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

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RATINGS: 3785   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 5, 2003
BBD: 12 2004 App: see through straw, massive lemon marange head, tons o' fizz, excellant lace Aro:Pears, citrus, lemon & lime, bit of alcohol, some malt Pal: light, fizzy, sweet, alcohol, lingering malt & hops Flav: citrus, malts & bitterness...dry lingering feeling(from the sugars?) overall taste impression is compact & focused...it makes its point and fades Over: The Gateway to Belgian Beer I think. Nothing artisanal about it though. If it were a record, I'd call it "very produced" but interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Out of 750mL. Aroma is wheaty & spicy. Citrus. Nice sweet notes, sugar, malts. Huge egg-white foamy lacing head. Beer is vibrant yellow-gold and clear before adding sediment. After sediment, becomes darker and cloudy. Palate is light-medium body with vibrant carb - almost champagne-like. Taste is sweet up front with nice sugary & malty undertones. Citrus & floral notes and wheat-yeast. Pear & spice. After has light bitter. Refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Very good, very easy to find Belgian. This is probably the easiest to find, cheapest, best for the money Belgian ale on the market. You can find this Belgian at about any store with a decent selection. That said, this is very good beer. 471 ratings and almost a 4 is incredible. Beer pours light yellow with massive fluffy snow white head. The head is retained with lots of lacing. Aroma is very pleasent with yummy yeast, fruit aromas. Flavor is even better. Wonderful yeastiness, no sign whatsover of the 8.5% ABV. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 Poured into an official Duvel glass and it looks great. Yellow golden color with a bit of haze. The head is quite strong, fluffy, and long lasting with poetic lace. Citrus aroma with a lean toward pineapple. The flavor is very balanced and the palate feels right for the flavor profile. It really is hard to describe the progression of citrus and earthy flavors. This beer is very easy to drink. I see how I could drink a bunch of this. I just do not see how the ABV can be 8.5% with this flavor. Wow...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10311) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2004 Pale golden, with the most beautiful of heads. Aroma is yeasty and fruity with some sweetness. Flavour is fruity with some raisins and some bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4839) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
This beer is beautiful...crisp, clear golden with the frothiest white head I've seen since the last time I had Orval - yeasty, fruity aroma, with some bananas - slight hops in the flavor up front, then the crisp sweetness of apples and pears - clean finish with the hops returning - a subtly wonderful complexity that I've come to expect from the better belgians is very present in this one.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Slightly hazy, golden straw colored beer that pours with white, pillowy head that seems to stay perched atop the beer forever. Very fine bubbles of carbonation can be seen trailing up through the liquid. The lacing this beer leaves on the glass leaves no doubt why the call it "belgian lace". The aroma is unmistakably Saaz hops. An overall sweetness, with some fruity pear notes dominate the aroma. The taste is fantastic. None of the individual flavors are stronger than the others, as this is a beautifully balanced beer. Alcohol notes of sweetness are present immediately, but just a hint. Then a light peppery citrus flavor appears, only to be replaced by a spicy bitterness. Then some sweetness reappears, but it's different than the initial sweetness. The finish is clean but yet flavorful.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (4701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2003
Golden ale with one very nice head that stayed on top of brew for a few minutes. Quite refreshing with the right amount of spice. Alcohol taste is not too distinct. I could drink this one very often. I find a ressemblance in the malts to the one Unibroue use for their beers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2004 Vicious flavor. Bit me like a python. Fruity flavors..like sinking your teeth into a sandwich filled with various dry fruits and lots of other goodies. this is a winner.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lipskin (38) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Big fluffy head, golden color. Complex aroma and flavor. Spicy and a bit fruity. Dangerously drinkable.


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