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

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RATINGS: 3783   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Crystal blonde color with puffy clouds for head. Aroma has a barny touch to it with notes of lemon, banana and clove. Very light body with many weizen qualities to it. Slightly sharp palate but very forgiving and dangerously easy to drink. This one seems like a heavily filtered beefed up version of a triple. Thanks dmwhal!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Pours a crystal gold, with small head. Most of the nose is a citrus, almost lemon. Flavors are wheat, lots of wheat, with the lemon underlying. Very bubbly and refreshing palate. Pleasing belgian strong.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 in a cloudly haze, random streaks of bubbles shoot like lightning towards the head, which sparkles and breathes quite attractively. smells pure and the frosty lace that’s left from all my drinks leaves a comforting reminder of how good it really is. the taste is very satisfying, and there’s no need to drink another nor a need to not have another. very welcoming and very nice. excellent. UPDATE 4/17/05: duvel tulip / wow. it’s so refreshing. imagine if pils meets a belgian whit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 Pours golden with a big creamy head. Very fruity complex nose, light and refreshing taste. I really liked this one and was surprised when I came here and saw the alcohol. These could sneak up on you in a hurry.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
I haven't yet had a bad Belgian beer. Beautiful pale gold, lots of carbonation, healthy white head, very frothy. Smells slightly citric, maybe some cinnamon. You can taste and smell the alcohol. The taste is floral and citrus. Simple yet elegant. Awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jek803 (41) - USA - SEP 16, 2003
The biggest white head I've ever seen. Deceivingly smooth belgan ale with a kick. The thing that makes this better than the its lesser-known counter part "lucifer" is the smoothness. Seek this!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 (Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy golden body with a large raocky white head. Aroma of mustiness, florals, and yeast. Flavor of spicy yeast, light hops, and citrus. A great tasting widely available Belgian!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Excellent Strong Ale. Lovely golden color, with a cartoon head of marshmallow. What a smooth drinker, though, for having so much flavor. Bready aroma with a light spicy taste. Medium body, full alcohol strength. One of the world's classics.

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jzzbassman (1514) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 5, 2003
I tried this once and got an obviously old bottle. With a fresher one, my opinion changed to put this one as my favorite of the style. YUM!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Lightly hazy straw colored liquid w/ wispy white foam head that lasts. Floral hop and yeasty clove aroma w/ light orange citrus; a little malt sweetness in the back ground. Spicy and lightly sweet at first sip then fades to a dry pleasant bitterness. Cloves, fruitiness, and yeast add to complexity. Balanced well but definitely to bitter. Also has a hop flavor in the aftertaste. Lighter m/f is due to higher carbonation with a nice warming sensation from alcohol. Dangerously drinkable, but for some reason, I'm not as impressed as the reputation that has preceeded drinking this beer. It's very good, but then again, maybe it's just me?


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