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


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RATINGS: 3743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2001
Yeasty aroma and flavor, but very clean and pleasant to drink. Probably my favorite Belgian, as I’m not enamoured by the style. Frothy white head hints at lots of carbonation and releases the aroma well. Crystal clear straw-like color is pleasant and the mouthfeel is wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2001
hazy golden, nice head and lacing...sweet /fruit aroma, yeast, spice...typical belgium nose. Carbonation bites the tounge, yeasty, smooth and soft,a simple fruitness as well some alcohol detected but not a whole lot..remarkable balance..very crisp and tasty..clean ,dry, slightly bitter finish. Good but not great.Try the monkey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2001
Light straw color, big head. Yeasty aroma and taste. A good beer but not as great as I had hoped for. I prefer the Chimays.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 27, 2001
Nicely peppery. The 8.5% abv is slyly hidden in this smooth elixer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 had a few of these (5 i think) the other day and i wasn't HUGely impressed. it's a bit too light and tangily yeasty texturewise, although there's interesting peach/pear stuff. i know this is sposter be hoppy, and it probly is in comparison to leffe blond or something, but i didn't get too much of the stuff. maybe old bottles? the smell was kind of dusty too. i dunno. a bit flat, but still pretty drinkable. rer8 with a 750ml: wow the difference between bottle sizes is amazing. had em side by side and the smaller bottle was a lot sweeter, flatter and had less yeast and hops in the aroma (mayeb it was older?) and the big bottle was beautifully perfumey, really dry, fluffily fruity, and hoppy, with a much better rocky, frothy head on it like i remember duvel from when i first had it. there's a bit of alcohol but it's round and warming, not harsh at all. on this form it's right up in the 4's.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
achtungpv (210) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2001
This is a fine fine brew. Two or three is all you’ll need.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dins (266) - Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2001
One of Belgium’s finest. Nice balance of hoppiness and citrus-like flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeKreeft2799 (18) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2001
Five of these and you’ll need a seatbelt to stay on your stool.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - SEP 23, 2001
strong flavor,harsh after taste. i had it warm made this a kick ass beer.maybe ill try it again to get the full-ness of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 22, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Bottle 330 ml
Appearance: (4.7/5) Bright golden ale with large snow white, finely weaved with great ornamental lace.
Nose : (7.5/10) Floral , fresh continental hops with sweetness of golden grain , fresh yeasty dough.
Flavor/Palate : Light for its heavyweight numbers. Dry hopped front, lightly chewy malt with warmth of alcohol and bit of pepper. Interesting blend of pilsner light crispness with spice yeasty potency of Belgian blonde. (F-7.5/10)(P-3.8/5)

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