overall
98
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: 4363   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 8, 2006
I love this stuff! The head is so thick I can get some on a spoon for my daughter to play with (or eat).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2764) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Ridiculous white head (obnoxiously large) covers a light straw colored body. Aromas are yeasty with some citrus, bananas and cloves that come out as it warms. Flavor is of dough, a bit of a sour citrus character, yeast, cloves and grass. These blend together well and the product is understated yet remarkably well-crafted.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EValP (30) - Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2006
This light yellow beer is hard to pour with a thick head lasting quite sometime as with other Belgium Strong Ales; a bad pour will ruin your experience. After letting it get some air, this beer is pleasing to the pallet with a citrus aroma and taste with a bit of hops and yeast showing after a bit. This beer has quite a bit of carbonation that complements the beer very nice. Nice balance of flavor, great beer with a fair amount of alcohol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1986) - Thisted, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 Pours a clear golden color. Incredible white head that takes quite a while to die down. Fantastic lacing. Citrusy aroma. Very good amount of carbonation. Sweet tasting with a little hops and a hint of alchohol but not too much. Nice balance of flavors.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Aroma is moderatly malty with grapefruit and sweet yeast. It pours sparkling and light gold with a mostly lasting rocky white head. taste is a good balance, lightly cirtus and hoppy with a long finish, light to medium bodied dry and fizzy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
330ml Bottle: Now heres what beer was meant to be! A beautiful pour with a thick white foamy head; it almost disappeared eventally, but I had a small volcano throughout. A great smell of yeast and lemon, almost like a hefe. Flavour hits floral off the top, moves into a nice citrus tone with a fairly noticeable alcohol (as it should at 8.1%). Becomes somewhat hoppy at the end, leaving a bit of dry mouth. Terrific stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 ORIGINAL RATING: As with most Belgians (esp with corks) huge white head, but this one seems to dissipate a little quicker than some. Still takes a while to pour. Yellow body which is only slightly murky. Smells yeasty with some floral and citrus. The taste is not as strong as I thought it would be. Tastes slightly of citrus, alcohol, and hop... A nice little ale I guess... not as strong as many Belgians Ive had, but not a bad ale... Not as good as an abbey ale, but a nice little beerk Surprisingly light for what it is.

RE-RATE (12-06): 33cL bottle from A-1 to-go in Gardiner. Light yellow translucent body with several inches of white head. Smells malty, citrusy, and slightly skunky (uh-oh...). Tastes citrusy and peppery with a hint of skunk... On the upper side of light-bodied, with a fair bit of carbonation in this one. Relatively drinkable. I have to believe this wasnt the best bottle. Im sure Ill try it again though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12477) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 26, 2006
750 mL bottle. Pours a pale yellow with a tall rocky and frothy white head, sticky lacing. Aroma is banana, malt (hay, straw, meal), yeasty wheat (earth, cellar) and notes of spices. Slightly sour and acidic malt and yeast flavor, some sweetness in the middle, hoppy floral and yeasty finish. Medium bodied and creamy, fizzy palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Funknmilla (740) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Appearance reminds me of a lemon meringue pie...then the fluff goes flat....creamy mouth feel followed by a snap of yeast....a very easy to drink strong ale...in the tulip glass the lacing is scattered

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Pours a pale blonde color. The head is white, frosty, persevering and reminiscent of a white water rafting experience. The aroma is subtle sweet, floral, fruity with a slightly citrus feel. Taste is sweet at first of light fruit, champagne and coriander. This quickly mixes with a contrast of equal warm alcohol and slightly bitter hops. The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of all the flavors combined. This light bodied, well carbonated is a pleasant experience, though not my favorite Belgian Strong Ale.


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