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


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RATINGS: 3639   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Nice smooth head that stays for the whole drinking experince nice smotth maltiness taste the hops at the very end one of my favorite beers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 Best belgian strong Ale I have ever had. Poured into the special Duvel Belgian bowl glass with a huge head that stayed huge till the end. The head looked like big fluffy clouds, and the beer looked like straw color- with a little haze. Extremely carbonated- but not spritzy and is stil easy to drink without too much bubbly action in my stomach. Like I said- very smooth and easy to drink. Awesome spicy and earthy aroma. Quite complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rolo99 (29) - USA - OCT 20, 2002
This stuff really packs a punch. Great flavor, alcohol is beautifully masked. Smells like peanut butter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Tastewise it was very strong tasting. it was like fruit and dryness. i was not a huge fan of it but it was OK i guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Re-Rate 10/18/02: The pour produces a stupendous white, foamy head, heaps of lace. The beer is straw in color, clear, with a splendiferous nose, citrus, bubble gum, malt, hints of ripe pineapple, ’Quite Sniffable’. Front is malt, sweet, the top light, the finish acerbic, dry, sparingly hopped. A good beer, but I will take an ’Orval’ over this beer anytime. Ranks #494 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SteC (131) - Oostende, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2002
This is a nice beer, but not complex enough for me, I know many of the US people have this as a favourite, but there is better out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2002
UPDATED: APR 7, 2003 Damn tasty! It was not as good as a Chimay, but I really enjoyed this brew. A thick frothy head with a nutty flavor, and a slightly dry finish. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 12, 2002
I was underwhelmed by this beer. Pours w/ a big frothy white head; opaque golden color; I really thought that this would be a Grand Cru style of beer. It really wasn’t anything special

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2002
UPDATED: APR 9, 2003 This one pours a lovely cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a large white head that lingers. The aroma is a little weak but has some maltiness with yeast and fruit tones. Medium bodied with high carbonation, the flavor is malty, with a finish of yeast and a slight spiciness. Alcohol is well hidden. I have had this beer several times, and I am not too impressed by it. It is drinkable and quite good, but fairly normal as far as Belgian strong ales go. Re-Rate: Out of a 750ml bottle, the flavor seems to be much more pronounced. It is very smooth and flavorful. Pour it with a very large head and that will lessen the carbonation quite a bit. The aroma is still a little weak, but better than before. Wow, quite a deceptive little ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2002
Light greenish yellow, huge fluffy white head that looks like beaten egg whites, clings to the glass. Lemony aroma, maybe some coriander, a touch of bread and a hint of mushrooms. Big carbonation, notes of lemon, spices and yeast with a bitterness that rounds it all up.

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