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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Another bottle and even more impressed than before, again this beer is truly world-class and IMO under-rated....

Original rating: How in the hell did I never rate this? Anyway...75oml and in the Duvel snifter: Pours a bright golden hue (keep that yeast at the bottom of bottle, thanks). A huge fluffy head and outstanding lace. Funky yeasty hybrid nose that is a cross between a Biere de Garde and a Saison with just a touch of witbier for good measure. So earthy, barnyard estery, sour fruity, floral and rich, lightly spiced, and well developed. The taste is equally rounded and balanced with noticeable yeast and pale malt notes followed by grassy and spicy hops. Perhaps that is itís weakness. Itís so balance it doesnít appear complex and deep and that is so far from the truth. Sip and enjoy, let it warm and fully enjoy the depth of the world-class beer! The feel is a bit fizzy but works to keep the palate refreshed. A bonus point for masking the alcohol so devilish well. A work of art which is as good today as it was when I first had it in 1988. Bravo! (BB date 17/05/05)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - FEB 8, 2005
a very dangerous, true ídevilí. i got knocked out by this beer several times when i was in college. drink w/ caution.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Pours nearly white. Large bubbled white head. Luminescent grapefruit colored in a burgundy glass. Sour, champagne aroma. Everything is in the front end here, no bitterness on the back of the tounge. Pleasant pineapple overtones, not sour at all as the aroma suggested. Mouthfeel? It just effervesces on the tongue. Somewhat clueless on how to rate a Belgian although chimay blue is my all time favorite beer. This is really nice, distinctive (and inexpensive) beer. Very enjoyable. Think I am beginning to see the light of Belgian genius.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Closing in on the finish line of the obligatory "accessible beers" list, and this is very nearly the last one. Aroma is much too like an American macro to be inviting in that regard. Did pour with a massive, inviting head. Partly cloudy American-macro yellow. The taste redeemed it considerably, though still rather light and carefree to this IPA junkie. Crisp mouthfeel, partly creamy in the finish. More interesting and less grassy than Orval. A session-type brew for those without an IPA obsession, like yours truly. Okay, there, Iíve rated it, itís done, Iím more well-rounded. Now, can I have a hop fix, please?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Tasted 06/02/2005. 750ml burgundy style bottle. Straw gold with green tinges and not entirely bright. A huge, pure white, rocky head tries to escape for the glass. Head looks like a small dollop of vanilla ice cream has been dropped into the beer. Appears to have a firey (devilish?) effervescence much like a wheat beer. Nose is spices and lemons with a yeasty background note that appears bready. Mouthfeel is spritzy, but smooth, and medium to light bodied. Full sweet malt flavour is nicely complemented by the spice and lemoniness that carries over to flavour. Good cleansing from hop flavour leaves only a little warm alcohol flavour on the palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
pours very lively. light hazy gold to yellow straw color, bottle conditioned. explosive. very effervescent. huge yeasty, hoppy, fruity, citrusy, spicy, and honey aromas. foam so dense, like shaving cream, not going away. superior mouthfeel, soft and champagne-like action on the palate. flavor much like the aroma. champagne and bread come together with bright citrusy, spicey hop flavors, light candy sugar and malt, moderate bitterness, and alcohol. dry finish. flavors linger with a prickly sensation on the palate. strong, soft, bubbly, and quite complex. an everlasting gob stopper. kind of like the farmhouse ales from belgium, a tripel crossed with a saison. i canít think of one single reason to give this less than a perfect score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
I donít know if Iíd drink this brew all the time, but this is definitely a world class beer. Looks absolutely beautiful, with a huge layer of foam. Some fruity flavors and some sweetness, but flavor is mostly dominated by huge spicy/peppery flavors. Bitter and dry in finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
givmebeer (8) - plano, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2005 does not count
huge head, very fruity, goes down very easy for such a nice kick at the end. this beer gets better every time. one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Why did I wait so long to try this beer? This is wonderful. It is certainly my favorite Belgian ale so far. Wonderful complex aromas and flavors throughout. I need another please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2005
Absolute a classic beer of this world. Lovely presentation, with the central sprarkle in the glass. Lovely strong foamy head, smells like yeast, malts, dry. First flavours are fruity, yeasty again, but the aftertaste has some lovely classic hoppbitters, which lasts long. The depot you can drink seperatly. Might prevent a hangover due to the vitamin B.

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