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


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RATINGS: 4317   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 ORIGINAL RATING: As with most Belgians (esp with corks) huge white head, but this one seems to dissipate a little quicker than some. Still takes a while to pour. Yellow body which is only slightly murky. Smells yeasty with some floral and citrus. The taste is not as strong as I thought it would be. Tastes slightly of citrus, alcohol, and hop... A nice little ale I guess... not as strong as many Belgians I’ve had, but not a bad ale... Not as good as an abbey ale, but a nice little beerk Surprisingly light for what it is.

RE-RATE (12-06): 33cL bottle from A-1 to-go in Gardiner. Light yellow translucent body with several inches of white head. Smells malty, citrusy, and slightly skunky (uh-oh...). Tastes citrusy and peppery with a hint of skunk... On the upper side of light-bodied, with a fair bit of carbonation in this one. Relatively drinkable. I have to believe this wasn’t the best bottle. I’m sure I’ll try it again though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 26, 2006
750 mL bottle. Pours a pale yellow with a tall rocky and frothy white head, sticky lacing. Aroma is banana, malt (hay, straw, meal), yeasty wheat (earth, cellar) and notes of spices. Slightly sour and acidic malt and yeast flavor, some sweetness in the middle, hoppy floral and yeasty finish. Medium bodied and creamy, fizzy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Funknmilla (738) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Appearance reminds me of a lemon meringue pie...then the fluff goes flat....creamy mouth feel followed by a snap of yeast....a very easy to drink strong ale...in the tulip glass the lacing is scattered

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Pours a pale blonde color. The head is white, frosty, persevering and reminiscent of a white water rafting experience. The aroma is subtle sweet, floral, fruity with a slightly citrus feel. Taste is sweet at first of light fruit, champagne and coriander. This quickly mixes with a contrast of equal warm alcohol and slightly bitter hops. The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of all the flavors combined. This light bodied, well carbonated is a pleasant experience, though not my favorite Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Fresh soury-apple-pear aroma. Huge head last forever. The bottle says Pour Unhurriedly and you’d better heed the waring or rish losing half your beer from overflow. Very yellow, not opaque. Fizzy, lightly creamy. Sour, slightly bitter taste. A little hoppy with a slight warming feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
This had a huge white head of long lasting merange.quite annoying.Color light gold.aroma was yeasty and hops.Tasted like yeast and hops.somewhat bubbly like champagne.I thought it tasted alot like the Schiltz malt liqour,but mild,and better balanced.I didn’t care much for this.Sour aftertaste.Probably won’t buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2006
33 cl. Bottle. Pours a hazy(if your not careful with your pour) light golden with a huge fluffy white meringue head and sticky lacing. Sweet fruit (pair & apple), and yeasty bread dough in the nose. Great combo of malt, yeast, fruitiness that is sweet but not cloying. The texture is creamy and the alcohol is well hidden to make it very drinkable. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
burrhead (1) - mt. airy, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2006 does not count
i don’t know exactly why but i love this beer. gold! belgian gold! wow what a head. hops are just right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2006
750 ml bottle. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy golden amber with a white cloud like head.Aromas of spice and light citrus and yeast with a balance ofmaltiness that goes down so good and smooth with a nice finish.A very nice beer that I will have many more times.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 12, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 Nose is of pears and malts, Golden color with a thick, long-lasting white head, flavor is spicy malts with a little hoppiness in the background. The 8.5% is well covered. 8/3/8/3/16 3.8 7/12/06 Rerate 2/21/12 330ml (BB 12 2013) from BevMo Salinas in my Orval chalice. Nose is yeast, green apples, slight notes of sweet caramel, and floral hops. Clear yellow gold with a moderate, heavily lacing, white that is barely tinged with yellow, head. Flavor is white peppery spices, light bitterness, contrasting light sweetness, and a dose of yeasty white bread. 8/4/8/4/16 4.0

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