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


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RATINGS: 3993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 7, 2005
This is a pretty tastey belgian brew. I liked the appearance a lot, the nice color and cloudiness was appealing. The foamy head was very nice looking. Really like this beer. The flavors are nice, but the like others have said i think the mouthfeel is a little lacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Golden color, somwhat hazy. Super lacey head of various sized bubbles. Somewhat sour aroma of apple and other fruits. Slightly sweet with banana and spiciness coming on later in the taste. Palate seems a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Corked and caged 750ML bottle pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy ale with an enormous, strong white head. There was excellent lacing. Fruity hops, ginger and slight alcohol are featured in the nose. The initial palate is slightly sweet, giving way to sherry- and banana-like esters at mid-palate and a pleasingly drying, long-lasting finish. Super.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bailz316 (228) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Light golden ale with medium-sized white head. Head is slowly dissapiting. Very lively brew. Floral nose. Bitter, complex finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Rerate: I found this pretty shitty the first time though my palate has grown significantly since then. Fruity aroma with marshmellow, banana, plum, apple, spices. Flavor was nice and balanced, subtle and spiced and easily drinkable, though alcohol was a bit too apparent.

(Original Rating): Bottle from The Beer Bar in NYC. I was rather dissappointed with this one after how much Iíve read about it. Poured a deep yellow with a significant head. Flavor was very wheaty up front with a rather piss-like finish, albeit having a slight bitterness. Palate was thin and watery. This beer (after 3 others) tasted to me little different than a typical pale ale, except it was 8.5%. Next time Iíll play it safe and get a Sam Adams. (6/2/6/2/10)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 330ml bottle in Duvel glass. Absolutely wonderful, foggy yellow appearance. Huge head. Alcoholic, hoppy aroma, a bit sour. Refreshing, slightly, slightly spicy, a nice blend of nice hops and malt, mild grainflavour. The 750 ml bottle is no different other than that there was less carbonation, although I havenít had the chance to compare the two to each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1461) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Blonde and gold in the glass. Lively carbonation. Strong aromas of ginger, musty yeast, and good fruity hops. Flavors are complex and dry, with plenty of yeast, like fresh crusty bread. This beer is a good companion for pretty much any meal. A serious brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2005
I cant believe Ive never rated this. Have I really never had it before? Had this at Bottoms Up, a candlelit tavernish noisy bar in Neustadt, Dresden. Tastes Belgian, of course, with a quality light texture on the palate. A bit dry tasting. Delicious for celebrations with the guys. Which is sort of what this was, going out with expat americans on my first night in Dresden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
poured a golden color, a slight bit hazy with a massive head that wouldnt quit. tasted very much like a wheat beer. hints of spice as well as a pale lager undertone. interesting i thought and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2005
with 800 and some odd ratings before mine, there isnt much to say other than whats been said already. really drinkable, good smooth tasting beer. something i hope is available to buy around here if we get the laws changed.

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