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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
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2,725 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,725
Hads: 7,541
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.39%
Wants: 404
Gots: 1,341 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale | 8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of twozni
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Nice golden color with a very fluffy two finger head.

S: Light citrus smell, a bit hoppy.

T: Light citrus aftertaste, has a bit of spice to it, slight bitterness.

F: Very smooth, mild carbonation.

O: Really delicious beer and definitely worth a try

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - A pale golden yellow type color. Hazy but not completely opaque. Awesome super fluffy/soapy 3 finger white head.
Smell - Spice, Belgian yeast, lemon peel, earth
Taste - Spice, peppery notes, earthiness, lemon zest, hints of orange peel
Feel - super crisp and clean. 8.5% is well hidden (but makes you aware it's there) and the carbonation is on point!

Overall - This beer is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of tduecen
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I had in Belgium. Would have loved to tour the brewery and try it that way. Was a nice pour and had a nice head on the beer, certainly fit the characteristics of a Belgium beer.

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Photo of donspublic
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass at a wine bar (I know). Poured a hazy yellow (actually pretty clear). Nice 2 finger head. Nice malt upfront light peppery lemon finish. The thing that is amazing is this beer retained a 2 finger head for a solid 30 minutes. Will definitely have this beer in the future. One of the better looking beers that taste damned good

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hmmmm... a magical Christmas elixir, drunk from a large tulip Duvel glass. Well done team. This golden treat really just hit the spot. Crisp bright flavor with a light mouth feel. I personally felt this one was a little deceptive on the alcohol side in that I couldn't tell it was 8.5%. This is a beer I would drink after shoveling the driveway... or maybe a few. Refreshing.

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Photo of jtaylord
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from bottle with best before 04/2017 date. Pours a pale golden color with a thick white head that slowly dissipates. Refreshing Belgium taste. A+beer.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear and gold, huge white head and very visible carbonation. Another review described the smell as a tire fire and I'll be damned if that's not a fair description. Not scared though, got some citrus smells and I've had it before so I know it's good. Light body, but that carbonation is a mouthful. Dry, crisp and super smooth; I could drink this all night, what booze?

Finishes super clean with just a touch of bitterness lingering on the tongue. This may not be the sexiest old girl, but she's worth bumping into from time to time.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, best before 11/2016

Appearance: pale golden and cloudy, builds a beautiful big iceberg head that stays there forever.

Smell: clean sweet incensey like maltiness, really great.

Taste: malty, spicey, fruity, sweet and dry, but all very balanced, it's addictive.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated but so creamy and smooth it makes you want drink more and more.

Overall: delicious, amazing beer, as I said, it's addictive. This is really good beer.

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

Bought a bottle here in Montreal for 3,65$

Look: golden color and about 4 fingers of white head

Smell: Lemon and some hops

Taste: Citrus with some light hops. Goes down really easily. No alcohol burn at all. Really refreshing.

Feels: Citrus, lots of carbonation, refreshing.

So overeall would I recommed it ? For sure ! What a beer !

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Photo of Stakebone
2.8/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear straw colored beer with impressive and long lasting head. Alcohol level is way in the background. However it's light body does nothing to counter the extreme bitterness and the smell is more tire fire than spicy hops. Any complexity or fruity character is masked by the overall harshness of the dominant flavors and aroma.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer has a light golden color with a fluffy white head that had some lasting power. Malty, lemony citrus and a little banana peel. Taste is light and refreshing disguising the elevated alcohol content very well. Highly carbonated and crisp in the mouth with a light feel. I feel the beer is right on the mark for a Belgian strong pale Ale.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The purest white pillow of everlasting dense foam on top of clear straw color. Aroma is slight citrus zest and mild spice. Yeasty esters dominate the taste. It's fairly dry, and very carbonated. with a bit of a tart finish I enjoy Delirium more.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I hate pale ales but this was such a nice one i didnt even notice it was classed as a pale....crisp,smooth and overall a very well crafted beer, i would even consider buying again even though i dont like this style.

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Photo of Faaphotog
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass

L: light golden color lots of carbonation and a creamy white head that dissipated extremely slowly.

S: smooth hops with a little hint of lemon.

T: citrusy clean smooth hops with a nice yeast undertone, very light alcohol. Lots of lemon on the aftertaste.

F: heavy carbonation

O:very good beer. Will definitely pick up more if I have the chance to.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

L: Pours a light clear golden color. 3 fingers of the creamiest white head I've ever seen which lasts forever. Delicate lacing and great legs.

S: Lemony citrus and mild hops.

T/F: Belgian yeasts are all over this brew... complex esters with an almost fruity-citrus character without being sweet. Mild hop bite... just enough to keep things honest. Spicy character. Light and creamy on the mouth... carbonated yet smooth.

O: This is a delicious and complex beer, and one that's meant to be sipped and savored. You can't go wrong with Duvel, and it's one of the Belgian standards for a reason.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed glass. Hazy golden color with a multiple finger head that recedes super slowly leaving lacing halfway down the glass. Aroma of fruity esters, floral hops, and bread. Taste follows the nose with a slightly tart yeast, floral hops, spicy hops, and biscuit taste before the dry finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation. The alcohol is completely hidden and the feel is creamy and luscious.
The feel is what really makes this beer. Everything is well done, but the creaminess and hidden alcohol make this a gem. I could really savor this and I don't see how this beer could get old.

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Photo of nflowers
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear and golden with a thick, fluffy head. Looks like there's tons of carbonation.

Smell is of bread, banana, lemon zest.

Taste is very complex and bright. Lots of fruit, but it comes across as light and refreshing. No alcohol burn. Does not taste like a 8%+ beer.

The finish is dry, and leaves you wanting more. Great beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Propolis tulip. Three finger fluffy white head, almost like marshmallow foam. Clear, pale yellow body with a strange hazy ribbon under the head.

Smell: Light fruits, banana, clove, notes of straw and honey.

Taste: Apple, banana, clove, and a note of pepper.

Feel: Massive carbonation, medium body. Slightly tart, but also a bit dry.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer!.

Bought a bomber at the local Costco and kept it for a few days until the timing was right. Opened it up the other night and thoroughly the entire beer from start to finish. Will drink this one again!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding beer across the board on all fronts ! Not sure why I waited so long to tick this one . . . oh yeah, price point. But now that I've tried it I believe it's worth every penny. I was actually able pick up two bottles along with a Duvel glass gift packaged for $8 ! This is classified as a Belgian Pale Ale but personally I have no trouble considering this a tripel. Gorgeous golden appearance along with a crisp feel. Tastes like a tripel and is comparable to many fine Belgians that are out there as well as La Fin Du Monde. Overall, just a fantastic Belgian even if I'm confused by the style.

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Photo of riverotterrob
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: clear, light golden, with lots of rising bubbles and plenty of dense, white head

S: smooth yeast and bread with just a hint of lemony hops.

T: nicely balanced with a hint of sweetness followed by a mild bitterness. The taste is very clean and straightforward.

F: very light for the abv, with lots of nice effervescent bubbles, reminiscent of champagne.

O: a very drinkable classic, my only issue is that is a touch sweet

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Photo of dream
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Saw the price and the rating and took the plunge. Great beer that looks like Snoopy's root beer on Bon Voyage charlie brown. HUGE head, which i enjoy. Smells refreshing, almost like Sprite. This brew tastes heavenly and will having you craving another sip, and the mouth on this is delectable. Overall a definitive Belgium brew which others should strive for.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This really is a beautiful beer. Huge fluffy white head with carbonation rushing up from the etching in my Duvel tulip. The smell is spicy, yeasty, and lightly fruity. The taste is similar with a slightly tart aftertaste. Crisp and clean and delicious. The only negative is the high price. yb

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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 Gote
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My brother in law slipped me a couple of these with the tulip glass and told me "best beer I've ever had." Now he knows his German and Belgian beers so I listened. The next thing I did was check out the reviews here. I get a little skeptical when something scores this well because my tastes tend to run a little differently than others. Porters and light stouts are my favorites. Anyway, I chilled them and got ready. I screwed up the pouring a little and wound up with way too much head so I had to wait a bit but it was worth it. I'll let the other guys give all the flowery evaluations of subtle notes and such and tell you that this is the ale that all other ale makers should shoot for. It's light, clean, and refreshing but somehow doesn't skimp on flavor. I don't mean that over-hopped crapped that's all the rage these days but real beer flavor. On my beer tasting list I've got a category for beers I would drink every day and this one made it. Saving the other one for another day until I can find some more.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,725 ratings.