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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4386   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
canary dog (748) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Knowing this beer is a sturdy 8.5%, I was utterly surprised to find how "light" the liquid actually was when I poured it into my glass. It looked like a Pilsener. I give it high marks on appearance considering that the head forms a very thick meringue-like head a la Orval. The taste was somewhat thickish but certainly not overbearing for a brew of this potency. It was like a slightly strong Belgian blond ale. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 A nice example of a good Belgian strong ale. One of the first of the style I had, and it still stands up. Good brew. I revisit this one with great regularity; you should too. Onehelluvabeer. Floral aromas in the nose, a slippery paate of yeast, hops, and malt, with a tangy citrus/sour flavor. Restrianing the alcohol is not even attempted in this brew, but it drinks heavier than it is. Original score: 3.5
Tap at , Poperinge, Belgium
Wow. What a difference a continent makes. Fluffy and sweetened pumb bread in the nose with a swirl of raisin, sugar, plumb, dark cherry, and pie crust in the flavor. I talked with the bartender about the striking difference between the Belgium version and the American offering and he summed the discrepencies up with freshness and the water used. "The water here is better for our beer," he said. Whatever it was- the water, the freshness, the tap, the air, the location- it worked. Totally different beer over yonder than here in the States.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (15394) - Snderborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2004
Bottle. Yeasty, peppery aroma. Yellow colour, white semi-stable head with big bubbles. Mouthfeel OK, but it leaves a rubbery feeling on my palate. Aftertaste is quite alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2004
Brilliant citrus-yellow color with huge white foam. Elegant refreshing nose with fait citrus hints and fine hops. Taste is fine and powerfull. Fine hoppy bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Awesome head with a nice cloudy yellow colour. Didnt smell like a belgian, I thought it was kind of grainy. The tatse was good though, something I could make a regular buy. It was sweet with some citrus. Very drinkable with a farily creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2004
Really nice, crackin head. You can taste that it is a strong beer, but it isnt overpowering. Really enjoyed this! :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Hmmm...I hope this isnt a bad bottle, as there was mold on the cap when I opened it. Cloudy yellow pour, gigantic white fluffy head with a LOT of lace. Very active carbonation. Sweet nose, yeasty, some alcohol, and a citrus feel. Flavor is kind of bland, sweet, light rich spice. Medium bubbly feel. Aftertaste is pretty boring and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1966) - Phuket, THAILAND - DEC 6, 2004
Pours a massive fizzy head....excellent lacing once it settles. Golden yellow / dull orange with a little haze. Expressive nose - slightly sweet but toasty - very varietal - you know you are drinking a Belgian. Not quite as good in the mouth..more sweetness (might be alcohol driven) and a little spice and cinnamon. Pretty good but cost a truckload in Oz at $6.50 and the higher end Leffes IMO opinion offer a little more interest at a lower price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2004
This is one of those few beers in the "how in the world did I rate 1000 beers and not yet rate this one" category. Pours a paley clear golden body with a MASSIVE pillowy white head. The sweet belgain ale aroma permeates the room upon pouring. Light spice, yeast, sweet bubblegum, just enough funk. The flavor is medium sweet, medium biter, lotsof yeast. The palate is too fizzy for my tastes. Over-carbonated (the cork shot out the minute I untwisted the cage! For as light as it is it is a remarkable creation. I just need a wee bit les carbonation. Maybe I served it too warm?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 1, 2004
great surprisingly flavourful well known belgum ale. Packd full of flavor, fairl y bitter ale!

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