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


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RATINGS: 3638   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braastad (317) - - JAN 10, 2014
Semiclear lightgolden with a nice head. Spicy citrusy aroma. Flavor is little sweet, spicy, peppery and sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jh773 (46) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Pours with a smaller-than-expected head. Bubblegum and straw in the nose. Taste is yeast, bread, straw, champagne grapes. Very fizzy, distractingly so at first but it settles down as you let it sit. Refreshing and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABT_S54 (89) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
33cl bottle served in a Duvel glass. Pours a very pale straw colour with a voluminous white head with excellent carbonation. Nicely balanced beer with very little sweetness coming through (compared with say Delrium Tremens) but a much more grown-up taste with a stony dryness. Not that special compared with other beers of the style but one worth having now and then. Hides the alcohol extremely well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Moravius (275) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 15, 2014
Diverse Flaschen, frisch, aber auch länger gelagert. - Blasses Gelb, überreichlich feinporiger Schaum. - In der Nase wie im Antrunk dominiert ein scharf-fruchtiger Geschmack nach grünen Äpfeln. Wenig Malzaromen. Eigenartig „hartes“ Mundgefühl. Staubtrockener Abgang. - Wenig aromatisch und zu hart im Mund - "hard to drink". Dieses Bier ist auf seine Art gewiß ein Klassiker - mir will es trotzdem nicht so recht schmecken.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jorn69 (550) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2014
@ Röhällavägen. Flaska från Systembolaget (26:-). Fruktig med vetetoner, kryddig med jästtoner, en hel del alkohol, ganska hög sötma. Avslutningen är fruktig och söt med jästtoner.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scottypostal (5) - Grass Valley, California, USA - APR 14, 2014 does not count
After gently pouring into the glass, the pure white fluffy head climbs towards the sky well beyond the rim of the glass. Massive fizzy yellow, crisp, clear. Delightful belgian yeast smell and taste. This beer is a treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Campm (2) - - APR 13, 2014 does not count
Much more complicated than I expected by the hazy golden appearance. Honey is the dominant thought in the finish but there is so much more here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkam (46) - POLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear golden, very high, white head. Aroma: malt, spices, lemon. Taste: light malt sweetness, spices, little lemon acidic sensation. Lightly bitter, medium carbonation. Good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (2491) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
330 ml bottle from Kvadrat, Sandnes. Clear, heavily sparkling, pale golden body with a foamy, large, white head leaving a fair amount of lacing. Spicy Belgo yeast and wooden notes on the nose. Refreshingly acidic and spicy with a light malt sweetness and an even lighter bitterness. Medium bodied. Dry mouth. Spicy berry residue remains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (264) - - APR 9, 2014
Bottle. Golden with luxurious white head. Fresh and classic Belgian. So nice to drink, very easy and clean but finishes with classic Belgian yeast and slightly bitter combo. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (983) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
Pours a clear and light golden with a thick white head that leaves great lacing. Nose is spicy for the most part but also a little floral. Taste is a little sweet and a little bitter, quite balanced. Spicy flavors ride over a gently spiced background. Body is medium, carbonation quite intense. Finishes bitter with an overall belgian impression. Quite elegant, I didn’t remember it being this good. Between this and the single hop treatment this is a really nice beer and a total classic.

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