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

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RATINGS: 4252   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigcat03 (252) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 330ml Bottle from Johns poured into tumbler - Pours pale gold with a little haze with a 4 finger frothy white head that lasts forever and dwindles down to a little snowball; Leaves some nice lacing; Banana, malt, wheat, slight hint of hops, and a little bit of citrus to the nose; I really enjoy the well-balanced aroma; Hops, wheat, malt, banana on the initial taste; Some hops on a generally sweet backtaste; A nice, full mouthfeel; The alcohol is relatively well masked; VERY pleasant to drink. 7-4-8-4-18 = 4.1

ReRate 01/11/07: Best by: 03/2009. Added a point to appearance. This beer is beautiful in my Gulden Draak tulip. Lively carbonation like Iíve never seen! Aroma got another point as I allowed the beer to warm a bit before smelling it and this gave it a chance to release some very nice aromas.Palate loses one for now as the carbonation is almost too much out of this bottle. Flavor stays the same. Overall I wasnít as impressed with this beer as I remember, so Iím knocking 1 point off the overall. Eager to see how it ages.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Bottle. Poured into a Duvel glass, of course. Golden yellow with full foamy white head. Fruity and yeasty at first, like a fine champagne at the finish. A delightful brew that tastes great and will kick your ass, too.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 a fine beer, especially with such nice distribution. pours golden yellow with a tall white head. lots of fruity esters balanced very well with tart dry finish.

Iíve had this beer many times over, and many times bottles in one four pack arenít consistent. Though its never bad. Somewhere between good and really fín good. Loud pop, tall head that collapses into cavernous mountains on top of that yellow golden surface. Yeast citrus touch of earthiness and bready malts. The yeast can be stronger and really tasty, though overly bitter at times. Overall so easy and enjoyable to drink especially when the weather heats up. This quickly becomes a summer standard.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wanderingman (54) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2006
This one seems to be somewhat of a cross between a hefe weisen and a ale. Pours a golden yellow with lots of white head. Aroma of fruits (citrus) hit me almost immediately. Taste is light, much like a hefe weisen, with citrus and a bit of malts. Finishes a little dry, but not bad. Overall an excellent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 22, 2006
C&C 750. How have I not rated this? Anyway, clear yellow with a whopper of a bubbly white head. Nose is fruity esters, yeasty spicy. Flavor follows suit, and the finish is pleasantly dry. A beautiful bargain.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
I thought this looked like an American macro in the glass - light yellow golden body with a big fluffy white head. The aroma was somewhat reminiscent of the awful macro as well, but with nice hints of fruit, white wine, and yeast. The flavor, however, is worlds better. Very light, but with a delightful blend of fruit and white wine, with little to no hint of alcohol.. Not the best Belgian Iíve tasted, but quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5333) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
I enjoy chimay, but this belguim isnt one of my favorites, which might be because of my lack of experience with belguims. To me it has the aroma of an american macro brew (pissy) and hints of fruit. Pours a light gold color with large white head. Tastes the same as it smells. Initial flavor is pissy american macro taste, then a more complex fruit taste, and finishes with an alcohol bite. Not bad, but I expected more.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Bottled. Pours a nice light golden body with a little too much head in my opinion. Had a bitter, herbal taste to it. Slightly fruity but was overshadowed by the herbal taste. Nevertheless, it is still a very good ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2006
a very soft, hazy yellow appearance with large white, aerated head...aroma and flavor are quite similar, and seem to be dominated by spicy, citrus-like, herbal hops...very fruity and light in nature...nice finish; refreshing beer for the summer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5039) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2006
Bottle. Suprisingly light golden color with very thick and long lasting head. Heavily carbonated. Refreshing, fruity and phenolic aroma with herbal hops and firm maltiness. Fruity-phenolic flavor with herbal hops and supporting maltiness. Tart fruity finish. Has very clean and well defined layers of flavors. Not as bitter as I remembered, could be a bit more bitter to balance the tart fruitiness.


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