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98
style
Brewed by Duvel Moortgat
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 750 ml bottle served ina Duvel glass. Ive had this many times before, yet it never ceases to please me - as if I had never had it before. Hazy golden in color with a huge rocky head - how do they do that?!! The Duvel tulip glassware is perfect, with the laser etched logo concentrating the bubbles in the center of the glass. Aroma is lemony, yeasty and inviting. The flavor is crisp yet complex, resulting in a big beer just begging to be quaffed at a dangerous rate. Dont let the broad availability slow you down, this classic is a crowd pleaser for both the educated and novice palate.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ux04 (30) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Super bubbly! Very light in the mouth with a really crisp aftertaste. Good beer but I doubt Ill shell out the bucks for it again. Glad I tried it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (915) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2006
750 ml bottle. Golden color, banana aroma, creamy, hoppy and airy mouthfeel , hides the alcohol well. I might be a bigger fan of the glass than the beer but it is still a solid brew. Id certainly rather drink this than any US macro.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2006
750 ml bottle. Good solid beer. Well balanced. Bright golden coloration with white head. Well carbonated. Clean and very drinkable. Good overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (7470) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2006
Huge creamy white lasting head. Pale yellow body with very light haze. Light sweetish peppery hop aroma with a sharpish edge thats probably the alcohol, with light fruity notes. Acidic, soft malty taste with soft metallic edge and light stale hop notes. Delicate, dryish marzipan finish. Very good, but doesnt really taste that much. (0.33l bottle.)

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2006
As a kid this was held in the same sort of regard as crystal meth - it was insanely strong & would send you crazy. Mind you, back then the Stella and Becks were thought of as being quality imported beers, and this & Chimay Blue where the only strong Belgian beers around, so there you go - we were stupid kids. Amazing head, like a heap of ice-cream - previous reviews have mentioned bananas in the flavour and thats spot on, sweet but not cloying. Very drinkable, not much evidence of its high alcohol content. The fact that you can pick it up in any supermarket in the UK now doesnt detract from how good it is.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Pours a slightly hazy golden with the trademark huge four finger head in my Duvel glass that came with the 4-pack gift set. Aroma is sweet and slightly fruity and yeasty. Taste is very similar, very smooth for all the alcohol content with fruity and yeasty tones. Overall a very nice Belgian, although I tend to like amber/dark belgians a little better.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
almopina (87) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 14, 2006
Amazing clear golden color with just a touch of haze and a huge white foamy loosed head (better poured very slowly). Malty and yeasty on the nose with some spice and grass. Very good flavor of sweet bready malts, banana, bohemian hops and that characteristic belgium yeast. Excellent combination for a golden ale, and very well balanced. Creamy and full on the tongue, with alcohol esters that warm up the mouth. Nice aftertaste of banana, yeasts and some refreshing hops. Extremely easy to drink for such a complex beer (=dangerous). It is very good for almost every ocassion: as an aperitif, as a dessert... I shall have more of this.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Unfortunately, the pale lager is not my favorite style. Poured with an enormous head with a "golden" color. Carbonated with banana flavors. Good for its style I suppose.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Duvel glass. Monster head makes it impossible to pour in one shot. The label says "Pour Unhurriedly" and one would be wise to heed their advice. The aroma is flat. Mild spices with a noticeable yeasty smell that in total is unimpressive and not powerful. The flavor is balanced with a nice, but mild hop bitterness with some mild maltiness and a somewhat stronger spice character that made up most of the flavor. Although its mild, its well balanced and quite delicious.


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