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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,160 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,160
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 227
Gots: 423 | 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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Groomsy

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

This renowned ale pours a dark, clear golden color and is topped by a head of two fingers, consisting of bright white foam that leaves walls of lacing all over the glass. Carbonation jets from the bottom of the glass, and the beer stays lively through all the drinking. Excellent looking stuff.

Duvel's nose is somewhat faint, but what's there is excellent. Compared to the only other Belgian strong pale I've had (Delirium Tremens), I would say this lies more on the spicy/alcoholic end. There's some grainy/biscuity maltiness in there too, but predominantly, I get spices and some alcohol with some fruity esters (apple and clove?) in the background. Subtle, but incredibly enticing.

Oh sweet Moses, the taste on this bad boy. With a somewhat aggressive spicy/herbal note from the hops, this beer asserts itself on the palate at first, only to smooth out with bready malt and some slightly fruity yeast on the finish. Some characteristics of green apple and clove come to mind, specifically. Some alcohol bite comes in the finish, but it's well-disguised by the other taste characteristics. This is a very refreshing drink, surprisingly so for the ABV, but it is robust enough to be qualified as a sipper.

Duvel's mouthfeel is what makes is somewhat... dangerous. This does NOT drink like a beer at 8.5% ABV. Its crisp body and aggressive carbonation remind one more of a pilsner rather than a strong ale. The dry finish also has a tendency to make you want another drink, but be wary - drink this one slowly to savor it.

There's not much for me to say that hasn't been said. Duvel is a great beer and is worth checking out, even moreso since it's widely available. Best enjoyed with contemplating the deeper things of life, such as R.W. Emerson's essay, "The American Scholar" (my personal choice). Absolutely a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:25:41 | More by Groomsy
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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,160 ratings.