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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,495 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,495
Reviews: 2,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 250
Gots: 570 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of NODAK
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Nose is full of citrus...peppery spices...and some yeast as well.

Pours a bright golden color with a fair head.

Carbonation is very high. Mouthfeel pretty heavy. Citric tartness hits the palate first...followed by an assertive yeasty taste that dominates most of the body of the beer, along with some peppery as well. Alcohol is slightly noticeable on the finish, but for the ABV it's very minor and hidden...hops somewhat minor but certainly present to finish the beer off on a fairly dry note, along with some more tart citrus.

This is the definitive beer of the style...very drinkable, straight forward and delicious. It's really impressive how drinkable this beer is for how heavy and high in alcohol it is.

NODAK, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
5/5  rDev +17.4%

750ml bottle into Bruery tulip. This is one of those iconic beers that it's almost impossible to believe that I haven't reviewed yet, much like Arrogant Bastard was not too long ago. Nice to finally sit down and make this one official.

Pours a quite-hazy pale straw, with a dense, rocky white head that towers above the rim of the glass as the beer is being poured. Once this one finally settles down to about 2 fingers, there are massive honeycomb-sheets of lacing, and the the bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass leave the sides of the head look like tiny, intricately stacked spheres that get progressively smaller from top to bottom. Stunning beer.

Nose is replete with a huge array of aromas - honey and white pepper, pears, just a bit of apple skin, just a bit of fresh-cut hay. What's amazing about this one is the clarity of each of these aromas - there's no sifting around through a set of muddled-together scents wafting about, these are beautifully clear and precise and distinct. A beautiful example of why yeast can be more important than any other ingredient in a beer.

Taste is world class as well. Lighter than the nose, starts off dry, white pepper and a bit of tangy yeast coming through, with the apples and pears coming through close behind. No honey sweetness here anywhere to be found, though a nice grassiness comes through in our first real glimpse of the hops. The finish carries a bit more pepper, light sourdough, bit of grassiness, and a kiss of lemon. Alcohol is barely there at all, only showing up just enough to add another wee layer of complexity. Absolutely beautiful beer.

Mouthfeel, not to be outdone by the other aspects, is as close to perfection as I ever expect to find. Light and delicate, yet with a creaminess from the persistent head, and just enough fullness from the suspended yeast that really, this beer is everything anyone could want it to be, and all at the same time.

I won't mince words with drinkability. Why bother? This beer is a masterpiece, in which every single characteristic is poured over until it's honed to perfection, and then all taught to dance together in perfect harmony.

My first perfect 5 rating.

Part of me wanted to deny it this, if only to say that I still hadn't rated anything a perfect 5. But honestly, with this bottle and at this moment, it was flawless perfection. At one point in my developmental craft-beer stages, Belgian Strong Pales were some of my least favorite beers, or at least so I proclaimed. Now, however, one sits perched atop my overall rankings ladder in a seat no other can lay claim to. What changes a couple of years can bring.

JohnQVegas, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of BBP
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

A- Pale gold with frothy head. Spirited carbonation. Bonus marks for the great lacing in my glass.

S- Citrus banana and spices. Floral notes as well. Some yeast aroma.

T- Sweet fruit. Apple, banana and pear. Good spices to fit the bill and notes of citrus in it as well. It also has it's share of yeast. A small amount of bitterness which doesn't stand up to the sweetness all that well. Of the spices I can make out just the faintest hint of cloves. A lot of depth to the taste. It sticks around for longer than most beers after it's been downed.

M- Very rich and smooth. Medium-full body.

D- Seemingly well hidden ABV. As it warms up, all the flavors come out, but there's a definite increase in the alcohol's kick at a certain point as well.

Recommended to try at midrange temperatures, but I found too cold, and I couldn't taste much, too warm, and the the alcohol came at you. There's a great point in-between where it really shines.

All in all an assertive BSPA with tons of flavor. Sadly it was a bit too sweet and spicy for my tastes, but for that reason I can understand why most other people would enjoy it.

BBP, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle (courtesy of BA infi) into my La Fin Du Monde tulip.

Pours a hazy golden hue with a ridiculously fat white head that lingers for a good long while after the initial pour and leaves a great amount of lacing. Translucent and full of smallish bubbles, it looks almost like a hefeweizen. That's always a good thing in my book. Smell is full of subdued yeast and malts, along with some spiciness and citrus. Very familiar scent that's more than welcome.

Sweet malty kick to start things off, followed by the citrus-y esters and a bit of wheaty banana as well. Hops show up at the end with some light bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Alcohol is definitely present, as the warmth bookends the flavor experience. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a just-right amount of carbonation. Body is well-balanced. Finishes somewhat dry, but pleasingly so.

Drinkability is very good. The alcohol, while present, is never overpowering and serves to complement the rest of the flavor profile. A sipper to be sure, but it's quite tasty and you'll definitely enjoy drinking it. Crisp and refreshing, a fine example of craft brew.

r0nyn, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.9/5  rDev +15%

Appearance: Thick, light yellow. Fairly cloudy but not completely. Great foam and lacing. And I don't think I've seen so much carbonation in a beer. Outstanding!

Smell: Fruity, peppery, yeasty alcohol. I especially get bananas here but also a spicy zest as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Outstanding taste and mouthfeel. A great floral and citrus hops taste. Lots of bread and yeast as well. Very heavy, fruity taste and thick feel overall. I definitely get some more banana, but also other ambiguous fruits as well. Alcohol is definitely here. Also outstanding!

Drinkability: The taste and mouthfeel mesh together so well on this one and it's such a pretty beer.

Overall: One of the most outstanding beers on the market.

tjsdomer2, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a hazy pale yellow colour with a huge fizzy/foamy white head. I can make out an average amount of carbonation. There is a fair amount of lacing on the glass, and the head sticks around for a long time.

Smell - First off I notice a light apple juice like scent, also some floral notes. There is a medicine like smell and faint hops.

Taste & Mouth - Wow.. in a word - delicious. Not to mention that it hides the 8.5% alcohol very well. First off is a nice grainy bready taste, and some fresh fruit notes, followed by some light hops, and nice sweet and sour finish. It also provides a nice warming feeling in my chest.

Drink - A top notch brew. This will be become a staple in my beer fridge. It may be the perfect all around beer.

spinrsx, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of domtronzero
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

A - Brilliantly clear golden yellow with a massive, rocky, frothy white head that lingers forever and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Light sweet pilsner malts and pear-like/apple esters. Slight citrusy aroma. Light spicy hops.

F/M - Pilsner malt candy sweetness, pear-like and light lemony/orange esters. Low spicy hops with a firm bitterness. Pleasant alcohol bitterness and perfumy flavors. Very dry with a very clean aftertaste. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

D - Excellent drinkability. Clean and dry and full flavored and it goes down so good. It hides the rather high alcohol very well.

domtronzero, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Jef59
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

330 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

Pours a deep golden yellow with a huge head that sticks with great, thick threads of lacing.

Smells of sweet fruit, alcohol, and nuts.

The taste is of bold malt and fruitiness. Has the banana-like characteristics of many of the best Belgian pales, except better. A distinct nuttiness is also very present.

Each sip hits the tongue more velvety than the next with the perfect amount or carbonation, and despite the strength of this beer it's deceivingly quaffable. A great brew!

Jef59, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of montecristo2
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass from a 22 oz. bottle.

I wanted a Belgian beer today after a bunch of yardwork. I'm so glad I bought this!
Great head, thick and at least three and a half fingers tall.
Effervescent, golden colored brew.
Smells of slight banana, sweet yeast.
Tastes delicious-Sweetness turns slightly sour on the outsides of the tongue. Hops and yeast character- mostly yeast.
Great lacing on the glass.
Lots o' alcohol! But I love it and you don't even notice it...until it's too late! Hahahaha!

Definitely an exceptional purchase if you are looking for an awesome Belgian beer.


montecristo2, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of btorsdog
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Hard to believe a small grocery near my house sells this for $9.99 all the time, great buy!
if you look up the word "beer" anywhere this is the picture that ought to be beside it! Golden Yellow with a slight haze to it but probably the best head ever, thick and dense, impressive!
Slightly "Grolsh" like with a touch of white peppery skunk to it, belgian scent comes through also!
taste is as gold as she looks ,slight bitter sting with a sweetening malt effect, so cleanly crisp at the end its almost frightening!
medium mouth with an effervescant thing happening, somewhat dry.
This is where the "Devil" comes into play with ya.So tasty but dry so you what more to quench that spot, Alcohol seems non-existant so you just keep pounding 'em down, Great Brew!!!!

btorsdog, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Whiteweasel
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Drank from a pint glass and poured from a bottle.

A: Pale yellow, not the greatest colour. Great head and incredible lacing though. The consistency is suprisingly clear.

S: Luxurious, with a plethora of fruits; grapes, peaches, strawberries, and bananas with a heaping serving of clove. Belgian yeast scent comes out beautifully.

T: Malty, sweet, complex and yeasty, all similar to a Chimay. Flavours are top notch. Like a fine wine; rich like a glass of brandy.

M: Harsh on the tongue, very carbonated, and very very boozy. Quite the number on the mouth, but in a good way.

D: This beer is so damn good, but its so alcoholic that its damn near impossible to stay sober after having more than 2 or 3.

Whiteweasel, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Vaison
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Cloudy light yellow with a huge head that nearly towered out of the glass.

S: Immediately reminded me of a pilsner, perhaps it was the color that had me thinking that way. Smelled peppery and citric, perhaps lemon.

T: A slightly bitter hoppy start, with a fruity and citric rind middle with an alcohol push at the end.

M: Creamy head beginning, feels very light. Almost like an extra dry champagne with the way it dissipates.

D: Very easy to sip. Much lighter than the bold full taste suggests.

Vaison, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Translucent, hazy, golden, thick creamy head. Oddly clear in the center. This looks promising. Nice lacing.

S: Smells a lot like a pilsner, with some faint skunky notes and fainter spice. Pretty nice, but muddled and muted.

T: Scrumptious; exceeded my expectations. The main taste is refreshingly robust for a beer that looks so pale. There is a carbonated creaminess preceding a sharp spiciness. This spice, in turn, gives way to smooth estery malts which escort the remaining flavours -- fruit, yeast, through to the aftertaste. Aftertaste is light, ever-so-slightly dry, but with a stickiness in the back of the throat.

M: The initial mouthfeel is fizzy and encompassing, the creamy head filling the mouth. A balanced sharp-sweet effect simultaneously soothes and pricks the mouth. Very nice.

D: Drinkably smooth but still interesting. The alcohol is detectable. Not the *very* best BSPA I've ever reviewed (that honour goes to Unibroue's Don de Dieu) but Duvel is a better example of the style (indeed, probably the epitome of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale). Highly recommended; I will buy it again.

AgentMunky, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Sometime ads exaggerate how a beer looks in real life. This beer is beautiful! A clear golden yellow sits underneath a huge frothy head. Wonderful head retention and amazing lace.

S: A light floral aroma with hints of lemon, apple, and pear. Also getting some grassy & peppery notes.

T: The initial taste is sweet acidic flavor, then goes into a short bitter phased, followed by a cereal malty finish. A dry aftertaste with hints of doughy yeast. Flavors picked up throughout the beer are Belgian yeast, banana, herbs, & spices.

M: Light body with lively carbonation. Tickles on my tongue.

D: Must drink again. Must drink again. Must drink again.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from a 330ml bottle to a duvel tulip.

A: Clear golden color with the famous, huge, lush head

S: slightly sweet, slightly spicy. Very apetizing

T: everything that is in the nose and more. Spicy flavors mix with a banana like malt sweetness and a hint of hops in perfect balance

M: just right for a refreshing beer like this-not thick, but not too watery. Moderately high carbonation goes well with the spicy flavors

D: out of this world. I could easily sip one of these over the course of a couple hours or chug it in minutes-it's that good

eatabagofbooger, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip! Been waiting a while to match this combination.

A: This beer has one of the most recognizable pours. When you say huge egg-whipped frothy white head, you automatically think Duvel. Head slowly receded into the bowl of the tulip forming an oily dollop of cream over the light golden liquid that stuck around until the last drop. Great head retention, amazing lace.
S: Sweet pears and apples amongst peppery Belgian spices. Slight apricot and nectarine.
T: Loads of Belgian spice with some fruit. Notes of clove, cardamom, pepper, banana, and herbal hops. There is an overall sweetness to the brew. Finish is lightly bitter. Aftertaste is full of banana and brown sugar. Light bubblegum and doughy yeast as well.
M: Full body with a rich flavor and soft carbonation. Alcohol is masked but lends some viscosity to the body. Mouthfeel is soft and a bit chewy. Perfect.
D: One of the classics. Everyone should try this beer. Even my non-craft drinking friends admit this beer is good. I could drink this again and again.

scottfrie, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of StephenRich
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Duvel (pronounced Doo-vle) is a beers which is synonymous among beer aficionados. It is a reference point for brewers and a staple for beer drinkers.

At the LCBO Duvel is available in 330ml short capped bottles for $3.10, and is 8.5% abv. It is also available elsewhere in 750ml corked bottles, and 1.5L Magnums as shown. All bottles are bottle conditioned. This beer is a Belgian Pale Ale, and should be served cold between 4 to 7C (39 - 45F); Moortgagte suggests 6C. This will allow you to enjoy the beers magnificent quenching and refreshing characteristics, and as it warms gently, added layers of aroma and complexity will show themselves.

One of my favorite things about the Duvel is its chalice, which was designed specifically for this beer. You will notice if you stand the bottle and glass next to each other that the glass is almost double the size of the bottle; this is no mistake. The Duvel should be poured slowly on a slight angle with the glass gently rotating upright and lifting the bottle higher so that just after halfway you are pouring directly into the beer. A large and mountainous head should form a pure white clouds with massive amounts of air pockets filling it.

The head should begin close to the middle of the gold Duvel logo, and should raise to the top of the glass' lip. This may seem like a large amount of head if you are used to drinking commercial beers, however this is the perfect amount of foam for a beer like the Duvel. Its natural carbonation is going to create a luscious head no matter what you do, it is filled with rich aromas and unique flavors, and the glass was also designed specifically to allow this to happen.

Moortgat also suggests leaving about one cm of beer in the glass so that you do not pour the sediment (yeast from the bottle conditioning) into your glass. This is a personal preference. Depending on the beer, the sediment can add funky earthy flavors to the beer, or can impart a light sour or tart sensation to the beer. Personally, I think its all just more flavor. There are a couple beers which I reserve the sediment and enjoy the beer clean, however I pour every last drop of Duvel into my glass.

The beer itself is golden straw yellow and completely transparent. A laser etched "D" inside the bottom of the glass creates ridges for bubbles to form, and a clean stream of carbonation pours straight up the middle of every properly served Duvel, helping the head stay where it belongs.

The nose is delicate and sweet, it has very soft floral aromas of fresh hops and herbs, tickling spices, ripe soft fruits like peaches, bananas and apple, and a purely Belgian yeast character. It doesn't pour at your with riches or power; the alcohol is not close to noticeable. The Duvel thus far is very delicate and pleasing, and shows characteristics which should prove to be exceptionally refreshing.

Tilt the chalice gently towards you and be delightfully treated to a smooth and effervescent beer gliding under the head into your mouth - the chalice was designed for a purpose. The Duvel first brings soft blond malt sweetness in a complex and round group of flavors. Light malts, sweet earth, yeast and fruits all show their presence on your tongue and gently into your cheeks.

Easily, light spice and precise carbonation begin to raise your taste buds to attention as the beers floats across your palate. More hints of candy sweetness and the lightest caramel show up on your palate, and soon floral hops bring quenching dry, but soft bitterness in to balance the experience. The mouthfeel is elegant, smooth, and very refreshing. A richly carbonated beer usually is aggressive, but the carbonation here is all natural and pairs with the beer's flavors effortlessly.

Once again, the soft and hugely aromatic characteristics of the beer have created something absolutely delightful. The alcohol is perfectly hidden by this beer's balanced and layered flavors, and a severely impressive overall experience. The finish is quick, quenching, and crisp with a sweetly citrus touch - think fresh green apples. It really is a beautiful beer experience, and very deserving of its reputation.

I do love the Duvel with earthy soft cheeses, lamb, salads of almost any variety, and even grilled foods like hamburgers and shish-kabob. But mostly, I enjoy the Duvel, outside, when its hot, and I need to be confidently impressed.

StephenRich, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

The look is virtually perfect for me. It's got a slightly hazy golden yellow body with an enormous fluffy white head that's fed by a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom. The retention is ridiculous with clumps of white foam lasting for the duration and leaving sheets of lacing. Beautiful pour.

The aroma is fresh and grassy with lightly floral hops and slightly earthy. Lemon zest with some pears and green apples mixed in.

The taste is wonderful as well. It's got an earthy hop and musty Belgian yeast presence up front which mixes perfectly with the sugar-coated pears underneath. The finish is dry, crisp and lightly tart and bitter.

The mouthfeel is effervescent with tons of carbonation. Smooth but crisp and very bubbly on the palate.

After the rare beers I've had from all over the place, it's refreshing to taste such a stunning beer that almost everyone can get. Rarity be damned, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. An absolute classic.

gford217, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of RiverCityBrews
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance - pale yellow. Very faint light orange/brown underskin. Massive bubbly head that gets bigger after sitting for a bit.

Smell - Super sweet but not overwhelming. Faint cloves and citrus.

Taste - Bright asnd lingering sweet malt. Hops are calm.

Mouthfeel - Bubbly but not in a trashy miller high life type of way. Coates the tung but melts away soon enough.

Drinkability - I could drink just this all night. Doesn't sit heavy or get boring.

RiverCityBrews, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.43/5  rDev +4%

appearance: Wow, this golden beauty has the most amazing head. Massive and frothy, like a big beer bubble bath.
smell: Apple fruity with some subdued spiciness.
taste: More of the same. Some fruity sweetness with a dry, slightly hoppy finish. Very nice.
mouthfeel: Another treat...full and like a beer bubbly.
drinkability: For me, a wonderful treat but a little overwhelming to be a gulper.
Hmmm....the champagne of beers.

cindyjeffsmith, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

Reviewed from my notes. A corked and caged 750ml bottle, best before 21/11/2012, poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer Series goblet.

The bottle opened with a loud pop. Visible vapors could be seen escaping from the chilled bottle. Pouring into my glass produces a huge white foam head. It settles into soap bubbles strung across and around the glass, like regular lacing, by in three dimensions. Lots of rising carbonation is visible in the clear straw liquid. Not too much film is left behind when I swirl the glass around, but some good lace remains.

Duvel has, to me, a great sweet Belgian aroma. It's a great mixture of candi sugar, Belgian yeast, bready malts, orange peel and coriander.

The flavor begins with some pale malts that provide a small amount of sweetness. Each sip finishes with some alcohol and a peppery bite. It's a great strong Belgian pale flavor.

You can feel a lot of carbonation in each mouthful, but it works well. The coat is slick and a little buttery (but without any butter flavors). It has a medium/ful body and a quick dry finish.

This beer is very drinkable. In a single glass, each sip goes down well. It also works over a longer session--I'll finish off this 750ml bottle myself without issue. Duvel is worthy of the praise it receives and worth seeking out.

ToasterChef, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Keffa
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a Unibroue Ephemere tulip.

A: This is the best looking beer I have had, bar none. Slightly cloudy/hazy pale yellow, rocky/fluffy sticky head that stayed around for about 10 minutes (and it wasn't a vigorous pour either) and settled into a 1/2" cap and left lacing all over the glass. This is what a beer should look like, IMO.

S: Lemon, lightly flowery hops, cracker, a little bit of Belgian yeast, slightly musty/earthy smell in the background, a little bit of a toffee sweetness. This smells very, VERY enticing.

T: Holy crap. First taste is a lemony hop and Belgian yeast, turns into a cracker/bready like malt and a little bit of that earthy note on the aroma. Turns into a slightly fruity finish that leaves very little hint that it's such a high ABV. Extremely good flavors going on, and not one flavor takes the lead, IMO. They all play their part and do so with no problem with going into the background while another flavor comes forward.

M: Very tingly, highly carbonated, extremely smooth, almost creamy. Nice feel for sure.

D: Very easy to drink, almost to the point of being ridiculous. The slight hint every so often a slight hint of the high ABV is the only thing that keeps this from being able to be pounded away, not that you'd want to with it being 8.5%.

This is one of my new favorites. Extremely good flavor, well balanced between the Belgian yeast/floral, slightly fruity hops/cracker-like malt that shows a little sweetness. This is a Devilish brew indeed. Partake with caution. It'll get you in trouble if you aren't careful.

Keffa, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of scott451
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into its own glass. Big fluffy white head on a clear golden yellow. Vigorous carbonation. Good lacing and head retention.

Spicy malt smells. Sweet fruity malt taste up front with a dry, light hop twist at the end. Well melded and balanced flavours throughout. ABV is not too obvious in the taste but definitely there.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and dry. Drinkability is very good and could be sessionsble but for the ABV.

scott451, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of chaz410
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Got this beer at the flying saucer in bottle.
Pours like the "headiest" pilsner you've ever seen. HUGE HUGE white head on this puppy after the pour. I've honestly had this beer more times than I can count and I've never been able to none stop pour into any glass even when taking my time without the head getting too large. Pilsner like body that's ver very yellow and almost like champagne. Good carbonation bubbles.
Smells dry, corn note, pine, citrus and little spikes of belgian sweaty funk.
Taste similar to smell but more on the pilsner malts with a toasty character and some very crisp finish.
Easy-ish to drink for the abv but pretty dry

chaz410, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Billowing rocky white head that is over three fingers. Golden body, semi-hazy body. Amazing retention and lacing. One of the best looking beers ever.

Banana esters, some phenols, a slight cereal maltiness, and a ague aged hop presence.

Fruity esters (banana, strawberry, and green apple), some clove like spicy phenolic flavor, and a delicate leafy hop flavor cleans out the back end.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, and crisp.

The definition of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Surprised I hadn't reviewed it already.

billshmeinke, Aug 12, 2010
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,495 ratings.