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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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3.7
Newbie (25) - Denver, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Great color, aroma and taste for this style of beer. Has a nice white head. This is a classic beer.

3.4
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Thanks to stegosaurus for this one. I got a nice bottle with a duvels glass. Pours a thick white strong head. Does not taste as stong as you would think with a 8% alc rating. Belgian yeast is apparent right away. Smooth on the palate. I do not like belgians but this was good.

3.9
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2006
Thick Golden head, fantastic aromas of allspice, fresh ground pepper, citrus... It has that typical belgian taste but made with the finest hops and yeast... Very complexe flavors... very good belgian!

3.7
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Pale gold with very large, white foamy head. Constant head floating on top with fair lacing. Aroma of sweetness, yeast, hop, fruit. Flavors of peaches, grass clippings, orange, and slight bitterness. Finished with a slight alcohol tinge. Very tasty.

4
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2006
bottle - Pours golden with a thick head. The aroma is of yeast and citrus with mild floral notes. The flavor is sweet with good citrus notes and a hint of spice. It’s bubbly on the palate with a medium body and enough alcohol to be warming, though it’s masked. The ending is dry and lingers. It’s easy to find and still a very good beer.

4.3
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2006
bottle. straw/golden pour with many rising bubbles. nice clarity. very thick creamy head. Aroma of banana, pear, yeast, apple, pepper, floral hops and perfume. very lively palate of fruit. I pick up pear and apple which creates a fuzzy mouth. yeast and spice round the mouth. alocohol warming. finish is still lively as it fades into a dry ending. Very impressive brew!

3.9
Tranquillity (2461) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2006
Looks a bit foggy, good tight head, pale golden colour. Extremely strong aroma. It tastes like white wine, with lilies, some yeast. Or like they say in ’Friends’: Perfection. Wine flavour, bitterness of berries and light malty taste, nuts. Gooseberries. Extremely complex. Sparkling and foamy in the mouth. Long finish, subtle bitterness in the end. I hope my mum counts as one of the "discerning friends or good-looking strangers" in the commercial description.

4.2
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Mountains of white head on a yellowy, slighty hazy pour. Spiced banana bread aroma. Earthy warmth flavors, soft and clean. Lots of fruity esters, but in way that seems a bit lower frequency than usual. Like plums, but with the turntable slowed down. Dry finish that evaporates with a dramatic "poof". A beautiful beer that seems to have all it’s parts working in harmony, and is restrained enough to allow the incredible yeast complexities to really shine.

4.1
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - SEP 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 The was the first Belgian I remember trying. Fantastic stuff. Pours excitedly with golden amber hue. Beautifully persistent head which looks like whipped egg whites at soft peak. Leaves considerable lacing. Aroma is orange and playdoh(!) which i’d imagine comes from the yeast. Great mouthfeel - almost perfect. Flavour is complex. Citrus which gives way to lasting almost astringent spiciness and tons of alcohol warmth. One of my favourite widely available belgians.

4.3
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Huge rocky fluffy white head. When it eventually subsides to a thick layer, leaves good lace. Smells yeasty, spicy. Little if any hop flavor or aroma. Finishes dry, leaving a tangy spicy aftertaste, even a little lemony sourness. Highly carbonated lends a co2 bite.


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