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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: 4180   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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3.1
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2006
Thin and yeasty (almost medicinal), a bit of malt. Poured a pale yellow with an excellent head which lasted right through to the end with nice lace. Almost a wheaty flavour, light malting for sure. Some hops (Saaz, Tettnanger?), slight citrus taste. Wonderfully creamy body, a bit thin at the end but a great aftertaste. Good carbonation. A nice beer, but not my first choice. Extremely drinkable, but Chimay Blanche a much better light Belgian.

3.8
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2006
A nice, easy and pale strong ale with a candied fruit aroma, a crisp palate and clean finish. The color is blonde and the head is pronounced, frothy and persistent. The flavor holds tart apples above light candied sugar and subtle yeastiness. Overall, a very nice balance of subtle characters. This is certainly a beer to be paired with fine dining or a quick nibbling of cheese.

2.9
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Great texture I must say, but as others have stated, I think the head just doesn’t cease to exist. The taste is very smooth and creamy. The color is nice and gold. A very great tasting beer, just take half of the head away and we are good to go! Very good with a nice piece of fish I might add.

3.5
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 Highly bubbly...take caution. white head that doesn’t end...gets creamy with time. Clear, yellow, lots of bubbles, smells a bit funky like pilsners do, tastes nice. Not as bitter as I expected from the smell. A bit of fruitiness to it, banana in the finish, which I love. I like the glass better than the beer...too much alcohol / yeast. but GOOD. EDIT:: on returning to this a second time, I enjoyed it much more. Soft, beautiful golden ale with sweet refreshingness (notaword). I LOVED IT.

4.1
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 750 ml bottle served ina Duvel glass. I’ve 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. Don’t let the broad availability slow you down, this classic is a crowd pleaser for both the educated and novice palate.

2.8
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 I’ll shell out the bucks for it again. Glad I tried it.

3.6
bp (929) - 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. I’d certainly rather drink this than any US macro.

3.9
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
larsga (7602) - 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 that’s 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 doesn’t really taste that much. (0.33l bottle.)

4
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 doesn’t detract from how good it is.


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