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

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RATINGS: 4179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RonS (1) - Petersburg, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2006 does not count
750 ml bottle poured with a nice long lasting white head. Fine lace. Spicy, malty, earthy, yeast and citrus aroma with a complex flavor with a slight alcohol finish. Very refreshing and suprisingly drinkable for the ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4619) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2006
Golden and poured with a big head that took some time to dissapear.Slight bitterness and a strong presence of alcohol as you would expect.Slightly acidic but all round an impressive well balanced strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Bottle first Belgian sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours pale golden with a white head. Aroma of spices, citrus, yeast. Flavor is smooth, citrus, yeast, and sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5132) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2006
Aroma has a lot - pepper, earthy, light fruits, dough, spices and more. Pours light gold with a light looking white head that stays around for a while. Medium / full bodied beer with a medium carbonation. Taste is peppery with nice rich malts. The finish has lots of earthiness from the yeast and a spicy kick. Some of the alcohol lets itself be shown on the finish. Wonderful beer that goes down way too easy for ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2006
This rating is way overdue. On tap at Cafeke in Uden. Pale yellowish pour, with a slight haze and big fluffy white head. Estery, fruity aroma with a tinge of yeast. Flavor is spicy, strong, complex with a fruity edge. Medium bodied with a spicy alcohol flavor to the very end. Great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 hazey light golden with nice white head, bubbly, foamy, very nice aroma, a bit dry, the hops help, a good beer i forgot how good it was.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 17, 2006
Pours a lightly hazy golden with an average foamy lacing and sustaining head. Aroma of citrus, banana, yeast and Belgian spices. First thing with the flavor was the carbonation in this one, very bubbly on the tongue. Flavor is also very citrusy, with some more of that distinct yeast and some spices. I can also pick up the Pilsner malts that the Commercial DeScription state. Actually the flavor kind of reminds me of a Belgian spiced Pilsner if there is a such a thing. Still torn as to if the carbonation makes me like the palate more or less...I’ll give it a 4 and go on the "more" side of things.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2006
Bottle. 750ml. Pours a hazy yellow with a nice head from the fairly high carbonation. Grass and yeast on the nose. Sour, citric and spicy flavors predominate. This was fine for a refreshing drink, however, this reminded me of champagne. Slightly sweet, somewhat bitter, crisp, and lots of bubbles. I’m just not a big fan of the bubbily. I’d have it again at my next wedding. :-)

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabjork (683) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 15, 2006
Bottled. Rich bubbly white head. Pale golden in colourIt has an alcoholic and yeasty aroma. The flavour is mostly alcoholic but has a citric sting with malt and hops.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2006
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. One whiff of the aroma and "Belgian" was the first thing that came to mind. I noted some light crisp hops and slightly grainy malt smells. The head that this one was so profuse and foamy I thought I was going to have to spoon in out of the glass, but eventually it faded to a rocky merringue moonscape. All this head was floating on a highly effervescent golden body. This had a lighter body and smoother finish than I would have expected, considering its 8.5 abv. Flavor was yeasty, a little grainy, and very little aclohol taste.


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