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


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RATINGS: 3783   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2002
Re-rate: 750ml champagne corked bottle. Use-by date 05-04-02. Hazy gold/orange colour, beautiful white lasting head with small compact bubbles and nice lace. The nose is quite yeasty and a touch floral, its classically belgian. Flavour, is a touch of sweetness, with a dry yeastyness towards the finish, some hops towards the finish, with a toucvh of alcohol and a bit chalky or something, quite mellow aswell as being acidic and bitter, a classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - OCT 31, 2002
A truly outstanding drink. pour this slowly as it forms a a very firm frothy head with a nice citrus aroma. It has the pale straw colour of a lager but it is much mpre complex. A slighly sweet taste with hints of spices(I even detected a vanilla-like taste) and fruits. Very drinkable and quite refeshing- careful ias the alcohol content is quite high and this is a beer that can sneak up on you. It is bottle conditioned and should improve with age. i would like to buy a few bottles to cellar and taste later on. This is the classic Belgian golden ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5473) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2014 Rerate After over 11 years, not really much has changed . Nice coriander spiciness, some cake mix sweetness, lemony tartness. Original 4.0 Frothy, never dissipating white head with lots of lace. Citrusy, tart aroma and a cloudy, yellowish appearance. Very drinkable considering the high alcohol content. Flavor - a bit fruity and malty. Overall - a good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 27, 2002
Pours with a rocky head. Very light golden/straw color. Nice aromas of malt and bubblegum, some citrus too? Very drinkable considering the abv. Not my fav but good nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Nice smooth head that stays for the whole drinking experince nice smotth maltiness taste the hops at the very end one of my favorite beers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 Best belgian strong Ale I have ever had. Poured into the special Duvel Belgian bowl glass with a huge head that stayed huge till the end. The head looked like big fluffy clouds, and the beer looked like straw color- with a little haze. Extremely carbonated- but not spritzy and is stil easy to drink without too much bubbly action in my stomach. Like I said- very smooth and easy to drink. Awesome spicy and earthy aroma. Quite complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rolo99 (29) - USA - OCT 20, 2002
This stuff really packs a punch. Great flavor, alcohol is beautifully masked. Smells like peanut butter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Tastewise it was very strong tasting. it was like fruit and dryness. i was not a huge fan of it but it was OK i guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Re-Rate 10/18/02: The pour produces a stupendous white, foamy head, heaps of lace. The beer is straw in color, clear, with a splendiferous nose, citrus, bubble gum, malt, hints of ripe pineapple, ’Quite Sniffable’. Front is malt, sweet, the top light, the finish acerbic, dry, sparingly hopped. A good beer, but I will take an ’Orval’ over this beer anytime. Ranks #494 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SteC (135) - Oostende, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2002
This is a nice beer, but not complex enough for me, I know many of the US people have this as a favourite, but there is better out there.

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