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

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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.


5
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
Devil’s blonde with a thick white big bubbled head. The aroma is rich in yeast and lemons, with notes of orange peels. In mouth, rich vreamy mouthfeel with nice sweet malts, coriander, and nice sharp hoppy bitterness, and a smooth alcohol in finish, warming you up. Always a delight.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Golden color hue, having a nuclear mushroom foamy head with good lace in his own glass.The aromas of green apples, lemons are libidinous with the orange zest in an orgiac exlosion coming from his yeast, with a hop flower accent follows through on a medium-bodied in a dry palate, in a rounded and lemony note, where are emerging his citrus fruit flavors and his dry hoppy side in a smooth but in a roughly dryness finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2005
kids drink really but i always enjoy it. best novelty head of any beer i have come across. drinkable and downable. needs to be nice and cold. good for the beer garden on a summers day.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10672) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 Bottle. A sweet peach/lemon and malt aroma. Light yellow color with ample head. Slightly sweet apple and malt flavor with an acidic and mild alcohol finish. Rerate - damn, just over 10 years later (with best before Jan 2015 - cap looks Kulminator worthy). Poured into a Duvel tulip (cause everyone knows that Belgian beer tastes better when it’s poured into a glass that advertises the beer you’re drinking). Lemon, orange, peach malt and straw aroma (with cardboard as well due to the typical oxidation). Hazy golden yellow with giant head. Sweet apple, orange, peach, malt and mildly bitter hay flavor. Acidity much less. Would have been excellent without the oxidation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a hazy peach/orange with a large thick white head, only slightly carbonated. Wonderful lacing as the beer goes down. Aromas were quite strong, sour fruits (lemons, apples), dough, alcohol, and yet also spicy. Flavor was sweet/tart transforming into a smooth sweeter orange alcohol. Finish was a nice warm mostly alchohol bite.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
One of my favorites so excuse me while I gush... Pour a hazy, bright pale gold. Head grows enormously and deliciously during the pour. Pure white with lots and lots of lace. Smell is floral and lemony. Very complex aromas. Light hops, light malt. Hints of apple and yeasty spice. Sweet nectar...tastes bitter up front fading to light sweetness. Crisp sweet apple flavors. Light and smooth with a bit of warming from the alcohol. Light bodied with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very complex and very strong and tasty ale. A true king of beers but incredibly drinkable even with the strong ABV. If only I could afford to drink it on a regular basis, I certainly would.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2005
A semi-cloudy, golden beauty. Copious foam, booming and overflowing, resembles whipped cream. Aroma is lemons and sourdough. Very lively in appearance and aroma. Taste is crisp and ridden with a smooth citric sweetness. Allspice and pepper ride a lemon effervescent wave that balances carbonation and malts extremely well. Caramel and pure vanilla extract provide some flavoring undertones. Slight hop bitterness in the finish. Loses some carbonation in the end, but it’s not a big deal. This is a damn good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gulf690 (21) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle. Head was nearly white, foamy and rocky and stayed forever. Colour was light straw and a little cloudy. Nose was very clean and had a spicy undertone and a nearly vanillin note. A liitle like yeasty wine must. Had lots of back palate but a little short on the front palate. Flavours were hard to define, but a little fruity and a little peppery. Subtley nice though not mouth filling. Offered perhaps a little less ’wow’ than I was expecting (maybe a bit like a hyped up movie review) or maybe I just didn’t get to grips with it.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2005
Wasn’t impressed with this so much so I tried it a second time with the same results. To stiff, the alcohol comes through that it is the first and last thinf you taste in the beer. Overated


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