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

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RATINGS: 3861   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2005
this was in my "in case of emergency, drink this" stash, but I couldnít stand the wait. golden yellow color with fizz going up the body. super rocky, pillowy white head that is very long lasting. lots of lacing that hangs on like dish soap suds. aroma is yeasty, barnyard, horseblanket. smells like a saison/farmhouse ale. also dried pineapple rings in the nose, floral hops, pear and clove too. flavor is dry and lightly bitter, slightly tangy. good carbonation. also taste of sourdough bread. sweet yeasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 20, 2005
(bottle) Cloudy yellow colour with a huge frothy white head. Hoppy nose with a hint of banana. Medium carbonated, but still smooth enough to be enjoyable. The alcohol is also not too obvious. Complex taste with citric elements on a malty bed with hops and spice in the aftertaste. Really good beer but due to its smooth character it might be a killer for those who are not beware of the high alcohol level.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Beautiful clear golden with a huge white head. Banana, clove and floral hops in the nose. Flavor has notes of banana, clove, yeast, spiciness, lemon/citrus, tanginess and floral hops. Pleasant level of sweetness, slightly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol content unbelievably well-hidden. Medium smooth on the palate with lively, spritzy carbonation. Good lacing and head retention. Really good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 15, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Light yellow with major cloudiness- very attractive. With great laciness, the head sets into itself creating a creamy fluffy head. Immediate, strong citrus scent. Visual and scent characteristics of this beer are in line with one another. Yeasty flavor and maltiness exist, but nothing spectacular occurs. My tongue is not dancing. I know this beer is pretty well regarded, but itís not my choice beer-though I like belgian strong ales. Itís a little too fruity. I think my girlfriend would like it.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
this beer has a clean, clear bud-like appearance with strong not very pleasant aroma. Starts good but dosenít end as good. Strong alcohol flavor but the alc. content is redeeming.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Light yellow in color similar to a Bud Light with hazy white spiraling yeast tendrils in the body. A huge heavily carbonated white head. The head diminished very quick for something of its size. Aroma gave off a lot of yeast, some banana, a little lemone, and a little pineapple. Is a very smooth beer with yeast and fruit making up its flavors: Heavy yeast, strong banana, slight lemon, slight pineapple. Malty body with no hop prescene at all anywhere.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2005
bottle. poured a very pale straw yellow with a foamy white head. nice citrus flavor, but this was way too carbonated for my taste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2005
This is an interesting beer, it has a storng floral presence with cirtus over tones. Belive it or not I found this pretty average for a Belgium strong ale. This is not too bad, but I ve had better

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2005
Pale golden. Large white head with big bubbles and laces. Fresh aroma with citrus, hops and yeast. Good carbonation. Very mild flavour with (perfumy) hops well balanced by malty sweetness, some underlying sourness, banana and a hint of coriander. Hides the ABV rather well. Watery palate. Granted its a classic - high drinkability and great balance. However, it isnt the most complex beer in the world.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2005
Bottle: Slightly hazy pale gold with a huge meringue head and tons of bead. Musty, grassy hops and medicinal phenolic aromas. Some background lemony and very faint tropical fruit aromas with occassional banana. Sweet, spicey, medicinal flavour - lots of cloves - and some new clean hay stuff there too. Not as heavily carbonated as it initially looks, though a little hash in the mouth. Very nice.


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