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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 4303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zipgun (2) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2005 does not count
One of the worlds greatest beers. Absolutely sublime! 8.5% and you can barely taste the alcohol. Make sure you drink it in the correct glass.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2005
(Bottled at Het Amsterdammertje, Gothenburg) Pours straw yellow with a thick, creamy, rocky white head. Yeasty nose. Slight acidic flavour with hints of vanilla. Small notes of banana. Chewy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. Sour-ish and bitter in the finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Perhaps the most perfect-looking beer I’ve ever seen--stately gold with a huge billowing head. Excellent yeasty and malty aroma; earth tones, fruits, and Belgian spices are all present before a subtle hop background. All of those are also in the flavor, which had a sourness that I found clashing with the rest of it. Still a fantastic beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2588) - California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 Pours a golden yellow color with an insane head. Looks like a crap lager that’s overcarbonated. Aroma is peppery, yeasty, spicy, and alcoholic. Flavor is much the same. Enjoyable, comlex, and refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2005 Hazy amber supporting a tall and fluffy white head with good lacing. Strong aroma of malt, candied apples, some hay and plenty of hops. Very flavorful ale with a sweet but crisp malty center, citrus, pepper (alcohol), spice and more hops. Pretty clean finish with plenty of bitterness. Overall, this is a good ale but I did the sense that the flavors and layers didn’t play as well together as they should.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2005
It’s not a bad brew. It’s somewhat complicated, you got to look through the surface and taste the fruits and spices. Do not be scared away by the sour taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 pours a very white, big head. While ‘reducing’ it stays thick and looks like shaving cream or whipped cream. Color is gold/yellow and shows it’s carbonation with little rivulets of CO2 streaming to the surface. Aroma is a bit of sourish barley/grain. Taste is dry and alcohol, mild. Not bad, but less than I was building up for.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Poured a cloudy golden color with a large fluffy white head. Fruity and yeasty aroma.. Flavor is orange, lemon, yeast and banana. medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Cloudy lemon yellow color with a medium foamy head. Aroma of fruit and yeast. A sweet flavor of banana that slides into a slight bitter taste. I am not a big Belgain fan but this one is rather good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Nice clear gold pour with an amazing rocky foamy white head that likes to stick around. Nice clean aroma, with hints of pear to me. Good malty dry flavor, and very well balanced. Body may be a bit thin, but I find it appropriate for the beer.


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