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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
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6,158 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,158
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 227
Gots: 422 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally got my hands on a bottle of Delerium Tremens and tried it last night, really enjoyed it. Then I noticed that Duvel is king of the BSPA category, a full 10 spots above DT. Duvel? Really, Duvel??? The stuff I see at the grocery store all the time and have always discounted because it's so widespread? Sheesh, how long have I been walking right past this stuff and not given it due respect?! Right under my nose this whole time??! OH THE INJUSTICE, HOW IT HURTS!!

So I drove down this evening to the grocery store at the bottom of the hill and picked up a 750mL bottle for $9.99. Best before Nov.19.2012. Remove the crown, twist, POP, into my favorite tulip it goes.

First pour, although less than moderately rigorous, gives a giant frothy 4" of white head atop a tiny 1" of effervescent mostly-clear pale yellow brew. I carefully feed it a little more and the foam rises a full 1" above the lip of the glass without falling. This is going to take a while.

At first the smell is big skunk. Crap. Maybe I should have pulled a bottle from the back of the open-faced beer cooler (this one was front and center, and I doubt this gets much circulation). But the skunk gradually fades a bit and a mix of other things starts to emerge.

On the tongue the robust carbonation is very bright but not harsh. Feel is moderately thin, not much body, so it's the carbo that is keeping it from being watery. Taste is a bit sour with overly-ripe lemon rind, significant (but not over-powering) skunk, mellow rounded cinnamon and clove spices enhanced by a bit of alcohol.

Overall I'm seriously underwhelmed, especially given all the anticipation. I strongly suspect that this is a semi-bad bottle, especially because 10 minutes after finishing it the skunk is still lingering on my palate. Certainly will get another from a different source and update this review if warranted. :/

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Update 27th October 2010:

Got another bottle from a different store (and pulled it from the back of the shelf where it was out of the light). Best by 14/02/13. Appearance and feel are the same. A little skunk in the nose and taste but not as much as I remember from last time and it fades almost completely. This is totally different from last time. The sourness is gone, it's a much nicer rounded Belgian Pale Ale... light honey, warm cinnamon and clove, a little citrus hop. Similar to before in substance, but overall much nicer this time around. Changed as follows. Smell: 3.0 to 4.0, Taste: 3.0 to 4.5, Drink: 3.5 to 4.0.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 02:07:03 | More by BeerNinja007
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous as ever, the crystal clear yellow liquid is topped by a minimum of three fingers of frothy fine white foam. Bubbles cascade from the base of the glass in an endless stream

S - White bread, spritz of lemon rind, banana esters, stonefruit, Belgian yeast and some pepper.

T - Peppery and a bit tart. Bread and some citrus, plus nectarine and banana. Similar to the nose, but more yeast and spice.

M - Light and as-crisp-as-can-be. Sharp and stings the tongue a little in just the right way. Mellows out and rounds in the finish and is very pleasant.

O - A wonderful beer -- the classic light Belgian pale with lots of kick. Really fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 20:23:36 | More by greenmonstah
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bulletrain76

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle from systembolaget. Pale yellow with a crystal clear body if you pour it right. Champagne carbonation trails and a big white head that leaves a lasting layer of foam. Very pilsener like aroma, with saaz and pale malt, but an amazing tart citrus and pear character blends in too. Fruity sweet and tart all the same, with yeast and alcohol following. Elegant hop balance keeps it from being cloying. The body is suprisingly light and delicate for a beer this strong. I'm suprised at how easily it goes down. Very enjoyable and displays plenty of unique character compared to other belgians I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 22:47:27 | More by bulletrain76
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jzm2500

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy, pale yellow, thick white head.

S/T/M- Smell was uninteresting..yeast and malt. It was not much indicative of the flavor, which is wonderful. Was hit with a sweet and bready malt followed by a mildly tart yeast..alcohol warms things up here. There is a hint of banana or similar. Finish was sweet..caramel or similar is noted here. There is a very faint bitterness in the mix at the end as well. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, carbonation lends a pleasant creaminess to the feel.

D- This beer is made for sipping.

Love this brew. I was surprised by the taste compared to the nose.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 13:45:26 | More by jzm2500
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fido

Mexico

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel pours a clear yellow color, very cloudy, Excellent foamy head and very good lacing; Smell is spicy and citrus; Taste is citrus and fruits; Mouthfeel is dry, a little bit of carbonation; Drinkability is good.

Alcohol is evident but a very good choice for a session beer.

¡Salud!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 02:16:37 | More by fido
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a tulip. Purchased at Wakefield liquors in Wakefield, ri. Best by 3/1/2015 but I can't wait that long :)

A- pours a slightly hazy golden body with a generous thick fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time. Reduces to a foam cone.

S- Belgian yeast, bananas, wheat, cloves, slight skunk

T- Starts with citrus, unripe banana, clove, wheat notes. Ends with a light malt, bready note. No alcohol presence.

M- high carbonation, medium-light body. Crisp and refreshing

Quite an impressive belgian. Crisp, balanced, and easily drinkable. This will always be a classic in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 04:14:23 | More by gcamparone
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - This beer pours a very pale straw color. It has an extreme amount of carbonation as three are bubbles going crazy! Very nice 2 finger bright white head

S - I detected a faint smoky aroma that quickly gave way to hints of lemon and wheat

T - Duval starts out a little sweet and finishes with hints of lemon in the background. No crazy flavors here, but a very nicely done perfectly balanced beer. It goes to show a beer doesn't have to be extreme to be good

M - Very impressive. This beer is 8.5% abv and its as smmoth as water. No hints of alcohol. I would even call it a light feeling beer. DANGEROUS!

O - A wonderful beer. Top class is all I can say

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:54:22 | More by Goosehunter75
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 01/2015
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Duvel's flagship beer is an excellent BSPA. In summary, if you the idea of a pilsner on steroids that's been fermented with Belgian yeast sounds appealing to you, this beer, and the style in general, are something you must try. The beer is simultaneously filling and refreshing as it masks its alcohol content with ease. Flavors include pilsner malt, Belgian yeast and its byproducts, dried hay, and satisfying hop bitterness.

Pours a 2.5cm head of small, white bubbles, which gradually coalesce into larger bubbles, giving the appearance of a white sponge, as the head very slowly breaks down to a thick lacing atop the body of the beer. Lacing is very good, thick washes in a variety of patterns adorn the insides of the glass. The body itself is a transparent golden color, with light bringing out bright yellow hues. Carbonation is quite active and plentiful, rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is crisp, fairly clean, and primarily light and sweet. The pieces are of pilsner malt, light lemon, pineapple, lightly flowery European hops, and Belgian yeast byproducts. Good, though I perhaps enjoyed De Proef's take on the style more, which included a bit of one or more Brettanomyces strains to increase fruit-like esters and add further complexity.

Note: I don't recommend adding the yeast, despite the desire to see what it's like. It simply seems to dilute the aromas/flavors.

Front of palate is of bright, somewhat sweet pilsner malts with a pleasant spiciness from hop usage. Mid-palate is where the full flavors appear, like a strong Belgian pilsner. I find sweet pilsner malt that's been bittered substantially by European hops, with additional characters of dried hay, slightly medicinal phenols, and granny smith apple. Back of palate finds sharp bitterness, slight ethanol, and sweetish malts. Aftertaste is of lingering pilsner malt with slight graininess, sharp bitterness, and Belgian yeast notes.

Beer is medium bodied with medium-high levels of carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly fizzy, but quickly becoming smooth and foamy. Closes quite dry, somewhat astringent, with little residual stickiness lingering across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:53:08 | More by falloutsnow
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle with the best by date of 05, 2010 into a brandy snifter. Not a Duvel glass but the best I could do on short notice. The beer is a clear honey color with a nice soft floating off white head.

Smell is crisp and has hints of green apples, spicy hops and is all dominated by strong yeasts.

Taste is very well balanced. It has some nice pale malt sweetness that moves into an some fine fruity and yeasty flavors. This beer has a spice that is accentuated by the above average carbonation. All those combined flavors yields a sharp pleasing beer that still has a soft silky, almost creamy texture on the mouth.

This is a beautiful beer well worth the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 03:11:11 | More by jbphoto88
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml squat bottle, into a Duvel chalice, at a pool hall, no less!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, very pale straw colour, with lots and lots and lots (and lots) of thick, puffy meringue-like white head, that takes forever and a day to melt away, to a little puff of creamy iceberg-like foam floating dead center in the glass.

It smells of soft, feathery bready pilsener malt, a bit of overripe lemon, sugary pineapple, duly restrained earthy yeast, and floral, somewhat zesty hops. The taste is grainy pale malt - strongly hay-oriented - a touch of artisanal white bread, lemon and sour orange rind, apple skins, crackling yeast, pithy coriander, and somewhat phenolic warming alcohol.

The carbonation is quite obviously on the high side, but in a lighter, effervescent sort of manner, in that the bubbles are much finer than yer usual deal. The body has a decent medium-heavy weight for the style, and is much smoother than it has any right being from the outset. It finishes off-dry, the semi-sweet bready malt, baker's yeast, and boozed-up fruit salad notes doing the honours.

A progenitor of the style, for very good reason. Once past the aggravating opening theatrics, everything just goes so very smoothly for such an alcoholic pale ale, so much so that one might inadvisably be inclined to make a night of this. I would suggest looking up the name's literal meaning before deciding on such a course of action.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 21:49:33 | More by biboergosum
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TheSixthRing

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a massive, pillowy 3 finger head. Good retention. A nice layer of bubbles remain on the surface, thickening around the edges. Lacing is spotty with good stick.

Smell - Sweet, sugary and fruity esters dominate the aroma. Green apple, subtle touches of unripened banana, slight spice.

Taste - Follows the aroma. Green apple sourness upfront, smooths out with estery sweetness by mid-taste, allowing a touch of clove spice to shine through. Mild grass bitterness hits near the finish, before a clean, crisp aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with lively carbonation. Entirely smooth and inviting; almost creamy on the tongue. Crisp, clean, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Really beautifully crafted beer. Wonderful flavor, combined with a fantastically drinkable smoothness makes this a joy to drink. My only drawback? The price. At $3.50 for an 11.2 oz bottle, it's nothing I'll be buying with much frequency.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 02:43:34 | More by TheSixthRing
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer scores big in appearance. The pale yellow body is home to sparkling, active carbonation. Walls of foamy lace ring the glass as the beer disappears. And look at that head...I've never described a head as "complex" before, but here you have it: fluffy and well-retained, it's always abundant no matter how slow the pour, with a stiffness around the middle that reminds of meringue. One of the best looking beers, ever.

The aroma is a bit low-key: definitely fresh-smelling, with a balanced lightness, nothing is really dominant, all the expected smells of the core ingredients, plus fresh apples.

Taste-wise, Duvel is always a great recommendation for those just starting to move away from macros and into craft beers. It's not extreme but not at all unremarkable. It recalls a malt-soaked apple peppered with cloves and banana, with a subtle alcohol/yeast nip.

Feels light and crisp in the mouth, with a good bit of banana-like creaminess. Nice zing to the carbonation.

Very versatile when paired with food...just enough alcohol content to relax with...not so much alcohol that you can't have 2 or 3 in a sitting. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 20:28:16 | More by Metalmonk
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a chilled glass, i bought this beer because it seemed different and came in a cool looking bottle and well i like trying different things

Appearance - pours a mildly cloudy beautiful light yellow with head nomatter what, started 2 fingered but went down to 1 and stayed so till the very end

Smell - something complex and hard to describe, it seems every damn time i review a beer my nose is plugged

Taste - Crisp and mildly citrusy,tart mildly bitter aftertaste, doesnt feel like its 8.1%

Mouthfeel - carbonation, lighter than i expected

Drinkability - stuffs great, would been even better if it was slightly less bitter afterwards

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 05:47:45 | More by
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very cloudy straw golden, foamy white head retained extremely well with lots of sticky lacing
S - strong yeast esters of banana and clove, some grainy wheat, light lemon
T - move clove spice kick, some sweet banana and fruit, pale grain malt with spices lingering
M - blast of carbonation and spice felt in the nostrils, citrus like tartness with a lasting tingle sensation
D - a great example of strong beer, the alcohol is unnoticed but the taste and feel is full and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 02:20:40 | More by joemcgrath27
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bierguru

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A -
white soapy looking head body is the color of apple juice lots of carbonation

S -
sweet matly with a slight pepperiness

T -
big sweet malty taste finishes with some pepper spice and alcohol taste pepperiness lingers on the tongue along with some citrus notes

M -
crisp with a lot of carbonation however it isnt unpleasant

D -
by far my favorite pale ale having said that im not a big pale ale beer liker but this one is really good and will definitly have it again

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 03:43:26 | More by bierguru
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Thur123

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured unhurriedly into a flute. Lots of swirling carbonation and three solid finger s of thick creamy head. I did actually try to make this an unhurried pour and I still got this maelstrom of bubbles going on. The color is a clear golden body with no yeasty haze. The smell is funky yeast and something that reminds me of fresh fish or fish scale for some reason. There's also a slight cereal or grain smell in addition to a thin hop presence.

Glug glug glug

The taste is fruity, reminding me of bananas and fresh red apple in addition to a spicy blend of flavors that adds a bit of heat to this. That flavor may also be the yeast, which also adds a kind of bread like funk to the whole thing...something like sourdough. Also I'm reminded of raspberries for some reason. Overall the mouth feel is crisp and not too watery with a consistency something like a wheat beer. Very good, but not as mind blowing the second or third time, but still very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 20:27:51 | More by Thur123
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JayDub

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Slightly hazy, light gold. Famous Duvel head, tons of lace, thick to the end.

S - Delicate aroma, apple skin. Clean sweet malt.

T - More apple coming through in the taste. Some nice malt sweetness. Juicy in the middle with some alcohol warmth.

M - Medium carbonation. Medium body, and super creamy. Finishes with some spice.

D - Goes down easy, but at 8.5% it comes on quick. I usually limit myself to one of these.

I enjoy the fruit notes and clean malt, love the creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 04:05:45 | More by JayDub
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gameface23

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So carbonated that the cork popped out without me touching it and shot 30 feet in the air. Poured a straw yellow with a very large head. The smell is peppery, yeasty, a lemony. The taste has some peppery spice to it, with a very clean mouthfeel. Extremely bright carbonation. Drinkability is exceptional for an 8.50% beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 17:12:09 | More by gameface23
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Opened a 11.2 oz with a best by date of 11/08 and poured (poorly) into a wine glass. I did not pour agressively enough to get a lasting head. It peaked at about two inches and then receded leaving sparse strings of lace. I could revive the head somewhat by gently swirling.

The smell was very pleasant. Yeasty. Frosted flakes and wine.

Isolated streamers of bubble trickled up the hazy pale golden ale.

Malty grains and faint under-ripe bananas is what I tasted. A smooth buttery flavor gave way to alcohol as it warmed. The malt/hop balance changed to a strong alcohol flavor and smell.

I loved the mouthfeel. The fizziness made me swallow faster. A pleasant burn; a sensation that my mouth was filling with gassy bubbles, like latte foam and an overflowing soda. Crisp and active.

This one became more filling as the alcohol presented itself. The sparkling nature of this one reeled me in but then I hit a wall; I dont think I could drink more than one of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 23:24:24 | More by Cresant
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Charthepirate

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even though it's a strong ale it screams Hefewiezen.

Not an attractive color when poured, but the big billowy head is a work of art. The head seems to stay and stay in these big gorgeous clumps till your last sip.

Smell is spicy and wheaty.

Flavor hits like a hefewiezen at first, but right away some citrus, pepper and a variety of other flavors. The peppery bite will catch you off guard. Finally a warming sensation from the alcohol. Not my favorite style, but I can see how this beer is so fantastically rated.

Its peppery bite is the most defining characteristic on the mouth. It's what makes the beer so good, but so hard to drink more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 22:07:57 | More by Charthepirate
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third beer review. I haven’t had many Belgian Strong Pale Ales before, but this is a tasty beer.

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance – Clear golden color. Incredible head retention – 2 to 3 fingers of pure white bubbles. Lots of lacing.

Smell – Citrus malt and yeast. A second whiff brings out a flowery aroma and some kind of spice that I can’t put my finger on.

Taste – A very complex sweet citrus. Extremely crisp. I don't really taste the hops as much in this beer as I have in many others.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied. Lots of carbonation – almost like champagne. Has a very dry finish that makes you want to have another sip.

Drinkability – Very drinkable. Hardly notice that it is 8.5 ABV. It is funny how the best beers hide the alcohol so well.

It is truly amazing how delicious this beer is, while at the same time it could be mistaken for a macro when just looking at it. I don't know how they pack so much flavor into such a clear effervescent beer. It is kind of deceptive, but in that good way. Of the Belgian Strong Pale Ales the only other ones I have tasted are the Delirium Tremens, and La Fin Du Monde, and I much prefer Duvel to either of those. If you haven’t tried it – buy some.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 03:17:49 | More by MiguelMandingo
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Mako82

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

A - Clear, golden in color. Long lasting white foamy head, looks to be very fizzy
S - Grape champagne smell, followed by cloves, subtle malts in the background, smell of yeast
T - Slight chaukly taste, nice combination of simple malts and hops, hint of clove in the background, slight bitterness, very clean and refreshing
M - Fairly carbonated

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 00:34:55 | More by Mako82
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel poured light gold with lots of bubbles and a thick creamy pillowy head. Ridiculously thick foam stuck to the glass long after the ale was gone.

The smell and taste were sweet, yeasty, peppery, and spicy, like lemon peel. The feel was crisp and the ale was so easy to drink it was gone in no time. There was slight warmth from the alcohol; however, it does not hit in the manner expected from the alcohol content. Duvel is delicious and deceptively refreshing. As good as Belgian ales get.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 23:08:21 | More by MetalHopHead6
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cassanoj

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet because I couldn't find my tulip glass. Golden yellow with a big, yeasty head. A whole bunch of carbonation going on.

Aroma is of apples, citrus, pear, yeasty - nice, not overpowering.

First, I taste those pilsner hops. Then I taste apple. Very bitter, very fresh. Begins malty, becomes dry and finishes malty and bitter. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel is full and frothy, yet crisp and dry. Really interesting.

Long overdue tasting of the quintessential BSPA. I thought it was a solid, drinkable beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 18:39:06 | More by cassanoj
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hanco005

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer for the first time on New Year's eve. Bought it in the 1 pint 9.4 fl oz conditioned bottle. The cork popped off the bottle, just like champaign. I don't own any tulip glasses (they are on my shopping list) so I poured it into a pint glass

A--Bright, golden yellow, cloudy. very thick foamy head with excellent lacing on the glass. Retained its head very well throughout the life of the beer. Extreme carbonation...similar to champaign

S--strong malt and hop smell...also smelled a little lemony

T--very light and pleasent, nice malt and hop combo, tastes similar to a Hefe

M--lots of carbonation, but settled down nicely as I worked through the bottle. great feel, very smooth

D--Becuase of the characteristics and presentation, I view this as a "celebration" ale. It is very light and refreshing, but I found myself getting full towards the end of the beer...perhaps due to the carbonation.

Overall, an excellent beer and well worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 02:33:23 | More by hanco005
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,158 ratings.