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


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RATINGS: 4253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2003
Golden color a huge dense head. Fruity aroma. The flavor is a nice balance of malt, fruit, and spice. very mild flavor for such a strong ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pedro_Pinho (120) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
Classic beer! Pours hazy yellow with a thick white head. Classic belgium ale, you know what to expect. Had this one so many times before, but never bother to rate it. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (2740) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
Pours clear light golden with a very large frothy white head. Aromas of citrus, lemongrass, yeast, esters, bananas, rye bread. Taste is floral and estery with a prominent sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daydesiang (49) - MALAYSIA - JUN 24, 2016
Aroma malt, yeast and fruity. Golden color with a white head. High carbonation. Malty, wheat, fruity taste, finishes with slight bitterness and sourness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoddamnNoise (15) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - JUN 21, 2016
Aroma: wheat, bread, cereal, fruits, spicy. No hints of alcohol despite of its high alcohol volume. Not a lot of aroma. Appearance: light yellow color, slightly hazy, huge white creamy head with a very good retention and nice Brussels’ lace. Taste: medium-to-high sweetness, light-to-medium bitter, moderately sour. Palate: medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, spicy, long slightly bitter finish. Overall: Great appearance, quite good flavor, quite good finish. No hints of its high alcohol content, except for the warming effect. Crisp. Thirst quenching. Good for a hot day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Demens (163) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 21, 2016
0,33l bottle. Cloudy yellow colour with medium lasting huge white head. Aroma: Flowers, yeast, herbs, citrus, candy sugar. Vivid. Taste: Sweet/sour well balanced start, than the sour taste drops and a light sweet mouthfeel comes with a light but intensifying bitter feel. Well made. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Medium lasting bitter finish. A very good belgian classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McSherman (485) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2016
leuchtend gelb, leicht opal mit stabiler weißer Schaumkrone. Geruch hefig, leicht säuerlich, Weizen, Heu. Geschmacklich zuerst hefig frisch, leicht malzig, dann aber übernimmt eine recht starke Säure und der sehr prominente Hopfen, die im Zusammenspiel recht erfrischend fruchtig sind. Gutes Bier!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
labeerinthum (453) - Milano, ITALY - JUN 7, 2016
Bottiglia. Appena aperta la bottiglia si sprigionano mille bollicine. Il gusto al naso è occupato dal luppolo. L’intensità olfattiva è normale e la persistenza olfattiva è sufficiente. Il cappello di schiuma ha una scarsa tenuta, con bollicine medie. La consistenza del liquido è nebbiosa. Il perlage ha bollicine fini. La carbonazione è media. Il colore è giallo torbido. Il corpo è strutturato non pesante. Il dolce è medio e l’amaro è medio, non si surclassano. C’è anche un accenno di umami. L’intensità gustativa è elevata e la persistenza gustativa è buona. Il gusto è piacevole. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono di birra impegnativa. L’aroma in bocca riporta sentori di miele, pane, cereali, banana, resina, fiori, frutta secca e caldo.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zheng100 (8) - - JUN 4, 2016 does not count
Bubbly appearance with amazing foam looks like whip on a Starbucks frapuccino! Light wheat beer typical Belgian excellence

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AntonyWilson (83) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 2, 2016
330ml bottle: Pours a clear straw with epic white head that persists. Aroma of rust is overpowering everything. Slight breadiness perhaps. Tastes of bread, some fruit. Bitterness not very prominent. Very crisp. Medium body and high carbonation. Overall not bad to taste but the rusty nose was a bit off-putting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PlutonowyMan (399) - POLAND - MAY 29, 2016
Kolor z?oty, klarowny. Piana bia?a, wysoka, zbudowana z drobnych p?cherzyków, bardzo g?sta i trwa?a. Pozostawia mnóstwo zdobie? na szkle. Aromat chmielowy, slodowy z przyprawowymi akcentami. Smak: podobnie jak w aromacie, s?odowo?? i nuty chmielowe po??czone z wyra?n? przyprawowo?ci? i zio?owo?ci?. Jest lekko pieprzowy, ostrawy. Goryczka na finiszu, niezbyt intensywna, sucha i wyra?nie pieprzowa. Wysycenie wysokie, pasuje. Alkohol idealnie schowany.

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