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


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RATINGS: 4020   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 The first thing i am aware of when i smell this is dusty yeast, the nose is also floral, with some lemon and a definite spiceyness . Duvel pours a wonderfully large head . The alcohol is much less relevant than the content would suggest, very drinkable, it finishes in an effervescent but gentle way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Bottle. Pale bright yellow-gold with a monstrous pure white rocky head. Tons of big bubbles rising from the bottom. Classic Belgian yeast smell of cloves and spices with a sweet floral background. Fizzy and crisp in the mouth. Starts out sweet with fruits and citrus in the background, and finishes fairly bitter with some spices lingering. One thing for sure, the carbonation keeps you from drinking it too fast, and not the alcohol, which I can hardly taste. Too strong to drink a lot of, but not interesting enough to be a contemplative sipper. Guess Iíll just get drunk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Poured golden yellow with a giant head and lacing that hangs in sheets. Aroma was yeasy, fruity , spice. Flavor is of yeast, light malt and hops. Nice sweet flavor on the finish that lays on the palate. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Clear yellow/golden brew with a monster-assed head.Nose is that familiar lovely Belgian yeast.criminy,thatís nice.Fruity,spicey-coriander,sweet.Taste the Coriander?yes I can.The fruits, yeast and malts are well balanced.it is just to damn carbonated to enjoy the tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2005
Pale golden bber with incredible white head and massive carbonation. Spicy aroma with notes of yeast, almonds, cardboard, rubber and forest. Fresh. Bitter flavour with notes of almonds and apple pits.. Roasted and harsh. Fruity and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
There is a loud carbonation release when I pop the top off of this bad boy. Pours a huge rocky white head as a result of the high carbonation level. Beer is a pale yellow color. Very effervescent is this brew, tons of tiny little bubbles flying all over the place in there. Aromas is yeasty and I detect some cloves. At first sip there is a light carbonation bite on the tongue. An interesting rubbery taste comes into play that I donít care much for. Body is smooth with a creamy/foamy mouthfeel. Finish is dry with a slight bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 12, 2005
11.2oz bottle. 48.5į. Served in a Duvel glass. Pours golden yellow with a 1 3/4" head. The head is billowy white and collapses steadily under itís own weight after time. Vigorous carbonation. Tiny bubbles. I have heard that the Duvel glass shoots a stream of bubbles up in the middle where the "D" is etched in the glass, and that is correct, in fact it is really directing a big stream of bubbles. The aroma is sourish, with pear notes. The flavor is pears, lemons, and yeast with a spicy finish. There is a depth of character, but it is more subtle than itís brown belgian brothers. The finish is spicy and sour, with some lingering citrusy flavors. Nice mouthfeel. The beer belies itís 8.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 Proper re-rate. 33cL bottle purchased at SAQ Atwater - Montreal, QC (for $3!). Quieting lemon verbena and oats aroma. Champagne-like carbonation brings a sparkle to the tongue. This is the right feel for Belgian yeast, just hinting at distant phenols, ever so slightly banana, plum, and pear. The texture of this beer is as good as it gets. Clean dry malt finish, a little pithy zest quality from the yeast products, and a delectable snap laid properly by the carbonation. Quintessential and a reminder of what proper Belgian fermentations are like, instead of all these syrupy, boozy, sweet bubblegum bombs America keeps lobbing. Keep it dry, keep it clean, keep it elegant.

Early era original review. I hate this beer back then, but canít see it as anything but an awesome classic now. 2/12/2005. Thin and yellowish. Copious white head, with strong lacing. Nice fuming thin carbonation. Very delectable fresh bread flavors, backed by nutty tones. Finishes with good melllow yet pine hops. On second thought, as this beer has warmed a little and Iíve sipped it more, itís too dry, bitter, and sour for my palate. 7/3/6/2/13

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Nice looking pour in snifter,very champagne looking with a touch of a champagne aroma as well. Very good lacing and head.Started out refreshing but finished with a bitterness at the back of my mouth that I couldínt shake.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Another bottle and even more impressed than before, again this beer is truly world-class and IMO under-rated....

Original rating: How in the hell did I never rate this? Anyway...75oml and in the Duvel snifter: Pours a bright golden hue (keep that yeast at the bottom of bottle, thanks). A huge fluffy head and outstanding lace. Funky yeasty hybrid nose that is a cross between a Biere de Garde and a Saison with just a touch of witbier for good measure. So earthy, barnyard estery, sour fruity, floral and rich, lightly spiced, and well developed. The taste is equally rounded and balanced with noticeable yeast and pale malt notes followed by grassy and spicy hops. Perhaps that is itís weakness. Itís so balance it doesnít appear complex and deep and that is so far from the truth. Sip and enjoy, let it warm and fully enjoy the depth of the world-class beer! The feel is a bit fizzy but works to keep the palate refreshed. A bonus point for masking the alcohol so devilish well. A work of art which is as good today as it was when I first had it in 1988. Bravo! (BB date 17/05/05)

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