Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Full body - staying head - amber color with a spicy, malty palate that finishes very fruity with complex hoppy undertones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5025) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 Yellow colour emerging from below the huge white Duvel-like head. Delicious spicy and green apples aroma. Also yeasty. Flavour starts with soft malty sweetness, gradually drying up to a finish with yeasty notes.Very fizzy. It looks like a Duvel, but it tastes more like a confused blond,. The alcoholic warmth reveals its strength, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6489) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2005
Huge, creamy, white head which dwarfs the small orange-yellowish hazy body. (Half of an 0.33l bottle.) Big, fruity aroma of banana and apples with typical Belgian yeast notes. Taste is surprisingly harmonic and subdued compared to the aroma, but is essentially more of the same. Let it stand a little over the best before date, which probably explains the aftertaste being somewhat off. Don’t think this is a definitive tasting of this one. It’s a good beer, but a little boring, as though something’s missing. Not at all what I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2005
duvel-like belgian stong ale. aroma: flowery, bit malty. taste: sourrish, fruity, bit bitter. full bodied with good carbonation. alcohol warming finish, slightly bitter. nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
diabel (1619) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2005
Bottle at Waagstuk, Antwerp, Belgium Nose of flowers and herbs and alcohol. Frothy, white head, which lasts mostly. Flat yellow body. Lightly bitter initial flavour. Lightly bitter finish. Fully bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2005
Bottle from Open All Hours, Keswick. Good tripel, at the very light coloured Duvel end of the spectrum. Good natural sparkle and big rocky white head. Aroma of herb and spice, complex yeast profile. Slips over nicely, belying its strength. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2005
A Mes rate: As blonde as they come. Looks almost like a crappy lager. Volatile large haed. If someone blindfolded me and asked me to smell this I would say it was St. Feuillien Blonde as it has a remarkably similar floral and perfumy nose. Slight sweetness in the flavour and it’s nothing really to go mad about. Palate is great and the alcohol is hidden really well. Its also very downable which could be dangerous at this strength. The finish, being like a lager lets it downb a bit, but overall is a decent drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6270) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2005
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue par importation privée via Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’houblons, de fleurs et d’épices. Apparence: Couleur blonde pale. Enorme col blanc scupltural. Forte densité des bulles. Large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Saveur d’agrumes, d’alcool et de métal. Long arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Arrière goût de fruit avec une trace de craie comme sensation. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #188)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Beautifully, hazy amber with a huge, pretty head. Extremely full-bodied with a potent alcohol-burn. Some vague spices, but the yeast adds most of the flavour. A solid but not very refined brew. 240197

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
schuimkroaat (426) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2005
33 cl bottle, bbe Sep 06. Clear shiny golden, a lot of sparkling, large frothy white head which doesn’t last long. Sharp hoppy and grassy aroma (stinging nettle?) with a touch of sweetness (liquorice?). A bit woody, too. Tart and metallic flavour without much sweetness either with a faint, but clearly present hoppy finish. The tartiness also lasts. Round in the mouth, that’s where the malt is (at last) expressed. Different than it was a year or two ago, I’d say... Goes well with a cipolata, cooked potatoes and cauliflower in white sauce, anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Golden colour with a white head. Light spicy lemon aroma and a sweet spicy light alcoholic taste. Medium body and a light sweet alcoholic finish.

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