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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4303   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 20, 2005
Poured from the botte. Yellow straw colour and a beautiful rocky head. Love the aroma, I get citrus notes. Unfortunately, I don’t believe the taste quite lives up to the appearance and aroma of this beer. Nice and malty, but I get hints of sourness coming through and a little too much carbonation fo me. However, it was still enjoyable on a nice Sunday evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4437) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle, at home. Light yellow with white head. Unfiltered. Sweet malty aroma and flavor. Finish light bitter, well balanced. The strenght is felt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maximusud (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Surprised myself with this high of a rating, but this really was a pleasant beer. The alcohol percentage is enough to give it a kick, but not so much as to make it overwhelming. The carbonation makes this beer refreshing and even invigorating. The sour taste contrasted nicely with the expected sweet taste of other Belgians. A very, very fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aureth (20) - Knoxville, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Bottle This is a very pretty beer. Poured slowly and carefully in to a tulip glass, the massive carbonation produces a huge, fluffy, pillow-like white head. It recedes gradually to leave a layer of white foam over the top of the beer, with dense islands of foam floating on top. A line of bubbles is endlessly produced from the very bottom of the goblet. It has a yeasty, slightly spicy aroma. The carbonation level of the beer makes this a sipping beverage; it’s very bubbly on the tounge. Flavors of cloves, coriander, and a light sweetness start out, but it quickly leads to a dry, bitter sort of finish. The flavor goes slightly sour as the beer warms up. A very interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 The first thing i am aware of when i smell this is dusty yeast, the nose is also floral, with some lemon and a definite spiceyness . Duvel pours a wonderfully large head . The alcohol is much less relevant than the content would suggest, very drinkable, it finishes in an effervescent but gentle way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Bottle. Pale bright yellow-gold with a monstrous pure white rocky head. Tons of big bubbles rising from the bottom. Classic Belgian yeast smell of cloves and spices with a sweet floral background. Fizzy and crisp in the mouth. Starts out sweet with fruits and citrus in the background, and finishes fairly bitter with some spices lingering. One thing for sure, the carbonation keeps you from drinking it too fast, and not the alcohol, which I can hardly taste. Too strong to drink a lot of, but not interesting enough to be a contemplative sipper. Guess I’ll just get drunk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Poured golden yellow with a giant head and lacing that hangs in sheets. Aroma was yeasy, fruity , spice. Flavor is of yeast, light malt and hops. Nice sweet flavor on the finish that lays on the palate. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Clear yellow/golden brew with a monster-assed head.Nose is that familiar lovely Belgian yeast.criminy,that’s nice.Fruity,spicey-coriander,sweet.Taste the Coriander?yes I can.The fruits, yeast and malts are well balanced.it is just to damn carbonated to enjoy the tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2005
Pale golden bber with incredible white head and massive carbonation. Spicy aroma with notes of yeast, almonds, cardboard, rubber and forest. Fresh. Bitter flavour with notes of almonds and apple pits.. Roasted and harsh. Fruity and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
There is a loud carbonation release when I pop the top off of this bad boy. Pours a huge rocky white head as a result of the high carbonation level. Beer is a pale yellow color. Very effervescent is this brew, tons of tiny little bubbles flying all over the place in there. Aromas is yeasty and I detect some cloves. At first sip there is a light carbonation bite on the tongue. An interesting rubbery taste comes into play that I don’t care much for. Body is smooth with a creamy/foamy mouthfeel. Finish is dry with a slight bitterness.

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