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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3864   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.


2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2002
Beer does not live up to aroma. Way too bitter for my liking...and VERY pricey.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2002
This beer is very popular with foreign tourists. Bitter, coriander, a little fruity. Good for a relaxing evening.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
A peaceful king sipping his white wine…Eating an apple in the barn…Dusting pepper on champagne…

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Nice carbonation with ’lace’. Fruity and malty balanced well with hops. An all too easily drinkable strong ale.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2002
good beer yes one of a kind been to the brewery this is only one of several beers made by moortgat

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19972) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2002
Pale yellow, hazy and lively. Big yeasty, fruity aroma. Complex, spicy, funky and immensly complex. Also dangerously drinkable (Damn! Is that bottle already empty?) A world classic that has many followers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2004 Prickly aroma of citrus. Hopbitter, citric taste, vanilla and honey. Surprisingly light for its 9% alcohol content. Strong hopbitter finish. Complex and delicious. Re-rate 75 cl bottle. Bottled 12/02. Tasted more soft than a remembered from the 33 cl bottle I had before. Maybe a hint of rubber in the aroma. I'll stick to the original rating.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2002
Straw color,citrus aroma and citrus flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2002
OK, I’ve got this one head to head with PranQster and the new kid wins, hands down. Duvel is a tad prettier, almost the same cool orange color but the ebullient head gives it the nod. But from that point on the rocky lemon selzer action of the thing just gets in the way of the flavor, IMO. Same (maybe even bigger) citrus front and spicy, peppery close as its American emulator, but that frothing fluffiness is too distracting for me. Even when it subsides, it subsides into a soft sweetness, bitter chasing that I don’t find as satisfying as Pranqster’s mellower tones.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Good Belgian starter ale. Not as strong or rich as others, but uniquely flavored and smooth. Noticeable alcohol, but not much of an aftertaste, if any.


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