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


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RATINGS: 4230   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sten (726) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 First rating wednesday, april 12, 2006 7/4/6/4/16 total 3.7 One of the best Belgian strong aleís. A bitter beer with a very rich head, even the foam tastes good. A real good beer. (Bottle 33cl, Bottle 75cl) Rerate: About time to rerate this one. I still remember buying this stuff regularly as a minor. Starting of with duvel and ending the night on lager. But from a moment Iíve got interested in bitter beers and this one wasnít doing it for me anymore. So 3,5 years later after losing interest it was time for a rerate. Very yeasty aroma, I would call it more nostalgic than aroma. Spicy flavour, but very little body. When you drink it cold enough itís refreshing. But donít let it warm up, when the flavour getís through it becomes much worse. But cold itís not good but not bad either. Iíve rated a cold one. (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 11, 2005
Bright golden color. Very rich head ! Citric flavor mixed with malt and alcohol. Bettr when itís very chilled, great aftertaste . A very nice beer overall !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2005
served with an amazingly gargantuan head in a beautiful duvel glass (the only way one should ever consume it) I loved this one from the first to the last sip. Nice aroma, palate full of citrus and yeast. yummers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 10, 2005
I didnít have a notepad with me so Iím not going to comment on this from memory. Iíll have to rerate this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4643) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 9, 2005
Same bottle as on picture, Tolkienís House, Zagreb, from a Duvel tulip.
For some unknown reason, I wasnít that impressed with this. I hoped I would love it, but just couldnít bring myself. Enormous head, damn huge. Golden colour, very lively carbonation. The taste...I expected it to be more complex, but it matched my expectations in sheer pleasantness. A bit spicey/floral and malty, with no trace of the hefty alc.vol.. Damn pleasant. Maybe it was drank at the wrong temperature, maybe I shouldíve had another, donít know, but it just didnít feel complex at all. WIll rerate as soon as I get my hands on another sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Golden color with a huge rocky white head. Alcohol, some graininess, and spicy yeast esters in the aroma. Malt is balanced by muted noble hops that complement the yeast ester profile. Finish again is slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is smooth yet full.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
apost8n8 (123) - USA - JUL 8, 2005
11.2 oz bottle from Haggen Grocery in Bellingham What a head! Clear golden pilsner look. I should have followed the label pouring directions. Great fruity flavor with a bit of alcohol back bite. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2005
Poured a huge head that just wouldnít go away. Aroma is full of hops and a touch of alcohol, with the flavour also yielding some citrus and malt. A little bitterness on the finish, but quite pleasant. Very tidy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
75 cl Bottle. Nice dense white head above a Golden Ale. Good aroma of hops. Wonderful balance of flavor between hops, alcohol and malt. It ends up with a good aftertaste. Some bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Kinda a rauchbier aroma, but less pronounced. Some maltiness. Pale golden in color. The head rioted in my glass. After calling in the authorities it settled down somewhat, but continued to stand around leering at me. malt profile with some tickling alcohol and pear notes. Mild spice, but much less than many Belgian Strong Ales.

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