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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,801 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5801
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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ocmpoma

California

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out into my Duvel tulip (of course!) a hazy gold with a huge, fluffy white top that did fade out eventually but could be summoned back with a swishy-swish or two. Great lacing; one of the most appealing brews visually, especially when poured into its own glassware.

The nose on a Duvel is fantastic: sweet malt, pine, and fruit up front with a back end of honey and bit of mustiness. It's a gorgeous, very bright and crisp nose. And the taste is just as solid -- the benchmark Belgian pale, all birght citrus up front with strong hints of pine and spices on the end; a very very clean, smooth, and bright taste that manages to be light and strong at the same time.

8.5 alcohol, but you wouldn't know it -- the mouthfeel is a bit thin and too bubbly for me, but it makes the brew easier to drink. Awesome drinkability and overall an outstanding, world-class beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 02:10:50 | More by ocmpoma
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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eepound2

Georgia

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

04-20-2014 01:38:04 | More by eepound2
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04-19-2014 23:08:14 | More by Jacobus79
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 19:47:19 | More by dougbassett
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Pennsylvania

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 5,801 ratings.