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


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RATINGS: 4046   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Nothing wrong at all with this ale. White head will stay there forever. Don’t even realize the alcohol content. Worth the money.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Very light straw color with a large white head. Aroma of malt, yeast and hops. Same flavors with some spice. Very soft mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2004
An absolute winner. Has a fruity/orangey/alcohol aroma. Has a huge white head with excellent retention despite the high alcohol content. Just the slightest bit sweet, acually reminded me of a slightly toned down Hoegaarden. Well balanced and the alcohol does not exert much presence in the flavor at all. Drink slightly warmed, not the Australian "chill the hell out of it" way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 Easily one of the best beers ever. The 2 inch head stayed on the entire glass. Medium body and strong malty flavors with a certain amount of sweetness. Just a great beer from start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Pale straw color, high effervescent but lasting head. Finely sedimented, hard to keep out of the glass. I poured it chilled as suggested on the bottle, which mutes aromas and flavors. So don’t do that. First aromas were of earthy, spicy hops. Later, a subtle fruitiness and some phenols showed up. Flavors are spicy, pils-malty, slightly weird. On one hand, this is an elegantly simple beer, on the other, the complexity one can find in such a simple thing is interesting. A bit like an "Imperial Pilsener" with Belgian yeast complexities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Complex in aroma; malty with lemon notes and a special spice appeal. Frothy head from start to finish which I sipped from a trappist. Cloudy yellow haze like day olde urine. Strong hoppy taste that quenchs the buds. I liked very much the satisfying strength and flavor, this strong ale had to offer that just kept on giving to the last drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2004
HUUUUUGE head, that just sits there and stairs back at me. Nice light color, with a nice cloudly color. THe aroma is a bit strange, but complex and mature. Flavor is also complex. Not bad, a unique beer and i can see why it gets the attention.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Poured yellow with a monstrous frothy white head that took a long time dissipate and left a thick lacing on the glass. Aroma was quite unusual for a belgian: tart and spice, compared to the usual malt and hops. The taste was very much like the aroma. There was a strong lemony character with a heavy amount of spice, without much of the usual beer flavors. The alcohol was well hidden. There was little bitterness and an overall clean finish. Body was good. Overall a very unique beer, but a little too unusual for my tastes. The tartness took some getting used to.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adam 13 (4) - Hojbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2004 does not count
This is an excellent beer in my opinion, it has a major bite to it. What I mean is that from the taste, you cant tell that it is rather strong in alcohol content. In my opinion, it has an amazing and speacial taste to it, one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Had a few of these in Brussels. Very good. It has a crazy head and very firm taste. I put it right behind the chimay.

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