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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4177   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andybeer (16) - gent, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2005
Deep yellow color, lively appearance, big white head. Aroma is hoppy and refreching, has a faint citrussy accent and a fine selection of malts. Taste is powerfull, fullboddied and has a good refreshing hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tatterdash (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
I must recommend that you have the proper glassware for this one, otherwise you are in for a difficult pour. Pours a clear golden into the Duvel glass with half the glass being a fluffy, pillowy, meringue-like head that gets thicker with time and laces like nobodyís business. Smells slightly sour and clovey. Taste was a spicey light malt with a long dry finish, very complex, sometimes varying with the bottle. Mouthfeel was rather smooth and dry. The high ABV is very well hidden. This is a very good and easy to find beer, and quite an experience visually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
330ml bottle. Aroma is of lemon, light malt, cereal, and hops. Pours a large white rocky head which lasts almost all to the end and leaves nice lacing patterns on the glass. Colour is lighter than I expected: a pale yellow. Flavour is somewhat acidic and bitter with some spicyness and smooth alcohol. The finish is long with medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A historic beer: the original Belgian Golden Strong Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Another good summertime quencher. Pours just like the picture every time. Nice spicy, yeasty, banana aroma. Initial flavor is all banana, with some spice through the middle and pepper in the finish. Finishes very crisp and dry. Really canít believe itís 8.5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Just a side note. I taste almost every beer out of the Duvel glasses. Definately my favorite drinking glass. Poured a slightly hazed gold color with a huge long lasting white head and a constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom og the glass. Malty aroma was slightly sweet, with yeasty notes of banana and spice and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is malty, light spice, and a touch of alcohol mixed with a bitter finish. The big carbonation can be noticed on the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Had this many times, this is one for rating. The thick, fluffy, creamy head lasts and lasts. The white head sat on a cloudy golden body. The nose was hidden, with some banana and clove and lots of yeast. The taste had alcohol, but not over powering, just a nice compliment. Very good , very nice. Try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - JUL 28, 2005
Bottle. Thick white creamy head. Pours a pale yellow with some haziness. Smells slightly yeasty. Tastes like bananas with a bit of yeast. Some very fine bubbles with some bitterness in the finish. Thin body. Smooth for a surprisingly substantial alcohol content. Not bad for a light beer, though I still prefer something with more bite to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Wow! As a fan of darker beers, I was not really expecting this to be that good, but it is. Pours a cloudy golden color, which clears up over time. This probably has the tallest head I have seen in a long time, frothy, white and rocky, leaving some good lacing. Has a subtle aroma, with hints of yeast and bananas. Tastes fresh and lively, with a decent amount of carbonation, but not too much. light banana and yeast flavors to match the smell. A sublte hopping on the finish. Overall very enjoyable for the summer and a good brew to serve my non-stout appreciating friends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a substantial foamy head. Sugary alcohol aroma with floral/banana and malty hints. Flavour is very tart with some yeasty presence. Highly carbonated and has a spritly mouthfeel that keeps the tongue tingling. Flavour is exceptionaly well rounded with practically no trace of the high alcohol content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml). In an Orval goblet. Poured a slightly hazy, very bubbly yellow-gold, with an excellent foamy, broadly rocky white head, okay lacing. Aroma of bread dough, hops, ash, banana, various fruits, alcohol & sharp sweet malt - quite a bit of spice (coriander). Taste is very restrained - spicy, a stab of sharp, ashy hops, slightly fruit sweet (lemon and other citrus) some evergreen, a tang of yeastiness - and the bubbling keeps on keeping on! Tart and lively mouthfeel, alcohol not really noticeable - a classic belgian strong blond and WHY have I not had it before?

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