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

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RATINGS: 3826   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2004
This is a high ranking for a Belgian beer of this style to cross my palate. The aroma is of the champagne style, I thought uh oh, not one of these again. I donít care for champagne. Well I was going to drink this no matter. I was pleasantly surprised. The sweet dry tartness, was fairly well balanced by a decent malt presence. I t still left that tart taste on the back of my tongue, but it wasnít obtrusive. My Belgian co-worker, drinks only Duvel, and kept telling me to give it a try. I waited a long time....Thanks for the tip Marc, and thanks for the cool Stella Artois bottle opener.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Bottled. Pours a light golden color with a slight haze. Large white lingering head. Yeasty aroma with a tinge of banana. Very carbonated mouthfeel with a powerfully malty taste. Finish is slightly fruity with some alcohol warmth. Fantastic belgian!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Extra light in color, like an American lager. Whipped egg white head with large bubbles of carbonation. Sharp malty aroma with some pineapple and yeast. Amazingly delicate, light and spritzy but also full bodied and satisfying. Tastes somewhere between a German Pils and a Trippel. Very easy to drink...I can see where it gets its name.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BlurFan (8) - USA - NOV 22, 2004 does not count
This beer blends the best of everything which explains why it is poured every Christmas in my household, despite its name.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Pours a thick white head with a consistency similar to shaving cream. Taste is similar to Chimay but could hide the alcohol a little better. Aftertaste is similar to that of a cheap domestic beer but initial flavor is strong and wheaty. A good beer but Chimay is a better choice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 The best blond beer in the world (well so far...for me), rich, refreshing, yeasty, winey, some liquer like taste, delicate bitterness from the hops, one of the best beers out there, what a treat...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Very nice golden ale with a nice head. Kind of reminds me of Orval, but not as good. Best served in one of Duvelís signature tulip glasses.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 This was very good. It tastes similar to Chimay Red but not quite as good in my opinion. It was still excellent and I would drink it again. The alcohol content is hidden really well. If it didnít say it on the bottle I would not guess that the alcohol content was that high. The aftertaste was nice. It didnít dry my throat out.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dowdfather (8) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2004 does not count
Beautiful golden blonde, cloudy but bright. Head beautiful and long lasting (by design). Nice hint of fruit. Full bodied but not too heavy. Nice clean and flavorful aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Great beer. Definitely recommend using the shape of glass they recommend. It poured with a huge head that KEPT GROWING for about 5 min after the beer was poured. continuous bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Light and very drinkable


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