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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4091   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Wow! As a fan of darker beers, I was not really expecting this to be that good, but it is. Pours a cloudy golden color, which clears up over time. This probably has the tallest head I have seen in a long time, frothy, white and rocky, leaving some good lacing. Has a subtle aroma, with hints of yeast and bananas. Tastes fresh and lively, with a decent amount of carbonation, but not too much. light banana and yeast flavors to match the smell. A sublte hopping on the finish. Overall very enjoyable for the summer and a good brew to serve my non-stout appreciating friends.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trev (2014) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a substantial foamy head. Sugary alcohol aroma with floral/banana and malty hints. Flavour is very tart with some yeasty presence. Highly carbonated and has a spritly mouthfeel that keeps the tongue tingling. Flavour is exceptionaly well rounded with practically no trace of the high alcohol content.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6293) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml). In an Orval goblet. Poured a slightly hazy, very bubbly yellow-gold, with an excellent foamy, broadly rocky white head, okay lacing. Aroma of bread dough, hops, ash, banana, various fruits, alcohol & sharp sweet malt - quite a bit of spice (coriander). Taste is very restrained - spicy, a stab of sharp, ashy hops, slightly fruit sweet (lemon and other citrus) some evergreen, a tang of yeastiness - and the bubbling keeps on keeping on! Tart and lively mouthfeel, alcohol not really noticeable - a classic belgian strong blond and WHY have I not had it before?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
My standard Belgian strong ale. Wonderful cleanness to this beer. Aroma of malt, with a little spice. Great pour with a cap of dense foam, no alcoholl presence observed. Very smooth and enjoyable!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 Pours a bright cloudy gold with foamy white head capped with a frothy top. Produced some beautiful thick lacing along the sides of the glass as a drank it. Has a very nice, refreshing flavor, but I was expecting something a bit more complex. A wheat, yeasty flavor dominates with a sweet candy and estery aroma. The alcohol content was surprisingly well hidden. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Very pleasant on a hot day.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bkurtz (1007) - PERU - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle Beautiful head, looks great, good aroma, but I never really liked the taste. Great for its style, but its not my style.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1481) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Smells great. like bananas and such. Lots of head, looks glorious. tastes like a Steel Reserve. Luckily you get drunk from it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Poured from a 750. It is spicy and yeasty, light red apple. Coriander and a light pear. The flavor is apples, pear, spicy coriander and mace, cinnamon. The appearance is pretty basic straw colored but has a nice fluffy white head on it. The palate is quite good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SDalkoholic (2237) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
12 oz bottle black label. Poured a hazy glowing yellow with specks of sediment floating around. Fluffy bone white head that lingers throughout the drink. In the aroma, a faint but present serving of yeast and perhaps apple. I find this Belgian strong ale not to appetizing and that maybe be due to extensive shelf life. What little flavors i do pick up are a small spicey yeast, grain malt, corn, and bitter hop in the finish. Way over rated in my opinion and i’m glad i bought a twelve ounce instead of the 750ml bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Poured just like the picture with an amazing large head. Lacing all the way down the glass. This was my introduction to Belgian strong ales and I did have to adjust to the strength of the alcohol in the flavor. The taste got smoother and better with every sip. Look forward to trying other Belgian ales.


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