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

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RATINGS: 3864   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2009 Top notch. Outrageous frothy white head, particularly when served in itís own glass. Hazy yellow body. Full of fruity flavour, big lemons and limes, tart taste and a crisp alcoholic kick. Tastes as fien as any beer Iíve tried, but canít be beaten when the sunís on your back whilst sat in the main square in Brugge watching the world go by.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
light hazy color, nice head. Pleasant taste not overpowering. Found it a bit creamy and sweet and not overly dry, but higher than average alcohol does affect mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2004
Gigantic tall and frothy snow white head on a an unclear yellow body. Nice and heavy aroma of yeast, citrus, flowers and fruit - very fresh! Flavor is hay, yeast and hops with a nice alcohol bite. Warming and full. A very nice and easy drinakble ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaysoneslick (24) - Montana, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Father-in-law brought some back w/ him for me to try, and holy sh*t this beer was fanfuc*ingtastic!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
Very abundant head ! Nice, fruity aroma of citrus. Sweet, fruity flavor of citrus. Dusty, powdery mouthfeel. I love this beer !

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 bottle 11.2 oz. White label w "Belgian Golden Ale" on it. Pale yellow gold, how cloudy it is depends on how carefully you pour it. Holy Christ! what a head! be carefull. Looks like pure white merangue. Fantastic lace. Aroma is dry, spicey, malty w moderate but sharp hops. Very clean, bright, sharp, dry,bitter flavor but very smooth. Some alcohol taste. There is a pleasant, exotic, spice sensation that runs through the flavors on the palate that is quite enjoyable. Very nice finish with a bit of a nip.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2004
Straw yellow, clear and bubbly. Nice spicy flavors throughout, fruits and other things I canít quite discern. Very quaffable and enjoyable, with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RugbyMike (14) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2004
Wow! Even at very cold temperatures, this golden ale has a head that rises like a snow-capped mountain peak far above the rim of the glass. This is a powerful ale that will sneak up on you in a hurry. It is tart, but not hoppy. Hard to put my finger on because I have never drunk anything like it. There is a bit of an alcohol finish as in a barley wine. Give it a try. It will grow on you quickly.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 24, 2004
Wow, lots of head! Clear golden, tart and spicy, and very acidic, I thought. This one might have been too much for me. I admit defeat.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Bottle: Pours a clear golden color. Incredible white head that takes quite a while to die down. Fantastic lacing. Citrusy aroma. Very good amount of carbonation. Sweet tasting with a little hops and a hint of alcohol but not too much. Nice balance of flavors.


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