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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,259 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,259
Reviews: 2,573
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 235
Gots: 452 | FT: 4
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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IPAlot

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Dare I say it, I like the Yankee Hennepin better. Still, a wonderfully balanced beer. Any beer that is light in feel and color, yet manages to put forth character and depth is an ace in my book.

11.2 oz bottle drank out of Delerium Tremens bowler.

Appearance: A frosty blonde. A crackling effervescence and slightly sticky head. Champagne-ish.

Smell: highly suggestive, it makes me think of women, like it is almost a perfume. Peppery, coriander, tangerines.

Taste: Smooth yet crackles with some of the finest carbonation yet to fill my mouth. Again the Champagne, with spicier kick. Like the best gassed beers, the feeling after it goes down the hatch is all giggly and wonderful.

Must taste side by side with Hennepin someday, they are both champoins strong pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 15:54:21 | More by IPAlot
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a golden coloured brew with an enormous fluffy head. This head just lasts and lasts. Tons of sticky and chunky lacing. This looks awesome. Highly carbonated as well. By the end of the glass, I had a foam biscuit sitting in the bottom of the glass that I ate with a spoon. Sweet.

The smell is not really much of anything. Spice and air. It has that pilsner aroma that reminds me of a less fortunate beer. Not really a whole lot going on in the scent.

The taste is super light and crisp. Not an extremely bold flavor, but it tastes great. Spices and pilsner malts with an ever so modest hop character to round out the whole affair. This is like a heavyweight ABV light beer. Very strange and wonderful. You could guzzle these down and be caught totally unaware by the alcohol which remains completely undetectable in taste or smell. Very excellent choice for warmer weather, when a refreshing and high powered beverage is called for. This sucker is a very good beer. It deserves the adoration that so many seem to have for it. Surprising and impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 02:57:00 | More by SupaCelt
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aggiearcher13

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/9/09.

A: Light golden in color, a little hazy, maybe I was a little aggressive in the pour but it was a significant amount of head and it stuck around for a while.

S: Citrus and spice, green apple, musty. That's pretty much it, and it's good. A little yeast aroma to it as well.

T: Very crisp on the mouth, very light. Wonderful flavors of coriander, lemon, clove. Very wonderful.

M: Light bodied, dances on the tongue almost. Very enjoyable.

D: I can't believe I waited so long to try this beer. Whenever I see it I'm going to have to really give it a strong consideration now. Highly drinkable, highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 02:03:45 | More by aggiearcher13
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hopsgirl35

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Apperance: It poured out golden with a small ring.

Smell: Strong sweet hoppy aroma with a malty
sweetness but not as much.

Taste: Very strong with the first sip after that
it had a very sweet fruity spicy taste.

Feel: very warm going down the hoppy taste lingures and brings out the liquor taste.

Overall: very good beer on a cold winters night,
a great gift. This is a beer I always keep around.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 12:42:46 | More by hopsgirl35
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Jesstyr

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a red wine glass at the greatest italian restaurant in the world - Pasta Nostra in South Norwalk. A great pairing for tremendous food.

Pours a golden yellow with big fluffy white head that lingers long in the glass. I initially get some pear or apple in the nose, but also a yeasty alcohol lingers. Slightest hint of hoppy bitterness, but overall this is a smooth and light bodied beaut. Hints of malt and alcohol, but finishes with a bit of citrus fruit. Everything balances quite well, not overly bitter, or fruity, etc - just a nice enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 00:59:38 | More by Jesstyr
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent golden blond with a humongous rocky head. Lace like a bubble bath!

The aroma is of yeast, tart fruits, and some alcohol.

The carbonation makes it feel big and foamy in the mouth. Tastes of malts with some hops. An apple skin flavor adds a drying quality, and the alcohol adds a pleasant kick.

It's easy to see why this is such a classic. It's exceptional all-around.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 04:33:40 | More by IMincedTheKing
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a rocky white head that makes a mess all over the sides of the glass and keeps a chunky lace.

Smell has a wonderful fruity and floral aroma, some yeast, a bit of spice, too, along with a little bit of malt sweetness. Amazing.

Taste is light and smooth with some fruitiness, floral hops, yeast, pepper and spice. Quite fruity especially, with pear in particular. There's a bit of malt sweetness and some herbal bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a light medium body, amazingly light really, that finishes dry. This goes down incredibly easy for an 8.5% beer. Very drinkable.

A world class beer for sure, but not my favorite Belgian style. But I can still appreciate the hell out of it, aroma especially.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 01:20:30 | More by number1bum
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Stimack

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a nice golden color with a big, thick white head that has good retention and left nice sheets of lacing down the side of the glass. The first thing that the aroma brings to mind is yeast that gives off a nice fruit aroma, banana, apples and slight citrus. Also spicy smells waft out which are nice mixed with the hop aroma, Saaz? The flavor comes across as sweet at first from the malts then breaks to a mix of fruit (apple and/or pear) and spicy pepper. At the end the hop aroma identified in the nose comes out on the pallet and mixes extremely nicely with the carbonation levels. The 8.5% alcohol is so well hidden that even as it warms I am not really picking it up, just dynamic flavors that play together so well. Overall this is a fantastic brew, clearly the best Belgium strong pale I have had, though I have not had many. I will admit that I like some other Belgium beer types more this one bit it is one that I will want to introduce to friends as it a very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 02:26:17 | More by Stimack
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Yagman3000

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my gigantic Duvel goblet (three cheers for a gift box set).

Appears a light golden yellow with some initial bubbling head that fades down to a foamy head. Bubbly lace rests along the sides.

Smells spicy and yeasty. A hint of black pepper but the Belgian yeast comes through big time.

Tastes of floral citrus with plenty of spice. Certainly some complex flavors with layers. Again, I have to cone back to the pepper notes as striking me as prominent.

Mouthfeel is full with a slow gentle fade out. Sour at the end. I'm a little surprised at its high level of effervescence.

Overall I haven't had a Duvel in a long time but genuinely appreciate it in the genre of a Golden. Really enjoy the spice to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 01:55:05 | More by Yagman3000
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear golden color with a head that just would not stop rising, white and puffy. Smell is malty and candy-like with all the pleasures of a Belgian Ale. Taste is malty and sweet with spicy notes. The alcohol aroma is there, but not as strong as you would thing. It carresses the tongue as only this style of beer can. A great drinker. Easy to forget the amount of alcohol present.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 23:54:23 | More by tgbljb
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even when poured slowly you'll get a massive, fluffy, sticky head, reminiscent of a wheat beer but longer lasting-- you could probably carve your initials in it. Lovely floral aroma which deepens as the beer warms up. Yeasty taste with soft edges and a mild sting as it goes down. You'll get plenty of fruit, too, but the breadiness is most present. Very bubbly but very, very smooth. Frankly, I was expecting something more explosive-- I've found that American takes on Belgian styles are bigger by comparison, generally speaking, and I drink more American than Belgian beer-- but I found this to be a pleasingly subtle experience.

Despite the 8.5%, I didn't find the alcohol to be much of a problem, but I also took my time with it.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 21:07:40 | More by gfreed
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass. I don't have the monster Duvel glass, so this one will have to do.

Appearance - Even in a smaller tulip glass this beers head is awesome to behold. Well over three fingers in length, with a creamy, white, cloudy, puffy look to it. Color is of a lite pale gold, almost a straw color.

Smell - Very yeasty with a peppery hop aroma. Very lite neat fruitiness to it as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Once again very yeasty as in the nose, but a clean malt creaminess doesn't let the yeast run away with things. Crisp and extremely refreshing feel to this one. Alcohol is just enough to make it's presence known, but not overpower. Finishes with a nice spicy pepper bite.

Drinkability - This one is a highly seductive sipper. No heaviness to it makes it so easy to consume, but be careful of the abv as you'll have no idea when it starts kicking around in your head. I make it a point to come back to this one often.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 01:24:03 | More by ryrust5301
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- poured out of 750 ml and pours just absolutely beautifully big thick foam white head and tons of little bubbles steaming up the glass in a constant flow, such a nice appearance when combining great carbonation with billowing head,

Smell- apples, citrus, yeast, and slight wheaty kind of smell, this smell is not over poweringly strong, more apples to me then anything else

Taste- bit of citrus fruit and flavor with a slight medicinal kind of finish, a mix of having a little bit of sweetness and a touch dryness at end, Slight yeast and spice, overall just really soft and easy drinking flavor, little bit of apples still in the flavor, a nice enjoyable finish

Mouthfeel- Its nice lighter then I would have expected and highly carbonated

Drinkability- The drinkability on this is obviously very very high, nice flavor and just no feeling of alcohol at all, nice light beer considering its 8 plus alcohol level, its enjoyable I am not sure its the greatest beer in the world to me and especially considering its 9 bucks a bottle not something I would get all the time but certainly a nice occasional visit that I will see again,

Tried again 9/24/2010-- almost a year later i keep my rating right around where it is at 4.3, very enjoyable beer or almost with flavor profile of an imperial pilsner with that yummy unique Belgian twinge, a real enjoyable beer thats complex yet quite simple easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 03:47:18 | More by Stunner97
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psychoholicagogo

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden in hue, almost sparkling with a strong and persistent fluffy white head. Stong lacing that seems to leave a ring as the level drops sip after sip.

Smell: Rich and yeasty with mild scents of hay and alfalfa. Mildly sweet and refreshing.

Taste: Mellow immediately with tastes of the aforementioned yeast. Moments later hints of pepper and medium hoppy bitterness present themselves. Mild undertones of an undetermined sweet fruit. Perhaps banana?

Mouthfeel: Strong and immediate, the flavors fill the mouth and the strong carbonation makes the front of the tounge tingle.

Drinkability: I find this to be more of a sipper than a slugger, due in fact to the strength of the brew and the delicate nature overall. More of a "treat" beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 05:30:33 | More by psychoholicagogo
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freed

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprising (even knowing it's a golden ale) golden with high carbonation and a mountain of fluff for a head. The white creamy foam has endurance and that cool topography of a Belgian ale.

The aroma is sweet and flowery with a finishing curl of sourness. Apples, malt, and wild fermentation. Lovely without overdoing any of the constituents - a shortcoming among most new world attempts.

The taste is bright and crisp with barley and cider flavors, tart with yeast remnants and just a final bit of dry breadiness. There's no excess of sugar in the body which makes it a warming, filling beer without the young sweet affects. Really quite excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 23:41:11 | More by freed
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Jmamay22

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally get around to reviewing this classic.

This hedonistic brew pours a pale yellow with a very full white head that refuses to die down. Being an experienced imbiber of this ale I was careful to pour gently in anticipation of the ever growing billowing white head.

First sniff their is a noticeably peppery spicing with a bit of apple. In addition to the aforementioned there's a wonderful interplay of hay and perfumy hops.

The ample carbonation creates a satiating feel, but remains light and airy making for a dangerous combination with the abv. The grass and hay combine with a lemon citrus for a quick zip of flavor that rounds out to a dry and spiced finish. It is no wonder that it is copied by so many.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 20:32:44 | More by Jmamay22
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden color with a huge foamy white head. Very carbonated almost champagne like but not overpowering if poured correctly. Aroma of light crisp fruits and spice. Flavor consists of apple, pear, and light raisin as well as a nice alcohol presence. A great tasting belgian strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 06:12:26 | More by corby112
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ArrogantBastage

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Bright, clear, golden yellow with a very thick head. Looks beautiful in the tulip. Head lingers for the first several sips and then just remains as a thin ring with an island in the center of the glass. Love the constant stream of bubbles from using the tulip.

S: Lots of spice and some phenols when the beer is first poured. Let the beer sit for a few moments and it opens up more. Some fruitiness in the aroma tinged with spicy hops and a fair amount of yeast.

T: Nice blend of light malt, spicy hops, and yeast. The hops and malt lead the way followed by some phenols and the yeast. The finish dries completely making this beer very crisp, no lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D: So easy to have more than one after another after another due to how crisp this beer is. Sneaky and lives up to the name. Very enjoyable and one that I would recommend for those looking to find a way to get into Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 19:57:19 | More by ArrogantBastage
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light yellow unleashes a giant frothy head.

S-Fruity, spicy, boozy, and sweet.

T-The taste in my opinion is much better than the nose. Belgian brews are not my favorite but this guy is a flavor bomb. Very spicy and yeasty. The alcohol is present but adds to the taste. Ends with nice sweetness.

M-Thicker than expected. Bubbly and complex.

D-Fairly high alcohol content and extreme taste makes me only want one. Very tasty but wouldn't want to drink several in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 18:48:28 | More by VelvetExtract
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Broke into a bottle that I had been aging for over a year. Best by date: 11/12.

Poured cloudy golden blond with a thick and creamy two finger white head. The head hung around forever and stuck to the glass for a while as well. Smelled of yeast, clove, and other spices with some citrusy fruit. Complex taste with lots of spices and fruity sweetness, with some subtle tartness at the end. Medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation and some creaminess. Smooth finish with a little lingering sweetness.

Definitely a very enjoyable beer. Every aspect of it was subtle and complex, but not so much so that it felt muted. Will definitely be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 23:43:40 | More by shangwang
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle best before 06 2009 poured into a Duvel tulip

Poured a pale straw-gold color with more than 2 fingers of pillowy, white head that never fully dissipates and great lacing. Great aroma, spicy and yeasty with hints of wheat. Taste is malts upfront followed by some spices and hops with a bit of fruits mixed in (pears and apples). Good mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and body. Drinkability is great as well. This stuff looks and tastes great and hides is 8.5% exceptionally well.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 23:08:24 | More by mnj21655
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philphilphil

Australia

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good, but hyped.
Appearence was cloudy golden colour with good amount of head.
Smell was lovely pils malts.
Taste was amazing, and deceptive, hides the abv by about 3%, softer than leffe blonde despite the 2% higher abv
Mouthfeel, not thick given the strength. I like it.
Drinkability is not bad, 3 of these would be good for being drunk. Price however is abit high, however for getting drunk its only a premium price. Will enjoy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:38:11 | More by philphilphil
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ixodus

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw gold in color with a tall white head with excellent head retention. High amounts of lacing

S: Belgian yeast esters, clove and banana, orange peel, peppery spices.

T: Tart citrus like flavors matched with bitter orange peel, cloves, banana, with a slightly grainy background. The beer finished dry with a nice peppery spice to it.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Overall this a great beer. I'd recommend to any fan of Belgian styles and new craft beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 23:08:32 | More by ixodus
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my (of course) Duvel tulip glass.

A: A light yellow straw color with a thick one finger white head. Minimal lacing as it streaks down the glass back into the beer fairly quickly.

S: Spicy yeasty with hints of sweet fruit and a bit of pepper. Slight hops detected.

T: Malty sweet wtih fruit flavors of banana, apple, melon coupled with the spicy yeasty flavor of clove and maybe some cinnamon. I even get some peppery spicyness. Finish is long as the sweetness gets overcome by the drying hops flavor. Nice!

M: Medium but coating. Not over the top, but it sits and feels good in the mouth. Slight alcohol taste, but it is very welcomed. Crisp and clean.

D: High, the 750 went down very nicely. A nice drinking easy going Belgian Pale.

Overall another very good classic Belgian beer that deserves the praise and great scores. An excellent beer that is readily available. I enjoyed it and will probably keep a bottle or 2 on hand when I want a break from those uber American hop bombs.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 20:31:22 | More by Kadonny
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dyingwrist

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a snifter glass. Bright pale golden color. Dense creamy white head that last forever. So pillow-y that I just want to lay on it. Smells of many fruits. Some apple comes through with a small touch of lemon zest. A sorta musky smell to it too which i assume comes from the yeast. Light body with medium to high carbonation. This is a spicy/acidic beer with a slight bitter finish. Leaves the mouth crisp and clean. I think the taste is pretty one dimensional, not that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 23:25:55 | More by dyingwrist
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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