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

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RATINGS: 3740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (627) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2004 My wife demoíd my goblet so I had to use a wine glass. This bottle was just about 2 years short of best by date.Poured half the bottle in and a tornado of bubbles erupted in the bottom half of the glass. Whilst entranced with the storm in my glass I failed to notice the huge frothy head that went to a full 4 fingers like a soft serve icecream. Yeasty nose,hint of spice. Címon allready,waiting for the damn head to go down. OK mouthfeel,slightly yeasty,lemon grass,what else? SHIT,where did my beer go?! Did not taste the alcohol one bit. Very mellow and highly quaffable tho unremarkable. Great summer brew especially if on sale. Iíll see how this ages.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1211) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2004
This is a winner. Amber/gold body underneath a small white head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy, with notes of banana and straw. Same goes for the flavor, also some bubblegum in there as well. Alcohol not apparent at all. Quite drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2004
Bottled conditioned 330ml brown bottle in Duvel tulip, one of a four-pack with the above glass free.Poured a hazy straw body with white foamy head, light carbonation & some lacing.Yeasty wheat nose with banana coming through. Yeasty wheat fruity flavour & alcohol. Neutral mouthfeel. dry finish. Like Lumpy I canít see why this ale is rated so highly.Its OK, a bit like Hoegaarden(check spelling) with strong alcohol notes. The glass is brilliant though.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Bottle. Thick foamy white head on a golden body. The nose is mostly banana and malt. It smells like a hefeweizen. Flavors of wheat, yeast, black pepper, and a whole lotta fizz come out. The finish is carbonated, sticky, and lightly spicy. The flavors blend together a little better as it warms. IMO this beer is overrated. It tastes like a Belgian brewery decided to brew a hefeweizen. It isnít awful, but I canít see why it is rated so high.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Poured a medium hazy golden color with a huge head. Aromas and tastes of fruits (bananas) and spices. Alcohol content well hidden (this one will creep up on you if you drink too many and it is easy to drink!).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2758) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2004 A real nice Belgian ale--not the best but nice. Pours a lovely hazy golden with that big Belgian head we know and love.. Fruity nose with a body loaded with malty goodness. Not overly complex but dangerously drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (986) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2004
I had high expectations for this one, and I was not disappointed. Sloooow pour due to foam overload, but worth the wait. Flavor galore - spice, banana, yeast, hop, wheat, etc. Itís all in there, and itís done so well. Creamy texture, great drinkability, and nice finish. Drink it carefully ícause you forget youíre drinking a strong one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Pale gold in color topped with sticky, white cotton candyish froth. Sweet, hop aroma and Belgian yeasty nose. Carbonation high, tingly, and broad on te palate assists the beer in its smooth, peppery complexity. A classic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Pour was very carbonated. THick white foamy head. Smell of barley, very strong hoppiness. Had the same feeling as a sparkling wine. Strong hop taste, little bitterness. Lite caramel and roast. Thanks BŁck Dich! Happy Birthday!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foglemark (42) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2004
Malty aroma. Flavour of pepper and saaz hops. Very dim texture and fitting head. Golden ale at its best.


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