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


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RATINGS: 3959   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 30, 2004
Definitely a great Belgian, the flavor is smooth and balanced, with nice subtle spices accentuating the underlying crisp fresh ale. Thought it would be better, but again the overwhelming popularity has set my standards high. I can say that the mixture of spices and sweet flavors are dead-on, making this the best Belgian flavored ale that I have ever had. Perhaps my slight gripe is there remains such a contrast between spiced beer and more hop / malt dominated selections. I will clarify though that within this realm, itís at the top of its class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2004
wow. This is excellent. Beautiful hazy golden ale with a big fluffy white head, and lovely lacing all the way down. Nothing wimpy here, with 8.5% alcohol you wont even notice. Its completley hidden in the splendid flavor that is a nicely balanced fruity, hoppy, peppery brew. It aint cheap, but like everybody says, its worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Beer pours a very cloudy yellow/off-white (almost lemonade-ish) with a huge, fluffy white head. Banana and sugar in the aroma with a touch of alcohol. Lots of fruit and spice come through in the taste. Perhaps overpriced, but still extremely good. Almost dangerously easy to drink.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Nothing wrong at all with this ale. White head will stay there forever. Donít even realize the alcohol content. Worth the money.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Very light straw color with a large white head. Aroma of malt, yeast and hops. Same flavors with some spice. Very soft mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2004
An absolute winner. Has a fruity/orangey/alcohol aroma. Has a huge white head with excellent retention despite the high alcohol content. Just the slightest bit sweet, acually reminded me of a slightly toned down Hoegaarden. Well balanced and the alcohol does not exert much presence in the flavor at all. Drink slightly warmed, not the Australian "chill the hell out of it" way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 Easily one of the best beers ever. The 2 inch head stayed on the entire glass. Medium body and strong malty flavors with a certain amount of sweetness. Just a great beer from start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Pale straw color, high effervescent but lasting head. Finely sedimented, hard to keep out of the glass. I poured it chilled as suggested on the bottle, which mutes aromas and flavors. So donít do that. First aromas were of earthy, spicy hops. Later, a subtle fruitiness and some phenols showed up. Flavors are spicy, pils-malty, slightly weird. On one hand, this is an elegantly simple beer, on the other, the complexity one can find in such a simple thing is interesting. A bit like an "Imperial Pilsener" with Belgian yeast complexities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Complex in aroma; malty with lemon notes and a special spice appeal. Frothy head from start to finish which I sipped from a trappist. Cloudy yellow haze like day olde urine. Strong hoppy taste that quenchs the buds. I liked very much the satisfying strength and flavor, this strong ale had to offer that just kept on giving to the last drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2004
HUUUUUGE head, that just sits there and stairs back at me. Nice light color, with a nice cloudly color. THe aroma is a bit strange, but complex and mature. Flavor is also complex. Not bad, a unique beer and i can see why it gets the attention.

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