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Formerly brewed at Riva Brouwerij (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Dentergem, Belgium

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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Belgian golden ale. On the nose it is lightly hoppy and yeastily spicy, with faint caramelly malt notes and a touch of citrusy and estery fruit. The head tastes extremely bitter, as is often the case with this style. Surprisingly fruity, but with a strong hoppy bitterness. There is a warming, malty, vanilla quality to it, which develops into an alcohol kick towards the end. Secondary fermentation in the bottle.

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2.3
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Bright yellow, with foamy head and two distinct streams of bubbles rising from the center of the straight-sided pint glass. Nose offered biscuity yeast, cobwebs, alcohol, and a tinny, metallic note that became stronger and more chemical as it warmed. Spritzy and fizzy in the mouth with initial grainy taste, quite rough on the tongue and back of throat. Some thin hop bitterness but only the thinnest hints of sweet malts. Finish is tinny and acidic, slightly bitter and full of harsh alcohol. I don't think this was supposed to be an alternative for the mighty Duvel, just a half-hearted attempt at a unique strong ale. This selection was "the straw that broke the camels back" for the Michael Jackson Real Beer Tour Mail Club. The video and notes of him tasting this, as if it was some rare tasty treat, strips him of much credibility in my eyes. Yes, he is THE beer hunting god, but he never seems to have anything bad to say about anything he drinks. His cup is always half full, but this half cup of Lucifer is headed toward the drain!!!

2.3
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2004
Pale yellow, small white head. Skunk-o-rama aroma, yeasty-hops later when this passed. Flavour is more interesting, some weird spices that don't really work; still lacking. Thin body. Not really great. Bottle.

2.3
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 14, 2004
(750 ml bottle, $7) Right off the bat, I have issues with this beer; The nose smells similar to a mass produced American lager with just a light touch of yeast and wheat aromas; The flavor is very light compared to most Belgian beers, being lightly sweet and mildly bitter with some mild spice and yeast, especially toward the finish; Light golden color and slightly cloudy; The palate is dry, moderately alcoholic, and well carbonated, but also light bodied, which certainly suits the beer; Pours with a huge, bubbly, very white head; Retention is pretty good, lacing is okay; This is one of the lightest Belgian beers I can remember drinking, and certainly not worth $7

2.3
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Awful. terrible bottle of ale. Looks like ginger ale. Very bubble head with zero substance. Flavors are terrible. Dead yeast, rotten grain and rubbing alcohol. Afwul purchase. Drainpour. G-rat

2.3
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
bottle. Aroma is yeasty, bread, and something else!!!which is bizarre for a Belgian strong ale. Alcohol flavor dominates. The odour has ruined it for me. Has a very peculiar grainy/watery taste in the body and finish. Sour taste and unbalanced in my opinion. Not really impressive. Disappointing Belgian Ale

2.3
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle.light amber with a medium head,aroma of lemon and spice,taste is yeasty with some fruit and alcohol.

2.2
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2003
I am not impressed. I look forward to trying anything from Belgium. In this case however my optimism was unfounded. Bitter, sour taste and unbalanced in my opinion. I tend to be a hopp head but even the hopps in this beer was poorly done. Gold color with a large white mostly lasting head. Mod lacing but the flavor aspects did not live up to the visual. Pass on this poor attempt at a belgium

2.2
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
Pale yellow with bathwater head that settles into a thin quiet white foam. Aroma is more winter melon than any scent described in the commercial description. Flavour is lighlty fruity and heavy on the baking soda foaminess without much body to hold it. Perhaps a better summer beer or a poor Duvel clone.

2.2
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours greenish golden yellow with huge soapy white head. The aroma is hay, soap, yeast, and some lemon. The flavor is very lemony and very astringent. There is a ton of yeast twang, too, and some alcohol burn in the finish. The flavor is very aggressive, but not satisfying. I’m not a fan of this one.

2.2
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle. You know, I love Belgians, but this one didn’t fit the bill for me. Light and extremely dry with too many creepy floaters. I don’t mind yeast and some particles, but this was like frog eggs... slimy and disgusting. Nose was yeasty and a bit of hops along with that sweet tangy Belgian smell. Also, their was almost a fusel alcohol flavor and wispiness up into the nose. I wish I liked it, but I think it sucks. Maybe I’ll try another after seeing the rating here... maybe not.


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