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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2006
very light amber in color, champaign looking, monster head. aroma of pear and band-aid, taste was citrus with some bitterness, almost vinegar. not bad but certainly not my thing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16227) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2006
Bottled, 33cl. Clear, sparkling, pale yellow beer with a dense white head. The aroma is mostly yeasty, but it has some green apples, candisugar and spices too. The flavor is quite complex, with a finish beeing alcohol-dominated, but not totally overpowering the fruity citricness and the bitterness and the dry feeling that comes at the very end of the flavor-profile. Well, back to the initial flavor. It too has alcohol, along with spices, candisugar, prunes and a green apple-sourness. A very quaffable beer, concerning the pronounced alcohol. And I’m feeling dizzy now...(060314)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 The best head on a beer I’ve seen. Golden color with great flavor and aftertaste. One of my favorites.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3586) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
Brown bottle, 33cl; expiry date: 09 2007; eye: nice persistant white head, good, pale yellow with golden reflections; nose: yeast, citrus, cereals; taste: silky, velvety, difficult mix of many flavours to describe, finale : long and enjoyable dance of alcool and bitterness where both complement each other gracefully FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33cl; date d’expiration : 09 2007; oeil : belle mousse blanche persistante, bonne effervescence, jaune pâle avec reflets dorés; nez : levure, citron, céréales; bouche : soyeuse, velouté, mélange de saveurs difficiles à cerner, finale : longue et agréable danse entre l’alcool et l’amertume

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2006
12 oz bottle. Almost clear golden yellow. Moderate white head with some left after receding. Interesting nose of granny smith and spicy perspiration. Leather, dentist office and sour warheads. Taste is a little sour and some funk. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Why am I thinking Colt-45? Initial carb dissipates into a smooth mouth feel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
onystrom (1333) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2006
Clear light yellow color with ever lasting head! Definately a disappointment! Too much carbonation and fruity flavor turns bitter when the aftertaste settles, damn!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (10527) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2006
Served in a stylish (Burgundy?) Duvel glass at Blå Rock Cafe in Tromsø (10.03.2006). Bright golden colour topped with a dense, rocky white foam. Crispy and aromatic. A powerful and hoppy drink, full of fresh fruit. Slightly alcohol in the palate. Lasting dryness finish. On a very warm summer day at the Dam-place in Amsterdam in late June 05, I also remembered this ale as a very tasteful thirst-quencher.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
A classic. A standard by which to compare so many other beers. And a standout, always.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2006
330mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours to a pale gold, massive white head that refuses to die. Aroma is of malt and citrus, with a slight hint of skunk, and something that almost smells musty. Taste is wonderful - malt, fruit, spice, and something else I’m not sure how to describe, with a perfect touch of hops at the end. Mouthfeel is also excellent, carbonation is right around where I like it, and although the beer is rich, it’s still quite refreshing. Overall, a spectacular beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9173) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
1. On Tap at the Knott Fringe Bar, Manchester 26/10/2001 Golden coloured with some sour fruit aroma. Full hop finish. 2. Bottle 30/08/2004 Straw golden coloured with a slightly hazy appearance. Some hoppy and sour fruit aromas. Hint of bitterness in a creamy malt finish.


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