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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4289   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Sweet, candy aroma. Pours clear blonde with a huge fluffy head. Sharp at first, candy, sugar, sweet, yeast, and a dry finish. Very carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Bottle. Pours brilliant gold with a huge white head. Excellent flavor really belies the high alcohol content. Silky smooth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mmanthe (12) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2005
The perfect beer. I lived in Belgium and have tried all 450+ that I know of, and this is the best. Light body, full flavor, nice fruity aroma and crisp tart finish, with an estery yeasty note of the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 Brew HaHa - over carbonated body really detracted from what could be a wonderful drinker. All the elements of a great Belgian are there, but the spritzy mouthfeel made them hard to enjoy. Will look to re-rate in a more controlled setting in the future. Rerate - bottle, absolutely massive head turns to pure meringue atop a layer of bubble bath bubbles. The aroma is dessert - sugary sweet peaches and baked cookie. Silky soft mouthfeel delivers more peach, apple and banana body. Light, soft finish. Really great!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcastillo81 (5) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2005 does not count
I enjoy this beer alot. Pretty strong but you can’t really tell. Goes down smooth! If your at a dive, people might look at you funny if your drinking it out of a Duvel glass though :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
Pours a light yellow with solid white head and excellent lace. Aroma is of bananas, mincemeat, alcohol etc. Flavour is far smoother and maltier than aroma, what a lovely and effervescent delight!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (1051) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a hazy, pale gold with thick creamy white head that lasts. Leaves a nice lacing behind. Aroma is spicy and fruity. Yeasty, bread-like flavor with a touch of spice. Highly carbonated and very intense. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. I’ve never been a fan of belgians in the past but I may have to begin trying more of them. A respectable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
A pretty damn good Belgian, though with so many great ones, why keep coming back to this?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3051) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Seen it and even had it a few times, but never bothered to rate it. Poured out a very attractive golden yellow/straw color with a very nice foamy frothy head. The aroma was of spice and hops. The taste has probably one of the best masked alcohol contents I’ve ever had. The taste itself is nice and smooth with notes of hops, yeast and some malt with a few tastes of spices here and there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Very clear pale yellow, huge bubbly head made of tiny bubbles that faded slow and left beautiful lace. Aromas were tangy fruit, flowers, herbs, spice, hops, bread, alcohol and hops. Taste was zesty, tangy citrus, hops, alcohol, and hops. Although well-balanced malt was not noticably present. Mouthfeel was nicely fizzy, just right.

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