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


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RATINGS: 4252   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Nice citrus aroma. Reminds me of a Hoegarten. The appearance is golden yellow with a huge foamy head. I tried my best not to get a half a glass of foam, but was unsuccessful. Kind of frustrating! Flavour was good, also reminded me of Hoegarten with the hoppy aroma and citrus sweetness. Not as overpowering, maybe a dulled version. The beer tastes a little corny and not as well produced as the aformentioned. I thought it was very drinkable and had some good flavours going on. A nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (16849) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
Bottle. One of my favourite beers. Blond pale gold beer. Good aromas of yeast, fruit and grainyness. Full and creamy in mouth with lingering tastes of several different citric fruits. Simply wonderful

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2005 750 ml bottle. Smell yeast, clove, tropical fruit, and a bit of mint. Nice ceamy white head, but to be honest, the beer looks like miller light. Dont let the look fool you at all. Has a not too thick no too thin mouthfeel. Flavor starts out sour, then sweet, then bitter. Absolutely delicious. I get the clove in the taste, as well as apple, red grapes, and cardamom? 8.5% alcohol? Could have fooled me. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 Pours golden with a nice white head. Aroma of belgian spices, alcohol, yeast and sweet malts. The Flavor is smooth for its alcohol percentage, good yeasty sweet character with spices present, this was my first belgian tasted, good body, good brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Enjoyed in Amsterdam. Big head. So thick it threatens to overwhelm. Yellow color that makes me think of cheaper beers. It does have a fizziness in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Pours golden with an amazing creamy white head that threatens to overblow the glass many times even when you pour it as instructed on the side of the bottle. Aroma is yeast and some wheat. Flavor is some fruits. Lemon, bannana and some corriander/clove spice on the finish. Very smooth and drinkable you would never guess there is 8.5% in there as it is hidden in the full complex flavor of this brew. On the palate it is amazingly full for a golden colored beer very carbonated and delightful on the palate. Quite delicous.. I could definitely drink this one again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 330 ml bottle. Poured a clear light-golden color with a medium, white, long-lasting head. Intricate lacing followed this down. Aroma was chock fulla funky Belgian yeast, candi sugar, wheat, and some citrus (lemon and orange zest). Beer was well-carbonated with a lively mouthfeel... very smooth on the palate. Flavors of pils malts, orange peel, lemon, peppery spices, and funk (the good, deliberate funk). Rather long finish full of citrus, floral hops, yeast, and pils malts. Very very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rverb361 (19) - USA - MAY 18, 2005
I can’t quite place what the fruit and spice combination is but it is a really enjoyable and works well with the sweetness of this beer. It finishes well with a subtle hop bitterness. A great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2005
Iv had differential experiances with this fellow. Tonite however he is particulary good. great great aroma, cardamon, banana, spiceyness, similar to a great strong german wheat bad boy. But flavour is great no alcohol at all, no malt really and minimal hops, which would generaly meana boring beer, but no not with this guy, theres something. I wish i knew what it is what they do to this guy to mka eit taste good, but its a great great beer, get it if u can...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Incubus1981 (12) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Absolutely gorgeous in the glass. Big, long-lasting white head with beautiful lacing atop a golden body. Aroma is a round, fruity sweetness with notes of apple, banana, peach, grapes, floral hops, light malt, and hints of spice. Flavor is wonderfully sweet but balanced without much bitter kick and has all the same notes as the nose but with more prominent malt flavor. Very smooth, very drinkable. Easy to drink more than one despite its relatively high alcohol content.

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