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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4232   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Had this many times, this is one for rating. The thick, fluffy, creamy head lasts and lasts. The white head sat on a cloudy golden body. The nose was hidden, with some banana and clove and lots of yeast. The taste had alcohol, but not over powering, just a nice compliment. Very good , very nice. Try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - JUL 28, 2005
Bottle. Thick white creamy head. Pours a pale yellow with some haziness. Smells slightly yeasty. Tastes like bananas with a bit of yeast. Some very fine bubbles with some bitterness in the finish. Thin body. Smooth for a surprisingly substantial alcohol content. Not bad for a light beer, though I still prefer something with more bite to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Wow! As a fan of darker beers, I was not really expecting this to be that good, but it is. Pours a cloudy golden color, which clears up over time. This probably has the tallest head I have seen in a long time, frothy, white and rocky, leaving some good lacing. Has a subtle aroma, with hints of yeast and bananas. Tastes fresh and lively, with a decent amount of carbonation, but not too much. light banana and yeast flavors to match the smell. A sublte hopping on the finish. Overall very enjoyable for the summer and a good brew to serve my non-stout appreciating friends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a substantial foamy head. Sugary alcohol aroma with floral/banana and malty hints. Flavour is very tart with some yeasty presence. Highly carbonated and has a spritly mouthfeel that keeps the tongue tingling. Flavour is exceptionaly well rounded with practically no trace of the high alcohol content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml). In an Orval goblet. Poured a slightly hazy, very bubbly yellow-gold, with an excellent foamy, broadly rocky white head, okay lacing. Aroma of bread dough, hops, ash, banana, various fruits, alcohol & sharp sweet malt - quite a bit of spice (coriander). Taste is very restrained - spicy, a stab of sharp, ashy hops, slightly fruit sweet (lemon and other citrus) some evergreen, a tang of yeastiness - and the bubbling keeps on keeping on! Tart and lively mouthfeel, alcohol not really noticeable - a classic belgian strong blond and WHY have I not had it before?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
My standard Belgian strong ale. Wonderful cleanness to this beer. Aroma of malt, with a little spice. Great pour with a cap of dense foam, no alcoholl presence observed. Very smooth and enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (250) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 Pours a bright cloudy gold with foamy white head capped with a frothy top. Produced some beautiful thick lacing along the sides of the glass as a drank it. Has a very nice, refreshing flavor, but I was expecting something a bit more complex. A wheat, yeasty flavor dominates with a sweet candy and estery aroma. The alcohol content was surprisingly well hidden. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Very pleasant on a hot day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bkurtz (1018) - PERU - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle Beautiful head, looks great, good aroma, but I never really liked the taste. Great for its style, but its not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1572) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Smells great. like bananas and such. Lots of head, looks glorious. tastes like a Steel Reserve. Luckily you get drunk from it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3359) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Poured from a 750. It is spicy and yeasty, light red apple. Coriander and a light pear. The flavor is apples, pear, spicy coriander and mace, cinnamon. The appearance is pretty basic straw colored but has a nice fluffy white head on it. The palate is quite good.

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