Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of orfeu
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750 ml bottle this pours a pale golden color with a fluffy and lathered cloud-like head that sticks around forever and laces tremendously. It's pretty cool to see this beer poured into a Duvel tulip with the etched "D" causing a steady stream of carbonation rising up, maintaining the head. The nose picks up yeasty bread aromas right away with some cidery fruits at the end. The taste is beautifully malty with an estery sweetness and a spicy hop kick; the alcohol warmly creeps up as this hits my throat. There's some mild apple candy business going on, too. White pepper spiciness throughout. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth with delightful light carbonation and juicy body. Eminently dirinkable. A standard-bearer for the style.

[lazily updated 19 September 2006]

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Photo of gloobygloob
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gigantic frothy white head that stayed forever. Once it dissipated i was left with big frothy mounds and beautiful lacing. Body is a bright yellow and clear as glass. I think the most beautiful beer I've ever seen.

S: wonderful scent of yeast, citrus and a bit of alcohol, not as much as expected with such a strong ale.

T: BALANCE! yeast, citrus, and sweet balanced wonderfully by the perfect amount of hops.

M: average carbonation and a little bit of sticky ness as it lingers.

D: I could drink 4 bottles of this in a row. I have no idea how they did it at 8.5 abv. so easy to drink and its flavor is big and devine all the way to the end.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one fantastic looking beer. Hazy yellow body with just a few yeast particles that escaped from the pour. Dvuel boasts a huge, solid white head that is thick and rocky, leaving a tower of foam on top of the ring that settles onto the body. Retention is fantastic, the head sticks around during the entire drinking of this beer. Lacing isn't so much lacing as walls of chunky foam on the sides of your glass. A great looking beer.

Sweet sugary aroma combined with some ripe fruits. Apple and banana come to mind. Banana is probably the strongest fruit aroma. A little bit of alcohol. Overall, Duvel actually smells a little bit like champagne.

Taste is similar to the aroma, but I think better. Lots of sugary sweetness with some fruit flavors. I taste apple, pear and banana. Unlike the aroma, the banana isn't dominant. A good, bready, pilsner malt flavor rounds things out nicely. Just a touch of alcohol and a lot of dryness toward the finish. Duvel is full-flavored and complex, while remaining balanced; it is a great example of a Belgian Pale Ale, if not the best example.

Medium bodied with a somewhat slick feel on the tongue, but a with dry finish. A ton of active carbonation that suits this beer very well.

This beer has pretty good drinkability. I probably prefer to sip rather than down it, but it is well balanced and worth spending a little bit of time enjoying. As beer goes, it tastes a little bit like a very dry champagne, but the sweet grape flavors are replaced by sweet malt and yeast characteristics.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, one of the greats. Here goes...

A: pours a hazy pale yellow with a huge, rocky white head with excellent retention and leaves a nice sticky lace - damn near perfection. Could make a blind man see again.

S: strong aromas of apple, yeast, banana, and spice

T: nice floral hoppiness, yeast, rich fruit flavours (apple, pear, stone fruit), a slight touch of sweetness, and a dry spiciness on the long finish - very well put together

M: medium bodied and crisp, sight cream, good carbonation, and a smooth, refreshing, somewhat dry finish.

D: I love this beer! Despite the its high ABV, it's decently easy to drink. However, for me, I prefer to sip slowly and enjoy the complex range of flavours, textures, and physical features that it offers. Truly one of the greatest Belgian Pale ales out there - very highly recommended.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh, devil beer.

Nice golden color, thick head with great holding power. Perhaps the head of all heads, it's an amazing, white fluffy cloud on top of a beer. Cascading bubbles.

The aroma is intoxicating, almost literally. Fruit (apples?), malt and alchohol with a touch of floral undertones.

Wow, does this beer taste good! Those Belgians know their stuff and this beer proves it. Slightly fruity, malty, just the right amount of hops. Dry finish with subtle undertones. This dude means business.

Creamy and crisp on the palate.

I could drink a lot of this but with an abv of 8.5% it's pretty sneaky.

One of the best beers.

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Photo of jii
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Translucent gold with a huge frothy white head. Just looking at it whets your palate.

Clean, malty, spicy aromas, with a hint of yeast. Each sniff brings a new scent with it.

From the first sip the taste coats your mouth. This is a very well balanced beer. The yeast offsets the bitterness. The spicy notes compliment the malty flavour. The mouthfeel is constantly smooth.

By the time the narrow portion of the glass is gone, there is a thick sudsy lace. The decrease in head size expands the fullness of the taste; all the flavours intertwine.

Finally, the potency of the brew becomes fully apparent, and the drinking experience encompasses your temples as well. Your whole face is seduced by this stuff. Devil's brew, indeed.

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Photo of Callaghan
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured very slowly "unhurried", into a tulip. Best by date of 09 2013.

A: The head is the stuff of legend. Massive 3 finger white, creamy, though lumpy head. Slowly dissipates into about 1/2 finger, and never goes less than that. Easy to bring back some also, with a slow swirl of the glass. The color of the beer is a beautiful golden, dull lemon color. Slightly hazy, about perfect. Awesome lacing down the sides.

S: Everything seems very present. Yeast is strongest, but I also smell a lot of citrus, mostly lemon. Biscuit last. There is a lot going on, it is very complex. Slightly sweet too.

T: This is my first time trying this, after reading about it on this site. I am absolutely amazed, one of the best tasting beers I have ever had. Citrus comes through pretty strong. More than just lemon, some grapefruit and others. A hit (not a mistype) of alcohol in the middle, with biscuit and yeast. Very nice indeed. Still more going on at the finish, I must say, this is amazing. I get toasted malts, light hops, and more...it all blends very well.

M: Good amount of carbonation, dances on the tongue. Solid medium bodied. The aftertaste, I think, is helped with the light coating this beer leaves on the the tongue. The taste just lingers, and it is quite enjoyable.

O: Absolutely wonderful. This beer became even better after it warmed up a touch. I don't believe it has taken me this long to try Duvel, but I am really glad I did. So complex, yet extremely drinkable. Great tingle in the mouth, with a wonderful taste. Truly a great beer.

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Photo of njbeernj
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding taste, perfect head. It's more than a beer, each bottle is an "event". This is not a beverage to "pound down a six.". Have 1 to 3, that's it. Savor it, don't slurp it. If you don't appreciate it, don't drink it and there'll be more for me!

I don't understand why this beer isn't more readily available in the United States. It's more money than some, but not as much as others, and it's the best beer made. Bar none.

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Photo of Higravity
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Proper glassware but they served it a bone chilling temps. I let the bottle sit unopened as I worked through two other beers, finally it had warmed up some. As always this is a beautiful pour, golden clear with a head that filled the glass out. The head takes a minute to settle and the smell is of spicey hops topped back with a malt ester wind that carries the idea of alcohol. The glass is starting to be laced as I take the first sip. Truly an artful construction of a golden ale with high ester yeast. Slightly fruity and sweet with a spice zing from the hops and alcohol make a play on the tongue. Finishes very clean with a nice full yet light body. Very drinkable just be warned on the near 9%.

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Photo of meatyard
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, clear, golden yellow with a monstrous and thick white head that slowly falls leaving nice lacing. It's a great look in the Duvel tulip glass.
The smell is of sweet lemon and some bread aromas. The bread becomes stronger as it warms..
The taste is a smooth, sweet malt with a lot of subtle flavors. A complex and wonderful taste.
Mouthfeel is medium to thick with a mild carbonation tingle on the tip of the tongue and a dry finish.
It's very, very drinkable and one of my favorite beers. A must for all to try and some will love it's unique qualities.

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Photo of wschumac
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml (11.2 oz)bottle drank from Tulip shaped Duvel Glass at around 50 degrees F.

A - When I opened the bottle immediately began burst with energy. Poured mildly cloudy, light amber color but clear after settling. This beer is very carbonated and pour perfectly into the glass with 2" white foamy head. Head lasted about five minutes remained throughout leaving rings, very dense and frothy.

S - Smells like perfection. Smells almost fruity with a hint of grainy punch. The aroma is complex but simply extraordinary. The aroma creates yearnig for what is to come.

T - Complimentary taste preluded by its smell. Light but strong at the same time. Hidden complexities in this brew. One of the best in creating warming feeling throughout. Slightly lingering aftertaste makes you yearn for more.

M - Velvety and smooth complex feel for such a light looking beer. Head creates feeling of carbonation but smooth from lips to the belly.

D - Excellent all around beer. Fulfilling in every way. One of those beers that you can enjoy anytime.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 330ml beer was poured into a Stella chalice cup.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that has reduced a little and left some crazy lacing along the glass. Love it. The color is golden yellow with a good sign of plenty carbonation. Can't wait to try a sip.

Smell: Fruity esters from the yeast, followed by sweet malts, banana, bready notes, and several spices I just can't to put a finger on. Still, very inviting and appealing to the senses.

Taste: Sweet malts and banans up front. Also, some spiciness, bready characters. Tastes better as it gets warmer. Alcohol is also well hidden for an 8.5% beer.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation folks. As if you haven't noticed the tiny little bubbles running up the side of the glass. Very smooth and medium bodied.

Overall: I have had this exceptional beer plenty of times beer and will defintiely have more in the future. You can't go wrong with drinking one of these. Truly, a nice world class beer.

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Photo of Dravin
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour from a bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Look -- A tight creamy white head with the endurance of John Henry given the ABV of this beer. Beautiful lacing and a clouded pale straw color to the beer itself.

Smell -- Fruity esters lend a banana and clove nose to the beer. No alcohol whatsoever in the nose.

Taste -- Banana and clove again, hints of bubblegum buried in there as well. Initial sweetness quickly gives way to a delightful bitterness that persists just long enough for you to take another sip. Alcohol is hidden.

Feel -- Creamy on the tongue due to the carbonation. The body is light, surprisingly so given the ABV.

Overall -- A beautiful beer. It looks good. It smells good. It tastes good. It feels good. It's the beer equivalent of sex in a glass. A wonderful brew. It may be possible for it to be improved but I'm new enough to the style to feel unqualified to offer any suggestions.

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Photo of drizzam
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - As soon as I cracked the bottle open, the brew started to gush from the bottle. Did I get an overcarbonated one? I poured it into a clear pint glass and ended up with a clear and very pale yellow body, topped by an enormous fluffy white head. Beautiful lacing left on the insides of my glass. This beer looks phenomenal!

S - It took me a while to get through the enormous fluffy head so I could smell this brew, but once I did, I smelled aromas of sweet citrus, spicy pepper and some nice earthy hoppiness.

T & M - The head was so ridiculous that it felt like it took an hour before I could taste it! The citrus I smelled in the aroma was there, but it almost took a back seat to the pepper and the earthy hop bitterness. Actually, it compliments the spice quite nicely. Medium bodied with a bit of coarse tingle from the carbonation. The alcohol is VERY well hidden, a genuine task for the 8.5% ABV.

D - This is a delicious brew and I'm a bit upset with myself that it took me this long to try it. If it weren't so expensive, it would be a daily stock item in my frig. I think I could drink this all night.

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Photo of noclue
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 750ml bottle corked and caged. Served in tulip glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy golden yellow. Huge fluffy billowing head with soapy sticky lacing.

Smell: Spice, ground pepper. Fruity, yeasty, sweet, sweet malt aromas.

Taste: Sweet and fruity up front. Wham! sweet and fruity turns to bold and phenolic, which fades into spicy hops and alcohol. The alchol is present, yet pleasant and very much wanted.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth. Streaming effervescent carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability/Overall: So light and crisp that you forget about the high ABV. Easy to drink and a pleasure to enjoy! A devil of a treat!

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Photo of tburus
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice!

Appearance: Foggy golden liquid with yeast swirling inside. Thick, bubbly head. Rapid stream of carbonation rising from center of the glass.

Smell: Nice intermingling of apple and hops/pine.

Taste: Enters tasting like a muted apple cider. This taste subsides in favor of the slight bitterness of hops.

Mouthfeel: Yeasty/wheaty flavor cover the palate. Subtle aftereffects of apple. Mild sour taste leftover, again reminiscent of cider. Slightly more carbonation than I desire.

Drinkability: It's gone already?!? Honestly, one of the best, easiest drinking beers I have tried to date. The price is the only thing that would keep me from drinking this several times a week.

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Photo of Hammarby
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden (cloudy) with a good foamy white head with tones of yellow.
S: Oh my god! Olives, salt, flowers (like walking in to a florist), yeast, citrus, red berries and dried fruits. Pears in syrup. Root beer. This one is full of surprises. Smells like a really good wine, a wheat beer and the snacks that goes with it.
T: Just like the smell, but a distinct, but not disturbing, tone of alcohol. Raisins of muscat grapes. I can't believe I haven't drunk this one much more often.
M: Tiny pricky bubbles below medium body, kind of dry.
Very good taste, wonderful aroma and altoghether an exceptional beer. My only reservation is that I feel the alcohol in my forehead almost immediately. But, oh my god!

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Photo of DeadGuyRyan
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent straw color, great carbonation great head pours very thick. Incredible lase as well with nice bubbles rising.

Smells of straw and earthy notes, not very sweet on the nose, belgian yeast banana citrus grainy. Smells great

Taste is more bitter and has a great bite light to medium body, the sweet and dry aspects play off each other really well. Crisp refreshing. The alcohol is there but its really well hidden.

Incredible beer I will be having more of this I would suggest to any fan of beer.

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Photo of btmo
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now, this is one right out of the box! (ie - it is good...)

Appearance is slightly cloudy, pale in colour, and is nothing to write home about BUT that head!!! It goes on and on and on.

One could write poems about head that lasts so long, but one shan't. Wrong website...


The flavour is AMAZING. Fruity, complex, just the right amount of bitterness, a sweetness that isn't cloying. And while a strong beer, you won't notice the alcohol until it is far too late. It sneaks up on you, and then pounces.

Think of this as some sort of liquid feline, and you, dear reader, are the rodent...

My only real gripe with this beer was the amount of carbonation.

I suppose it is possible that it should be like this, but for me, it felt TOO carbonated.

However, the taste (good Lord - the TASTE!!!) more than made up for this, and this is certainly a beer I will be drinking again.

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Photo of morimech
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a tremedously thick and foamy white head that had excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left down to the very bottom of the glass during consumption.

The smell is mainly fruity. Grapes, apples, and pears combine for a sweet aroma. Slight spice like scents of cloves is also detected.

The flavor is, what can I say, unbelievably good. Light fruit flavors like apples, pears, and white grapes combine with yeasty spiciness to make a wonderful flavor profile. Some alcohol is detected to let you know that this is a strong ale indeed.

It has a light body with ample carbonation. Perhaps a little too much carbonation. Finishes dry with some fruit and alcohol aftertaste.

The high ABV cuts down on drinkability along with the high price. An extravegant and rare purchase for me.

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Photo of ocmpoma
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out into my Duvel tulip (of course!) a hazy gold with a huge, fluffy white top that did fade out eventually but could be summoned back with a swishy-swish or two. Great lacing; one of the most appealing brews visually, especially when poured into its own glassware.

The nose on a Duvel is fantastic: sweet malt, pine, and fruit up front with a back end of honey and bit of mustiness. It's a gorgeous, very bright and crisp nose. And the taste is just as solid -- the benchmark Belgian pale, all birght citrus up front with strong hints of pine and spices on the end; a very very clean, smooth, and bright taste that manages to be light and strong at the same time.

8.5 alcohol, but you wouldn't know it -- the mouthfeel is a bit thin and too bubbly for me, but it makes the brew easier to drink. Awesome drinkability and overall an outstanding, world-class beer.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Highly carbonated with a billowing pure whit massive head retention. Man, I wish I had a Duvel glass. Absolutely golden yellow taste. Incredibly clear and gorgeous

S- Complex nose with some spicing and malts. A get a slight bubblegum favor along with a nice ester smell from the yeast.

T- Very complex and delicious. The balance on this beer is ridiculous! Stunningly balanced between the spices and malts. It's stunning how the high alcohol is completely disguised by this easy to drink beer. This beer is almost perfect in all aspects for a beer and for its style

M- Very smooth and sits delicately on the palate.

D- Incredibly high. I literally could drink gallons of this until I pass out.

Overall- What a great beer. Easily one of my top 20 to 25 beers I've ever had. I enjoy so many aspects of this beer and highly recommend it to anyone. It's complex yet approachable. It's easy to like as a beginner but has enough going on to be equally appreciated by a any drinking veteran.

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Photo of andreasmwatt
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - If you dont pour slow you will for sure have a glass full of head. Bottle states " Pour Unhurriedly." Boy is that an understatement. Very nice strong head, reminded me of the meringue on a lemon meringue pie. Color was a hazy golden color.

Taste - Smooth, no bitterness at all. Very floral in taste. Best part is that the taste stays with you for a long period.

Aroma - Very Sweet Smell.

Mouthfeel - Gives a clean fresh feeling after impact. Mouth feels super clean.

Overall - Funtastic beer. Really great ale. World Class.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Light, cloudy yellow colour, probably the palest beer i've seen to date. Slight orange tint. Topped with a lumpy white two-finger head. Simply beautiful.

S- Soft spice, slight citrus (orange peel) character. Sweet malt backbone.

T- Extremely soft citrus and slightly spicy in nature. Yeasty notes in the background with a little hint of pilsner-like malt.

M- Aggressive carbonation. Definitely more carbonation than I was expecting but I suppose the notation of 'bottle conditioned' makes up for that. Smooth and creamy on the palate.

O- I can easily say that Duvel is one of the best beers that i've tried. It's not only a great looking beer, but it is a pleasure to the nose and palate. Two thumbs up. Totally recommend that anyone who comes across Duvel to try it.

Post Bottle Note: This beer is deceptively strong. Tread carefully, beer bros.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhhh Duvel... one of my favorite beers of all time. I cant believe I never got around to reviewing it yet.

It pours a cloudy glowing gold color with torrents of multi-sized bubbles racing to the top. The head is a sight to behold. Its enourmous and lasts forever. It has big bubbles at the base and mocroscopic bubbles at the top that make it look like vanilla ice cream, truly remarkable. It coats the glass with loosely formed rings of thick lace.

The aroma is a delicious blend of bready malts, citrus, floral hops, green apple skins and candy sugar. Theres also an incredible yeast smell thats spicy and typically Belgian. The taste is remarkably hoppy and also very citrusy and malty. Its reminiscent of Orval. The hops are grassy and herbal and the malt has a great perfumey character. The flavor is very full and rounded.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. The finish has an alcohol kick and then a prolonged, intriguing green apple tartness mingled with hoppy bitterness and Belgian yeast. This beer is close to perfect, everyone should try it.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,743 ratings.