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

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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4287   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - OCT 31, 2005
I just could not get this beer to pour well. wet glass, slow pour down side, nothing worked for me. the pilsner malts give this beer a hint of european pilsner taste which like and dislike. its nice because it brings back memories of my trips to europe but i dont really think it fits in this beer. I do like the "guarenteed not fresh" on the box, i mean its fermented meaning not fresh right.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Bottle. Poured a golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma is very light and yeasty. The taste was light but full of Belgian yeast, which makes for an interesting flavor. Not much flavor is left on the palate. A very good beer, maybe a bit overrated in my opinion.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2005
750ml bottle: Sweet floral aroma, golden yellow in color, slightly bitter taste, slightly fizzy. Good, but Iíve had better belgian ales.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blake71 (4) - Rockville, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2005 does not count
Golden in appearance with a frothy head. Extremely dry flavor with a light bitter taste. Refreshing beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Bottle. Lightly malty, sweet aroma. Maybe a little like yeasty bread. Huge foamy head, like a root beer float. The head is big to the point of ridiculousness. Appearance is a light golden straw with lots of active bubbles, and almost cloudy. Taste is light and sweet; almost like honey without the honey aftertaste. Maybe a little citrus acidity, but very faint. Light mouth feel with smooth carbonation. After taste is light, barely there. Feels thick in the back of the throat after drinking. Alcohol bite is virtually non existent after an initial kick. Pretty refreshing. If I was more of a lager guy, I imagine that this would be like the shining example of what most lagers are trying to be. That being said, this beer is pretty overrated, and just doesnít have enough flavor or complexity to make me buy it again, especially for $14 for a 4 pack.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmm1 (132) - Andorra la Vella, ANDORRA - OCT 23, 2005
From bottle in a Duvel glass. Light golden cloudy body with a fluffy marshmallowly long lasting head. Citric notes in the nose, with subttle hints of spices like clove and cinnamon. The flavor is intense and complex for a beer that needs to be chilled, hoppy yet sweet, it evolves in the mouth leaving a symphony of pleasure on your tongue. Crisp but not bubbly, it refreshes without showing its 8.5% alcohol content. This beer is a masterpiece of its own, devilish !

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steprous99 (28) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Golden is really the right name for this beer. Not a trappist type of beer. This reminds me of a sweet budweiser, maybe this is what bud should have been. But I think itís more like bud from a bottle lots of bubbles but without the crappy bud aftertaste. Good, not really my type of beer but pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swebri (16) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours light golden with a generous head, bout 3 to 4 fingers. A powerful flower and bread smell. Spice/malt flavor that finishes dry. This is what Budwiser should taste more like.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2005
This beer just didnít get it done for me. There is basically no aroma - no off smells, but nothing particularly interesting either. Bit of dry malt and very light horseblanket. Visually - think Budweiser with a better head (although my son, whose favorite color is gold, found it more visually appealing than me). Just about the only real defining character points are the carbonation and strong alcoholic flavors, which I found offputting in this beer. It just doesnít have the flavor richness, palate or overall character to pull off the high alcohol content. For the price, I would not buy this one again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Deep golden blond beer, huge white foam. Fresh citrus aroma, dry malty accents, fine hoopyness. Beer is very lively and the taste is full boddied and dry with a fine hoppy bitterness.


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