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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,259 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,259
Reviews: 2,573
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 235
Gots: 452 | 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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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured appropriately into a standard tulip.

A: A very pale golden hue with some haze provided by the yeast that pours out due to the brew's bottle conditioning. A frothy bleach white head forms as you delicately pour, and it leaves THICK patches of pure white silky lacing down the glass as it deflates to a perfectly creamy cap.

S: Clean, faint aromas reminiscent to an apple and pear orchard on a chilly day. Some alcohol spice seeps through, mixed with some fresh yeast.

T: A bit fruity at first, like the skin of a fresh-picked apple. The yeast floats through to add a bit of earthiness to it. A little bit of bitterness and alcohol spice in the finish does well to balance this one out. Complexity through simplicity. Duvel does a great job of not getting in its own way.

M: A perfect level of carbonation gives the brew a nice bite without getting in the way of the full, juicy body. I can't even begin to explain in full how this brew feels in the mouth... It's hard to wrap my head around how a brew can be as full-bodied as this, but still remain light and airy in the mouth. The 8.5% ABV obviously affects the feel, which can be off-putting for those used to lighter, more sessionable brews, but I find no negative connotations in the texture, regardless.

O: As I've been delving deeper into the world of beer, Belgian Strong Pales have been dropping farther and farther down on my list of preferred styles so, admittedly, I've been slacking on Duvel. As I sit here typing this conclusion, sipping the last few ounces, I'm metaphorically slapping myself in the face for putting this brew off for so long. You know you have something special on your hands when you're utterly dumbfounded by how good a brew is, regardless of the fact that it's a style you're not fond of. Duvel is the top of the line. It is the be-all-end-all Belgian strong pale ale. It is the gold standard in which every BSPA aspires to be. If you're looking for the definitive, look no further. Duvel is here to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 04:17:40 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,259 ratings.