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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: 4065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2003 This is the classic example of a belgian golden ale. A close cousin to the Tripel, it has many similar qualities. It is very pale, pilsner-like in appearance with a thick brilliant white long lasting head. It is highly carbonated and emits very little aroma other than a faint fruitiness typical of a high alcohol ferment. It is dry and crisp on the palate with more than enough hop bitterness (for a belgian) to back the limited maltiness. Once the slight carbon dioxide sting dissipates, faint notes of fruit can be discerned in the background and evolves as the alcohol heat appears. There are no obvious spice additions in this beer and the overall profiles certainly tips the scale towards clean and simple rather then shooting for richness and complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2003
very pale, golden color. Plenty of carbonation, massive frothy white head. Cool legs too! Huge & bubbly mouthfeel, fills the mouth completely. REal yeasty, clean, crisp with hints of citrus and green apples.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartijnVV (33) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2003
very nice! a little sensation to taste the combination of yeastiness en sweetness

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (5092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2003
Great hazy orange unfiltered colour. Very complex and powerful aroma. Great balance of hops and malt in the taste and a great standard belgian strong ale. Pairs well with Grafton reserve cheese and sopressata from Dean & Deluca! :-)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2003
Beautiful long lasting head, with a great golden color. Nice aroma, overuse if citrus killed the other flovors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2003
Thick, long lasting foamy head. Spicy yeast nose. Hazy appearance. Nice roasted malt taste but with a definate alcohol taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4779) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2003 Pours a beautiful, bountiful rocky white foam head. The body is a lovely straw colour. Sweet bread aroma. Taste is great for such a widely available beer. A great beer for a first date or just drinking alone on boys night in! Like a great cologne, it'll never go out of style... Lovely!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2003
Bloody hell. Massive head that stuck about and looked like beaten egg white. The colour is healthy urine and the taste is not. Rather the taste is quite good, in fact a very lovely taste. Sad that I only got one bottle from the store (Amatos in Leichhart) because I could stick on this shit all night: not a "tasters" beer but a drinking one. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9439) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2003
500 beers and no end in sight. Cloudy yellow color with a mammoth and lasting head. Very minimal lacing. Sweet, bready aroma. Very tingly on the tongue, and the flavor was not overly complex. I tasted citrus (lemon mainly), vanilla, a little alcohol, and some yeast. Very smooth finish makes this beer quite drinkable. Very good Belgian.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Clove and citrus dominate the powerful, but quickly dissipating aroma. Perfect appearance with a bright golden color and a huge and everlasting white foam head. Very mild alcoholic warmth is masked well by clove, hop bitterness, and a nice grainy maltiness. Found myself unable to leave my couch after a couple these.


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