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

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RATINGS: 4067   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
Pours a yellow gold color with an amazing, creamy thick head, lots of tiny bubbles, slightly cloudy. Spicey, fruity aroma, typical of the belgian ales Iíve tasted before. Flavor is quite strongly of yeast and spice with a great deal of alcohol coming through towards the finish. Lively carbonation. This is not my favorite style of beer, but it was an exciting session none the less. Woot!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slabonator (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
This Belgian Golden Ale is in my top FIVE. Faintly hazy golden color with a huge head that lasted to the finish. Fruit in the nose with some hops, but tropical fruit dominates. Nice mouthfeel with great carbonation. Dry finish. Great beer with a sneaky punch.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brandonfisher (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2005
smells like a good beer should smell. pours a golden color and has a everlasting head down to the very last drop. yum. Very stong hoppiness flavor with a tingle left in mouth, but went down, ok. This beer letís you know that yes there is Alcohol in it, but that is the beautty of this potent potable. I would try this beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
bottle. pours a golden but slightly coudy colour. the head last until the end and leaves nice lacing. taste is of yeast and subtle alcohol. tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Stubby bottle, proper snifter. This beer poured amazing, begging to be drank. HUGE, white, bubbly head. This strong ale left a complex palate. Has a very classic feel, and would always be on my shelf... if I could get it here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Poured a very nice golden from the 11.2 ounce stubby brown bottle (purchased for $2.43/bottle at Trader Joeís). Bottle indicates this is Duvel Belgian Golden Ale, bottle conditioned, 8.5% alcohol, "pour unhurriedly". Nice tall, lasting white head, lacing and champagne-like carbonation. Aroma consists of bitter hops, some malt and sweet yeast. Bitter hops dominate the flavor early, followed by alcohol and spices. Aftertaste is acetic from alcohol and rather long lasting. A very fizzy feel in the mouth, but body is not watery. I donít consider this an above average beer from a drinkability standpoint. There are a lot of positives, but I canít see me drinking more than one of these at a time.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotty (1088) - SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2005
Morrisons Hawick. Iíve loved this beer for years and the affair goes on, still has the fab golden colour and the lively white head. The aromas are rich and captivating, as is the vast array of flavours that fill the mouth, sweet but well balanced and yet very complex. My only gripe about this beer is that I lose some of it when pouring, as I broke my proper Duvel glass a long time ago and I now have to use a (not quite large enough) wine glass...not the beers fault.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2005
THE classic Belgian golden ale. Ethereal gold with massive white head that decays into strange formations. Bold, present mouthfeel with typical Beligan notes and a bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
golden champagne color with a huge rocky white head. lots of carbonation. the head lasts and lasts. I could look at this forever. champagne like with some peppery spiciness and some malt in the background. pretty good. astringent hops with a good malt backbone that provides a nice texture and good bitterness. Dry, bitter aftertaste with a nice alcohol presence. Wonderfully crisp, bitter, and smooth. crisp but not thin. carbonation is prickly and does a great job. 8.5% hardly noticeable. Iíll definately have another. This is a quite enjoyable brew that I could drink every night. I love the hops. The bitterness is just wonderful.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 An incredible brewing accomplishment from the country of such things. Pilsener in appearance, even hoppy to the nose for a Belgian, but also estery and effervescent, with a meringue-like head. Stunningly drinkable at 8.5% (thanks in part to the candi sugar ?). Very, very dangerous brew if you plan to drive -yes, itís that drinkable. The Belgian beer for people who donít think they like Belgian beer.


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