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

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RATINGS: 3958   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2005
No matter how slow I pour, the head is huge...foamy and rocky, long lasting. Pale light,straw-yellow colour, active carbonation. Flavours of pear and lemon, though alcohol is not present, the taste is quite bitter, I could use a little more sweetness and body, as I’ve come to expect of a Belgian.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2632) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Pours a hazy yellow color. Has a foamy white head. Aroma is somewhat yeasty. A little bit of a grainy aroma a well with some spice. Flavor is somewhat yeasty with spice and a touch of alcohol present. Finish is grainy and bitter. I’m not really too impressed. Alright stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2005
Pours golden, large white firm head. Fresh, acidic aroma. Nice blonde flavour, hides the alcohol quite well. Fresh.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DemonHunter (1) - BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2005 does not count
A very nice strong Belgian beer. It tastes exactly how it looks like. I have only one advice : Enjoy it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kyuss (21) - BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2005
Looks great, tastes even better. Quite bitter and quite strong. Best named beer I ever encountered.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
This beer was recommended to me by a friend whose beer tastes I trust quite a bit. What I discovered was that this particular kind of beer is not for me. Quite a lovely appearance, especially in a nice duvel abbey glass, and not bad just before dessert (but of course after a meal, good lord not on an empty stomach). Everything seemed to agree with me until I actually tasted it--far too full of a spirits-like aftertaste for me. Not my thing, but pretty interesting nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Pours a light cloudy yellow color with a good amount of foamy white head and a lot of carbonation. Spicy yeasty pear aroma. Also some citrus. Flavor is smooth and sweet with a pearish-raisiny flavor. Very citrusy and bubbly on the tongue. Overall, pretty good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2005
this was in my "in case of emergency, drink this" stash, but I couldn’t stand the wait. golden yellow color with fizz going up the body. super rocky, pillowy white head that is very long lasting. lots of lacing that hangs on like dish soap suds. aroma is yeasty, barnyard, horseblanket. smells like a saison/farmhouse ale. also dried pineapple rings in the nose, floral hops, pear and clove too. flavor is dry and lightly bitter, slightly tangy. good carbonation. also taste of sourdough bread. sweet yeasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8677) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 20, 2005
(bottle) Cloudy yellow colour with a huge frothy white head. Hoppy nose with a hint of banana. Medium carbonated, but still smooth enough to be enjoyable. The alcohol is also not too obvious. Complex taste with citric elements on a malty bed with hops and spice in the aftertaste. Really good beer but due to its smooth character it might be a killer for those who are not beware of the high alcohol level.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Beautiful clear golden with a huge white head. Banana, clove and floral hops in the nose. Flavor has notes of banana, clove, yeast, spiciness, lemon/citrus, tanginess and floral hops. Pleasant level of sweetness, slightly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol content unbelievably well-hidden. Medium smooth on the palate with lively, spritzy carbonation. Good lacing and head retention. Really good stuff.


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