof that a light colored, fizzy beer can have tons of flavor. This is one to seek out

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 23:00:53 | More by McNealc31
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bfields4

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large frothy white head caps a very pale golden body.

The aroma is filled with green apples and pears a slight bit of Belgian yeast spiciness.

Tart green apple is followed by a mellow sweet malt. A champagne like dryness. Touch of honey, light spice. Then a citrusy sugary candy gives this beer a nice finish.

Such a great beer. Very complex and hits all the right notes. Duvel is one that turned me on to craft and I always take way too long to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 02:32:11 | More by bfields4
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DavidST

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a Duvel wide glass best before 02-14 date (I'll save a couple of these). I poured a little too much and have a few lines of cloudy yeast near the top (I don't mind the yeast though), the color is pale yellow almost straw and it has a large foamy white head (following the pouring instructions) and it leaves a nice lacing. The smell is quite nice, Belgium yeast, pepper, spice, and sweet malts very strong. Medium mouth feel very carbonated, which tingles on my tongue and a little bit of peppery / bitterness is present. The taste is very good and very complex, the peppery taste is there, some spices, a little tartness and finishes bitter/dry. Very good, this is way better than I remembered the last (and only) time I had it a few years ago, but I was just starting on Belgiums then. Excellent beer, I'm glad I made this purchase.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 02:07:25 | More by DavidST
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A:Very light yellow, almost white when poured. It has a fizzy head and settles pretty quickly.

S: Aroma is spicy with nutmeg and hints of heavy fruit. It’s what I’d imagine from a Belgian, but with that spicy twist.

T/M: Tastes malty along with apricots and oranges. It has light to medium carbonation and the taste is overall pretty light, kind of like champagne.

Obviously it’s good, it’s a well balanced Belgian style beer with a satisfying flavor, but it’s a little lighter than I expected. It’s everyone else’s fault, really, since everybody said it was one of the best beers out there and set my expectations way too high. I still like it a lot, but it fell below my expectations just a tiny, tiny bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 00:45:35 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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blackcompg

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to try this for quite some time, found a local store that carries the 25.4oz corked bottle, which is what I have - I inverted the bottle to incorporate the sediment, then let it rest for a couple of hours, serving temp is about 45 degrees, best before 28/05/13 (day/mo/yr), and pouring into a 12oz beer blass

Appearance - WHOA! 4 Quick fingers of tight, white fizzing head, then slight dissipation to larger bubbles making lumpy, bumpy off-white cumulus clouds. You can absolutely hear the bubbles - many trails from the bottom of the glass and sustaining the head. I added a few more ounces of beer and I have what looks like a 3-D mountanous landscape of head, still 2+ fingers - Never seen anything like this before! Color is a cloudy straw yellow/beige/gold color, very unique. First few sips are leaving ridiculously thick lacing, it's like a bubble bath in there! *2/3rds done with the glass, there is a "lace" that is obscuring 1/3 of the glass, like a thick meringue, whipped egg-whites!

Smell - From the bottle: Ooohhh...lite pepper, coriander, wheat, yeast, citrus, slight minerals, lemongrass, and a champagne like tingle from the effervescence in my nostrils, smells complex and incredible! From the glass: more of the same as listed above, accompanied by the slightest hint of alcohol,

Taste - This is very difficult to describe, in that there are so many wonderful bready, spicy, earthy, citrusy, minerally, hoppy flavors going on hear - the balance is so perfect that there is not one that stands out on it's own, but I will try - As you tip the glass the nose fills with all these wonderful aromas. The ale tingles the tip of the tongue with tiny bubbles and you can feel this wash over the sides and back of your tongue as you sip. All of the flavors explode all over you tongue: there is a warm sweetness at the center of all of this, slight alcohol warmth (warmth almost more noticeable in the nose and sinuses), the spices and citruses are at the center of the tongue, the grassy meadows and lemongrass and a little grapefruit at the sides of the tongue, a wonderful bakery of crusty wheats and sourdoughs fill the whole mouth, the earthy flavors, minerals and hops collect at the back, and there is a slight dryness at the end of the sip - the alcohol (8.5% ABV) is hidden quite well, and is complimentary to this incredible symphony taking place, and you just want to keep sipping, experincing this perfect symphony and all of its wonderful nuances over and over again...

Mouthfeel - Wow - Can you have creamy and crisp happening at the same time? So incredibly smooth, so drinkable, such big flavors, carried so perfectly and smoothly. LONG flavors and a light dryness with pockets of juiciness in the corners of the mouth, enticing you to continue sipping.

Overall - I'm absolutely in AWE...you MUST try this incredible ale! I am now questioning all of my previous high ratings, by comparison this would get 6's or 7's. I've never seen lacing like this, the color is very close to a Witbier and is the "weekest" attribute of this beer, the flavor and complex harmony is unlike anything I've ever tasted before, and the mouthfeel is so wonderful, smooth, drinkable and inviting. This beer is downright dangerous in a fantrastic way - I could drink this every night - I will buy this quite often from now on. It is fairly expensive, but absolutely worth every penny - I LOVE this beer, pure Pefection, Period.

Serving type: growler

06-28-2011 03:24:41 | More by blackcompg
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Broke into a bottle that I had been aging for over a year. Best by date: 11/12.

Poured cloudy golden blond with a thick and creamy two finger white head. The head hung around forever and stuck to the glass for a while as well. Smelled of yeast, clove, and other spices with some citrusy fruit. Complex taste with lots of spices and fruity sweetness, with some subtle tartness at the end. Medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation and some creaminess. Smooth finish with a little lingering sweetness.

Definitely a very enjoyable beer. Every aspect of it was subtle and complex, but not so much so that it felt muted. Will definitely be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 23:43:40 | More by shangwang
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Phelps

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with a best before date of Oct. 2013, poured into a pilsner-style glass.

Pale, perfectly clear straw yellow. A merengue-like head of pure white, two fingers tall, hangs out and becomes craggy, mountainous foam. Some fluffy streaks of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

The nose is made up of white pepper, coriander, tangerine peel and pear juice in equal parts. It’s a great, subtle blend.

Spicy! This is the perfect blend of spice rack stuff — coriander, clove and white pepper — along with sweet blasts of pears and apples. The slightly drying finish leaves perfect amount of lingering sweet pears and bread. Clean yet complex.

Effervescent in the mouth, this one erupts in large bubbles as it moves. The soft, light body is the epitome of refreshment.

It's taken me too long to try this beer and find that it’s wonderfully complex yet light and refreshing. It’s the style standard for a reason.

Serving type: bottle

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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