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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4241   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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4.2
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle with my anniversary dinner at Margot Cafe in Nashville. Pours a pale murky straw golden with a white head. Nice aroma of spice, yeast esters, lemon, and sweet biscuit. Nice medium light, thirst quenching mouthfeel. Not overcarbonated at all. The flavor is wonderfully balanced between the maltiness, spice, bitterness, tartness, and sweetness. Smooth and mildy dry finish, with very faint notes of banana-pear and white pepper. I would love to drink this again and take notes. This is a very well done Strong Golden, perhaps a staple of the style for me.

4.4
closey22 (2126) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Incredibly well balanced between: light body and bold flavor; silky-creamy and crisp-zingy mouthfeel; dry and sweet finish. Is there a more gorgeous looking beer? One of the world’s best!! I just they picked a different name for it.

4.1
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle from LCBO. Poured pale into a snifter. I was very careful, but the milky-white head was absolutely overwhelming. Mouthfeel is really sharp, but in a pleasant manner. This is the most carbonated beer i have had in my life. Perhaps it’s just this bottle, but I got that fizzy feeling on my tongue that I get from pop. Very complex and spicy brew, I’m impressed. Smells like bananas and yeast. Taste is of bananas, tangerines, figs and plums. Finish is sharp again and leaves a taste of banana peel on your tongue. Definitely going to drink again.

3.9
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 pale straw color with large white head very yeasty aroma with some spiciness. great mouthfeel. some citrus along with spice. very good and typical of the style

3.9
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 330 ml bottle - pours a very pale, hay-like colour, with a generous rocky white head. Aroma of spice and yeast, along with some green apple and an almost lambic sourness. Flavour is spicy upfront, with the yeast/breadiness coming near the finish. Some lemon and banana and a hint of cardamom near the middle. The beer is warming in the mouth - though the alcohol doesn’t make itself present, you can certainly feel its warming effect. Also fairly dry on the palate. Excellent Belgian ale - there are better ones out there, but this a very solid example of the style, and widely available. Highly recommended.

3.1
CinnamonGirl (40) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2007
A left behind bottle in my cellar, bb March 2007. Very refreshing - almost sourly. Citrus flavour. Nice bitterness and aftertaste. Not a favourite, but nice "long drink" kind of beer.

2.9
sirpsycho (396) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2007
From a bottle into glass, best before date 4/2009. Head was frothy and full. Nice golden color. Taste was kinda spicy, carbonated. Not what I was expecting after hearing about this from so many people. not my kind of beer.

4
Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Pours a beautiful yellow color with huge head in my Duvel glass. Smells slighly yeasty and a bit of citrus (lemon/). Taste is slighly fruity yet smooth. Very drinkable and highly carbonated. Delicious.

3.7
hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2007
This is the beer I was looking for, accidently got Orval. Duvel is definatly much better... I didn’t have this fresh in Beligum like some others.

3.7
cgarvieuk (26387) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 06/2007 Golden blonde ale slightly clowdy, rich hoppy nose, crips clean belgain ligth and hoppy...3.7

tap feb 2011 a few days before the online tasting ... i though id try this on fizzy tap ... golden amber ... thin white head ... soft yeasty sherbert lemon nose ...mellow soft fruits ... again hint of yeasy ...quite drying ... light hop ... now its been a long time but im really enjoying this 3.8

Bottle at home 210212 ... during mass online Duvel tasting ... bbf 2010 so an old one ... big white foam head ... very sweet tracle pudding and fruity yeast nose ... much more mellow than the fresh tap ... more malt but a very sweet summer fruit malt ... orange peel ... this is reminind me of a sticky spone pudding ... maybe apricots ... little lemon zezt in background 3.5

I declare this beer to be better fresh


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