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Brewed by Brouwerij De Koninck (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Ale
Antwerpen, Belgium

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 961   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Filtered, pasteurised and carbonated in bottles. Filtered and carbonated on tap in Antwerp.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RickStedman (3) - USA - AUG 30, 2006 does not count
If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, it would be this one. It is perfectly balanced -- not too light, not too heavy. The combination of the malt flavor and the saaz hops makes it taste like the barley was just cut, and it has a nice, clean and dry finish. I’m not sure why it doesn’t rate better. This should replace Stella as the default Belgian draft beer -- drinking it out of a Bolleke is heavenly. Go to Antwerp, you can get it for under $2 a glass.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2002
A quite excellent Belgian Ale.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
felsenpils (105) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Fantastic Belgian ale! This is the second cousin to English ales and German Altbier. Wonderful color and aroma, indeed, very Belgian. Easy drinking and full-flavored at the same time. American micros have yet to produce a beer like this! Keep the viscosity down and let the yeast expess itself.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 12, 2001
Simply awesome. One of the world’s great session beers. Wonderful spicy, cinnamony, dusty, leathery, fruity taste. It is also remarkably drinkable, not to mention delicious. This patron beer of Antwerp, Belgium is one of my all-time favorites.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2001
This is really a feel good beer and great taste great glasses to boot. And moreover it’s very cheap for what you get in return.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 18, 2004
Bolleke-draught in the Cellar, St. Andrews. Dark amber colour and medium head. Aroma of spices, hops and fruits. Fantastic. Complex palate: yeast, coriander, hops, nuts, plums and lot more. Unforgettable experience.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kurki (16) - FINLAND - DEC 6, 2011
Drinking this out of the proper "bolleke" glass in an Antwerp pub is a wonderful experience. This beer also keeps very well in bottles, so worth picking up a case if you can find them. It is not commonly exported in Europe, one might have to do a little digging to find it in one’s home country.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
screaminsheets (1) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2011 does not count
My local pub brew for the years that I lived in Antwerp, the "bolleke" (De Koninck) as it is known in Antwerp due to the shape of the glass it is served in, is one of Belgium’s fine, underrated brews. Fruity and smooth, amber in color with just the right amount of carbonation (on tap), give this tasty beer a very good overall rating in my book. Lately it has been available in both bottle and on tap in my locale.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schanulleke (8) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2005 does not count
A little yeasty and a very subtile hoparoma (Saaz) when tasted fresh at the brewery. One of the best beers in the world.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elcarion99 (21) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2001
This rating is for my first couple of bottles which were purchased in Belgium and brought back to the US by a friend. I had an imported bottle in D.C. two days ago which I would rate around 3.5. I imagine that this beer is outstanding on tap.


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