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


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RATINGS: 4066   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2003
Appearance is cloudy, light yellow in colour, nice white head. Scent is slightly sour yet sweet. There is almost a buttery scent. Taste is malty. slightly sweet with a light finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisted (9) - Skarrild, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2003 does not count
Same colour as hay. cloudy appearance. Has quite a lot of fruit in the aroma, and a lot of orange and apple in flavour. It's warm in the mouth, but you don't taste the alcohol that much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2003
Pale yellow/straw colour, slightly cloudy. Ample white rocky head. Yeasty, fruity (apple, cherry, raisin) , and buttery aroma. Orange, apple, cherry, raisin, and banana flavours with an alcohol and perfumed bitter finish. Warming and almost chewy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
it didnt really trip my trigger, but then again most belgians dont.. the flavor had a rather appley taste to it that turned me off some.. other than that it was decent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Poured a very large white foamy head with excellent lacing on the sides of my mug. It had a yellow body to it and a cloudy appearance. It tasted of clove flavor. This brew was a very smooth drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5137) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured an extremely invigorated head of long lasting finely sized white bubbles with an excellent lacing and a cloudy wheat yellow colored body. It has a very mild malt-hop aroma and a flavor of fizzy banana clove and bread. It is a very smooth brew and hides its alcohol content well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Rocky white head, didn't diminish a whole lot over the course of drinking this beer. Sweet, yeasty aroma. Hazy golden color. Lots of carbonation. Sweet flavor of cloves and bananas. A bready accent as well. Not bad at all, it was tastey.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2003
I drank this beer out of a pilsner glass. The aroma was delicate and slightly sugary. The head was very thick and fluffy like meringue, and it did not subside for a long time. When it did it left heavy runners of lace around the top of the glass. The beer poured to a pale straw color with heavy carbonation. The taste was sweet and creamy and strongly reminiscent of apples, cloves and vanilla. It is hard to believe that this beer is ABV 8.5% since the alcohol taste is so well hidden. An easy beer to drink too much of.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 17, 2003
750ml. brown bottle. /02 on the cork. Practically blew the cork right out of my hand when opened. Very effervescent, like a very good champagne. Poured out a faint straw yellow color, with a stiff peak meringue head on it. Slowly faded to a rocky, yeast clumped island of a head in the center of the glass. Aromas of Belgian yeast, cloves, slight banana background as well. Not much in the way of aroma hops. Slight tang to it as it's drank. Very rich mouthfeel, very filling as well. Fruity esters abound in this beer. Finishes dry on the tongue. No discernable aftertaste either. Crisp, very refreshing, and makes a wonderful antidote to a bad toothache. A great beer from Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2003
Fluffy billowing head and a delightful pale colour, which becomes cloudy if you upend all of the contents. Who cares? This is a beguiling beer with a number of great characteristics. The fruity esters come out as bananas and apples and the marvellous balance of malt and saaz hops complete the overall experience.

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