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

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RATINGS: 4253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2005
A very frothy pour, with a cloudy light medium color. Good head and foamy. A nice sweet flavor with a smooth finish. A great mild golden ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 Rerating this because I think I did this 7 months ago when I only knew about four different descriptors. Now I know 15. 11.2oz. bottle, best before 06 2008. Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with huge pillowy head. Smells of yeast, lemon, red grapes, pear, dusty, peppery hops, and some grass. Tastes more of the same with some alcohol. Very fruity, high carbonation--for a moment it reminded me of a "Clearly Canadian" drink. Dry finish with a little hop bite. The alohol is very warming. Very good beer, just pissed that I broke the base of my Duvel glass from the gift set within 10 minutes of getting it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Pours a lively golden color with a massive foamy white head. Citrus and yeasty aroma with lemon, flowery hops, and spices. The first thing you notice is the very high level of carbonation. It overpowers the taste it is so intense. What I can tell of the taste through the carbonation is that it is somewhat sour and very bitter - not what I was expecting at all. There is a lot of lemon taste with some spices and grassy hops, but that is it - itís not at all complex. Duvel wants to be a champagne more than an ale. Overall, not very impressed with this.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Aroma: Clove, hops, wood chips. ... Appearance: Cloudy gold with head for miles. POUR THIS SUCKER VERY SLOWLY!!!. Anyway, once it settles down, itís an attractive beer to behold. Flavor: Citrusy/fruity start quickly transcends into hoppy dryness. The mouthfeel is cottony and alchohol is noticable in the flavor. ... Palate: Pleasantly dry, fruity. ... Overall: No doubt a favorite among enthusiasts, but this really didnít trip my trigger.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
(330 ml bottle) Light golden colour. Creamy huge head with a sort of meringue look that I had never seen before. And you have to wait quite a bit before the head disappears. Beautiful lacing. Flavor is fruit, spice. The alcohol is well hidden and you donít feel it until you start walking!!! Just a fine overall beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Corked Bottle. Pale yellow with huge pillowy white head and tons of rising carbonation. Nose of light grain, straw, hops, a faint metallic note along with white grape funkiness in the background, and a bready yeast through it all. As it warms, lemon and general flowery/herbal notes emerge. Flavor balances all of the above and is fantastically dry and bitter due to the tongue-scrubbing carbonation. Tasty and refreshing cold, I feel at room temperature the malts are given a lot more room to mingle. Subtle alcohol warmth throughout and a lingering citrus and malt aftertaste. Great stuff!

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Wonderfully complex flavor that doesnít overpower you with alcohol. Billowing clouds of foam that leave a beautiful, uncommon lacing on the side of the glass as you drink. Aroma on mine was somewhat faint. The flavor had a spiciness, or sass, slightly fruity. A well-deserved good reputation.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 330 ml bottle. Really light beer. Kinda commercial beer but without preservatives. Missing a bit of taste. I had great expectations from that beer and was a bit disapointed. Itís not a bad beer but just missing a bit of a punch.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
No wonder this is a popular beer. Itís extremely easy to drink beīcause the alcohol is so well hidden in the flavor. Itís light and elegant with a flowery aroma. Almost like drinking champagne.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3864) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
Cascades of white foam. Lots of carbonation. Aroma with spices and notes of citrus. Light golden colour. The 8.5 % alcohol is well hidden. Taste of fruit, herbs and yest. Hoppy finish. A very tasty beer!


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