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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
simbasa (13) - watsonville, California, USA - APR 9, 2006
my first belgian about 10 years ago. huge head and slight sourness offset by spices. mild alcohol finish with low bitterness. it’s a winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2006
Had this at home, from the 330 ml 4-pack I can get down the street. Pours with a HUGE, bright white head that just never dies (as a homebrewer I find this to be amazing). Clove aroma. Pale and clear as a Pilsner, with some sediment at the end, but the flavor and mouthfeel are quite different than a Pilsner. High carbonation. Slightly spicy, with a fruity, clove-y aftertaste, only a very slight bitterness. Medium body, with a faint alcohol tinge, but you sense that this is a strong beer. One more of these and I’ll be off my feet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5493) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Pours bright gold into a Duvel tulip. Big, frothy head that grows rather than subsides to make a top hat. Sweet earth, hay and honey notes. Sour/sweet, dry and full with a long-lasting, bitter caramel finish. This was my intro into Belgians many ales ago -- deserves respect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2006
I like this beer a lot.......the first time i had it the giant head freaked me out....but it does add to the overall experience....do they sell packs of this without the glass included???

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2006
Pale sparkling gold color with a big foamy head. Astringent start with sweet honey and pear flavors. Very carbonated. This is probably good but White beer isn’t for me.

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