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

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RATINGS: 3789   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Pours a light yellow body, with a large and fluffy head. Aroma is citrusy, like a grapefruit, with some hoppiness to it. Taste is sweet, fruity and boy oh boy is the alcohol hidden! This is really 8.5%? Incredible. This stuf is dangerous, so be careful....it tastes like a juice almost. Nice bitterness on the tongue and throat. Overall a great ale!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
Light, refreshing and citrusy much like a wheat, but with that distinctive blegian taste. The head is big and billowy white with tiny bubbles. A great summer brew to drink out on the deck. But be careful- this is not a summer session. The abv is hidden and potent.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
DeltaBlues (9) - Yakima, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2004 does not count
Hops and maltiness balance perfectly. The head is a Meringue-like must see! Incredible lacing too. The unfiltered lager-like appearance fools you when the citrusy, semi-sweet flavor smooths out the high ABV. It does finish a bit dry with the ABV, but after a glass it's not noticeable. Nice for a change of pace, but not an everyday kind of beer. Put it on your "special list" from time to time.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Maybe the greatest beer in the world. Sets the standard (oft-copied) of the light-but-lethal golden Belgian ale. Appearance is amazing, with the huge, lemon meringue-like head, sticky lacing which has to be lightly scrubbed to be removed! Fruity, tangy taste, better than all of it's imitators. Smooth, clean, perfectly balanced. Need I say more? Seems a little taken for granted these days, but this is the real deal. Long live king Duvel!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2004
A golden yellow beer with a hugh frothy head that stayed with the beer for the whole ride.Tastes of a pilsner with some hints of alcohol.Finish was clean and felt the alcohol was hidden well on the ride down to the stomach.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
330ml bottle. Pale yellow with a huge, white, foamy head that leaves excellent lacing. Fresh aroma holds a grassy hop character with notes of green apple and pear. Light-bodied, with an energetic, but unobtrusive, carbonation which is evident from the streams of bubbles in the glass. Lively palate unleashes flavours that are well-balanced between the bread and grain character of the pale malts, and the drier, slightly citrusy bitterness of the hops. Appetizingly dry finish. After not having had this for some time, a pleasant surprise.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2004
If it looks like a Tripel and smells like a Tripel, it's probably a Belgian Strong Ale. I'm surprised I haven't tried this beer yet. The body is cloudy yellow/yellow-orange and topped by a big, puffy white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma is quite complex and pleasant, very estery, with lemon, clove, pepper and white wine notes. Flavor is dry and vinous with a touch of alcohol, spice, and finishing with alcohol. A nice estery beer that doesn't quite differentiate itself from the pack.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Strong alcohol scent and flavor, nice fizzy mouthfeel, but not very complex.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
incredible drinkablitility light, yet strong. The flavor is balanced but the abv is high enough to have you singing by early early evening. This review is from notes. The nose is malty yet I can slightly smell the aromatic hops. The taste is sharp and yeasty , the prototytpical belgian strong ale, but witth hops to boot. The flavor is even and balanced yet strong enough to beat an average beer to a bloody pulp.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Had a huge, white head. Very light gold colored, like a lager. Lots of lacing in the glass. The nose had a slight some peaches and some soapy hops. There is also some light spring rain scent. The flavor is fairly simple. Apple, port and some cinnamon. Finishes clean and spicy. This is a classic and deserves to be called one. I have had this several times now from small and large bottles. Always a pleaure to drink.


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