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

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common

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RATINGS: 3785   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Golden with a fluffy white head. Aroma is wheat beer-like, fruity and estery, sweetish hops and spice. Taste is strong, slightly alcoholic after swallow, and a weird sweet-but-dry aftertaste. This is a very good, strong, yet refreshing beer. Interesting mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vanvenlo (1229) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 8 May 2004 - Fruity pear malt aroma. Hazy golden colour, white head and excellent lacing. Light sweet malt, intense fruit complexity, slight pear and wheat flavour. Long lingering taste and full bodied. A beer that is light but yet disguises the alcohol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2004
pours a light golden color with a large white fluffy head. great clarty and champagne like carbonation. aroma is cidery, champagne like, sweet and floral, with grapes and apples. taste was a nice balance of sweet and tart . flavors of malt, grapews, apples, and light hoppiness on the end. wonderfully complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2004
poured golden with a big soapy head. aroma yeast , citrus on the lemon side a hint of alcohol. flavor lemon, orange,light yeast and malts as it warmed got some sweetness.usually when the yeast and citrus are the 1st thing that hits my nose I get this feeling I am not going to like this beer but this one was good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2004
I’m surprised I have gone this long and not rated this one. Light yellow color with a billowing white head... fantastic appearance. Yeasty aroma with a hint of vanilla. Light and spicy taste. Grassy notes, pleasant finish with a hint of warming alcohol. Not very complex, but probably one of the most drinkable of the belgians. This one goes down smooth, but can kick your ass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 19, 2004
Enormous head. Golden colour with spicy fruity bite. Similiar to Fin du Monde but with longer aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2004
This brew pours an amazing translucient golden color with a perfect tall white head that stays forever in my duvel glass. Aroma has banana, hops, sweetness, and some good spice to it. Taste is very lively with lots of carbonation bringing it to life. A very smooth mouthfeel with a very good balance. Some good amounts of spice in the aftertaste and good finishing hops.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Re-rated: This one works more now that I have experienced a wider varity of beers. It remains a Rich hazy yellow color and a perfect head. What was once a lack of fondness towards the biting alcohol aftertaste makes room for an open realm of spicy flavours as many others are in strong ales. Still has a lot of bite, but that's to it's advantage... almost pretends to be a wheatbeer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
99beerman (29) - Gardners, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2004
(33cL Bottle) Pale golden yellow in color with a thick, bubbly head, it has a nose rich in vanilla, with some hop and spice content. On the palate it is smooth, light and lively, almost creamy, with a taste and texture that give a misleadingly low impression of its strength. It has a distinct bitterness, along with citrus and vanilla flavours in abundance, but the strength only becomes apparent towards the finish - there is a rush of hop character and a hefty, malty kick that lets you know you’re drinking something stronger than your average brew. This becomes more obvious the further you get down the glass. Aftertaste is beguilingly fizzy, with lingering vanilla and hop notes. This is a very palatable beer which can be consumed either cold as an aperitif, or at room temperature as an alternative to port.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
One of Belgians I like as it has less of that herbal/floral note. Well balanced, not too sweet, very smooth.


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