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

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RATINGS: 4008   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tejas (909) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2004
I know Iím in the minority by far but I just donít like this beer. The huge fluffy white head is amazing. It look & smells great. Unfortunately, to me it doesnít taste as great. I really wanted to like this one. I just didnít find it to be smooth at all. I liked the citrus taste to it but I didnít like the bite. Caracole or La Trappe are better Belgian Ales, IMO

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7293) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
This light-colored ale pours with a very large head, so itís best to use a tulip glass. The sweet-tart flavor is very refreshing, especially on a hot day. Iíve tried all the Belgian golden ales, and I keep coming back to this classic.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Pale, light golden color with a slight haze and rich head. Yeasty with earthy nut flavor under a fruity aroma. Sweet malt flavors with a tangy, citric finish. Balanced hoppy aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2004 i liked this...great lacing, thanks to sumeet for buying me this bday drink at mantra along with some great eats. the bathroom i visited was crazy cool. the doors of the stalls were made of cop glass so i could see out from the pot but it looked like a mirror from the outside in.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - SEP 11, 2004
very, very big whitish head, has a sense of bitterness/wheaty taste to me, good color and head...i guess i donít like belgian strong ales

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2004
Iíve loved this for years, and it seems as good as ever. Room temp, 330ml bottle from proper Duvel glass. Huge white rocky persistent head. Bottle conditioned, but not cloudy or lumpily sedimented. heavily hopped flowery, perfumed, resinous lemony aroma, not yeasty. Medium oily, spritzy body with good long finish. This sample at the end of a good nights drinking so I couldnít detect the overwhelming alcohol that Silk talks of - one of my favourites. Maybe its the Scottish yeast!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2004
I really really really liked the way this looked. I think it is impossible to pour this without a gigantic head. Wonderful hazy gold, yeasty aroma with some alcohol. Taste was very different. I tasted pepper, apple, alcohol, bread. Almost a buttery feel/taste as well witha very very dry finish. Very interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Bottle: Pours bright, hazy, very light colored yellow with a huge, rocky, thick white head. Yeasty aroma with hints of fruit (apples, pear, grape), citrus, a little bit of grain, and spice. I love the taste of this beer. Itís sweet, but in a very subtle way, fruity, yeasty, malty, and finishes spicy and dry with just a touch of alcohol. This beer has character without being excessive in any way. Always a good choice.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cheubi (15) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Close to perfection in the definition of the style. A beautiful Belgian Strong Ale! Pale amber color with a billowing white head. Yeasty aroma with a hint of vanilla. Malt hits you initially, but ALCOHOL hits you in the finish. No hop notes evident. Exemplary!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1547) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Thick head that resembles cottage cheese with lacing that lasted until the glass had to be washed. Yeasty aroma with hints of tart, green apples. Perfectly carbonated with a smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. Spicy, fruity taste with a long lasting finish.


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