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

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RATINGS: 3800   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2004
rocky head, thin body, spicy, no real character, dissappointing, perhaps it was too old.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Well, first let me say that I think I am starting to avoid the belgian strong ale thing. It just isnt doing it for me anymore. Very clear in colour with lots of carbonation. The nose is musky with just a hint of banana leaves. The taste is just that of belgian strong ales, almost salty. Sodium is very present. Just doesnt do it for me.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Fabulous fluffy foam head that easily reaches beyond the ample volumes of the Duvel glass. Pale straw color with lively carbonation (especially from the D etched in the glass). Delicious aromas of yeast and musk with banana and earth/grass as well as pineapple candy. Palate is light and dryish although somewhat sweet like a lively champagne. Flavors sweet and a touch salty in front, but finishing crisply bitter (and a tad astringent?). Some of the grass and earth comes through in the middle, nice, a bit barn-like. I don't love the finish, but I may like it more after a few more pours of this 8+ABV treat. A steal for the money.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Fantastic voluminous fluffy rocky soapy creamy head.....that lasts and lasts and lasts. Smells raisins, doughy, apples, honey, and yeast. Taste sweet and alcoholic. Slightly spicy. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8102) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2004
Golden with a big fluffy head. Aromas are bananas, spices, yeast and candy. Flavours are citrus and refreshing. Those spices are back again. The finish is long dry and boozy. One of the best non-trappist beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
almostfrozen (26) - USA - JAN 26, 2004
Huge bubbly pure-white head. Beer is yellow/gold. Very carbonated, stream of bubbles rises through center of this lovely Duvel trappist glass that came with the bottle. Strong flavour but not oppresively yeasty. Very drinkable for such high alcohol content. 11.2 oz. bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
auto (163) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
thick white fluffy marshmallow-like head which just wouldnt go away. there was a stream of bubbles shooting from the bottom of the glass the whole time i was drinking it. nice hazy golden color. good beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Hazy yellow color. Big frothy lingering head. Yeasty fruity nose. Tingly carbonation gives way to a malty sweetness. Aftertaste is quite yeasty

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Slight citrus lemon aroma. Clear yellow color with a big white head that hung around forever, (bottle conditioned). Very effervesant, tart some phenolic flavors with citrus flavors that had a dry finish. This is a good example of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. This just isn't one of my favorite styles but I'm rating this based on the style and not on how I like it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Has a golden color with a good bit of carbonation and big white head. Smell is yeast/spice/fruit. Taste is malted and finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall one of the better Belgian beer that I have had...


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