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

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RATINGS: 4065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Poured a big thick white head, and a had a golden appearance. Aroma was spicey and semi sweet. Flavor was semi sweet but not over powering, and it went nicely with the alcohol. I liked the bitter finish, but was smooth as well. Good brew overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (907) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JUN 27, 2005
750 cm3 bottle - June 2005 Pours lively golden. The head is ok, big and white, maybe it should last more before vanisihing. The colour is what catches my attention, it seems like liquid honey, it´s the most vividly golden brew i have ever had. Arome is of peas and sugar. Flavor is sweet at the beging with peas and honey dominatig, it then goes somewhat bitter and leaves a lingering dry aftertaste. It hides amazingly well it´s 8,5 % bv, and i can feel the kick after finishing the bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2005
The cork leaps out into my hand as if by magic. The palest flaxen gold in my glass, vigorously carbonated. Billowing airy cumulus exceeds four inches, towering above the rim. The head melts horizontally from its axis, becoming an eldritch Alpine landscape; gravity-defying clumps of snow ring the glass and tickle my nose with each sip. The beer is rife with subtle complexity; aromas are peppery spice, earthy, figgy, rain on hot sidewalk, lemon pith, rust. With warming, the heady perfume ripens into concentrated floral, musky, and coriander scents. Abundant fruity and citric flavors, apple peel, grape, candylike sugary gumdrop, grassy and horsey, lavender, Eurolager malt. Whispers of licorice, ginger, and the savory meatiness of roasted tomatoes. The vaguely wasabi-like bitter spice over time blossoms and evokes sensual and unmentionable spicy musk. Medium-light palate, shy and fleeting on the tongue. Understated aftertaste of charry bittterness, estery alcohol sting, smokey phenols, turmeric. An elegant potion whose nuances deserve to be coaxed, lingered over, and savored.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy golden colour with a big white head. Spicy fruity hoppy aroma and a sweet spicy citrus hoppy taste. Medium body and a sweet dry finish.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 26, 2005
I like head, and especially the seemingly never ending variety; but not necessarily this beer! It has has a fairly generic ale taste that does mask the 8.5 abv well, but nothing special warranting the premium price other than the high abv. You won’t go wrong buying this beer, but there are better choices to be had for a similiar price.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3950) - - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2006 golden color. huge foamy, fizzy, rocky, lasting head. good lacing. spicy, banana, skunk, yeast aroma. a fruity flavor of banana and spices. clove possibly. complex character. sharp biting finish. alcohol is covered up well.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
reapermedic (26) - USA - JUN 24, 2005
This is a sweet/malty smelling beer, the color is medium to light straw. The taste is bitter, but very crisp, and quite a bit of alchohol is evident, slightly sour after taste. The beer is highly carbonated, which adds to the refreshing nature. Very expensive...at least where I bought it from, I paid $12.oo for a 4 pack, and in my opinion not a lot of value for the money. It’s not on my "BUY ANGAIN" list, though I woul’nt ever refuse it if you gave it to me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1575) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Eggwhite-like head that stays. This is one you don’t want to pour too fast - - it’s volatile. Clear, pale yellow American lager color. Sour (but pleasant) citrusy hop aroma. Taste of pale malt and spicy hops; almost like an ale version of a pilsener. 8.5% abv doesn’t make it’s presence known, surprisingly. Very intriguing and delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 Pours a golden color with huge fluffy white head. Smells of dark fruit and spice, almot peppery. Tastes of clove, fruit, banana, and spice. At some points I was tasting banana and at other times it tasted more like dark fruit. As it warms in the finish it almosts tastes like an unripened banana. This was an excellent beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Bright hazed golden yellow, monstrous rocky white head. Nose was really nice with loads of spices, candied fuzzy fruit, and pear, with more subdued tones of citrus and pepper. Super well balanced with spiced fuzzy fruit tones receiving a sugared hop bite in the end. 8.5% seemed well hidden. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, spiced bittersweet finish. Why it took so long for me to try this is beyond me. Just a classic Belgian brew in my book...


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