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

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RATINGS: 4232   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours a pale golden color with a montainous rocky head that actually grew as it sat for a few minutes, and hardly fades away. Thereís tons of lacing left behind on my glass. Smell; at first I was a little dispointed in the smell, as it came of more tame than I was expecting. I let it sit for a few and came back and it really opened up. It has a really nice lemony citrus and a spicy pepper like smell, with yeast and hints of bread dough. Taste; that spiciness really jumps out at me, followed by citrus and a nice malty bread dough. Thereís enough of a hops to add just a touch of bitterness in the finish. I thought the carbonation would have more of a bite, instead itís really smooth and creamy, and very refreshing. I had this beer many years ago, and didnít care much for it at the time, but now I have to say that this is one hell of a beer. Iím glad I gave it another chance after nearly eight years.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lordplayer (19) - Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Fans of this style of beer will be very happy with this Belgium ale. I am an IPA and APA fan, however, and will not be buying this beer again unless at a bar looking for some conversation. Too fruity and "frothy" and watch out for that last sip - sedament galore. Awesome appearance and bottle!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2802) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
Un produit qui reprťsante trŤs bien la Belgique. Elle est face ŗ boire, si tu es un amateur.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Pours a pale golden with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is wonderfully fruity with notes of bananas, pears and peaches. The flavor is apricots, grapes, pepper, lemon and apple. The finish is of a medium length, tart and bitter. Mouthfeel is light with very lively carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swiseman (469) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
very appealing look. rich, creamy head, heavy lacings. slightly heavier malt taste than other Trappists. very pleasing beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhamiltonwv (4) - USA - JAN 23, 2006 does not count
BIG frothy head. A little exciting at first but also a little over rated. Easy to drink and 8.5 leaves a nice kick. Itís important to not drink the very bottom of the bottle since there is much sediment build-up. Very nice winter beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle. Maybe a little too much hype. Pours clear gold with the big white, fluffy head. Aroma is yeasty and sweet with sugar. Taste is the same, kind of like a tripel. Its really good, but I donít really want it again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2492) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 750 ml corked bottle. Golden body with big white head. Nice estery aroma of fruits and spice ó banana and plum with pepper and a touch of clove. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. The tastes ran through notes of spice, pepper, orange, lemon and apple on top of a sweetness that gave way to a bitterness at the finish. Above-average carbonation. The ale was comfortable and somewhat soft on the mouth. The alcohol was not noticable except in the pepper notes. I donít know whether my tastes have changed or this beer has, but I find it less complex than I thought it was.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2006
As soon as i popped the top the foam began pouring, and as i moved it to the glass, it just grew. And grew. A rocky, marshmallowy, enormous head grew some more. Ridiculous. This beer better be good was my only thoughts, I nearly had a mess. Smells like a little malty and some hops, but mostly some sweet. The immense head grew taller than the glass, but....never fell over the sides... So confused...I even took pictures. The first "bite" of foam was almost acidic or perhaps basic to the point of soapy...in taste, a big let down, weíll see...Quite a pilsner taste though the malts are very present. Good finish, the brew itself is quite clowdy, and a light/pale gold. So interesting.. will need another for a second trial.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1304) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Bottle which was served in a snifter at Old Chicago. Proper Glassware, what a bonus!! Puffy marshmellow, almost meringue like head. Thick and inviting. Body shows champagne like bubbles. Excellent! Not the best Iíve had in this style but darn close. Alcohol is well hidden.


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