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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,799 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5799
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.

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soultrain

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured lovingly into a Duvel Tulip.

A-The Perfect head: the most magnificent head in beerdom. If it was possible, i'd give appearance a 10, as this beer is one of the finest visions in the world to behold. The most fun beer to watch, ever. I've been hip-mo-tized.
S-Heaven smells like Duvel, Duvel smells like heaven.
T-Citruc twang, fruity and hoppy with an ever so slight alcohol zip, then dry finish: deliciousness! Refreshing! Can I have another?
M-Once the massive head had settles down, drinks like a pilsner or something, but more warming, of course. Light/medium mouthfeel.
D-Supreme drinkability. I was gonna dock it 1/2 point for the alcohol level, but nah, but this beer really is perfect. Pure delight.

CRUX: SIMPLY A MASTERPIECE.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 21:47:29 | More by soultrain
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz' er into a Duvel tulip glass. First, let me say that this left the most amazing head and lacing that I have ever seen - simply amazing !! The foamy creamy white head was two fingers deep and, it never receded, it was two fingers all the way down. It left the thickest lacing I've ever seen, all the way from the top to the bottom. The color was a clear medium yellow gold, like a lager.

Aroma - fruity and estery, slightly spicy, and sweet, bready pale malt.

Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Fruity esters, slightly sweet bready pale malts, and all balanced with subtle spiciness from both the laid back hop profile and the yeast, and even possibly, the high abv. The alcohol in this was totally not detectable in the taste, except, as noted to lend a subtle spice note, and this, to me is excellence in brewing a high abv brew. All the components are harmoniously balanced, and they finished together in a clean, crisp, refreshing way. I completely savored every sip.

Mouthfeel - a delicious fullness, with moderate cabonation. Clean finish. Ever so slight hop slickness.

Drinkability - this goes down so very easy and is completely satifying that you have to have the next one one. The high abv is totally not evident from the taste, and only after you've had a few does that fact sink in. Still, if you don't have to drive, or be to work in the morning.. well, try not to get carried away, the hangover's a b&%#$ if you do. This is excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 20:31:14 | More by ultralarry2006
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sewald

Brazil

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If only I could buy this beer often. Simply put, one of the best beers I've ever had, if not the one. Citrus aromas, with a complex sweet and citrus taste. Carbonation and alcohol mouthfeel, a very heavy beer (which is what one should expect when drinking a strong pale ale, right). I could drink this forever...

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 00:56:00 | More by sewald
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TheDragonTony

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml Bottle says it is best before January 2010. Opening the bottle I could feel the pressure release and even with a gentle pour I got 3/4 of a glass full of head, cloudy white head that would be absolutely wonderful if it wasn't dominating my glass completely.

Appearance: Wonderfully golden and clear with exceptional carbonation bubbles flowing freely up my glass, and the aforementioned beautiful white head.

Smell: Yeast and some hops are present, but mostly I smell apples and pears.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and very creamy. The active carbonation makes this ambrosia quite crisp as well. Hop bitterness up front, very fruity in the middle with spicy malt and esters as well. Finishes with a nice dry note.

Note: This is easily one of the best beers that I've ever had. Beyond that if the name (Devil) is anything to go by it is a compelling reason for me to sin more. Hmm... maybe I will take the label's advice and try to drink the rest of this four pack with "good-looking strangers."

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 03:37:21 | More by TheDragonTony
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Maracuja

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured perfectly clear until the end of the bottle when the yeast was roused. A perfect decant was not possible as the head was literally rising out of the glass! Hazy yellow-gold body with an orange-cast topped by a dense, rocky bright-white head that holds extremely well - buoyed by a tight-beaded effervescent carbonation - and leaves some exceptional
lace. Aroma is quite fragrant: fruity, yeasty, candy sweet and malty, lightly peppery with a touch of spicy hops. The body is light/medium with an extremely fine and highly effervescent carbonation that is pillowy soft and velvety smooth in the mouth.
The flavor is surprisingly full and rich, starting with a candyish malty sweetness, becoming dryish in the middle with some earthy and lightly spicy hop flavors, and finishing long and malty with some more distinct Saaz notes and touches of bitterness. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Impressively balanced with a fresh hop presence and bitterness that dances amongst such sweet malt character. Amazing. As Michael Jackson notes, Duvel is equally impressive served chilled, or as it warms toward cellar temperature. This makes it quite drinkable, and enjoyable, as a glass can be savored over a period of time. One of my favorite beers in the world, and absolutely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 19:55:25 | More by Maracuja
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tlinner

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite beer of all time. There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said about Duvel (it's complex fruity taste, accompanying hoppiness and perfect mouthfeel are legendary) so I'll just reinorce the mass consensus that this is a brew that must be in one's repertoire if one is to consider themselves a beer lover. It's remarkably drinkable for a 9% ABV, so watch out not to treat it lightly; and with its distinctive taste and massive head it really separates itself from the pack. There's no doubt in my mind that Duvel is the greatest-tasting readily available beer on the planet, and if you've never had one, you're in for a treat. There's no greater pleasure for me than when I go to the local English Pub with a friend and introduce them to Duvel.

p.s. A word of advice: pour with the utmost care and only ever in a proper Duvel tulip glass, otherwise you'll literally be overwhelmed by the head.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 04:49:49 | More by tlinner
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SeaBiscuiT

Vermont

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever tried in my entire life.
I first tried it about 9 years ago on an Irish Pub in Buenos Aires. I instantly fell in love. I friend of mine told me, one of his friends was always reluctant to try this beer, every time his uncle was offering him one. He uncle always said to him "You have to try a Duvel, you have to try a Duvel", and this guys was always negative about giving Duvel a try. So finally at a wedding, his uncle brought one for him to his table and he said "Here you go, now try it". And this guys said to my friend, that that was a magical moment in his life. The moment he tried it, everything around him changed to a better color almost with a background magical music like the ones you see on fantasy movies. That was life changing for him, and since that day; Duvel became his favorite beer.

When my friend told me that story, I remember that that was pretty much how I felt about 9 years ago at that Irish pub in Buenos Aires.

Since then, Duvel became 'my beer' and I wasn't able to find another beer that taste as good as Duvel. I tried many beers, including Trappist Westvleteren 12, which is ranked #1 here in BA.
I like many other ones, and even though I can say La Fin Du Monde is my #2 favorite beer on earth, no other beer came even close to my mouth's soul as Duvel.

The only not positive think I can say about the bottle of Duvel (1 Pint 9.4 fl. oz. / 750 ml) is: it has too much foam when you first open it and you first serve it. You have to wait to your second glass until the foam 'calmed'.

A total pleasure to me is a cold Duvel with salty peanuts. Highly recommended.

Appearance: handsome label
Smell: like an expensive perfume without being perfume
Taste: like Duvel. No other way to describe it. It's unique.
Drinkability: Drink with a lot of respect.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 03:16:16 | More by SeaBiscuiT
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hustlesworth

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"pour unhurriedly"

it's been a long time comin.

A- most ridiculously excellent looking snow-white head forms with no effort at all. it's light, airy, and nerf-like and it rises out of the tulip glass and blooms into the shape of a fully blossomed rose. and that's only half the bottle. how can this beautiful thing be the devil? the pour with this beer is a process, and i respect that greatly. this head morphs in a psychedelic fashion into something that resembles the matterhorn, or the K-13 in asspen (for any south park fans) and as the foam sets, it becomes rigid and resilient and rubbery to the touch and leaves groovy geometric fractal patters of lace. body is a pale golden and clear initially, with many streams of tiny champagne bubbles replenishing what the laws of physics take away, then by the end of the bottle we have a beautiful hazy banana peel yellow, still with rising bubblies.

* a dented ping-pong ball size clump of lace is still clinging to the inside of my glass about 1/2in down from the lip...and i finished the beer 1/2 hour ago. i took digital photos, i wish i could post them somehow. i'd give duvel a 5.5 if it was possible.

S- sour belgian yeast and tart citrus, lemony candy, sour apple, pear, sour cherry candy, all in all a very aromatic citric acid. wildflowers, gardenia, and a tropical beach come to mind when taking in the spicy floral hops. pale malt and raw barley also, it is my understanding that the malt is steamed to retain the beer's pale golden color. white wine (reisling, spatlese), oranges and the smallest hint of clove become apparent as the devil warms.

T- ahh where to begin...bubblegum/banana and white pepper spiciness, alcohol hides well but can't escape my olfactory sensors! i know you're there. fine champagne, candied citrus, again almost unnoticeable clove, maybe some mace or nutmeg flavors as well, i'm not sure about anything right now. very belgian, very unique yeast taste is pungent but cleaner in the smell taste and feel than others such as orval. green apple, unripe pear, white grape, all sitting on a very pale, very light malt background. delicious. mildly bitter grassy floral hop finish fades away like a lucid dream.

MF- light, crisp, refreshing feels so much like a pils but most def is not! damn! ranges from tart and puckering to powdery to prickly, to juicy, transitioning flawlessly into an ultra clean finish. finnish! hah! it's beyond my conception at this time how a beer so light can be packed with so much flavor and alcohol.

D- i need to go get a snack and lay down. and then have another devil. i might have to edit this tomorrow with a fresh review. unless all 5's really is possible...it can't be.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 06:46:04 | More by hustlesworth
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rodcom

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer in the whole world! From the minute you open it you know it is different - huge carbonation (if you are not careful it will explode when you open it). You then have to carefully pour it into a glass or it will overhead and spill out the top. You then look at it and it will be a golden color bubbling up much like champagne.

Then the real fun comes with the taste. It is a perfect tasting beer with a bit of citrus flavor and goes down so smooth. Just remember with the large head you will get a beer mustache!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 19:01:03 | More by rodcom
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of the bottle with a tremendous creamy head. Fantastic retention of the thick cap; clumps of it stick to the glass. Hazy pale straw gold. Aromas of light yeast, green apples, assorted spices. Very, very drinkable and the 8.5% is almost impossible to taste. Medium/high carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing. Clean and crisp, slightly bitter and lacking the in-your-face sweetness of other high ALC% beers. Some fruity malt esters in the middle. Great balance. Amazingly quaffable for as potent as it is. Each sip makes you want another. Complex yet a beer I would recommend to any beer drinker. Stunning. This is deserving of its reputation of being one of the worlds best. I have to say, It lacks nothing and has everything. One of the best beers I have ever had if not the.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 15:35:26 | More by thekevlarkid
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prsguitarsr4me

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. What a fantastic beer. Poured into a North Coast snifter. Its a clear as day gold with a frothy white head. The aroma is subtle but sweet - not too revealing. It is still mysterious at this point. The taste is just awesome - clear, fresh, refined - it goes down like love in a glass. Nice carbonation, too. Totally drinkable - tastes like heaven and the alcohol is masked remarkably well. This may be my favorite lighter beer (I'm usually a fan of imperial stouts and IPAs). I'm about to drink a Chimay after this one to compare. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 19:47:46 | More by prsguitarsr4me
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cdizinno

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml stubby brown bottle with a best before date. Quick tips on how to pour the beer as well as "Bottle Conditioned" on the label.
Appearance: golden yellow with a firm white head.
Smell: strong spiciness with a fruity aroma
Taste&mouthfeel: medium bodied crispness with a slightly sweet taste. Very dry.
I have to give this "5's" accross the board. I had my 2nd one today(one per day that is). Fruity smell, great appearance, tastes excellent all around. Less expensive at the national chain "Total Wine & More" compared to a local discount store. Go figure. $12.99/4 pk. Drinking from a Duvel glass ($14.99/4pk and glass!) Let me know if you find it cheaper elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 22:51:23 | More by cdizinno
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in the official Duvel glass that I have just recently aquired....BALLIN'!

A: beautiful, golden color. huge marshmallow-ish head. leaves beautiful lacing

S: Exceptionally clean pilsner malts. you can smell the freshness with every bottle. nothing too complex. I'm not even gonna try to say it smells like freaky deaky shit.

T: sweet, sugary, pilsner-like tastes. slight yeast taste

M: perfect carbonation. doesn't leave mouth feeling too tingly, nor does it feel flat.

Overall, my favorite beer. It's one of those things that hasn't seem to got old yet. I went through alot to get my favorite beer stop to order it. It's one of those rarities you can't expect to find around here.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 07:25:46 | More by OlRasputin989
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Frosty80

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: poured out the yeast (ill try again without it). perfect cloudy, pure gold. two-finger head with constant replenishment

Smell: crisp, yeasty, slightly malty. typical belgian spices.

Taste: very crisp, citrusy (somewhat tart), yeasty and alcoholic combo. very clean finish with only a hint of malt and yeast and just a tich of bitterness

Mouthfeel: very sparkly. very light, crisp and smooth. high carbonation

Notes: what a gorgeous beer! totally lives up to its reputation. extremely easy drinking, despite the carbonation. delicious fruitiness. totally disappears from your mouth once you swallow. i know i gave it all 5's, but i just didnt know where to compromise, and this is a perfect example of what a strong golden should be

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 05:37:19 | More by Frosty80
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greg202stewart

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are not enough good things to say about this beer. It is my favorite Belgian Ale, Trappist excluded. I have to pour it very slowly because the head of this beer can get out of control quick. A full galss of Duvel is certainly one of the best sites to see, and has become the standard of how a Belgian ale should look, with it large flavorful head. The smell is very spicy. The taste is very crisp with a slight bite to it. This is a great beer to drink with dinner, especially my favorite, the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at The Abbey in Providence.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 13:27:38 | More by greg202stewart
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smanders

Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from the tap at Pub Concorde in Caen, France.

Appearance - Sediment-filled glass with cotton candy-like head.

Smell - Unbelievable. Fruit, spice, a little sugar.

Taste - Bubbles of sugar and spiciness all at the same time. Notes of fruit and grain. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel - almost creamy.

Drinkability - It's not one of the best beers on the planet for nothing. If you think you know a lot about beer but haven't had Duvel, stop and enjoy a pint right now. Your education (and enjoyment) level will increase to the nth degree.

In case you're wondering, it's still phenomenal from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 20:30:47 | More by smanders
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david18

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The absolute best beer in the world as far as i'm concerned. I stated with the ipas, strong/old ales and then the double ipas. Then i started drinking the classic belgiums; singles, doubles, triples and quadruples. And this one was often overlooked. But now it's my by-far favorite. Taste, ballance, hops, bitterness, mouthfeel. There is nothing about this beer that's bad.

I opened a 750 ml bottle of this the other day and forgot about it in my fridge. I used poured it into a glass and it's still fully carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 20:59:57 | More by david18
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surlyseth

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my all-time favorite bottled beer.
Supple, complex, fruity, clean,crisp. All of the adjectives you'd want in a beer. I think there's a high degree of difficulty with this style and really, this is the only beer that really nails it for me.

A: The kind of head you want to take pictures of. Billowy and cumulus. I think I saw a sculpture of Jesus in one once.
S: Fruit and spice and all things nice.
T&M: Heavenly. I like to let the carbonation mellow a bit.
D: It demands respect. Savory!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 19:19:46 | More by surlyseth
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taigor

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 75 cl.

A: Pours an opaque, light golden color with about a finger of head. Good retention.

S: Smells of citrus malts, green apples, spice fresh sweet grains and tart yeasts.

T: T: Lots of carbonation gives way to a very sweet, citrus flavor/oranges.

M: Full and fluffy mouthfeel. Finish is a little dry.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - the carbonation and sweetness balance out quite well.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 13:41:43 | More by taigor
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WCBCFrank

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Duvel (DOO-VIL, not pronounced DU-VELL) pours golden with a huge fluffy white head. Duvel is basically a super-pilsner with plenty of yeast and snap in every sip. Very drinkable and very powerful - two of these in a half hour might put you in the spins.

Some notes of apple, great lacing in the goblet and good carbonation throughout. A champion beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 15:57:15 | More by WCBCFrank
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irishking1977

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've have Duvel many times, both in bottle and draft form. Never had an opportunity to review it because I was too busy in beer ecstasy.

A: The most magnificent looking beer I have seen thus far. Somewhat cloudy liquid gold, with a massive white crown. Duvel's head is one of the many things that separates it from other Belgian pale ales. I always wondered how this is.

S: Clean scent of pears, citrus and yeast. Just by the smell and appearance, one can tell this is a well made brew.

T: A spritzy, effervescent cavalcade of citrus and pear with a dry and clean finish. Exceptional!

M: Highly carbonated while well balanced with a moderately creamy mouthfeel. Words escape me. Fantastic.

D: Not a session beer by any means, this is a liquid that is meant to be savored. When Plato said, "He was a wise man who invented beer," I think he was referring to Duvel.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 07:14:56 | More by irishking1977
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MOB210SA

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice strong POP from the cork on this one. After having this glass for so long, finally poured into my Duvel glass.

Poured "unhurriedly" (and to not disturb the settlement until the end) amazing fluffy 2 fingers of pearl white luscious head. Maintains and hardly receeds, thick heavy blanket on top. A large amount of bubbles showering from the bottom of the glass. Does amazingly look light golden yellow "pilsner" like in color- but the color doesnt take away from the ale at all. Huge beautiful sticky lacing that clings and is pretty damn impressive. This beer just looks Alive and couldnt possibly look any better.

I great subtle dark fruitness with a nice amount spices to it that doesnt overwhelm. Smell really is balance nice. Can smell a sweet maltiness. Great fragrance to it, kind of stimulating to the senses. Smell just a beautiful bouquet of all the ingredients within.

The taste goes hand in hand with the smell and is just absolute liquid perfection. Was this brewed on Mt. Olympus? haha

The mouthfeel is perfect. Almost a champagne like bubbliness. Very highly carbonated and bubbles and tingles on the tongue in a great way. An awesome lingering on the tastebuds thereafter. Leaving you wanting more. Smooth and very enjoyable.

When you rate a beer you are comparing this offering to the actual specific style and your own personal taste. I think Duvel couldnt look, smell, taste, or possibly be any better. I would take this over a Delirium any day and this beer is a masterpiece in itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 01:37:38 | More by MOB210SA
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.5% ABV, Best Before 07 2012. Thanks to my girlfriend for a GOOD bottle of this. I've been trying to review it for damn near a year and have been getting only crap bottles.

A - The pour, unhurried, like they suggest, leaves the beer a crystal clear pale yellow so the drinker can witness the never-ending chimneys of carbonation billowing bubbles upwards. The bleached white head is three fingers tall and filled with dense, creamy bubbles. Solid retention finally gave way to characteristic Belgian lace all over the glass like a beautiful veil.

S - The Belgian yeast creates a strong, perfumy aroma of yeast and mild spices with a touch of citrus in the nose. Saaz hops (I believe) add a little spice as well as giving off a floral scent and making it a nice crisp, clean aroma. Pale malts fall into the background but still have a touch of raw honey sweetness to them. Or perhaps there is a little candi sugar. Lots of nuanced in this intoxicating aroma.

T - Spicy all over the place. Black pepper and a...coriander-like hint coming from either the yeast or the hops. The hops give a delicate dryness to the finish which pairs well with the citrusy zest. The Belgian yeast, without sediment present, still gives a yeast flavor with light esters. Low sweetness poking through. Delicate but very deep.

M - Crisp and abundantly carbonated, it's as sprtizy on the tongue as champagne. The finish has a light dry and citrus kick that gives it a refreshing feel. It feels light bodied.

D - Insanely drinkable for the percent it contains making it a dangerous brew. I could have a few in a row. Fantastic flavor and feel, it is THE perfect example of the style and one of the greatest beers of all time when you don't constantly get skunked or bad bottles. Shoulda' had this at midnight instead of champagne.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 03:33:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jesey

Taiwan

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. A truely great Belgium because it is not overly sweet like a lot of Belgiums are. It's balanced with nice grassy hops which produced a creamy mouthful and a dry finish. People who love the hoppy American ales but are turned off by the spicy, sugery Belgium ales will most likely find this truely enjoyable.

* Note if this beer is properly prepared, its color is very clear and not murky. You should have no problem seeing through your glass. So, let it sit for at least 3 days before drinking, and don't pour the yeast into your glass unless you know you like it. It makes a big difference on taste--much drier and smoother, and with a much more pronounced hop flavor without the yeasts floating around. I always let mine sit for a week so the yeasts are settled.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 17:58:08 | More by jesey
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AlexTheAleMan

Oregon

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a delirium tremens tulip from a 750 ml corked bottle.

This beer looks absolutely perfect when you pour it. A nice white mountain of foam sits atop a very light, golden, pale colored beer with bubbles flowing up from the etching in the bottom of the glass. Heaven in a glass.

The smell might be the best part of this beer. I was smelling it forever trying to find out what fruit smells i could decipher and after a while i decided that it smells like apples and strawberries. Maybe even like pears and bananas at the end? There is also that Belgian bitter yeast smell floating around in there, mmh! I love this beer way too much.

The taste is just beyond words. It is a strong beer and alcohol is evident in every sip. The malts definitely take the back seat in this beer, but hey that is completely fine. Its not like you cant taste the delicious pilsner malts, they just complement the hops and the yeast perfectly. The beer is perfectly hoped, not so much that it outshines the yeast, but not so little that you cant taste them. The only way that i can describe what this beer does to my taste buds is that it gives them multiple orgasms. Its perfect in every way!

The beer is pretty carbonated, i would compare it to champagne after it has been sitting out for a little while. You just never want this beer to leave your mouth... ever. Its light, but fills your mouth flavor at the same time.

This beer is all too drinkable and goes way too fast.

Its is a bit spendy for my budget, but when i get the craving for Duvel, nothing can satisfy me but Duvel.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 18:47:21 | More by AlexTheAleMan
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 5,799 ratings.