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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 Bottle, poured into a Duvel glass. Subtle dry, hoppy aroma with "Belgian" estery overtones. Clear yellow color with an enormous white head and lots of fine bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Complex flavor: dryness, sweetness, bitterness and alcohol all present in varying degrees from start to finish of each sip yet well balanced overall. Equally complex aftertaste with the same components as the flavor. Well carbonated, light bodied, with a long finish. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Beautiful, huge and stable head. Hazy with lots of yeast in the aroma. Sweetish but never cloying. Very complex strong ale. Reminds me of spring in Antwerpen with all the bourgeois ladies sipping this at the cafés... 220493

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
danielhanefelt (25) - brabrand, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
To much for me. To much Yeast. To much bitterness, to much flavour. Guess it just wasn’t to my liking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
Alefest ’05 - Winey, yeasty flavor. Not my cup of tea or beer for that matter. Too sweet. Haven’t acquired that Belgium connection yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - APR 30, 2005
Hazy, yellow color, huge white head, you have to poor it carefully or let it stand for some time. Aroma, yeasty, alcohol. Flavour is spicy, complex. Great beer, absolutely love it..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2005
Poured it into an English pint glass and even then the head overflowed. Beautiful lacing followed. Aroma was reminiscent of burned sausages and made me think of summer picnics. Taste was herby and spicy and the length of the bitterness was a surprise. Have to confess I drank it rather quickly and sat happily watching the sun go down for quite a long time, thinking what a wonderful place Belgium must be...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2005
Yeasty aroma stood out. Gold color and big head with lots of lacing. Beer flavor was of bitterness and that didn’t do any thing for me as far as this one goes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9861) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 25, 2005
Bottle: Mighty rocky white head, straw golden colour, clear; mainly fruity nose (pears, oranges, yeast), but also with a slightly herbal hoppiness; a tinge of sweetness in the beginning switches over to a dry, very long lasting hoppy finish; fizzy, but very smooth and well rounded; deceptive, beginners may take it for a stronger "Pilsener".........

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2005
Pours medium golden with big white head. Aroma of bread and yeast with a little spice. Nice balance of malt and hops in the flavor, but tends a bit more to the hops. Smooth, and the slightly noticeable alcohol content definitely creeps up on you. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HermanW (1059) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2005
I have very good memories of this beer. The taste .... The perfect white foam........... The 8.5%........ Ilove this beer.

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