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


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RATINGS: 4020   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierfanaat31 (1) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2015 does not count
One of the best specialty beers on the market , but it has too much carbon dioxide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wanderings878 (16) - ITALY - JUN 1, 2015
Bottiglia. Colore giallo pallido, con abbondante schiuma bianca di media/breve durata. Aroma che si rivela piano piano, tipico lievito belga, banana, leggermente erbaceo e fruttato. Gusto debolmente dolce, con l’amaro del luppolo che prevale, anche se ben bilanciata. Carbonatazione vivace, birra secca e beverina. Buona!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tonkatruck (17) - SPAIN - MAY 31, 2015
very light yellow yeasty saison sour with a full mouthfeel high carb. But lighter on the taste with a little sweeetness. Easy drinking for 8.5%!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bolian (7) - - MAY 29, 2015 does not count
Bitter sweet with malty character. I taste bret in this beer along with green apples, lime and caramel. Definitely a nice glass

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Woc (48) - BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2015
I don´t know, it is bitter sweet. It has a typical Belgian sweetness to it but then the quite bitter hops come. I don´t like when a beer has both. It should be sweet or bitter. Na ah, not both.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Neptune (29) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 28, 2015
One of my all time favourite beers, quite iconic beer as well. Huge head with clear golden colour result in an excellent presentation. Nice malty and fruity aroma. Great on palate as well, being so high on voltage, yet so easily drinkable. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vells (925) - Riga, LATVIA - MAY 27, 2015
Lovely maltiness, dried fruits, peach, light yeast. Moderate sweet with light bitterness and light tartness. Drinkable, but bit too simple for likeable Belgian

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
huineman (372) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 26, 2015
Pours dark lemon yellow. Head is ivory and thick. Aroma is spruce, biscuit, lemon zest, boiled egg. Powerful, strong. Long finish, very bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (53) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2015
Foam: huge white frothy head. Colour: light coloured, hazy opaque pale yellow. Aroma: pears, orange peel, green apples, a hint of hops, herbs, yeast. Taste: medium to light body, lively carbonation, very refreshing, crisp, some fruits, Saaz hops bitter with nice malt balance, great dry green pepper aftertaste, fine tasting Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tightslice (338) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
On tap at Terun in Palo Alto, CA. Need to sit with this one again to review in full.

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