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


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RATINGS: 4399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2005
This beer just didnt get it done for me. There is basically no aroma - no off smells, but nothing particularly interesting either. Bit of dry malt and very light horseblanket. Visually - think Budweiser with a better head (although my son, whose favorite color is gold, found it more visually appealing than me). Just about the only real defining character points are the carbonation and strong alcoholic flavors, which I found offputting in this beer. It just doesnt have the flavor richness, palate or overall character to pull off the high alcohol content. For the price, I would not buy this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Deep golden blond beer, huge white foam. Fresh citrus aroma, dry malty accents, fine hoopyness. Beer is very lively and the taste is full boddied and dry with a fine hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Hints of fruit, citrus comes to mind. Big ol white head, served in a glass is excellent. Nice golden color, a deep gold. It comes corked, giving you a special little feeling when you open it. You kinda want to shake it around and pour it on people when you open it. But its $8 so you dont. An overall good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tommylove (2) - USA - OCT 14, 2005 does not count
Okay, this beer is a little over-rated. It has a great flavour and typical Belgian greatness, but I feel that the taste has been somewhat sacrificed for the overwhealming strength. Some beers can manage the 8% plus alcohol content without tasting too harsh, but this isnt one of them. Its a strong beer and tastes like it. Enjoyable for one, but too much after a couple.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Nice pour from a bottle with a generous, lasting head with lacing and a yellow-gold color. Sweet licorice, vanilla and dates in the aroma. Flavor is fruit and spice and everything nice. Nice dry cleansing finish. Another great Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - OCT 12, 2005
Excelent beer. Well balanced, with fruit and herbs present throughout. Really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Pours golden with a large white head. Smell is floral with fruity notes. Taste is crisp and refreshing with smooth hoppy undertones and a hint of green apple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iammadeofjelly (194) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2005
Oh thats good, nice colour, nice taste, nice after effect, very quaffable. Id recommend this to anyone, but watch your legs if youre sitting down to drink it, theyll wobble.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2005
bottle-This beer poured out a cloudy yet golden color,with a nice head.The aroma was sweet and the taste was fruity with hints of banana and vanilla.This is a truely great Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1628) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle. Best before: November 2007. A slightly hazy pale-gold pour with a HUGE fluffy white head. Chunky lace all the way down my Duvel glass. The yeasty aroma is quite fruity and spicy. Thin body. No surprises taste-wise. Sweet and fruity with spices throughout. Bready with hints of banana and vanilla. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Solid beer.

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