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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle. Maybe a little too much hype. Pours clear gold with the big white, fluffy head. Aroma is yeasty and sweet with sugar. Taste is the same, kind of like a tripel. Its really good, but I don’t really want it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 750 ml corked bottle. Golden body with big white head. Nice estery aroma of fruits and spice — banana and plum with pepper and a touch of clove. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. The tastes ran through notes of spice, pepper, orange, lemon and apple on top of a sweetness that gave way to a bitterness at the finish. Above-average carbonation. The ale was comfortable and somewhat soft on the mouth. The alcohol was not noticable except in the pepper notes. I don’t know whether my tastes have changed or this beer has, but I find it less complex than I thought it was.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2006
As soon as i popped the top the foam began pouring, and as i moved it to the glass, it just grew. And grew. A rocky, marshmallowy, enormous head grew some more. Ridiculous. This beer better be good was my only thoughts, I nearly had a mess. Smells like a little malty and some hops, but mostly some sweet. The immense head grew taller than the glass, but....never fell over the sides... So confused...I even took pictures. The first "bite" of foam was almost acidic or perhaps basic to the point of soapy...in taste, a big let down, we’ll see...Quite a pilsner taste though the malts are very present. Good finish, the brew itself is quite clowdy, and a light/pale gold. So interesting.. will need another for a second trial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1344) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Bottle which was served in a snifter at Old Chicago. Proper Glassware, what a bonus!! Puffy marshmellow, almost meringue like head. Thick and inviting. Body shows champagne like bubbles. Excellent! Not the best I’ve had in this style but darn close. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Rating #700

Golden yellow bodied with an immense, sudsy head that settles rockily over the course of the beer. Yeasts are sharp and cheese-ish in aroma with oak, sour sweat, mild Brett-like funk, green banana and floral detergent. As it gets low in my humongous snifter, the alcohol comes out with intensity. Prickly effervescense brings out a spiciness to its sour fruitiness, but otherwise the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is a great marriage of yeasts & alcohol.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
betsie (3) - SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2006 does not count
One of my very favourites, first sampled in Brussels, and subsequently a frequent purchase back home. Simultaneously light and complex, this refreshing brew looks just perfect, with a great head and attractive colour. My only word of warning would be:- don’t have it for breakfast - looks are deceptive, and there’s quite a kick contained herein.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
Light colour, sweet and heavy initial flavor. Oily texture and excellent fully lasting head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13075) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
Bottle. A good but not fantastic belgian strong ale. Friothy excellent mostly lasting head. Pale yellow colour. Powerfull hoppy and yeasty aroma. Powerfull taste and long finish. oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 16, 2006
750ml Champagne corked bottle. Pours with a head that didn’t go away. Full fresh aroma. I got this after I bought my friend a case for using his car. I really enjoyed this. Will definitely buy more of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bflatjeff (2) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006 does not count
750ml bottle into Duvel glass. Pours with a thick cushion of head, like meringue, that lasts on and on, continuously replenished with streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. A beautiful, classy beer. The aroma is restrained. Flavor is crisp and bright, easy to drink despite the high alcohol. Definitely a benchmark beer.

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