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


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RATINGS: 4384   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3052) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2004 Interesting how everyone perceives the flavor a little differently. I got a taste of bitter orange in my glass. Belgian style sugar does not interfere with the taste, and there is a nice hoppy nose, too. That and a head that can rise above the edge of the glass like a meringue!

Additional note: Aug. 04: That last bottle from my stash had a much more sour note than I'd noticed before. Of course that's acceptable in a Belgian, though maybe less in a Belgian strong ale. This bottle was also over a year older than my first taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meccahh69lol (45) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2017
Yum! Pours a bright cloudy yellow with a thick frothy head and some bubbles. It said to "pour unhurriedly" but I was thirsty and wanted some Duvel in my mouth! A slightly sour aroma, but a smooth and complex taste. Perfect for listening to ABBA and playing video games. Singles were only $3 at the local store-- much cheaper than other Belgians weve tried. A mandatory stop on every nerds journey (beer nerds especially but all nerds welcome).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
antsaluga (17) - Krakw, POLAND - FEB 22, 2017
Nalewa się bardzo jasne, wręcz słomkowe, wysycenie bardzo duże, co przekłada się na kosmiczną ilość piany, ktra niesetety jest brzydka - gubopęcherzykowa, aczkolwiek trwała. Piwo aż musuje od ilości CO2. Zapach nie powala - belgijskie drożdze, lekkie owoce i przyprawy, do tego przyjemna, kwiatowa nuta. W smaku praktycznie to samo. Lekka chmielowość i umiakowana goryczka, niestety dość wyczuwalny alkohol. Lekko kwaskowate. Nasycenie aż szczypie w język.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidf93 (21) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 20, 2017
Yellow cloudy appearance with frothy head. Smells of yeast strains together with negligible alcohol undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaskSensei35 (1) - - FEB 20, 2017 does not count
Yellow colour with cloudy appearance and frothy head. Nice smells of yeast strains.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Oracolo78 (35) - - FEB 19, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2017 Birra color oro. Leggermente opaca a causa della rifermentazione in bottiglia. Frizzantezza moderata con un bel cappello di schiuma fine. All? olfatto si sente la luppolatura, fresca con note di agrumi. Al palato abbadtanza corposa, fresva, note di miele, mela e frutti a polpa gialla. Alla fine amara grazie ai luppoli boemi che la rendono molto piacevole. Una grande birra soprattutto da sorseggiare con un aperitivo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DraftDoctor37 (12) - - FEB 19, 2017
How the hell is this 8.5 percent? Had this on a trip to Belgium, a gorgeous light beer with a huge hidden kick.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mviljamaa (24) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - FEB 16, 2017
Pours with a bubbly and light white foam. Colour is nice slightly cloudy light gold. Aroma is fresh, elegant and sweet and has banana, orange, bubblegum and ocean. Palate is soda like with slight oiliness and very fine-bubbled carbonation. Taste has orange and some kind of exotic fruit (pineapple?), red Hubbabubba bubblegum as well. Almost no bitterness, nor noticeable hoppiness. Very light, but tasty. Very refreshing. Its an okay beer in its category, but does not become personal favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
m.mahu (162) - Iasi, ROMANIA - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours clear, vivid golden with lots of white, bubbly foam. Yeasty, with sweet caramel, citrus peel, fresh herbs and spices. High carbonation. Good bitterness. There is sour notes in the taste, but only to complemet the rest. Highly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
samjdix (42) - - FEB 13, 2017
Headache fodder albeit a beer that is less intimidating the more you try it. I remember having it on tap in Belgium around 15 years ago but recall nothing but the strength and the hangover. Bottled version is great. Boozy smell, cloudy look with massive head, lovely fruity bitter taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IOzh (156) - Kyiv, UKRAINE - FEB 11, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours clear golden with large white head. Aroma of malts, yeasts, bananas, spices. Medium body with lively carbonation. Light bitter, light sweet and sour. Ok, but there are much better belgian ales.

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