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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 4285   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2006
This rating is way overdue. On tap at Cafeke in Uden. Pale yellowish pour, with a slight haze and big fluffy white head. Estery, fruity aroma with a tinge of yeast. Flavor is spicy, strong, complex with a fruity edge. Medium bodied with a spicy alcohol flavor to the very end. Great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 hazey light golden with nice white head, bubbly, foamy, very nice aroma, a bit dry, the hops help, a good beer i forgot how good it was.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 17, 2006
Pours a lightly hazy golden with an average foamy lacing and sustaining head. Aroma of citrus, banana, yeast and Belgian spices. First thing with the flavor was the carbonation in this one, very bubbly on the tongue. Flavor is also very citrusy, with some more of that distinct yeast and some spices. I can also pick up the Pilsner malts that the Commercial Description state. Actually the flavor kind of reminds me of a Belgian spiced Pilsner if there is a such a thing. Still torn as to if the carbonation makes me like the palate more or less...I’ll give it a 4 and go on the "more" side of things.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2006
Bottle. 750ml. Pours a hazy yellow with a nice head from the fairly high carbonation. Grass and yeast on the nose. Sour, citric and spicy flavors predominate. This was fine for a refreshing drink, however, this reminded me of champagne. Slightly sweet, somewhat bitter, crisp, and lots of bubbles. I’m just not a big fan of the bubbily. I’d have it again at my next wedding. :-)

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabjork (690) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 15, 2006
Bottled. Rich bubbly white head. Pale golden in colourIt has an alcoholic and yeasty aroma. The flavour is mostly alcoholic but has a citric sting with malt and hops.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2006
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. One whiff of the aroma and "Belgian" was the first thing that came to mind. I noted some light crisp hops and slightly grainy malt smells. The head that this one was so profuse and foamy I thought I was going to have to spoon in out of the glass, but eventually it faded to a rocky merringue moonscape. All this head was floating on a highly effervescent golden body. This had a lighter body and smoother finish than I would have expected, considering its 8.5 abv. Flavor was yeasty, a little grainy, and very little aclohol taste.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhwarfield (125) - USA - APR 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 14, 2006 Pours yellow with big fluffy head. Bubbles stream up like fine champaign. Crisp fruity aroma. Citrusy and spicey. Refreshing and very drinkable. the last sip was my favorite.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2006
11.2 ounce bottle (1 of 4 that came packed with a glass You can go to www.duvel.com to “get your own glass” and also see how to pour it into the glass. If you do that you’ll see exactly what I am about to describe. I poured this into an “official” Duval glass. What a monster head! It took forever to die down and when it did it left clumps of lacing on the upper part of the glass and stalagmite like structures coming up from the surface. It was kind of like you could look down into a cave with the top removed. The color is clear straw and a column of bubbles could be seen streaming from the center of the glass, like an underwater volcano. The aroma is of Saaz, spicy, fruity and very nice. The taste is much of the same and not sweet. It leaves a clean citrus aftertaste. Very good beer!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cubby96 (1) - Pearland, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2006 does not count
Well, this is one of my favorites. I had one two nights ago, 330mL bottle poured carefully into Duvel-branded tulip glass. Dense, foamy white head that slowly subsides into fine Belgian lace on the sides of the glass. The pale golden color is misleading, as it is quite strong in flavor and alcohol content, though the alcohol taste is not overpowering as in some similar beers. Strong carbonation. The flavor is dry and slightly tart but still delivers an even mouthfeel. A slight sour note matches the dry presentation. I usually drink this one a little colder than I should, so the slight hoppiness is muted. I need to remember to let it sit a bit or adjust the temp in my beer fridge.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2006
Bright clear golden color, huge dense white everlasting head. Champagne like aromas. Highly carbonated, dry finish. A light beer in that you only need to drink half as much.


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