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

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RATINGS: 3728   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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilovetrappist (23) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2004
11.2 oz stubby bottle; poured into Duvel tulip glass. Cloudy, golden appearance with a good deal of carbonation. Great foamy, white head that dissapated slowly as I drank. Has a clovish, lemony aroma but a bit weak. Peppery, spicy taste as it first hits the tongue then the alcohol becomes apparent and finishes with a sweet and sour note, lemon and bananas. Not a dry palate on this one as I had expected. Overall I think this is a great beer and out of the ordinary for a Belgian strong ale.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Ok, this is another beer that I think is overrated. It’s not a bad beer, but it does not deserve the praise it receives on this site.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2004
bottled: had this one last night and i think once before in belgium. banana, lemon, wheat coriander...light and refreshing. finishes with a bit of tangy sour apple. with this much alcohol i was surprised it had this champagne feel and lightness. duvel means devil, must be a snake in the grass, watch out!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2004
330ml. Hazy light golden yellow with a massive frothy white head. Musty aroma of honey, flowers, light bread, pepper, ginger, lemon and clove. Medium velvety body with lively carbonation. Spicy flavor of pepper, clove, lemon, grass, light bread, hay and honey. Nicely bittersweet and well balanced. Very refreshing. Very good. Thanks to DocLock for sending this one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2004
Great heavy blond beer with nice appearance,a cristal like brillance and a light golden color.The smell is very expressif with hints off noble hops.The nose is also very fresh with fine yeasty impression. The taste is massif and dry,with a nice bitterness and a lot bite.At its best when served cold.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
osmg95 (44) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Love this stuff! You sure this is beer? Champaign maybe? Fruity/citrus aroma. Appears light yellow and a bubbly white head. Unfortunately, the head dissapates rather quickly but never the less....very tasty. Very light on the palate....little after taste. A slight astringent finish. Again, tastes light a descent champaign to me...and i love it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2004
Nice fresh strong pale beer with foamy white head. A little out of the picture in Holland with the arrival of other Belgian beers among which Leffe.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 nice light belgian ale.reminds me of a chimay but with less kick,a bit lighter body,and flavor.good for summer days.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2004 Big bottle while sitting outside at N3rd. Nice sipping brew with big kick. Rerated after having 2 small bottles in Saratoga: bigger and better than Belgian Goldens (Leffe and Affligem) and richer and cleaner than Tripels (Golden Monkey, Fin Du Monde)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 750 black label... Hazy gold, large white head, and nice lacing. Citrus, spicy (cardamom), sweet aroma. Sweet and alcoholic, slightly hoppy, and mildly spicy as well.


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