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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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2,698 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,698
Hads: 7,433
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 401
Gots: 1,245 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of FatCaster
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh man. I'm a poor college student and this is an expensive beer. As I journeyed to the specialty beer shop trying to find a pack of these, I pondered at how much food money I'd be slappin' to get this. A few minutes and a decidedly slimmer wallet later, I had the Devil. Would it be worth it?

Just after pouring this cloudy liquid gold into a snifter, I realized...it was.

A--A golden yellow with that foamy white head you get by following the directions on the bottle. Thought it was just the condensation on the glass at first, but actually soft and cloudy.

S--Sweet and fruity, with a savory base, but if I had to pick a "low point" this would be it. Mind you that low point is still fantastic.

T--First sip told the whole story. This is what they serve for breakfast in Shangri-La. Sweet, crunchy, to a lingering fruity (apply?) aftertaste.

M--As it goes into your mouth, clouds of tiny bubbles rush around and leave a creamy, smooth and somehow still light and refreshing tingle. A bit of alcohol fumes just tickle the sinus cavities and remind you that you are communing with Beelzebub.

D--This is scary. I put down two of these heady brews at way too much a pop and was still ready for the other two. It's taking a lot of willpower to save the others for another good night.

All things considered, I'm still relatively new at the beer tasting game. However, I've found my high point. This is what the rest are going to get compared to, and I don't see how its going to be surpassed any time soon.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear pale gold color with a HUGE 1.5 to 2 inch head that fades to about 1 inch. Super perfect pillowy head and nice ring lacing. Probably the best head I have seen on a beer thus far in my beer drinking adventure.

S - Nice spices, peppercorns, subtle fruits, sweet malt.

T - Mainly sweet malts, very little bitterness, mild spices. Some subtle apple fruit taste shows through. A dry champagne like essence is present as well.

M - Perfect amount of carbonation made for small bubbles rising in my glass over the life span of this beer (which wasn't very long). Dry and crisp like champagne.

D - This is one of the best beers I have ever had. I have tried other beers in this same style but this is by far the best of the bunch. A remarkable beer that I will come back to for life.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a pale, straw looking yellow with a slight haziness. Good looking white bubbly and frothy head that remains and provides excellent lacing. Strong smell of pears, apples and a touch of alcohol. Definitely some sweetness going on in the nose as well, along with some fresh smelling Belgian yeast. Very smooth and creamy taste that combines well with notes of ripened fruit, yeast, and a touch of citrus. A fitting sweetness rounds out the brew, while a slight bitterness manages to massage the tastebuds, followed by a slightly dry finish. The moderate body, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, and matching carbonation blend nicely with the overall makeup of the beer, making this an exceptional beer with exceptional drinkability. Amazing...

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Photo of duffmanrob
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ive had this several times, but im finally getting around to reviewing it.

This is one of my favorite beers.

Poured out of a bottle into a duvel glass.

A. a crisp golden color with a very big head. The head stayed a good size until the end.

S. the smell up front was like a lager, very crisp. smelled yeast, bread, and a faint hop smell. very well balanced.

T. smooth taste, not too overpowering, bready taste, but with a small citrusy hop flavor.

M. awesome. a very crisp feel. the carbonation was perfect. didnt linger, and was very refreshing.

D. one of the most drinkable beers ever! over 8% so you have to be careful because i could drink it all day.

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Photo of seh410
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The beer itself is a cloudy opaque golden hue. It's topped by a thick, foamy, lacy white head - its so fluffy and white that it looks like meringue, like a beer baked Alaska. The thick head lingers, almost like foam on a cappuccino. It leaves lace on the sides of the glass and floats on the middle like melted whipped cream. It's fantastic looking.

Aroma: You can definitely smell the high alcohol volume → it's gives off a hint of sticky sweetness in the background. On second whiff, it smells thick almost... it has a very rich aroma with hints of banana (?) and citrusy spice

Taste: This is fantastic. Jumped to the top of my list after the first sip. It tastes full and rich and creamy but yet very light and refreshing. It warms in the mouth (that's the high alcohol content showing itself) and tastes of yeast with hints of fruit. SO good.

Mouthfeel: So creamy but also light and fresh. It feels good going down for sure.

Drinkability: Absolutely. I could easily polish off a couple of these (not that I'd want to or should with that 8.5% ABV). I've never come across a beer with this high volume that drinks so well.

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Photo of dogin26
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass (Of course)

Off white with a Super rocky head
Beautiful golden colour

Instantly i smell some citrus, lemons, limes and oranges. With that comes a few other tropical fruits.
The taste is glorious, Some nice limes with mangoes and bananas. very refined and very drinkable. Only a slight alcohol feel as this precious liquor slivers down your throat.

Quiet bubbly, but controllable. medium mouth feel but slides down like a light lager.

This is one fantastic beer that should be shared with funny friends and people who appreciate a good Beer. Also drink before you start on the tequila.

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Photo of JonMich13
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A = If I were forced to put a beer in a space capsule for the universe to know what a beer should like like, this is it.

Huge white head (2"+) that stuck around to the bottom. Looked like merengue on a pie. Still some left after I finished the glass.

More lacing than I've seen on most any beer. Lacing is still on my glass, top to bottom, 5 minutes after I've finished.

S = Not a huge amount going on with the smell. Some sweet/sour fruitiness and a little alcohol.

T = Just an exceptionally well balanced experience. A nice subtle sweetness that evens out with some light bitterness and a little alcohol. Hard to pinpoint any exact flavors, but it all "works".

M = Very nice and crisp mouth. Excellent carbonation and dry finish.

D = Hugely drinkable. High ABV is nowhere to be found, except after you've had 3 and then you'll know. Dangerously drinkable brew.

Thank you Belgium. Can I become a citizen?

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Photo of BogleHill
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After seeing the video on the Morgaat website, I realized that I had never tried this remarkable brew. Amazing clear golden color with a big white bubbly head. Lots and lots of carbonation. Amazingly clear. Pleasant aroma. Flavor is sweet, malty and very well balanced. Super crisp finish. The alcohol is incfredibly well masked. Superbe!

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Photo of roblowther
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale clear gold color with head. No, let me rephrase. HEAD!!!! Down in front! It's like an orange on a toothpick. The smell is lemon zest and sweet malt. The taste has a malt front, notes of pears and apricots, and then a...now take this the right way...pleasant soapiness to it. Seriously, it tastes like soap smells but in a good way. The finish has a nice refreshing hop bite. Definitely the best of the style. The mouthfeel is silky with a nice carbonation (no wonder) to break the whole thing up nicely. The drinkability is everything a hot day demands and a balanced beer offers. Someone open me another one.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured "unhurriedly" from a 750 mL bottle with the classic champagne cork etched with hop leaves. Poured into 15 oz tulip glass. Bottle stamped with 'enjoy by' date of 8/1/2015.

Appearance - A vibrant straw-colored hue with plenty of transparency to allow the light to pass through, creating shadows and bringing the yellow to life. Signature carbonation bubbles drift to the top from the etching on the bottom of the glass. Head is frothy and rich and clings to the side of the glass as it slowly dissipates and is the first clue that, while this beer may have a similar color to your classic American pilsner, that is where the similarity ends.

Smell - Hints of freshly cut hay and an almost imperceptible hint of barnyard funk, like you'd expect from a Saison. The barnyard aromas give way to fruity esters and hints of flower petals. Promise of freshly-baked bread.

Taste - Here is where this beer shines. The nose is crisp and has a pleasant bite of alcohol, but rounds out into a bready, yeasty finish, again hinting at barnyard funk. Again, notes of light fruits with subtle tartness, but not full-on citrus.

Mouthfeel - The floral and bready undertones linger well after the beer has been swallow. Just enough of a lining on the mouth to entice that next sip or full-on swig.

Overall one of my favorite beers; I've been known to down entire 750 mL bottles of the stuff before I even realize it's gone. Clean enough to be accessible to even those who don't necessarily prefer the Belgian style of brewing, but also so quintessentially "Belgian". You can taste the flavors from the unique yeast strain that make Duvel it's own beer.

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Photo of DrewS
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After a long time I finally tried this out. Let me tell you I was not disappointed. I must admit, Belgian style beers are not my all time fav, but I do enjoy them, and this one in particular. It poured out a nice light yellow color, reminiscent of champagne. A light pillowy head formed at the top and appeared almost meringue-like but not super creamy. The aroma was light and spicey with some subdued yeast. Had a pleasantly light, citrus and spice flavor with a light alcoholic echo in the background, almost unnoticeable. Nice effervescence, dry,slight yeast, and nice warming after effect. Slightly bitter aftertaste, but nice. Great Belgian!

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Photo of bfields4
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large frothy white head caps a very pale golden body.

The aroma is filled with green apples and pears a slight bit of Belgian yeast spiciness.

Tart green apple is followed by a mellow sweet malt. A champagne like dryness. Touch of honey, light spice. Then a citrusy sugary candy gives this beer a nice finish.

Such a great beer. Very complex and hits all the right notes. Duvel is one that turned me on to craft and I always take way too long to revisit.

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Photo of Chessmaster
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Beautiful golden hues capped with a white frothy head which remained. Nice lacing in the glass. Looked wonderful in the tulip.

S: Delicious, sweet, enticing malt smells

T: Like the smell, malty, almost fruity. Sweet, refreshing, and delicious

M: Full bodied, yet refreshing. Could drink this all day.

O: Excellent.

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Photo of deuschbag
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

best before date 10/08. 330 ml bottle pored into a snifter. pores a light gold color with a massive white fluffy head that never goes away. leaves great lacing.

aroma is spicey, yeasty, lemony, bready and malty.

the taste has just the perfect amount of spiceness to it. lightly malted, riped fruits, floral hops and yeast.

big thick bubbly mouthfeel. goes down clean and smooth.

a fine easy drinkable belgian ale this is. one of my favorites.

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Photo of Albinoh
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excelent beer. Nice presentation, clear and golden in color, with a nice head. The aroma is mesmerizing, lures you to drink the beer, very alcoholic with malt tones, spices.

Heavy carbonation, very crispy, you can feel the bubbles in the top of your tongue. Medium smooth body, some smoothness coming from the carbonation. Spices Warming alchohol at the end of the beer. Very easy to drink, you just feel the need for another sip.


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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A--Pours a massive volcanic head, better measured in hands than fingers, that's pure fluffy white with lots of loose bubbly sheeting leaving cotton candy lacy all down the glass as the head won't quit through the tasting. Body is pure tawny, a little more brown than a pilsner and clear as stained glass with a nice bubble thread percolating from the bottom "D" in the glass. This beer seems alive.

S--Tons of yeast, smells like dough, like a proof starter for a fancy breadloaf. I also caught some lemon astringency that clarified and stung the yeast, followed by some fresh hoppy bark that cut into my nosehairs. Strap in, kiddies.

T--Doesn't disappoint. This is like beer that goes to 11. Every aspect--the yeast, the malt, and the hops--is on overdrive, and somehow doesn't compete or crowd out. Everything compliments, and there is nothing but pure fermented grain coming through here. The yeast really assaults you at first with that Belgian glory of musty citrus, and the backend of the hops smacks you with dry like a cold wet fish you can't get off the line. To push the metaphor, this puppy don't let you off the hook. Malt vertebrae keep everything from teetering wildly off course.

M&D--I hate carbonation. I like a beer that tastes like a door after you remove the hinges--a thudding flatness. But the devil won me over, as the bubbles make it more champagne-like than astringent. Absolutely refreshing and absolutely drop you on the floor potent at the same time. Not many beers can say that--this is a creeper not to be trifled with, and more or less embodies this website's injunction to "respect beer." Good God does damnation taste fine.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DATE REVIEWED: June 26, 2014... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: NBA Draft Day 2014--Cavs take Wiggins and intend to keep him...APPEARANCE: two-tiered head--rocky, mountainous atop bubbly,, crystal white that occupies half the glass; slightly opaque golden body with a wellspring of bubbles centering the glass; lacing is appealing... AROMA: brilliant pilsner introduction; fragrant floral, perfumed hops; some suggestions of pepper...desirable... PALATE: quick, aggressively smooth with a solid, lingering finish--a bit dry and mouth-watering... TASTE: honey and hops are warming--nectar of the gods! a bit sweet, like a Riesling--but oh so rewarding... OVERALLL: only three sips are needed to bring the tingle, not unlike your team drafting first overall for the third time in four years; as its name suggests, sadistically drinkable, tempting with crisp, clean flavor, then punishing with cruel, powerful alcoholic hammers...the steep price--literally and figuratively--is unfortunately warranted.

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance briliant golden yellow huge white head that stuck around for a while. I think the appearance was one of this beers strongest points. Smell I smell Sazz as well as some english hops also had some yeasty notes as well. Taste nice cookie/breadlike backbone followed by a wallop of spicy hops and alcohol. Mouthfeel mediem body and high carbonation. Drinkability a great before dinner beer.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

crisp yellow with a picturesque head that rises and falls at will. what should beer look like? this. aromas of sweet and spicy malts and notable yeast, only hinting at traditional belgian odors. champagne in the mouth -- crisp carbonation and a dry finish. drink quickly and enjoy the carefree nature of the beer, or sip slowly and discover the hints of fruitiness, floral elements, and spices. drinkable, addictive, and never hints at its abv (until it hits your constitution, of course).

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Photo of Giggy
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright gold, cloudy. A thick and creamy head with great head retention.

S: Strong yeast, sweet malts, pepper, spices, and lemons.

T: Sweet, fruity flavors. Fairly hoppy but not overly bitter. Pale malts that ballance the hops. Some mild pine and citrus notes.

M: Smooth texture, lively on the tongue.

This is one of those memorable beers. Once you have had a Duvel you will remember it.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby into a snifter. Pours clear golden with a ridiculous white frothy heading that lasts to the very end. A nice fruity smell with different smells of malts and hops.A very sweet taste alot like an apple,an awesome juicy taste.This beer is like drinking champagne truly the best beer I've had. Was very aggravated when I first opened this brew as it exploded all over my hands. Like someone played a trick on me and put it into a paint shaker.

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Photo of entheogen
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why I put off this beer for so long. I feel like a massive idiot now.

Upon cracking the bottle and pouring, I got a 3 finger off-white head in a tulip glass. The beer itself is pale straw color and crystal clear, with streams of bubbles running from the bottom of the glass.
The bubbles making up the head are very uniform in size. Nifty.

I smell malt and sour green apple, mostly.

It tastes tart, fresh, and dry, and is very effervescent. Fresh flavors like straw, with fruity additions like bubblegum and pear. Snappy alcohol at the finish that does not feel hot. Delicious and never overbearing. Duvel is very smooth in the mouth. I will be coming back to this one for sure.

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Photo of velosuds
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a clear pint glass. If I drank this from a Duvel tulip glass, would it garner a higher score? Best before 01/2012? If true, why hurry?

A-Pours a pale clear, golden yellow. Looks a lot like a pilsner. A three finger bright white head ensued. Heavy, stick lace. I have never seen a beer produce such profuse lace. A gorgeous appearing beer.

S-Aroma was the weakest characteristic to me. Present were fruity, yeasty, sweet candy and malty notes.

T-Tantalizing. Bohemian hops and pilsner malts predominate producing an amazingly crisp, clean, and refreshing beer that is sweet like pears with a zesty lemon twang, and a very slight, pleasantly so, clove like yeast taste. Surprisingly, I can't taste the alcohol. I like this better as the temperature rises above the brewer's recommended 40-50 degree Fahrenheit.

M-Very smooth for 8.5% ABV. Carbonation level is perfect. Light like a pilsner, but full flavored like an ale. The Moortgat Family hit a home run with this, if they can appreciate the metaphor from the great American pastime.

D-Amazingly so, for a beer with 8.5% ABV. I only believe this because of the label and the beginning of a buzz.

This is a world class, extraordinary beer. Wish I had a good-looking stranger to enjoy this with, as the label suggests, but then I would need more than one 750ml bottle.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel pours the typical bright, clear yellow-gold color of many belgians, but the head, if possible, stands out from the rest. It is huge (3 inches high) white and fluffy as fresh snow, and has ridiculous retention time. The lacing is thick and foamy as well, and leaves no part of the glass untouched. The head is still here 5 minutes later, even after drinking, and I have it all over my nose.

Speaking of the nose, it's quite a thing to behold as well. Ripe apple, pear, and banana with some spicy yeast and buttery pilsner malt comprise the aroma, all melding together in a strong yet tame awesome aromatic adventure. Alliteration aside, this thing smells nice.

On the tongue, Duvel has elements similar to the nose like the ripe pears and apples, but a bit of citrus thrown in for good measure as well. Banana lingers in there too, accompanied by some buttery-cracker like malt flavor (the pilsner malts, according to the label), all backed up by some zesty, spicy yeast flavor and a bit of dry hoppiness. This beer is complex, flavorful, but mellow and extremely enjoyable.

If you need a second opinion, my roommate just walked in and took a sip, said "That's the fucking SHIT!" then walked out, only to return and steal more a few moments later. This beer is strangely addicting; I've never been the biggest fan of Belgians (I'd rather have a fresh American IPA), but this is by far and away my favorite and I can't put it down.

The mouthfeel is perfect. I know Miller High-Life claims it, but this is the real champagne of beers. Light, zesty carbonation over top of a buttery smooth medium bodied beer creates the perfect crisp and smooth drinking experience.

I've heard the hype. I have friends studying abroad in Belgium who drink this like its water, and now I know why. Belgians aren't my favorite type of beers, but this is the best of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale category and the best Belgian I've had period. Truly complex and packed with tons of flavor and good-looks, this beer remains so drinkable that I'm almost done with the bomber after pouring it only ~ten minutes ago. The only downside is the alcohol, which I'm starting to feel. Still, this is the highest rating I've given out to a beer to date, and it blows my mind that it goes to a Belgian. But Duvel certainly deserves it.

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Photo of Batmitestar
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a stemless red wine glass -- I don't own a proper tulip, but thought a big red wine glass would at least keep the aroma in my snout while drinking this gem!

When poured, the bubbles just keep rising in a very elegant and champagne-like style. And the head that appears is simply striking and it doesn't go away. It's like a beautiful cloud of goodness atop a glass of heaven.

The smell is complex and pleasant. There are certainly some lemony scents, but along with the citrus tones are spices (I don't know, maybe ginger or coriander??) and just a little bit of alcohol along with some sweet contrasts to the citrus bite. It's wonderful.

The taste is a continuation of the aroma. Bubbly, spicy, tiny amounts of the hops, it's a beer you could almost chew. The heavy carbonation acts as a way to diffuse the enjoyment all around the mouth. There is a little hint of alcohol, just in case you've forgotten it's 8.5% ABV. The alcohol content (for me, at least) makes this a beer to truly enjoy, but in proper quantities. Session this beer and pay the price! But the taste makes me want to session.

Overall this is truly a world-class brew, and I consider it lucky that my local drive through in a town of 17,000 people carries it! My wife (who's become a bit of an enthusiast quickly!) proclaims it to be the best beer she's ever tasted, and I tend to agree.

Try this one, you'll not be sad for it!

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,698 ratings.