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

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 3869   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2002
cloudy yellow. fluffy head that sticks around. great yeast and fruit on the nose. subtle spice. quite drinkable for 8.5%abv.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2002
Very nice strong ale with lagerish tendencies. This guy in Belgium told me you swill the glass quickly to perk the head up and drink it through an inch of foam - hence the type of glass they served it in. Learn something new every day.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mancer99 (13) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Clean and smooth. The head is amazing and overall the beer is pretty close to flawless.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebaron99 (110) - Royston Park SA, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2002
Beautiful lace and pillowing head of ever- lasting foam. Whiffs of wholemeal bread and strong fragrance, frangipanni or hyacinth or something sweet like that. Deep flavour of oak, orange, blackberry and light spice. Well masked alcohol.$5-50(Aus) for 330mls. I’d do it again, for sure. yum....

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2002
I am growing to be afraid of Belgians in that ugly, stubby bottle, but this one is not very hot and has a pleasant taste.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2002
Clear Pale yellow color with a nice lasting head. Complex sweet taste with hints of both malt and hop. No trace of that it keeps a nice 8.5%!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29851) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2002
Great beer - with a very yellow color and a good head.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ingevara (816) - SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2002
It has a stiff, detergent like froth that last the whole beer, and that’s a long time because it doesn’t taste well. A stale flavor like all belgian ales, no depth,, no nothing. No thanks!

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2002
Pale gold with heavy carbonation bubbles forming a fine bubble head. Slightly woody aroma with a heaviness detectable underneath. Initially tingly to the palate this has a bland finish and quickly fades. Small woody notes, unbalanced carbonation with a sour aftertaste. Very dissapointing.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2002
This beer is proving to be rather difficult to rate. Very light color with a beautiful creamy head, smells like candy and fruity hops; I almost expected this to taste like an American standard at first but had the sense smacked back into me with my first sip. The bottle boasts of Styrian and Saaz hops which give the beer a very distinct flavor. Sharp fruitness followed by very prominent alchohol and then by a mild malty banana-like finish that sticks with you for the duration of the evening. This beer is very light when consumed at low temperatures, but as the glass warms it is actually quite sharp in the nose with a noticeable body.


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