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


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RATINGS: 4243   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Bottled. A pale blonde coloured beer with a mountainous fluffy white head. The aroma is yeasty spicy and lemony, but there is also an odd vegetal note. The taste is big and spicy with more yeasty notes. A bit tripel like. A quality easy accessed beer. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating scored 3.5. Average becomes 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
This came in a corked 750ml bottle. After finally wrestling the cork out of the bottle I poured this into a snifter where a huge fluffy white head formed that peaked over the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color. The head gradually collapses into a rocky cavernous landscape with chunks of lace strewn about the glass. The second fill of the glass the body was much murkier. The aroma had hints of apple with a spice and yeast notes present as well. The spice was the main contributor to the smell as this warmed to room temp. A bit of malt sweetness is the first thing you taste before the spice comes in and sticks around though the finish. This has a very clean and crisp taste that has a strong bready and yeasty presence. Mouthfeel on this is medium to full with a very filling quality about it even when you take a small sip. Drinkability is perfect, I could drink this all day or until I hit the floor as the 8.5% does not show at all. Great beer that everyone should give a try if they haven’t already.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Bottle. Amber hazy hue with a huge rocky white head. Aroma and flavor was a heavy hop, light yeast with a moderate alcohol bite. Long finish.

   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.

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