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

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RATINGS: 3903   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2003
tornado of tiny bubbles and an awesome craggy head, sharp yeasty aroma, creamy with slight spiciness and a creamy hoppy finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scpullen (25) - Hitchin, Herts, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2003
marvellous golden ale, its the standard Belgian strong. Nice and soft on the palate, with fresh carbonation feel. If you've never tried a Belgian beer before, and are reluctant, this would be a really great one to start off with

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003
Head is initially large, white, fully lasting. Begins to slide and give the head a mountain look. Body is hazy light yellow with dense tiny particles. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, citrus - grapefruit and lemon), moderately malty (cookie, light bread). Flavor is moderately sweet, acidic, and bitter. Medium to full body, dry and creamy texture. Decent beer but a little to citrusy and hoppy for me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Murky yellow with a huge head. Crispy citrus feel to the aroma and taste, and some alcohol flavor creeping in there. A bit too strong for me, but a good complex beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2003
Brewed using an elaborate sequence of fermentations and maturation lasting 3 months after brewing. Pours with the obligatory massive head that is dense and creamy. Its appearance is pale golden almost pilsner like. Flavours reminiscent of orange zest Poire William and has a light dry finish. Apparently it can be served very cold as an aperitif or warm as a fruity digestif. This is a rich and complex beer that is a true world classic.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Just not my cup of tea. Very strong stuff, but not bad, just not my cup of tea.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a pale straw color and formed an amazing foamy-sudsy head like a float that left circular lace. A beautiful heavy carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, citrus and spice. A flavor of malt, citrus and spices with a mouthfeel quite tangy, but not overpowering brought on by the heavy carbonation and the citrus elements. Truely a great find with the new Ohio law change.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mogo (38) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2003

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2003 This is the classic example of a belgian golden ale. A close cousin to the Tripel, it has many similar qualities. It is very pale, pilsner-like in appearance with a thick brilliant white long lasting head. It is highly carbonated and emits very little aroma other than a faint fruitiness typical of a high alcohol ferment. It is dry and crisp on the palate with more than enough hop bitterness (for a belgian) to back the limited maltiness. Once the slight carbon dioxide sting dissipates, faint notes of fruit can be discerned in the background and evolves as the alcohol heat appears. There are no obvious spice additions in this beer and the overall profiles certainly tips the scale towards clean and simple rather then shooting for richness and complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2003
very pale, golden color. Plenty of carbonation, massive frothy white head. Cool legs too! Huge & bubbly mouthfeel, fills the mouth completely. REal yeasty, clean, crisp with hints of citrus and green apples.


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