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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 3866   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tartz99 (10) - USA - MAY 23, 2002

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2002
The head on this beer is wonderful, very carbonated as most Belgian of this style are. Do not let the light color fool you, this brew has enormous flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2391) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2002
A huge frothy head and it is extremely fragrant. Has flavours that hint of orange zest and has a smooth, stoney dryness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2002
Nice fruity, bitter aroma, an almost white, pale appearance, plenty of carbonation, a beautiful white, frothy head, the taste is easy on the palate, again, mildly fruity, mildly bitter, I didn’t find much sweetness, allows long sips, even gulps, in what I would call a light to medium-bodied texture, very crisp finish, a solid beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2002
Wow. Massive head reducing down to a natural, satisflying palate--just the right balance of carbonation. The color is a wee bit unattractive, in my opinion, but lovely in all other respects (especially the cloudiness). Nose of my wife’s blackberry pie with some other subtleties of yeast and its high alcoholic content. The taste is perhaps a bit too overpowering of alcohol--one early sip reminded me of some barleywines, perhaps erroneously--but after half the glass I had forgotten about that.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4296) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2002
Superb head, great palate, a classic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2002
Golden body, and it’s quite carbonated, with decent head and the bubbles rising a la champagne. Sweet fruity aroma and taste, with a bit of the alcohol also seeping into the flavor. Some spiciness mixed in as well. Strange double impression of airyness and chewiness. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2002
Gorgeous unfiltered pure gold color. Aroma is mild and champagney. The flavor is pleasant, robust, but not arrogant. It has a mild alcohol afterburn. A nice, pleasant, solid beer that would fit in just about anywhere and with anything.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
It’s available on the Eurostar,what better way to pass your time in the Chunnel...Always a beauty in the glass,the brewer’s dictionary entry for head retention.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2002
Looks good - gold colour, smells good-fruity yeast nose, tastes good- fruity and very smooth. Pretty damm good.


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