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


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RATINGS: 462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle @ Kerstbierfestival 2007 in Essen, BE. Light unclear medium to dark yellow color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, moderate to heavy hoppy, grass, citrus / lime. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to light heavy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. ;o)) (151207)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40833) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
75 cL bottle, Kerstbierfestival 2007 in Essen/Belgium. Pours hazy yellow with a dense white head. Aroma is mild peach fruity and citrus fruity in general. Sweet fruity hops flavour with a solid malt base and some fruity note lingering on top. Finish is mellow to sweet not so bitter as such. Nice brew but tastes a bit like a down watered Struise-Mikkeller brew. Not bad but somehow Belgian yeast and american hops just don’t go well together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34658) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
Bottled. A hazy light golden beer with a lazing white head. The aroma is sweet citrusy hoppy with some spice notes. The flavor is sweet lightly malty with strong notes of malt and citrusy hops. I don’t think the hops and yeast work that well togther.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26200) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy yellow coloured with a white head. Fruity aroma of yeast, spices and hops. Fruity flavour of fruits, yeast, spices, hops, grape fruits and alcohol. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25462) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2007
Bottled. Yellowish golden colour with small white had. Aroma is caramel, fruits and some yeast. Flavour is fruity, hoppy and slightly caramelly. Also the alcohol gives a slight sweetness to it. Not very much hops kicking in, except for some mild fruity notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of Ungstrup. Hazy, pale golden with a tall, bubbly and very lively, white head. Sweet aroma of malt and yeast. Full-bodied with very sweet malts and a distinct yeastiness. Some medicinal notes. A little low in carbonation. Subdued bitterness. I don’t really recall any of those US/Belgian hybrid beers that have left a markable impression. This was no exception. 191207

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23711) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2008
Bottled, thanks rickgordon! Lightly hazy golden, lasting head. Rich hoppy grassy nose with fruit and doughy malt underneath. A deep mouthfilling flavour of buttery malt and black currant. Hops are evident but not assaulting. Long grassy finish. Very good - one of the better of these new wave hoppy Belgian beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazypale yellow color with a longlasting white head. Fruity yeasty and slightly hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. Fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor with hints of yeast and citrus. Sweetish warming hoppy fruity finish. Has a long yeasty and slightly yeasty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22315) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
25th November 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Very light beer. Frothy palate. Orange cream and mild hop bitterness. Hugely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21865) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2016 Bottle at home with Tom ... Big Thanks to FIn for this one... Golden orange big foam head ...sharp fuity big hope nose ... big slightly sweet floral fruitness ... some juicy resins great mouth feel. lots of pine resins ... a great beer and well worth its price. ... golden amber ... thin white head ... light fruity hop nose ... soft light bitter fruity hop ... light lime ... light lemon ... hint of zezt...some pine resins. 3.8 Bottle at Fins as 1 of 6 set.... Hazy Amber... Big white head. M juicy fruit.. Big sweet floral orange fruit... Light sweet fruit.. Juicy fruit.. Big zezty juicy fruit... Nice

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