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


on tap

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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
I thought this looked like an American macro in the glass - light yellow golden body with a big fluffy white head. The aroma was somewhat reminiscent of the awful macro as well, but with nice hints of fruit, white wine, and yeast. The flavor, however, is worlds better. Very light, but with a delightful blend of fruit and white wine, with little to no hint of alcohol.. Not the best Belgian I’ve tasted, but quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
I enjoy chimay, but this belguim isnt one of my favorites, which might be because of my lack of experience with belguims. To me it has the aroma of an american macro brew (pissy) and hints of fruit. Pours a light gold color with large white head. Tastes the same as it smells. Initial flavor is pissy american macro taste, then a more complex fruit taste, and finishes with an alcohol bite. Not bad, but I expected more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Bottled. Pours a nice light golden body with a little too much head in my opinion. Had a bitter, herbal taste to it. Slightly fruity but was overshadowed by the herbal taste. Nevertheless, it is still a very good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2006
a very soft, hazy yellow appearance with large white, aerated head...aroma and flavor are quite similar, and seem to be dominated by spicy, citrus-like, herbal hops...very fruity and light in nature...nice finish; refreshing beer for the summer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2006
Bottle. Suprisingly light golden color with very thick and long lasting head. Heavily carbonated. Refreshing, fruity and phenolic aroma with herbal hops and firm maltiness. Fruity-phenolic flavor with herbal hops and supporting maltiness. Tart fruity finish. Has very clean and well defined layers of flavors. Not as bitter as I remembered, could be a bit more bitter to balance the tart fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2006
Bottle, 330 ml. This really gets interesting once it warms up and the high-alcohol fruit esters come into the fore. To me, this beer is all about the yeasts and ferment-related flavours. Mouthfeel is rich and sticky, yet reminds of white wine when cooler. Really wan’t to try the bigger bottle. This is definitely a favourite of mine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doughert82 (20) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Highly carbonated, the pour reminds me of champagne. Aromas emerge as you pour: sweet fruit and citrusy. Flavor is light but very aromatic and enjoyable. This is a Belgian standard, and is always for drinking (even for the non-Belgian beer fan).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2006
33cl bottle from LCBO. Hazy yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is yeast, lemon, and malt. Flavor is pretty sweet, malty, citrus, bread, hops aroma. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 750ml bottle: pours golden yellow with fluffy head and lots and lots of tiny bubbles. The head retains throughout consumption and leaves tremedous lacing on the glass. Felt the aroma was lacking--lots of yeast that exihibit a funky aroma. Taste is slightly lemonny, very yeast, and a little sour. palate is very very bubbly. I expected more, the is not a belgian to rave about, but maybe I’ll give it another try sometime. RERATE: decided to try again while in Lille. I really like this beer after all. nose is nicely hoppy, with sour elements, and some cereal type malt. flavor is addictivly hoppy and dry. not as good as Orval; but headed in that direction. A very enjoyable beer with a lively palate, and I love the glass, when in a duvel glass this beer looks like a masterpiece. quite good. saunté

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Pours a highly carbonated bubbly golden body with a strong thick white head. The aroma is floural, sweet candy, musty, golden raisins, citrus lemon, with grassy fresh notes. This is a very complex nose that just gets your senses ready for a taste. The taste is tart upfront, crisp, fresh with a sour/bitter tanginess in the back of the throat. The alcohal is warming but not overpowering, this is a classic belgian pale ale very nice.

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