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

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RATINGS: 3928   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Bottle conditioned.
Four generations of the Moortgat family have brought together Pilsner malts, Bohemian hops, and a unique yeast strain to create this intense, aromatic and beguiling ale. This Belgian favourite is best enjoyed chilled (40 - 50 F) with discerning friends or good-looking strangers.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 pours a very white, big head. While ‘reducing’ it stays thick and looks like shaving cream or whipped cream. Color is gold/yellow and shows it’s carbonation with little rivulets of CO2 streaming to the surface. Aroma is a bit of sourish barley/grain. Taste is dry and alcohol, mild. Not bad, but less than I was building up for.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Poured a cloudy golden color with a large fluffy white head. Fruity and yeasty aroma.. Flavor is orange, lemon, yeast and banana. medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Cloudy lemon yellow color with a medium foamy head. Aroma of fruit and yeast. A sweet flavor of banana that slides into a slight bitter taste. I am not a big Belgain fan but this one is rather good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Nice clear gold pour with an amazing rocky foamy white head that likes to stick around. Nice clean aroma, with hints of pear to me. Good malty dry flavor, and very well balanced. Body may be a bit thin, but I find it appropriate for the beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2005
Light golden, Very cloudy Beer with an extremely long lasting dense white head. Very fruity aroma with some strong yeast notes and malt also. Very complex aroma and flavour. Average hop flavour, fairly sweet but extremely well balanced with a high level of bitterness. A bit spicy. Best enjoyed at about 10 DegC from a glass simlilar to the one in the photo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 7, 2005
This is a pretty tastey belgian brew. I liked the appearance a lot, the nice color and cloudiness was appealing. The foamy head was very nice looking. Really like this beer. The flavors are nice, but the like others have said i think the mouthfeel is a little lacking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Golden color, somwhat hazy. Super lacey head of various sized bubbles. Somewhat sour aroma of apple and other fruits. Slightly sweet with banana and spiciness coming on later in the taste. Palate seems a bit thin.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Corked and caged 750ML bottle pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy ale with an enormous, strong white head. There was excellent lacing. Fruity hops, ginger and slight alcohol are featured in the nose. The initial palate is slightly sweet, giving way to sherry- and banana-like esters at mid-palate and a pleasingly drying, long-lasting finish. Super.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bailz316 (228) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Light golden ale with medium-sized white head. Head is slowly dissapiting. Very lively brew. Floral nose. Bitter, complex finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Rerate: I found this pretty shitty the first time though my palate has grown significantly since then. Fruity aroma with marshmellow, banana, plum, apple, spices. Flavor was nice and balanced, subtle and spiced and easily drinkable, though alcohol was a bit too apparent.

(Original Rating): Bottle from The Beer Bar in NYC. I was rather dissappointed with this one after how much I’ve read about it. Poured a deep yellow with a significant head. Flavor was very wheaty up front with a rather piss-like finish, albeit having a slight bitterness. Palate was thin and watery. This beer (after 3 others) tasted to me little different than a typical pale ale, except it was 8.5%. Next time I’ll play it safe and get a Sam Adams. (6/2/6/2/10)


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