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

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RATINGS: 3775   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
serjaymz (70) - Istanbul, - MAY 1, 2013
Altın sarısı ve bulanık bir renk. Bembeyaz kocaman kabarcıklı ekstra bir köpük. Sırf bu köpük ve bardakta duruşa özel tasarlanmış bardağı ile birlikte.koku hafifi alkol ve şerbetçiotu. Tatlı-şerbetçiotlu, dengeli mükemmel bir bira..


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 (4) - - 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 (198) - 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 (324) - 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…

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (850) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Ah, the devil... That is allegedly what one of the brewers cried out when he first tasted this ultra-blonde, spritzy version of the old Victory Ale in the early seventies. Victory Ale was a Scotch-inspired beer (hence the iconic thistle glass) but when this revision was made, Moortgat created one of the greatest Belgian classics outside of the trappist and lambic worlds. It is the progenitor of a whole bunch of lookalikes, but so far I have not encountered one that beats the real thing. The complex brewing process results in a beer unbelievably pale for its strength, with the famous rocky, moussy, snow white head that has to reach the top of the glass when correctly poured; equally renowned it its spritziness, almost champagne-like, and further enhanced by the letter "D" engraved in the bottom of the glass. When the deposit is added, a light mistiness covers the paleness but the aroma becomes softer and sweeter. Appetizing and unmistakable aroma of pure and good quality pale malts, unripe peach, green apple, a hint of lemon zest, gin, pear, flowery and grassy, aromatic hops; pale malts come to full glory in the mouth, restrained fruitiness and sweetness, somewhat sourish like a green apple, strong carbonation (too strong for some), smooth, ending in a beautifully aromatic hop finish with warming, ’jenever’-like alcohol which nevertheless stays surprisingly subtle for a beer that combines strong alcohol with the palest blonde colour achievable in the genre. Ultra-important beer that has a lot of merits in the revival of Belgian specialty beers since the early seventies; in ’normal’ consumption, i.e. not rating, I prefer this ice cold in an outdoor café in medium summer. Great apéritif too, as the late Michael Jackson, a fan of this beer, righteously observed. Incontournable, as the French say: love it or hate it, but you can’t ignore it. A category of its own.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aloiscarvalho (10) - - AUG 14, 2014
Dourada, com espuma alta e muito branca. Transparente, mas levemente encorpada. Aroma frutado e de lupulo, sabor frutado, macio e refrescante, muito equilibrada, excelente.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crlnts (275) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Average white head. Clear yellow. Spicy fruity yeasty aroma. Soft mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warmth. Light bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franksv6 (110) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014
Light yellow bear with a nice white head, medium carbonation. Taste is fruity, spicey, sweet, hops. Anywhere available in the Netherlands, but not a bad beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boskeunpoeper (10) - - AUG 11, 2014
A classic beer favored by many here in Belgium. Ideal thirst killer in the summer, or ideal companion for a good meal.


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