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


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RATINGS: 3993   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2002
UPDATED: APR 7, 2003 Damn tasty! It was not as good as a Chimay, but I really enjoyed this brew. A thick frothy head with a nutty flavor, and a slightly dry finish. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 12, 2002
I was underwhelmed by this beer. Pours w/ a big frothy white head; opaque golden color; I really thought that this would be a Grand Cru style of beer. It really wasn’t anything special

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2002
UPDATED: APR 9, 2003 This one pours a lovely cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a large white head that lingers. The aroma is a little weak but has some maltiness with yeast and fruit tones. Medium bodied with high carbonation, the flavor is malty, with a finish of yeast and a slight spiciness. Alcohol is well hidden. I have had this beer several times, and I am not too impressed by it. It is drinkable and quite good, but fairly normal as far as Belgian strong ales go. Re-Rate: Out of a 750ml bottle, the flavor seems to be much more pronounced. It is very smooth and flavorful. Pour it with a very large head and that will lessen the carbonation quite a bit. The aroma is still a little weak, but better than before. Wow, quite a deceptive little ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2002
Light greenish yellow, huge fluffy white head that looks like beaten egg whites, clings to the glass. Lemony aroma, maybe some coriander, a touch of bread and a hint of mushrooms. Big carbonation, notes of lemon, spices and yeast with a bitterness that rounds it all up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 After the beer was served in the glass there was found a lasting quantity not wall adhesive white foam collar which was fine and evenly of structure. The beer also contained not much carbonic acid in the glass. The beer has a thick golden color and a sweet taste. The after tast of the beer is hoppy bitter with a lemonly acid touch. This beer smells fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joehahn99 (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2002 does not count
A friend of mine turnned me on to this, and I find it pretty amazing. Tastes of lilac. Not a casual friendly beer. It was semi-difficult to get back to my apt. from the Hopleaf. (about 30ft walk)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2002
Wonderfully large, white, rocky head. Full fresh aroma. Got experience this one in a restaurant in Chicago with a correct Duvel glass, which was very surprising and added to a very nice tasting experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Not as good as the Chimay but definatly on the playing field. Murky light golden color with a flowery sweet aroma. Head was excessive and it took me ten minutes to get it setttled to where I could drink it. Taste was sharp but not agressive with a clean finish. A great ale overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2004 27th July 2002 - Didn't seem very complex. The alcohol isn't overbearing like in other beers I tried of simular stregths. RERATE - strong, fine beer - at 8.5% i was suprised i liked it Rerate: Now one of my favourite beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 27, 2002
Light gold color, large head. A full bodied Belgian golden ale. Very malty, slightly toasty and candy sweet. Slightly hoppy. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sharp. Some alcohol bite present at 8.5%

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