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


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RATINGS: 3829   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.

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   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
erling1000 (87) - - OCT 31, 2014
A belgium bright golden ale, with white head. Aroma is light malty, vineous. Taste is sour, sweet, bitter. A fair ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewTom (279) - - OCT 31, 2014
Long last white head upon a straw yellow liquid. Effervescent on the tongue with banana & clove flavour. Rightly a Belgium classic. Rated by BrewTom

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (316) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours a light gold. Nice peppery aroma. Good yeast flavour balanced by the peppery notes. Doesn’t taste like 8.5%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (3942) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 29, 2014
180ml bottle [petite contribution de bartlebière - Merci beaucoup !]. Clear golden colour with huge, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Sweetish bready-grainy, spicy yeasty aroma with a peppery touch, hints of mild mustard. Taste is dry, minimally tart, grainy, herbal, peppery yeasty spicy, some mustard, a lemon juice touch; creamy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosskie (416) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2014
Light hay coloured beer, transparent with lots of bubbles and a huge foamy head. Hoppy citric, white pepper, coriander and subtle leather resin. Hints of sweetness, cherries, which contrasts nicely with the sourness. Bitter sour taste with a contrasting but subtle sweetness. Deliciously refreshing with a bitter flowery resin finish. Hint of wood and alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (717) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Slightly cloudy, very low hops light maltiness, smooth and lighter, better with time ...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syfher (62) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle of 33cl. Very nice beer, unique in her kind, and so very difficult to explain. Just try it !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Daanminator (125) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2014
Opzich is dit een mooi biertje. Drinkt me toch niet zo makkelijk weg omdat er een overload aan koolzuur in lijkt te zitten waardoor je bij elke slok een vol gevoel krijgt. Kwa smaak en bouquette een voldoende verder.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stefanos (98) - POLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle. Straw, hazy, thick white head with some lacing. Aroma mainly of herbs and spices with some hay but also solvent notes. Taste is rather sweet with some refreshing sourness and bitter pepper-like finish. For its abv really drinkable. A devilish trick, no wonder!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (222) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2014
BBD 7/16. Clear very light amber pour (pale gold). Superb head, lacing and retention. Wonderful nose of spicy Belgian yeast, banana, sweet fruit (pear with hints of orange) and subtle biscuit. Light medium body, yet nice and slick. Heavily carbonated with rich effervescent rushes throughout the profile. The flavor profile is of normal intensity, complex and balanced. The 8.5% alcohol is perfectly hidden. It begins with the fruit flavors, then flows into a light biscuit sweetness. In the middle, an effervescent light hop bitterness emerges coupled with a light note of pepper. The finish is rather clean, somewhat dry and a light bitterness lingers a bit over a blend of the previous flavors while notes of clove come to the forefront. World Class and one of the highest scores I’ve ever given.

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