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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4252   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10783) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
light hazy color, nice head. Pleasant taste not overpowering. Found it a bit creamy and sweet and not overly dry, but higher than average alcohol does affect mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Gigantic tall and frothy snow white head on a an unclear yellow body. Nice and heavy aroma of yeast, citrus, flowers and fruit - very fresh! Flavor is hay, yeast and hops with a nice alcohol bite. Warming and full. A very nice and easy drinakble ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaysoneslick (24) - Montana, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Father-in-law brought some back w/ him for me to try, and holy sh*t this beer was fanfuc*ingtastic!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
Very abundant head ! Nice, fruity aroma of citrus. Sweet, fruity flavor of citrus. Dusty, powdery mouthfeel. I love this beer !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 bottle 11.2 oz. White label w "Belgian Golden Ale" on it. Pale yellow gold, how cloudy it is depends on how carefully you pour it. Holy Christ! what a head! be carefull. Looks like pure white merangue. Fantastic lace. Aroma is dry, spicey, malty w moderate but sharp hops. Very clean, bright, sharp, dry,bitter flavor but very smooth. Some alcohol taste. There is a pleasant, exotic, spice sensation that runs through the flavors on the palate that is quite enjoyable. Very nice finish with a bit of a nip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2004
Straw yellow, clear and bubbly. Nice spicy flavors throughout, fruits and other things I can’t quite discern. Very quaffable and enjoyable, with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RugbyMike (14) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2004
Wow! Even at very cold temperatures, this golden ale has a head that rises like a snow-capped mountain peak far above the rim of the glass. This is a powerful ale that will sneak up on you in a hurry. It is tart, but not hoppy. Hard to put my finger on because I have never drunk anything like it. There is a bit of an alcohol finish as in a barley wine. Give it a try. It will grow on you quickly.

   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 (6351) - 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 (6599) - 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.

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