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


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RATINGS: 4066   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 24, 2004
Wow, lots of head! Clear golden, tart and spicy, and very acidic, I thought. This one might have been too much for me. I admit defeat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Bottle: Pours a clear golden color. Incredible white head that takes quite a while to die down. Fantastic lacing. Citrusy aroma. Very good amount of carbonation. Sweet tasting with a little hops and a hint of alcohol but not too much. Nice balance of flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2004
Bottle pours translucent straw, large rocky white head, and an amazing amount of carbonation.   Amazing head retention.   Belgian yeast, light citrusy/corriander aroma.   Heavy yeast flavor on the tongue, slight tartness, and minor floral notes.   Slightly detectable alcohol.   Tiz clean and crisp, exceptional lacing, but it doesnt seem complex enough.   I would have liked it to be more spiced.   Regardless, its still good, and FANTASTIC for generating burps.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - APR 20, 2004
I agree with one of the reviwers I've read on this beer. I suspect it might be better in smaller bottles. The Duvel I had was a big disappointment. I tried this a day after Tripel Karmeliet and a day before Chimay Bleu, and found both to be superior. Karmeliet had more and deeper flavor, if a bit lacking in subtlety. Bleu had a great deal of depth and variation in flavor. This, so far, strikes me as the Bud of Belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pfhyde (57) - Davis, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 To truly appreciate this well carbonated Belgium ale, I recommend the smaller sized bottles that come in the four-packs. I’ve tried the pint sized bottles and find that (possibly due to bottle fermentation?) they’re slightly more sharp and less pure in flavor than the smaller bottles. Regardless, when you’re in the mood for a clean, zesty ale with a nice, yeasty kick, I don’t think you can find anything too much better in its class. (And, mind you, I don’t rate every beer I drink, for most are not worth rating.) Update: sadly, after sampling new batches of this from various locations (after the change from the black to white label), I realize it needs aging--or something--before it reaches its peak flavor. Either that, or Duvel changed their brewing process somehow. It just doesn’t taste as good these days.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2004
Pours a cloudy golden wheat color with a white head that consumes a good third of the glass. Beautiful floral aroma with spices and hops mixed in. Light and creamy with an outstanding balance of malt, hops, wheat, spice, and alcohol. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
Straw-colored, noble Saaz and Styrian hops. Slightly sweet as befits the style. Reasonable head retention. Don't miss this one if you like the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2004
Probably my favorite beer of this type right in front of la chouffe. Very tasty with a strong mouth filling flavor with the usual citrus and spice. These flavors hide the alcohol well. But, you will certainly feel it after you drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 The granddaddy of the Belgian Golden Ales. Often imitated but rarely superseded. I love this beer and would have it as a staple if it were less expensive.+++Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a light pale yellow with a huge white head. Light and sweet scent of citrus. Light texture with a strong taste of spice and sweet yeastiness. The classic example of the Belgian golden ale style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
crisp golden straw color with a large foamy white head. Aroma of hops, alcohol and yeast. Goes down smooth with a crisp finish. Great hop character, stays fizzy and sparkly to the end

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