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

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RATINGS: 3779   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a slightly hazy, straw-gold with a small white head on top. Good retention, and there’s plenty of lace left behind. The nose is sharp with Belgian yeast, sour citrus, dry grass, coriander. This one starts out really spritzy and a bit harsh. A massive amount of carbonation on the palate. Thankfully, though, this smooths out as I sip. Gets much more mellow and cleans itself up. A bit dry on the finish. Wonderful balance on this one. Completely understand now why this one is rated so highly. Spice, tart yeast, lemon zest, dry crackers. Just a touch of alcohol rounds this one out. Man this is incredibly balanced! Nothing really overpowers here, but every flavor plays their part and adds to the whole. A spectacular beer. This is a style I don’t drink very often as I haven’t had many that I really crave, but this one jumped to the top of this list. One I will revisit again and again.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sam_rates_beer (11) - Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
Subtle domestic dairy farm scent, although in general dairy farms are not scented subtly. So, points for making that work. In hindsight, it's a fruity scented barn. Tastes great and looks great

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (301) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle. Honey golden, slightly hazy body, with a big, frothy, white head, that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma of yeast, must, bread, grass, spices, citrus, pale grapes. Taste with about the same aromas, also some honey like sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, oily, with a lively carbonation and it finishes bitter, dry, sour-fruity, yeasty and alcohol warming. Nice, strong, but quaffable. Like you would imagine a hybrid of a Belgian Golden Strong Ale and an Imperial Pilsener. I like their Triple Hop editions better, but this undeniably is a classic and most notably a unique brandmark.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YantarCoast (41) - Moscow, RUSSIA - AUG 21, 2014
Pours a pale yellow with a minimal but lasting head. Aroma of yeast and spice. Tastes great.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltman53 (302) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle. Probably the most well-balanced example in this style. Would love to try this on tap some day. Lemony, banana cream pie on the palate, with just the right amount of carbonation. HIdes its 8.5% ABV beautifully. Finishes clean, crisp, and lemony. Overall, outstanding.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lillmuffin (72) - Haugesund, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle. Light brown yellow and think white head. Smell of apricot, citrus and leather. Taste of citrus, hops and apricot. Light bitter and light sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Torrefacto (532) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 16, 2014
Color dorado limpio con espuma blanca algo jabonosa. Aromas florales y ligeramente cítricos. Cuerpo medio, ligeramente afrutada como de manzanas verdes y final amargo y seco de intensidad media con toque de alcohol. Bien.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boomersmancave1 (58) - Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Light yellow to gold in color. Nice white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of fruit and hops. Taste has a fruit and hop flavor. Good Beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jarv1987 (7) - - AUG 16, 2014 does not count
Sweet aroma, light yellow colour with white foam. Clear hop flavour. Classic which everybody should have tasten.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (200) - Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Light yellow with lager white head. Spicy yeasty aroma with some funk. Lemony spicy malt with yeasty spicy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pumpkinhead2 (325) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
Bière jaune pâle légèrement dorée, bien voilée, très effervescente, et surmontée d’un col blanc assez persistant, moyennement large et moyennement dense, et dont les grosses bulles s’agrippent à la parois du verre. Arômes de pain frais, malt mielleux, pommes, agrumes (citron surtout) avec un peu d’herbes. Ce n’est pas désagréable comme nez, mais c’est beaucoup trop timide (intensité déficiente!) et, du coup, la complexité est difficile à évaluer et semble donc plutôt faible. La bière est très pétillante sur la langue, et assez mousseuse en bouche, mais elle reste plutôt mince au palais. Au goût, pain frais, malt mielleux, pomme, citron, léger houblon herbacé en fin de bouche, et beaucoup (trop!) d’alcool. Heureusement bien plus intense en bouche qu’au nez, amertume légère mais bien sentie, équilibre sucré/acide/amertume très intéressant, mais complexité un peu faible et constitution trop légère pour supporter son taux d’alcool. Bière correcte, sans plus…


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