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98
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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: 4339   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a substantial foamy head. Sugary alcohol aroma with floral/banana and malty hints. Flavour is very tart with some yeasty presence. Highly carbonated and has a spritly mouthfeel that keeps the tongue tingling. Flavour is exceptionaly well rounded with practically no trace of the high alcohol content.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6379) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml). In an Orval goblet. Poured a slightly hazy, very bubbly yellow-gold, with an excellent foamy, broadly rocky white head, okay lacing. Aroma of bread dough, hops, ash, banana, various fruits, alcohol & sharp sweet malt - quite a bit of spice (coriander). Taste is very restrained - spicy, a stab of sharp, ashy hops, slightly fruit sweet (lemon and other citrus) some evergreen, a tang of yeastiness - and the bubbling keeps on keeping on! Tart and lively mouthfeel, alcohol not really noticeable - a classic belgian strong blond and WHY have I not had it before?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
My standard Belgian strong ale. Wonderful cleanness to this beer. Aroma of malt, with a little spice. Great pour with a cap of dense foam, no alcoholl presence observed. Very smooth and enjoyable!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (265) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 Pours a bright cloudy gold with foamy white head capped with a frothy top. Produced some beautiful thick lacing along the sides of the glass as a drank it. Has a very nice, refreshing flavor, but I was expecting something a bit more complex. A wheat, yeasty flavor dominates with a sweet candy and estery aroma. The alcohol content was surprisingly well hidden. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Very pleasant on a hot day.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bkurtz (1063) - MOROCCO - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle Beautiful head, looks great, good aroma, but I never really liked the taste. Great for its style, but its not my style.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1689) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Smells great. like bananas and such. Lots of head, looks glorious. tastes like a Steel Reserve. Luckily you get drunk from it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Poured from a 750. It is spicy and yeasty, light red apple. Coriander and a light pear. The flavor is apples, pear, spicy coriander and mace, cinnamon. The appearance is pretty basic straw colored but has a nice fluffy white head on it. The palate is quite good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SDalkoholic (2365) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
12 oz bottle black label. Poured a hazy glowing yellow with specks of sediment floating around. Fluffy bone white head that lingers throughout the drink. In the aroma, a faint but present serving of yeast and perhaps apple. I find this Belgian strong ale not to appetizing and that maybe be due to extensive shelf life. What little flavors i do pick up are a small spicey yeast, grain malt, corn, and bitter hop in the finish. Way over rated in my opinion and im glad i bought a twelve ounce instead of the 750ml bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Poured just like the picture with an amazing large head. Lacing all the way down the glass. This was my introduction to Belgian strong ales and I did have to adjust to the strength of the alcohol in the flavor. The taste got smoother and better with every sip. Look forward to trying other Belgian ales.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sten (742) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 First rating wednesday, april 12, 2006 7/4/6/4/16 total 3.7 One of the best Belgian strong ales. A bitter beer with a very rich head, even the foam tastes good. A real good beer. (Bottle 33cl, Bottle 75cl) Rerate: About time to rerate this one. I still remember buying this stuff regularly as a minor. Starting of with duvel and ending the night on lager. But from a moment Ive got interested in bitter beers and this one wasnt doing it for me anymore. So 3,5 years later after losing interest it was time for a rerate. Very yeasty aroma, I would call it more nostalgic than aroma. Spicy flavour, but very little body. When you drink it cold enough its refreshing. But dont let it warm up, when the flavour gets through it becomes much worse. But cold its not good but not bad either. Ive rated a cold one. (Bottle 33cl)


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