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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,374 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,374
Reviews: 2,578
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 243
Gots: 512 | 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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agammon

Alabama

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-03-2011 17:30:58 | More by agammon
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Todd

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

Presentation: 33cl custom shorty with a bulbed neck. Best before date: 03/2003. Serve chilled.

Appearance: Cloudy (from escaped yeast) and pale. A grande creamy, chunk head adorns the top and sticks with great stay. The colour and head are perfection incarnate.

Smell: Delicate spice, pepper and clean malt sweetness.

Taste: Smooth and extremely creamy on the palate. A lively carbonation creates a light mouthfeel and crispness. Upfront flavours are bitter and sweet, with a lean on the sweet; distinct fruity malt esters, bold spiciness and rind-like twang that mellows and balances. Finishes slightly grain/dry with some residual spice and dextrin notes.

Notes: Deceivingly seductive and powerful. It lurs you with mesmerizing eye candy, then as the absolute refresher, then whacks the shite out of you with an 8.5% abv club. It's not called the "Devil" for nothing.

One of the best beers on the face of the Earth. Bow down to this god of beers.

12-06-2000 21:21:53 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

330 ml stubby brown bottle with a best before date of 09 2006. Quick tips on how to pour the beer as well as “Bottle Conditioned” on the label.

Appearance: A perfect amount of foamy head from a trained pour into the appropriate Duvel glass, the lace clings to the glass in patchy clumps. The clarity is great as the pouring went well and the yeast stayed in the glass. Very pale in colour, some would confuse this with a lager as far as the light golden hue.

Smell: Hints of apple skin (juicy fruit), clean alcohol and a slight yeast bite in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Clean pale malt flavour throughout. Three big flashes of yeast, hop bitterness and alcohol hit the palate. Big cleansing crispness makes you want an other sip. A tad juicy in the middle, with a big warming alcohol landing middle to end. Mild medicinal phenols peak in the middle and nearly vanish as the alcohol takes over.

Notes: A top shelf brew, this one does it for me and then some. Pretty much sex in a bottle and the devil told me to drink it. Duvel is close to dry champagne but so much more. Between the bitterness and the sheer crispness, this beer is what I expect from the Belgian strong pale ale style.

12-09-2003 03:59:57 | More by Jason
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JLSIV

Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured beautiful slightly hazy straw color with a billowy, long lasting white head. Excellent lacing.
Clove like aroma, with peppery notes, taste is unique to this brand, almost pepper like with a good spice mix, some yeast in background. Mouthfeel is more dry than full, with a light warmth at the finish

Overall, this is worth the price and hype. Truly outstanding in all aspects

08-17-2014 00:59:10 | More by JLSIV
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

What a real nice pour, a straw color with a huge rocky head that sticks very nice to my glass,aroma is spicey and very yeasty.The taste is fruity with definent yeast flavors and some very spicey notes,a truley enjoyable complex beer.A world classic Iam glad I finally got the chance to try this beer.

08-11-2003 21:18:19 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +8%

Golden in colour, large white head. Nicely hopped nose. This beer goes down like a champagne, well carbonated, with a dry finish. A nice balance of hops and an alcohol kick that is hidden in the wonderful mouthfeel of this classic. be careful, this one will sneak up on you!

11-17-2002 08:33:53 | More by Popsinc
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davemarc87

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

04-26-2014 04:03:42 | More by davemarc87
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance – Very light colored (yellow) for a BSPA. The head is monstrous even with a conservative pour. I emptied the bottle in my glass, went upstairs to watch the top half of a Mariner’s inning, came back downstairs, and it was still there.

Smell – A complex aroma. I can pick up some fruit, malt, and yeast. Pleasant.

Taste – The light appearance is deceptive. This is a heavy hitter, and it’s not just malt, yeast, and light fruit. You have to wait for it, but there’s nice spicy bitterness and even some evident hops past the crest of the standard BSPA flavors.

Not to go overboard, but this is a good brew. It is fun and complex. I know that it is sold at thousands of grocery stores around the country and I may sound like a bumpkin for belaboring the point, but The Devil is very interesting indeed. I have often dismissed it myself in the past (thinking of it in the 3.0 or 3.5 area), until I actually sat down and took some time with it for the review.

Mouthfeel – Again, this is right on. Well carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability – The bottle didn’t even make it to the end of the review. So what if half the Bud-drinking losers you know have it in their fridge's – it’s great!

Comments – I really developed an appreciation and respect for this beer after taking my time with it. This is well done.

PS: Large amounts of sediment that I'm not supposed to drink - but I do.

Update: A sampling of this in 2004 shows amazing consistancy. After sporting a gorgeous appearance from several different bottles I’m upping this rating by 0.5.

08-08-2003 00:40:39 | More by RoyalT
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-18-2013 20:43:57 | More by cam477
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Clear, bubbly pilsener color with a nicely laced white head. Very lively mouthfeel. Alcohol is covered fairly well. Rather sweet, peppered, and candied flavor with a spicy hop finish. Smells of bubble gum and candy. Simple and deliciously drinkable. Wonderfully dry, almost brut champagne like..

03-17-2006 20:00:44 | More by DaPeculierDane
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-19-2013 20:17:05 | More by beerhunter13
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-11-2014 02:06:12 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a pale, golden-straw color with a humongous, pillowy white head that lasts for an incredible amount of time and leaves decent lacing. This is truly a great looking beer, and you'll be getting a foam-mustache when you take a sip for almost the entirety of the brew.

The aroma is strong fruity esters, banana, pears, apple skins - crisp and refreshing tone. Light clove spice and bubblegum is present, thanks to the Belgian yeast strain, although it isn't overdone or overpowering. Some light hops on the nose, grassy, dry, musky. I love the clashing between mildly tart and a bit spicy; it works well together and is executed nicely here.

The taste is certainly no slouch - Duvel often gets pegged as one of the quintessential BSPAs, and it's hard to disagree with that upon tasting it. A combination of pears, apple skins, bananas, cloves, gum, yeast, breadiness, and light hops all hit your taste buds at once, in seemingly perfect harmony. The initial sweetness from the malts is never too high, but always inviting as it slowly turns into a light hop bitterness by the end of the sip.

Crisp and light on the mouth feel, high carbonation almost causes the beer to evaporate in your mouth while just the flavors remain intact. Alcohol does nothing more than provide a slight warming background, and even then, it's only really noticeable as the beer warms up - very impressive despite being 8.5% ABV.

Duvel is a great example of the style, and it's certainly the beer you want to start off with when introducing someone new to BSPAs. All around, it contains the flavors you expect from a Belgian ale, but handles them in a nearly perfect way. Don't pass this one up, you'll be sorry you did.

12-20-2012 12:44:20 | More by tectactoe
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ricke

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Serving date: 2009-01-26. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date on label (Best before September 2011). Some brief recommendations on serving temperature and pouring procedure on the label.

Appearance: A very pale golden yellow, basically totally clear as most of the yeast stayed in the bottle. Despite a gentle pour, the white head is enormous and rocky with big bubbles in the foam. Incredible head retention with big chunky lacings on the glass. The production of bubbles in the brew seems endless.

Smell: Lemon, ripe green apples and a distinct yeast aroma.

Taste: More lemon and fruit - mostly apples. Some sweet malts becomes present just for a little while. Then, a more sour fruitiness develops in tandem with some spices just before the finish. Here, a slight perfumy character becomes evident as well. The semi-dry finish is subtle but distinct with a nice mix of gentle bitter hops, more sour notes and a complementary sting from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light body, but the head provides creamy foam to every sip more than halfway through the beer. The seemingly endless carbonation provides pleasant bubbles. All in all, a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This beer is truly well-balanced, but still bold with fantastic flavors. However, I would say that it's in the drinkability department that this one truly excels: it just drinks very very well. Of course, the alcohol will sooner of later take its toll, but it should be noted that it's not before the very end that the taste of alcohol becomes prominent.

01-26-2009 21:18:36 | More by ricke
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Served into an oversized wine glass (boy, I wish I had the proper Duvel tulip...). Love the advice on the label to "pour unhurriedly."

A: Pours a clear gold with a GIANT fluffy head. That's about as big as it gets. Some great, sticky lacing covers the sides of the glass. The tiny carbonation bubbles are racing from the bottom of the glass upward as if to say "I can't wait to get in your mouth!" Don't worry, tiny bubbles, you soon will.

S: Yeasty, fruity freshness with a bit of a peppery spice thrown in there for good measure. Just a great, crisp bouquet. There is some sort of poetic juxtaposition between how crisp and clean the smell is and how clumpy and sticky the head is. I'll let the scholars figure that one out. This is an intriguing beer to be sure. Let's drink some.

T: Wow. That has a lot going on. I can really taste each component ingredient in clear waves. First, the bready yeast takes center stage, followed by the sweet, fruity pale malts, then finished off by the dry, spicy hops. I really appreciate how well-crafted this is.

M: Very enjoyable. A nice, crisp feel that starts medium-robust and bready and ends very dry and clean.

D: Excellent, based on the overall lightness of the mouthfeel, the full flavor, and the clean finish. I could certainly have a couple of these. The abv is sneaky, though. I certainly felt the 8.5% by the end of my tasting.

02-09-2010 01:52:23 | More by TCHopCraver
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-04-2012 02:49:07 | More by Zakk
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

750ml poured into the Duvel glass.

A- Brilliant golden with a thick, rocky white head that lasts well after the beer is gone. Looks as good as this style possibly could.

S- Earthy hay, pear, Czech hops, Belgian yeast esters.

T- A touch of pale malt sweetness up front, fades to pear and tropical fruit about midway, and finishes with a slight alcohol bite and hoppiness. The yeast plays a big roll here.

M- A lot of carbonation but doesn't distract. Tastes even better as it opens up.

D- Not much to dislike with this. Simple ingredients, damn drinkable for the strength, well made.

11-18-2009 00:14:51 | More by brownbeer
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bluesoul

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

A - Mea culpa, being rather new to the field of beer and without all the requisite glassware, this Duvel was poured into a standard 16 oz. pint glass. This, of course, did not work as a full four finger-high head of foam with a look and consistency of white meringue hit the rim before I was even done pouring, so I let it sit for a few minutes and got the other 3 oz. or so in there. It really is a thing of beauty, a nice gold though opaque for me as I found out about the yeast all too late, and superb lacing, leaving bands down the glass.

S - Slightly sweet but with a pretty strong malt note as if to signal you're about to drink a big beer. I don't think I'd have been confident enough in the banana note to mention it without seeing the other citations of it on here so it's here but I wouldn't call it in the forefront. Rather nice.

T - I've gotta say it's slightly tart, and I can't pick much out in particular except the alcohol hitting the back of the throat on the finish, a byproduct of the above-average ABV. It's rather dry, like a champagne almost. Finish is very clean (dry) with no bitterness to speak of, just that slight alcohol tinge that I'd wager you'll notice less and less as you drink it, but if you're used to lower ABVs I'd say it'll be detectable but likely not a show-stopper for you. As soon as it was gone I felt myself wanting one more sip.

M - Carbonation seems just a bit weak to me, maybe just because I'm expecting a ton with this massive head. Body would be fairly full and creamy, partly because you'll likely have quite a bit of foam with every sip. Hits a sweet spot in cellaring temperature, and then seems to get progressively heavier as it warms (or as you imbibe the 8.5% ABV).

D - I have to say, I like this beer quite a bit, but the high ABV will likely knock you on your butt before you can really have a "session" with these. I'm a relative novice to beer and this could well be a "gateway beer" out of macros and into beer nirvana. I will say that I sampled two other beers today and about 2/3 of the way through the Duvel I would say drunk is a pretty appropriate term at the moment.

For those in Louisville or Lexington, Liquor Barn sells these as singles for a dollar, as opposed to the $3 or $4 you'd normally pay or $6 in bars like O'Sheas or Nachtbar. At a buck it's probably one of the best beer values around.

01-18-2009 05:44:17 | More by bluesoul
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weatherdog

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 33cl stubby bottle into a Duvel branded tulip. Bottle has a best before date of 07/2012.

Pours a crystal clear golden straw with a billowing 4 finger white head that filled the rest of the glass. It receded in about a minute to a nice protective layer upon the beer. With each sip new lacing can be seen on the sides of the glass.

Smells almost of a clean crisp lager. I'm just detecting just a little bit of Belgian yeast character.

Taste is near perfection and what I look for in a great pale Belgian. It has this great pilsner malt taste with just a enough floral hops to balance it. The yeast character is complex and so interesting. There is this restrained appleish fruitiness that still lets the malt shine but exhibits its flavors in the background.

The high carbonation fits perfectly and adds to the crispness of the beer. It goes down like water and leaves you wanting more and more.

I'm assuming this is a relatively young Duvel as the best buy date is 2.5 years out and this bottle is from a Christmas gift pack so I'm very interested to see how the flavor profile changes in 1 year, 2 years and maybe even 3 years.

12-25-2009 23:54:08 | More by weatherdog
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

01-05-2013 02:07:14 | More by tbryan5
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-20-2013 00:10:16 | More by TimBeaulieu
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-27-2014 22:25:17 | More by woodchipper
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Shakerman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-10-2012 01:33:28 | More by Shakerman
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dcurrin

Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-17-2011 16:58:54 | More by dcurrin
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Parke

California

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-26-2011 05:33:50 | More by Parke
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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,374 ratings.