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

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RATINGS: 3785   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2004
330ml. Hazy light golden yellow with a massive frothy white head. Musty aroma of honey, flowers, light bread, pepper, ginger, lemon and clove. Medium velvety body with lively carbonation. Spicy flavor of pepper, clove, lemon, grass, light bread, hay and honey. Nicely bittersweet and well balanced. Very refreshing. Very good. Thanks to DocLock for sending this one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2004
Great heavy blond beer with nice appearance,a cristal like brillance and a light golden color.The smell is very expressif with hints off noble hops.The nose is also very fresh with fine yeasty impression. The taste is massif and dry,with a nice bitterness and a lot bite.At its best when served cold.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
osmg95 (44) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Love this stuff! You sure this is beer? Champaign maybe? Fruity/citrus aroma. Appears light yellow and a bubbly white head. Unfortunately, the head dissapates rather quickly but never the less....very tasty. Very light on the palate....little after taste. A slight astringent finish. Again, tastes light a descent champaign to me...and i love it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2004
Nice fresh strong pale beer with foamy white head. A little out of the picture in Holland with the arrival of other Belgian beers among which Leffe.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 nice light belgian ale.reminds me of a chimay but with less kick,a bit lighter body,and flavor.good for summer days.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2004 Big bottle while sitting outside at N3rd. Nice sipping brew with big kick. Rerated after having 2 small bottles in Saratoga: bigger and better than Belgian Goldens (Leffe and Affligem) and richer and cleaner than Tripels (Golden Monkey, Fin Du Monde)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5312) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 750 black label... Hazy gold, large white head, and nice lacing. Citrus, spicy (cardamom), sweet aroma. Sweet and alcoholic, slightly hoppy, and mildly spicy as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Another beer from Indra. Big frothy latte’ style head on this belgian. Neverending, billoughy saying take a picture it’ll last longer. Hazy yellow occluded almost particulate looking beverage. Taste very strong very potent. Not what it appears to be. Citrusy, spicy, almost hinting on veggie beer. Too potent to be a veggie. Not very smooth but a very interesting beer style and experience.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Kind of a cross between a European pilsener and a Belgian; Fairly sweet, quite malty, and mildly smoky, with moderate amount of spiciness and an increasing bitterness in the finish; Not much going on in the nose, perhaps a bit of spice; Medium bodied, but does a good job at coating the palate; Pale golden in color and a bit hazy; Huge, rocky, white head is very creamy on top and is maintained for eons by a considerable amount of carbonation bubbles; Christ, the head retention is simply incredible, and the thick blanket of lacing is magnificent, so top scores on appearance

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 26, 2004
(on bottle)Yeah; this sure is a classic beer for the happy beer-lovers. I give this one top points, because of it´s superb use for any kind of food. The fresh grassy flavour, with tones of heavy banana and hops(?). A sneaky golden, allmost pilsner looking, brew,with the gentle strength of an anaconda, fits dry, salty, spicy, sweet; any dinning perfect. A powerfull taste and a soft ending, makes it a dangerrous compagnion for gardenwork; have it when you have nothing else to do the rest of the day(apart from partying).


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