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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,777 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5777
Reviews: 2550
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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tectactoe

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 12:44:20 | More by tectactoe
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Cloudy pale straw-colored liquid with a light, foamy head that is pretty much massive. The head settles into a plateau with a hole in the middle, like a volcano, making for an interesting look. Steady carbonation is evident.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 5,777 ratings.