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


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RATINGS: 4141   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 26, 2005
I like head, and especially the seemingly never ending variety; but not necessarily this beer! It has has a fairly generic ale taste that does mask the 8.5 abv well, but nothing special warranting the premium price other than the high abv. You wonít go wrong buying this beer, but there are better choices to be had for a similiar price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (4007) - - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2006 golden color. huge foamy, fizzy, rocky, lasting head. good lacing. spicy, banana, skunk, yeast aroma. a fruity flavor of banana and spices. clove possibly. complex character. sharp biting finish. alcohol is covered up well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
reapermedic (26) - USA - JUN 24, 2005
This is a sweet/malty smelling beer, the color is medium to light straw. The taste is bitter, but very crisp, and quite a bit of alchohol is evident, slightly sour after taste. The beer is highly carbonated, which adds to the refreshing nature. Very expensive...at least where I bought it from, I paid $12.oo for a 4 pack, and in my opinion not a lot of value for the money. Itís not on my "BUY ANGAIN" list, though I woulínt ever refuse it if you gave it to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1613) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Eggwhite-like head that stays. This is one you donít want to pour too fast - - itís volatile. Clear, pale yellow American lager color. Sour (but pleasant) citrusy hop aroma. Taste of pale malt and spicy hops; almost like an ale version of a pilsener. 8.5% abv doesnít make itís presence known, surprisingly. Very intriguing and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 Pours a golden color with huge fluffy white head. Smells of dark fruit and spice, almot peppery. Tastes of clove, fruit, banana, and spice. At some points I was tasting banana and at other times it tasted more like dark fruit. As it warms in the finish it almosts tastes like an unripened banana. This was an excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Bright hazed golden yellow, monstrous rocky white head. Nose was really nice with loads of spices, candied fuzzy fruit, and pear, with more subdued tones of citrus and pepper. Super well balanced with spiced fuzzy fruit tones receiving a sugared hop bite in the end. 8.5% seemed well hidden. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, spiced bittersweet finish. Why it took so long for me to try this is beyond me. Just a classic Belgian brew in my book...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
novedyarg (56) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. Fruity aroma with yeast mixed in. Has a smooth refreshing fruity taste with a bitter hoppy yeast finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zipgun (2) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2005 does not count
One of the worlds greatest beers. Absolutely sublime! 8.5% and you can barely taste the alcohol. Make sure you drink it in the correct glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2005
(Bottled at Het Amsterdammertje, Gothenburg) Pours straw yellow with a thick, creamy, rocky white head. Yeasty nose. Slight acidic flavour with hints of vanilla. Small notes of banana. Chewy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. Sour-ish and bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Perhaps the most perfect-looking beer Iíve ever seen--stately gold with a huge billowing head. Excellent yeasty and malty aroma; earth tones, fruits, and Belgian spices are all present before a subtle hop background. All of those are also in the flavor, which had a sourness that I found clashing with the rest of it. Still a fantastic beer.

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