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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,798 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5798
Reviews: 2552
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%


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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Kuaff

Alaska

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my snifter at cellar temperature.

Duvel has a head is like no other head I've ever seen. It's like the head has a mind of it's own (pun intended), as it forms a four-finger-plus mountain of firm, white foam which rises well over the rim of the glass, yet somehow doesn't overflow. Over the next 10 to 20 minutes, it proceeds to meld into a variety of strange shapes which vary each time I have this beer. Also, clumps of foam stick tenaciously to the top of my snifter long after the main mass has died down. The body is a bright golden straw color that is clear at first, but it gets hazy as one's refills reach deeper toward the bottom of the bottle, which is how your senses will start to feel at that point from the deceptively high alcohol content.

The smell is of sweet white bread, resiny green grapes, and tart granny smith apple. A nice combination.

Tastes yeasty! The fruity tartness from the smell is here too, reminding me a bit of white wine. But this is a beer. The hops make that clear. There are definitely a subtle hops taste and bitterness, though it's a different kind of hoppiness than what an IPA has. I believe these are what people call "noble hops." They are indeed refined, but I prefer to call them "aristocratic hops." No trace of alcohol, by the way.

The carbonation is high, but it's not as carbonated as the humongous head woulda made me think. It feels light, crisp, and sprightly.

Duvel may be standard-setting as a Belgian strong pale ale, but it's also unique. Easily my favorite European beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:49:48 | More by Kuaff
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass and a very light color, nice white head . A very clear beer and a nice belgian. Taste is quite dry but surprisingly refreshing and hides it's 8.5 abv very well. A great beer from Duvel that I will buy again. I am a big IPA drinker and this beer has me considering checking out more belgians for the first time.

Serving type: bottle

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #46 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Well, this one is a classic, probably the benchmark for the Belgian "Golden Ale" style. I think I read somewhere that a lot of the ones that came after -- Lucifer, Delirum Tremens, etc -- riffed off Duvel's name.

This is a favorite beer of mine, as well: I like Belgian Golden Ales and in this case do believe the hype, this is a standout. Although it doesn't taste a hell of a lot like other Belgian Goldens, like La Chouffre's offering, for instance. Duvel is much dryer, with a concentration of yeast and a bit of hops that linger satisfyingly at the finish. I finally, just now, realized what Belgian Goldens taste like -- or at least what Duvel tastes like. It tastes a lot like champagne, it even has a similar mouthfeel, with its pleasant lightness, it's effervescent, and it's long, tart, yeasty farewell on the palate. It doesn't smell like champagne, though, at least to my nose: it smells a little like Mead, with its honey notes sitting on top of a fair amount of yeast and alcohol.

I won't say its the best Golden out there, I haven't tried them all and if anything this is a bit atypical (dry) for the style. But it is a classic, one of those beers every beer drinker should try, whether he likes it or not.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 5,798 ratings.