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

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RATINGS: 3790   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
Very abundant head ! Nice, fruity aroma of citrus. Sweet, fruity flavor of citrus. Dusty, powdery mouthfeel. I love this beer !

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 bottle 11.2 oz. White label w "Belgian Golden Ale" on it. Pale yellow gold, how cloudy it is depends on how carefully you pour it. Holy Christ! what a head! be carefull. Looks like pure white merangue. Fantastic lace. Aroma is dry, spicey, malty w moderate but sharp hops. Very clean, bright, sharp, dry,bitter flavor but very smooth. Some alcohol taste. There is a pleasant, exotic, spice sensation that runs through the flavors on the palate that is quite enjoyable. Very nice finish with a bit of a nip.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2004
Straw yellow, clear and bubbly. Nice spicy flavors throughout, fruits and other things I canít quite discern. Very quaffable and enjoyable, with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RugbyMike (14) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2004
Wow! Even at very cold temperatures, this golden ale has a head that rises like a snow-capped mountain peak far above the rim of the glass. This is a powerful ale that will sneak up on you in a hurry. It is tart, but not hoppy. Hard to put my finger on because I have never drunk anything like it. There is a bit of an alcohol finish as in a barley wine. Give it a try. It will grow on you quickly.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 24, 2004
Wow, lots of head! Clear golden, tart and spicy, and very acidic, I thought. This one might have been too much for me. I admit defeat.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4808) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Bottle: Pours a clear golden color. Incredible white head that takes quite a while to die down. Fantastic lacing. Citrusy aroma. Very good amount of carbonation. Sweet tasting with a little hops and a hint of alcohol but not too much. Nice balance of flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2004
Bottle pours translucent straw, large rocky white head, and an amazing amount of carbonation.   Amazing head retention.   Belgian yeast, light citrusy/corriander aroma.   Heavy yeast flavor on the tongue, slight tartness, and minor floral notes.   Slightly detectable alcohol.   Tiz clean and crisp, exceptional lacing, but it doesnt seem complex enough.   I would have liked it to be more spiced.   Regardless, its still good, and FANTASTIC for generating burps.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - APR 20, 2004
I agree with one of the reviwers I've read on this beer. I suspect it might be better in smaller bottles. The Duvel I had was a big disappointment. I tried this a day after Tripel Karmeliet and a day before Chimay Bleu, and found both to be superior. Karmeliet had more and deeper flavor, if a bit lacking in subtlety. Bleu had a great deal of depth and variation in flavor. This, so far, strikes me as the Bud of Belgians.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 To truly appreciate this well carbonated Belgium ale, I recommend the smaller sized bottles that come in the four-packs. Iíve tried the pint sized bottles and find that (possibly due to bottle fermentation?) theyíre slightly more sharp and less pure in flavor than the smaller bottles. Regardless, when youíre in the mood for a clean, zesty ale with a nice, yeasty kick, I donít think you can find anything too much better in its class. (And, mind you, I donít rate every beer I drink, for most are not worth rating.) Update: sadly, after sampling new batches of this from various locations (after the change from the black to white label), I realize it needs aging--or something--before it reaches its peak flavor. Either that, or Duvel changed their brewing process somehow. It just doesnít taste as good these days.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2004
Pours a cloudy golden wheat color with a white head that consumes a good third of the glass. Beautiful floral aroma with spices and hops mixed in. Light and creamy with an outstanding balance of malt, hops, wheat, spice, and alcohol. Outstanding.


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