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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,154 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,154
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 227
Gots: 421 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.5% ABV, Best Before 07 2012. Thanks to my girlfriend for a GOOD bottle of this. I've been trying to review it for damn near a year and have been getting only crap bottles.

A - The pour, unhurried, like they suggest, leaves the beer a crystal clear pale yellow so the drinker can witness the never-ending chimneys of carbonation billowing bubbles upwards. The bleached white head is three fingers tall and filled with dense, creamy bubbles. Solid retention finally gave way to characteristic Belgian lace all over the glass like a beautiful veil.

S - The Belgian yeast creates a strong, perfumy aroma of yeast and mild spices with a touch of citrus in the nose. Saaz hops (I believe) add a little spice as well as giving off a floral scent and making it a nice crisp, clean aroma. Pale malts fall into the background but still have a touch of raw honey sweetness to them. Or perhaps there is a little candi sugar. Lots of nuanced in this intoxicating aroma.

T - Spicy all over the place. Black pepper and a...coriander-like hint coming from either the yeast or the hops. The hops give a delicate dryness to the finish which pairs well with the citrusy zest. The Belgian yeast, without sediment present, still gives a yeast flavor with light esters. Low sweetness poking through. Delicate but very deep.

M - Crisp and abundantly carbonated, it's as sprtizy on the tongue as champagne. The finish has a light dry and citrus kick that gives it a refreshing feel. It feels light bodied.

D - Insanely drinkable for the percent it contains making it a dangerous brew. I could have a few in a row. Fantastic flavor and feel, it is THE perfect example of the style and one of the greatest beers of all time when you don't constantly get skunked or bad bottles. Shoulda' had this at midnight instead of champagne.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 03:33:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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