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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,777 Ratings

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Ratings: 5777
Reviews: 2550
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of allboutbierge


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having had this beer numerous times, I finally got around to writing a review.

Thick with heavy bubbles after a pour...dirty blonde color with bright white head. Lots of spice in the nose, no alcohol, hoppy with sweeter notes coming it at the end.

White pepper, some zest, prominent bitterness, spicy with a crisp finish. Lots of carbonation.

It doesn't get much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 18:45:03 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of tanousa


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Bright gold , nice cabonation , very good white head that holds to the glass for your delight.

S- Belgian yeast, slight fruit flavor, lemon and hints of banana.

T- Nice citrus , crisp malty taste. Even being a 8.5 % alcohol it is a beatiful beer to drink and go for more !

M- Nice cabonation, crisp and smooth beer , almost has a champagne feel.

D- very drinkable , refreshing, you can have 2 or 3 no problem, awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:27:46 | More by tanousa
Photo of nova009


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a clear golden yellow, a nice foamy white head that retains well

S- reminds me of a champagne, tart apple, spice and yeast

T- great taste, almost like a dry champagne, apple and spices

M- light and smooth, nice bubbly carbonation, you really don't want to stop drinking this one

D- fantastic, I could drink these all the time

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:11:39 | More by nova009
Photo of AdamBear


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-yellow gold, good amount of white head, fairly bubbly

S-belgian yeasts with a good amount of banana. good strength. alcohol note is present

T-comes in with a strong, crisp belgian yeasts. there's a small alcohol note. the after-taste is of great malty banana.

M-heavy carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-the taste stays, its fun to drink. the ABV hits expectedly. honestly, this beer will grow on you. the first time i had...i didn't care for it, the second time...i thought it was okay. but then i noticed that i would start to crave it, and now when i drink it, i really enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 05:09:58 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Fatheranderson


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, thanks to the previous reviewer for saying that it smelled of sourdough, that was the word I was trying to think of for the past few minutes to describe the taste/smell (had massive writer's block).

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow. Similar in appearance to a good heffeweizen.

Smell: Citrus, sourdough, a very clean smell that just fits the style like a glove.

Taste: Where to begin... there's just so much going on in each sip that it's hard to pick a beginning point. I guess what really hit me first was a sharp lemony taste that transitioned smoothly into a bready sourdough taste. Sharp hops are noticeable throughout with just a tiny almost hidden note of honey or brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: smooth, bubbly, refreshing.

Drinkability: The alcohol is so well hidden it ends up sneaking up on you. It's so delicious that you're drunk before you really realize it. That's both a good and a bad thing depending on whether or not you want to get smashed.

Food pairing: chili, porterhouse steak, seafood, good cheese. Rule of thumb: if it goes well with sourdough, or if you like the dish with a twist of lemon, this beer will compliment it nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 01:25:10 | More by Fatheranderson
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North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Michael Jackson raved about this beer non-stop and I find myself doing the same.

Beautiful, fluffy white head with good retention. Excellent floral aroma with a kiss of hops. Great biscuity maltiness. Highly drinkable.

One cannot say enough great things about this beer. All other Belgian blondes/goldens cannot touch this one. Thank you, Duvel Moortgat for this gem.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 22:30:39 | More by MaaikeMae
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4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I've always enjoyed beer but my first Duvel, poured into a snifter, was the reason I really started diving into the world of beer. I've had amazing experiences with other beers but this will always have a special place in my heart.

Appearance- Pours a golden color with a nice head. It's color has a refreshing quality that invites a lustful first sip.

Smell- Hits your nostrils with crisp, fruity notes.

Taste- The balance of alcohol, malt and fruit notes are seamless. The alcohol in this brew is instantly acknowledged but doesn't stop you from enjoying the other notes. Unreal.

Mouthfeel- Maybe I love this beer as much as I do because I've always enjoyed champagne and Duvel encompasses all that I love about champagne. The carbonation is strong with being overpowering. The liquid has weight but doesn't weigh your mouth out.

Drinkability- This is my favorite beer. I love the crisp, enticing flavors. It's got the fresh, invigorating appeal of just cut fruit. The alcohol flavor is balanced and enjoyable. You know right away you're drinking a formidable beer but it doesn't knock you over the head... right away. When I imagine Lords and Knights gathered around a thick oak table enjoying a well deserved feast after battle, I imagine them drink Duvel. Duvel is a masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 03:01:24 | More by TheBoog013
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4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This isn't the first time I've had Duvel - but it's the first time I've poured one during a royal wedding. To William and Kate - cheers!

A: A pale gold body, letting about 80% of light through. Foamy as hell. The bottle says "Pour Unhurriedly," and boy do they mean it. A bubbly white head w/ sticky lacing forms almost instantly.

S: In the nose, there's a strong yeast presence. Phenols abound, with a complex, fruity sweetness underneath. Very Belgian.

T: Yeast, just like the nose, conquers the palate. Big fruity flavor - grape, apple, pear, banana, and orange marmalade make an appearance. The hops are there, but mild; uniquely spiced. The aftertaste is so crisp it's almost nonexistent. Spectacular balance for 8.5% ABV.

M: A bubbly, classy champagne feel. It gives this beer an exquisite texture that I've never experienced anywhere else.

O: The KING of Belgian Strong Pale Ales for good reason. It's a great beer for so many occasions. It's so hard to find anything bad about this drinking experience. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 16:51:37 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into an Eley Kishimoto Duvel Artist Series glass.

Pours a straw colored pale yellow with a pillowy two and a half finger bright white head. Adundant lacing as the head recedes. The aroma of Belgian yeast, alcohol, and a touch of ripe fruit. Opens with yeast, grassy hops, and a pleasant accent of alcohol, a touch of juicy ripe fruit midpalate, and a crisp, clean finish. Adundant effervescent carbonation, however still smooth with just the right touch of creaminess. This brew is the standard for Belgian strong pale ales. A triumph.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:48:29 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of Mavigo


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wowzers. Indulged this beer in a goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy golden honey color, with a very bubbly quarter inch white head that lasts a few minutes before dissipating leaving foamy, airy remnants on the edges of the glass, never really seen a head like this, reminds me of bath bubble soap. It's contrasted with lower amounts of lacing, though there is quite some patchwork. Very pretty for having such a light color.

S: Smells delicate, honey, can pick up on its sweetness, very grainy, strong wheat smell, like bread, smells yeasty too, tinge of hops, herbs, spices.

T: Very sweet, very balanced, its really carbonated too, but its so sweet, has a good citrus flavor, for having a higher ABV, can barely taste it, its amazing. Picking up malt flavors, little bit of hops, interesting yeast flavor and texture, kind of reminds me of pizza dough. Got a twang from the spices, herbs and hops as well.

M: Super carbonated, but its amazing, its so well balanced, the flavors totally block out the over carbonation and booze too, I would not know this was 8.5% if it wasn't specified on the bottle. Has almost no aftertaste too. Props for the equilibrium of carbonation, alcohol and flavor. Carbonation usually bothers me, but there's no way I could disagree with this beer.

O: The best beer I've ever had hands down, an amazing mixture of complexity and sweetness contrasted against super carbonation leaves with a super crisp and fulfilling feel. If there's a beer you should try, it would be this one, It's extraordinary, it's the best beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:13:48 | More by Mavigo
Photo of stewart124


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

330ml bottle. Poured into a Chimay glass.

Beautiful clarity. Straw in color with an absolutely astounding white head. It looks like a cloud.

Yeast in the nose and some bread. Some faint hints of Brett.

Extremely crisp. Sharp bite on the tongue. No alcohol notes come through initially. More light bread and biscuity notes. Did I mention the carbonation yet? Well it just brings everything together. Amazing. Some slight sour notes but really the dry finish is where this hits home.

It doesn't get better than this.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 00:46:30 | More by stewart124
Photo of John

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Outstanding brew. Remarkable fruity flavor imparted by the yeast. I prefer to let this warm a bit and let some of the carbonation dissipate before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2001 09:08:28 | More by John
Photo of QXSTER1


4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Giant rocky white head that lasts forever and laces the obligatory Belgian Chalice. Fruity malt in the nose followed by a deceptively smooth taste for the alcohol content. Spicy malt followed by a long dryish hop finish. Lovely to watch the champagne like bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass as I savor this first class Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2001 20:18:41 | More by QXSTER1
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When poured slowly into a Duvel glass, this beer is beautifully presented. Half of the glass is filled with the pale golden elixir, which is only slightly hazy since I left about 2cm in the bottle to keep the yeast out. This is topped off with a huge, rocky, pure white head that leaves a generous amount of lace, yet stays very well. A steady stream of bubbles rises from the very bottom of the glass, helping the head's wonderful staying power. Spicy aroma of pepper and fruit esters, along with some malt presence in the background. On the palate, delicate yet spicy pepper tickles at the tongue, creating a tingly yet smooth mouthfeel. Slightly fruity sweetness is the major player here, and goes perfectly with the spiciness. Very slight hop character shows itself in a rind-like bitterness around the middle and in the finish. The finish is otherwise sweet, but is dominated by the aforementioned hop bitterness. The high alcohol content is not at all noticeable, making this dangerously drinkable! This is a god among beers, truly a masterpiece and worthy of its high esteem. One of the wonders of the beer world.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 10:37:09 | More by hyuga
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4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So good it's painful. This is a beer you don't ever want to stop drinking. One of the best qualities of this is the sound it makes when you pop the cap. The "whooshing" sound of the air escaping lasts twice as long as most beers and if you put your hand near it, you can feel that it's twice as powerful. It takes much longer than most beers to pour also because the head was so large. I once tried to take a sip of this straight out of the bottle, and was punished with a head that rushed out and foam went everywhere. I learned my lesson: A beer of this quality requires respect. As for the taste, a strong yeast flavor is the first thing I notice. A wonderful flavor of ripe fruit follows. Apricot, apple, peach, it's all there. It's got a slightly alcoholic finish which doesn't bother me in the least. It just serves as a reminder of the strength of this brew. The apperance could have been a little darker, and the mouthfeel a little thicker, but other than that, It's pretty close to perfection. If you haven't tried this yet, you need to right now.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2003 13:16:51 | More by HossMcGraw
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4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A strong Belgian golden ale doesn't get any better than this one. The color just shines thru the light and it is very drinkable , a true gem, with just the right amount of sweetness and a bit of hop balance. The foamy pour lets the beer breath and this beer truly is the Devil as the alcohol is not noticeable, until you stand up afer a few. If there is one beer tour to take in Belgium or anywhere it is the Moortgat brewery tour where Duvel and Maredsous are brewed and enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 14:42:15 | More by bierman2000
Photo of necoadam


4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Duvel is one of the better beers out there. Appearance is a pale yellow with a huge head. Took a little while for it to settle down. But when it did, oh my! Smell consists of mainly yeast with some alcohol, but not much. Taste is out of this world. Starts out with some of that alcohol kick, but it's very well hidden with the yeast then finishes off with some apples/pears. 8.5% is a little to laugh at, you can't taste it at all. I wouldn't mind drinking this beer all day on a nice summer day outside. First class beer. I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 01:51:05 | More by necoadam
Photo of RushLimbmalt


4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At first I thought this beer was all hype. I couldn't have been more wrong. Wow, what a great beer. I am beginning to love Belgian Strong Pale Ales. It pours a cloudy lemon yellow color and has a thick white head that leaves a ton of lace in my glass. It has a fruity, yeasty aroma and a very yeasty fruity flavor. Very well balanced and definitely world. If only it was a bit cheaper. I could go broke drinking this bier.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 01:19:16 | More by RushLimbmalt
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4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ordered from a local english/american pub/resturant in Rolla, Mo. I asked to open and pour the beer. The going on 40ish gal behind the bar removed the cap and sat the unpoured bottle beside a Duvel glass and bluntly stated: "you can't take the bottle from the premises" and ignored me not offering a menu or any further service.

Looking for a special brew for the 100th review I was looking forward to a great experience, so much for the atmosphere. Pouring the beer a perfect head formed while the obnoxious person behind the bar complained about the music and swore. A great nose arose that could only have came from Belgium. I knew its taste would peak my appetite and when a male owner/cook came to the bar I thought I would be offered a menue. At least no one was smoking and I was going to appreciate the fine aroma. Looking around the bar I saw nothing to advertise the presence of this awsome tasting import only Budweiser, Millers, and Killians decorated my surroundings. A second waitress/owner sat at the bar and lit a cigarette. I warmed the Duval tulip glass with my hands trying to drive its temperature to a minumim of 40°F from the near 30° it was served at. Finally as the last few sip went down I obtained ideal temperature range. A constant fountain of beads eminating from the center of the stemed glass built a marshmallow sized island with a finger thick layer of foam around it. This head was so persistant that I considered asking for a doggie bottle to take it home. But feeling ignorned and unwanted I did not take a chance on the employees/owners having a sense of humor. Great beer.. wrong place to drink.

At last finishing an unending banter with another employee the waitress/barmaid returned taking the bottle and glass and asked for "five dollars" without a please or thankyou.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 23:21:55 | More by karst
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4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

They don't make 'em much better than this.
Packs a punch too.
This ain't no ..."sit at the bar and down a 6 pack while watching a football game "... beer.
Is a beer to be savored.
Looks fantastic when poured correctly in a Duvel glass.
Have yet to see it on tap...
So...I wont call it the best beer ever ...but even in a bottle...it's in my top 3 I've ever had...


Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 23:54:36 | More by Dennycurr
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale cloudy color with a massive, creamy, rocky head that never goes away! Plenty of carbonation bubbles. Smells clean with an alcoholic sweetness backed up with yeast. The taste is crisp and fruity. Kind of grape like. Sweet alcohol and pale malts too! Oh my God! You just can't drink one! The problem is with 8.5% alv you have to be careful.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 04:43:07 | More by Luigi
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4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I won't be the first to say it but this beer has absoutely the best appearance I have ever seen. It ends up being a pale golden color.Infact the color reminds me of lemon jello shots. The large amount of carbonation in this beer makes it look quite alive. The head can be described with the following: four finger, billowly, pillow-like, whte, rocky/craggy. Not only does the head look great but it looks great the entire time one is drinking it, excellent head retention. Also a great amount of lacing, this looks like one good beer.

The aroma of this beer is also good. Not quite as potent as I would like (the more potent the aroma, the easier it is to describe it). Don't get me wrong, it's not like the aroma of this beer is hard to smell. It's just that if I could hold on to the smell a bit longer and have it be a bit stronger it would be much easier to describe. I get a butterscotch aroma from this beer. I also detect small amounts of diacetyl. I don't detect any hop character. It has a very distinct aroma, however, I can't seem to put a finger on it. It does however smell great.

The taste of this beer is great. It is very well rounded and complex. I can't really describe it much more than that. It has a sweet candy-like flavor that is balanced by just the right amount of hops. I also detect some spicyness in the flavor of this beer. This beer may contain 8.5% alcohol, but you surely can't tell by the way that it tastes.

Feels great in the mouth as well. It finishes dry and has a champagne character about it. The amount of carbonation is high, but I believe that it compliments the complex flavor and style very well. It is certainly not light on the palate, it has a pretty full body. In fact, this surprises me because in my experience pale ales in general don't have a full body. They are usually light-medium bodied, whereas this beer has a full body.

This beer is by far one of the best beers that I have ever drank. It has a great appearance and a taste that is quite good as well. This is a beer that I'll be buying again and again. It goes down incredibly easy espicially for having such a high abv. If you haven't tried this beer I highly recommend geting some of this next time you see it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 01:04:36 | More by becktone
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4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Effervescent Spanish doubloon gold beneath a massive alabaster head of frothily creamy foam. I don't have a Duvel glass, but I do have a flared-top snifter that is almost identical other than the decal. The cap retains a melty, bubbly, 'scoop of mousse' look as it falls and leaves a wonderful array of abstract patterned lace on all available surfaces. As I knew it would be, this is one gorgeous beer.

The nose is no slouch either. It's immensely golden fruity (apples and pears) with more than a little musky hoppiness and an equal amount of spicy yeastiness. BSPAs are similar to my favorite Belgian style (tripels) and this one is the equal of all but the very best of those. A wee whiff of alcohol adds strength of purpose.

At long last, the great Duvel has come into contact with my taste buds and I have to say that it's everything that I'd hoped it would be. It's amazing how such an aggressively flavored beer can be so light in the mouth, so gentle, so dreamily drinkable. I think that Brouwerij Duvel has it wrong when they recommend drinking this fine ale at 40-50 degrees. I started my bottle out at 50 and the flavor is becoming deeper and more complex as it warms.

The flavor profile is a nearly perfect combination of sweet and snappy pears, lemon zest and peppery-clovey yeast. Just when I think that one member of that trio is most dominant, the others catch up and overtake it. I'm stunned at how compulsively drinkable this beer is; my hand keeps reaching for the glass instead of recording my impressions. As with all great high ABV beer, alcohol is noticed on the palate, but is such an integral part of the whole that eliminating it would make for a lesser flavor experience.

There's too much flavor, too much underlying sweetness and too much glorious hoppy bitterness for the finish to be considered clean, but then I've always though that clean finishes were overrated. The final few ounces (which have come much sooner in this review than usual) are even more chock full of flavor and even more peppery, more tartly fruity, more noble hoppy and more delicious.

How do they make the body/mouthfeel so cumulus cloud light and airy, yet substantial enough to keep the beer in contact with the taste buds for so long? I got used to highly carbonated Belgian beer a while ago and now wouldn't have it any other way. This stuff is pure pleasure in the mouth and the angelic mouthfeel is a big reason why it's disappearing so devilishly fast.

I had a pretty good idea that I would like Duvel when I finally got around to trying it. I didn't realize, however, just how truly special it is. I don't know if 'it's a style unto itself' as the brewery claims, but it's certainly the best BSPA that I've ever had the pleasure to consume and is the new gold standard by which all others will now be judged.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 15:27:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 1 pint 9.4oz Bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass.

What a joy! It pours a nice cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around until the very end. Very amazing appearance!

The smell is fantastic! Very citrusy scent with some sweet malts coming through. The taste, oh my what a taste! The taste is lightly sweet and mostly of the malts but with some slight hops kicking through the end. Hints of yeast are there as well. The mouthfeel is quite outstanding with a lively carbonation that feels great on the tongue.

Highly drinkable beer. It exudes great aromas and flavors. It's a bit heavy but very easy to drink.

Highly recommended brew. Easy to locate and is well worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 01:48:28 | More by Brewlore
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New Hampshire

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

amazing. pours fairly clear at first until the yeast is stirred. very floral, candy sweet yeast with a touch of spice. real nice. the bubbles almost shoot off the bottom. pillowy light head. the mouthfeel is beautiful. the bubbles play on your tongue. very smooth. sweet yeast taste, fruit notes. perfect in every way i think, just amazing. one of my favorite beers i have ever had. one that i will remember for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 19:18:08 | More by scarletfire79
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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