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

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RATINGS: 3797   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (791) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Pours golden yellow with thick frothy head. Malt, yeast, and a slight hop aroma. Yeast and malt flavor with hits of hops. Lots of carbonation and a light body. Clean finish.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
digopossobon (285) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 20, 2014
Há muito ansiava por degustar esta famosa cerveja. Ótima experiência!! Belo creme denso e branco. Aroma frutado, maltado e doce. Líquido transparente, amarelo acetinado, intenso. Sabor seco, ácido, frutado (cereja), lupulada e floral.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
simonblaine (290) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
Pours almost white with an enormous frothy head. Aroma of fruity earthy grains. Taste is like the aroma, lovely slightly sweet. Excellent beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
marcelodacunha (1) - porto Alegre, BRAZIL - SEP 18, 2014 does not count
Citrus, woody, bubblegum, alcohol, citrus muito boa cerveja, aparencia de champagne.!!

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Astrozombie (26) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Dank an hoppy aroma. Clear straw color. Tight white head. Hoppy up front with some herb and malt notes. Crazy crisp and refreshing for a strong beer

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
giorgos_gtc (95) - GREECE - SEP 17, 2014
Light yellow color. Slightly hazy liquid. Long-lasting big white head(foam). Aroma citrus but not really strong. Maybe some hops as well. Good body form the belgian school [(or Skål) I don’t know hihihih]. Lively carbonation. Overall it looks really nice. Generally,I don’t love Belgian Strong Ales but this one is special product.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
camoes (113) - PORTUGAL - SEP 17, 2014
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18D). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L42401 0224. AROMA: esters aromas reminiscente of oranges and some pears. low sweet malt background. very low no non-existent hop character. some spicy alcohol aromas. APPEARANCE: light gold color with a bit of haze. large white head that persists for very long time. characteristic viscosity leading to belgian lacing. TASTE: faint fruity flavours mixed with a low sweet background. medium bitterness that lingers beyond a dry finish. some spicy alcohol notes. PALATE: medium-low body with high carbonation. some astringency is present as some alcohol warmth. OVERALL: a classic but now it seems with less overall quality.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Roachford (2) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 17, 2014 does not count
Pleasingly sweet floral aroma. A suble caramel-honey taste with good body and a citrus finish. Amber appearance with a cloudy complexion. Very pleasing drink overall, though best sipped than quaffed!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bork (181) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Fruity, flowery, complex ale with a somewhat annoying champagne-like carbonation and noticeable alcohol in the finish. A little too mild for the high abv.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
buckaroobanzai (6) - - SEP 11, 2014 does not count
Again, given the ratings i found here on RB, i found this beer 60 miles away and at $20 a 4pk, was slightly concerned, but took the leap anyway. FIRST tried drinking from snifter (as i do ALL Belgians), VERY lackluster on ALL counts. Now, I’ve NEVER been a big "the glass makes the beer" follower, but on my LAST bottle, tried in a tulip Sam Adams glass and was shocked at the difference, was like a totally different beer on all counts. Will I buy again, no....but I NOW am a firm believer in the addage that the right glass DOES make or BREAK the beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (687) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
I thought this would be apropos for my 666th rating. Somehow, I had yet to rate this "devilish" brew. 750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy straw gold color with a big white rocky head. Aroma is sweet yeasty lemony malt. Slightly sulphury notes as well. First sip yields a sweet, tart, complex fruity malt character that hints of lemon peel and vanilla bean. Their is a dough-like quality that underlies this tasty ale. The Saaz hops lend an earthy, herbal, spicy character that balance this nicely. The finish is pleasantly dry and tart. Still as good as I remember when I first tasted this some twenty years ago.


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