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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Tall, thick, lasting white head Pale yellow in appearance. Aroma was a balanced blend of hops and yeast. Thirst quenching. Slightly sour taste. Pretty complex. Different from any ale I have had. Certainly does not taste like a 8.5% ABV. Deceivingly smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Extremely fluffy and unrelenting head, aromas of malt, citrus, wheat...had it not been printed on the label I would have had no idea that this beer was 8.1%abv. Ultra refreshing, extremely drinkable, awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2006
what a wonderful surprise this beer was. It has a crisp/sweet taste and very large head. This was a very refreshing beer to say the least!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2006
Very crisp beer, 8.5% well hidden and well used. The alcohol that does come up, comes up at the end, giving a nice flavorful and memorable aftertaste. You all know this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
This is beer candy, and the wrapper doesnít even make that annoying plastic sound, the 8.5 doesnít show itís face in the flavor or in the bloodstream, must be magic, smiply put, beer magic. We should do some witch trials on this beer because it horrifies me, i really think that it is a witch or that it may be conjured by witches, either way iíll drink it, all the while looking over shoulder for demonic woodland creatures and swooping gargoyles, tread lightly fellow beer seekers

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigcat03 (259) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2110) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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