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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4413   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jainsv (113) - USA - DEC 9, 2006
Heavily carbonated golden beer with a very frothy head. Bitter hoppy taste. Slightly malty aroma and taste. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2006
33CL bottle. Blond beer with huge head. A lot of CO2!! Tastes a bit bitter but this disappears largely if your bottle is over 6 minths old. My favourite beer when I go visit my local pub!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghostmonkey (204) - budd lake, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2006
750mL bottle . . pours golden, light/cloudy with a BIG carbonated head . . aroma is banana bread, nutty, sweet, alcohol . . tastes fruity, sweet, lots of banana flavor, bittery finish . . not a bad beer . . full of flavor!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ha1ag (889) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2006
The 1294 ratings before says it all - thick foam which sticks in your nose. Comes wih some yeasty aroma. One of favorites and even my supermarket has it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
Pale golden with a very nice rocky white head. Great retention and lace. Aroma is pretty saazy, also has some caramel and bread, as well as alcohol... not that great, and by this stage I was already starting to doubt the credentials of this beer. The mouth full is decent enough, smooth and full, but the flavour is lacking, and the ale characteristics dont come through well enough, leaving a flavour comprised of decent saaz hops and a heavy plain malt profile. Alcoholic finish confirms the averageness for me... I just cant stand it in pale ordinary beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 330ml bottle - pours such an amazingly light shade of yellow, only ever so slightly hazy, with such a massive white head, its hard not to be amazed. Aroma is a spicily sweet mix of cloves, some banana, and bready yeast. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, from the top of the sip to long after the finish. Flavour is sweet, but perfectly so, with alcohol esters that warm the mouth. Fruity, banana notes follow into the finish, with a slight tangy-bitterness that lingers. For such a complexly flavoured beer, its extremely light and refreshing. One could drink a lot of it quite easily, which is dangerous when you consider the ABV. This is a mainstay in my cabinet/fridge, perfect for either summer or winter months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mobster07 (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2006
33cl 2005 bottle. Effervescent, pale/golden in color, with a large white pillow like head. Aroma of spices, clove, bananas, pineapples, and some earthy/mustiness. Flavor dances across your tong with pepper, spices and some metallic hints. Very dry bitterness and a little alcohol warming on the way down.

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