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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2004 A big white rocky head coats the inside of the glass as it goes down. Fruity, typical Belgian strong ale aroma before tasting the semi-sweet and dry bready body. Does an ok job of hiding its alcohol through a dry bitter finish, but could have a little more complexity to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - SEP 22, 2002
A great beer. Mine had a white wine-like taste to it which I enjoyed. Crisp and refreshing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2002
Latest rating: 750 mL bottle with use by date of 6 March 2002. Pours much hazier than the 330 mL bottle with possibly slightly smaller head. Aroma and flavour were similar or perhaps a little softer and the spice was more evident than the first rating. Maybe the overall taste was affected because I was drinking this while eating an Indian curry. Still one of the great Belgian beers.
First rated 4/16/2002: 4.6 Iíve had a few of these before but never really sat down and concentrated on what this beer has to offer. OK it looks fabulous and has that great long lasting head but thatís just the beginning. The aroma is really quite magic; sweet, floral, nectar, light spice (ginger?), yellow apples and sultanas come to mind. Faint sour citrusy start, not as spicy on the tongue as the aroma, smooth full body, a complex bitey tang on all parts of the mouth and long lasting pleasant refreshing finish and as mentioned by others a great after taste. Even any resulting GER (Gastroesophageal Reflux) is not unpleasant!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2002
Found this beer to be a nice substitute if you canít get your hands on something Trappist, ie on the Eurostar from between London and Paris/Belgian. Not a beer that you can drink alot of and I found it suprisingly gasey. Itís one of those beers that is not as good as the price would sugest it to be. Quite heavy but still a nice top midrange brew

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Valheru (17) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 17, 2002
A must to try (mostly because the hype, its funny name and high % of alcohol) but you wonít want to drink it ever again. The strong carbonation bubbles spoil the experience completely. There are much better choices if you are into strong Belgian beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2002
impressive, and finally my high expectations (largely from reading ratebeer reviews)were met. HUGE froth of a head, very crisp and bubbly with lots of citrus happening. i agree with the rater who liked it better than chimay (red anyway, havenít tried white or blue yet) one of my favorite beers of this style has always been blanche de chambly even though itís not from belgium, iíd love to try them side by side sometime for comparison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 Re-rate... Bottle... Hazy, straw-colored ale with a large, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. Yeasty nose with gobs of bread dough and a suggestion of apricot. Lightly sweet, yeasty, tangy flavor. Full-bodied and watery with soft carbonation. Finishes grainy and dry. So much more enjoyable now that I understand the difference in Belgian styles. Excellent golden ale. *****Original Rating******A good beer. However, if youíre in the mood for a belgian ale, you could do much better. See Chimay, Westvleteren, Allagash, Ommegang, Rochefort or Orval.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4347) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2002
Rerate (first 3.4); This beer deserves more all though itís appearance is a little off; cloudy golden colour with a little dishwash-like foam. It has a nice spicy well balanced taste. Aroma is a little sweet. Good palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tebogro (14) - quarteira, PORTUGAL - SEP 10, 2002
a very nice Duvelke

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Had it while eating out, following a Chimay, and found I liked this better. Seemed a little more complex, with a stronger taste. Would love to try this again, undistracted in my own home, with a clean palate and the proper type of glass. Was amazed by the amount of head on this.

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