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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4286   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - AUG 10, 2006
Pretty standard BSA...rich golden yellow, but it does have a huge fluffy head...almost too huge. Aroma is candi and bread. Flavor is candi, bread, spicey yeast, and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit wet and has a fairly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2006
bottle. brownish yellow. very carbonated, tons of lacing and mammoth foam head. smells like a wit. tastes like bananas and huge bittering finish. sour. not particularly pleasant, but the abv is cool.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6675) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2006
Deceivingly blonde. Rocky head, sour overtones, an amazingly complex beer. Available everywhere, but that does not neccecarily mean that it’s not a mighty fine beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 8, 2006
I love this stuff! The head is so thick I can get some on a spoon for my daughter to play with (or eat).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2729) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Ridiculous white head (obnoxiously large) covers a light straw colored body. Aromas are yeasty with some citrus, bananas and cloves that come out as it warms. Flavor is of dough, a bit of a sour citrus character, yeast, cloves and grass. These blend together well and the product is understated yet remarkably well-crafted.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EValP (30) - Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2006
This light yellow beer is hard to pour with a thick head lasting quite sometime as with other Belgium Strong Ales; a bad pour will ruin your experience. After letting it get some air, this beer is pleasing to the pallet with a citrus aroma and taste with a bit of hops and yeast showing after a bit. This beer has quite a bit of carbonation that complements the beer very nice. Nice balance of flavor, great beer with a fair amount of alcohol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1956) - Thisted, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 Pours a clear golden color. Incredible white head that takes quite a while to die down. Fantastic lacing. Citrusy aroma. Very good amount of carbonation. Sweet tasting with a little hops and a hint of alchohol but not too much. Nice balance of flavors.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Aroma is moderatly malty with grapefruit and sweet yeast. It pours sparkling and light gold with a mostly lasting rocky white head. taste is a good balance, lightly cirtus and hoppy with a long finish, light to medium bodied dry and fizzy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
330ml Bottle: Now here’s what beer was meant to be! A beautiful pour with a thick white foamy head; it almost disappeared eventally, but I had a small volcano throughout. A great smell of yeast and lemon, almost like a hefe. Flavour hits floral off the top, moves into a nice citrus tone with a fairly noticeable alcohol (as it should at 8.1%). Becomes somewhat hoppy at the end, leaving a bit of dry mouth. Terrific stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 ORIGINAL RATING: As with most Belgians (esp with corks) huge white head, but this one seems to dissipate a little quicker than some. Still takes a while to pour. Yellow body which is only slightly murky. Smells yeasty with some floral and citrus. The taste is not as strong as I thought it would be. Tastes slightly of citrus, alcohol, and hop... A nice little ale I guess... not as strong as many Belgians I’ve had, but not a bad ale... Not as good as an abbey ale, but a nice little beerk Surprisingly light for what it is.

RE-RATE (12-06): 33cL bottle from A-1 to-go in Gardiner. Light yellow translucent body with several inches of white head. Smells malty, citrusy, and slightly skunky (uh-oh...). Tastes citrusy and peppery with a hint of skunk... On the upper side of light-bodied, with a fair bit of carbonation in this one. Relatively drinkable. I have to believe this wasn’t the best bottle. I’m sure I’ll try it again though.


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