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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,609 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,609
Reviews: 2,597
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 263
Gots: 621 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Arch578, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of JohnnyK
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

JohnnyK, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of gkunkle
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a tall white fluffy head. As the head slowly recedes it leaves some very cool lacing on my glass. The beer is no as transparent as I expected. The smell is wonderful, it smells of sweet grain. The taste is of lemon-citrus, yeast with bits of hops and wheat. The 8.5% is hidden quite well. Mouthfeel is perfect, light, crisp and refreshing without being watery. Drinkability is great, but at 8.5% ABV, I don't think I'll let myself have more than one glass at a time.

gkunkle, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of jmw4437
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jmw4437, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of BrooklynPanch
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

BrooklynPanch, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of JDM44
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

JDM44, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Kingcurio
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%

Kingcurio, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Wsherry1, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Kerne
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Kerne, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Lerxst
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pale crystal clear yellow with a gentle pour producing a huge billowy white head that lasts forever and leaves tons of sticky lacing. This is one great looking beer!

S-Nose is not particularly distinctive, but I'm picking up some fruit and yeast and thats about it.

T-Very crisp taste of light fruit/citrus, malt and spice. Its not terribly complex but it is good.

M-Crisp, dry, light body. A bit of a sting from the carb, but it suits the beer well. Very clean finish.

D-Very drinkable beer. Several of these in a sitting is certainly doable.

Overall, this is a very good beer. But of course, you knew that already.

Lerxst, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Light golden tint with a thick foamy head -

Smells great -

Taste is very nice -

Easy going down has yet to be a nasty repeater I would always return to this ale as a fine standard to compare others!

If your searching for a Great Belgium Ale this one fits the bill.

InebriatedJoker, Sep 25, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

GreenMind, Today at 03:10 AM
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Giving this beer another review. I wasn't impressed the first time I've had it a few years ago, but it has since become one of my favorite brews.

Poured into my brand new Duvel tulip, it is light yellow in color with good clarity. Head forms up very quickly, leaving a white froth on top for the whole glass. The carbonation bubbles are rapidly streaming from the "D" nucleation point.

Aroma is potent, with a ton of soft, pilsner malt character coming through. The yeast character is straight forward, with subtle spice and fruit notes. It isn't as characterful as many other pale Belgian styles, but it has a nice touch.

On the palate Duvel is light bodied and very highly carbonated. Flavor is delicate despite the high ABV. There is a light pale malt flavor, with a strong hop presence on the finish. Clean flavor overall, with only a slight, candy-like yeast presence adding depth. This beer is incredibly drinkable, and not just "for the ABV." This is a fast-sipper.

jeffthecheff, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of grayburn
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally got around to trying Duvel, it took me a long time, but I think it was worth the wait.
The beer pours a light golden hue with a massive, massive, overflowing, lovely head. There aren't enough fingers on my hand to describe the rockiness of the head...impressive.
The smell is rather light, a refreshing mix of candied fruits and some spices.
The taste is similar to the nose in that it is light and refreshing. There are waves of new fruit flavors and other nice yeasty esters with every sip.
The mouthfeel is perfect. High carbonation, just a bit of bittering, medium to light body...excellent.
I could drink this beer all day long, it is just so light and refreshing, with the alcohol hidden so well. Excellent beer, definitely lives up to the hype surrounding it.

grayburn, Apr 16, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

redliner8, Sep 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Baab200, Mar 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ariceclemson, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of BuckSpin
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11oz bottle in (what else?) a Duvel tulip glass!

ASIDE: Props to the Moortgat family who, on the reverse of the bottle's label, give proper pouring advice, temperature recommendation (40-50F) and this lovely suggestion to "...enjoy with discerning friends or good looking strangers"!!!

Opened with a PFFT, and initially poured (s-l-o-w-l-y) with an almost steak on the grill like sizzle sound, crisp, lite, full of vitality. Strong yeast up front, spicy with soft clove, a trace of coriander, excuse of white pepper, sweet alcohol, summer straw. With some air citrus fruits like grapefruit & pineapple are detectable. The nose continues to grow & bloom. This is nice just taking time to savor the developing bouquet. More time and the malts roar back, strong straw & hay are present as well as some apple cider hues.

Head is downright insane - easily 3 fingers (even pouring s-l-o-w-l-y) of super thick, sticky, tight, pearl white foam that looked like a winter mountainscape of sculpted peaks. Lacing is staccato & curtain like.

The body is a slightly hazed, lemon kissed pale golden hue, a nice parade of bubbles rising from the beveled D in the glass bottom. Much love went into making this a sensory treat.

Mmmmm...light, crisp, clean. The yeast play with the grapefruit qualities, a pleasing, cider dry, almost sour bite....nice. Malts are bready, dry crusts off artisan loaves, slight straw/hay accent. Its a bittersweet dryness with a soft crunch on the palate. There is a lot going on, a very complex ale. Its not requiring me to be a sipper, but definitely demands, or commands the respect of, some pacing...which is fine with me. I like it when a beer sets the pace, not I. Where am I going in a hurry anyway?

The clove & coriander take a more assertive stance on the palate, dancing atop a floor of those summer fields malts which have flattened to a bittersweet composite. Hops come alive, and the whole dance company sings farewell in a deep, sad voice, leaving in a bitter aria with an encore of an aftertaste that grows with warmth and heat (very nicely in the background until this point), coating the mouth & teeth in a fuzzed, sticky, chewy residue, almost like it wants you to be sad its gone.

Bravo to Duvel. An incredibly complex beer. This was very enjoyable, and there were no dead spots from pour to gulp. This is a beer I could see revisiting again & again, to try to learn more, to enjoy again, to fall siren to its amazing simple song. An outstanding beer. I am fast becoming a Belgian Strong Pale Ale fan. Highly recommended, dare I say almost "required" drinking to grasp the genre.

BuckSpin, May 06, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears cloudy and yellow/gold in color with off-white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves behind some nice lacing. Aromas of bananas, hops, pine, and dried fruit (apricot) come to mind. The taste is smooth and dry with a crisp, unmistakable fruity flavor that seems very tropical. The alcohol taste blends with the bitterness nicely to generate an evolving flavor spectrum from which this beer draws it's taste. Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the finest examples of this style.

jaluria, Dec 23, 2005
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

kwkdmk, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of bulletrain76
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle from systembolaget. Pale yellow with a crystal clear body if you pour it right. Champagne carbonation trails and a big white head that leaves a lasting layer of foam. Very pilsener like aroma, with saaz and pale malt, but an amazing tart citrus and pear character blends in too. Fruity sweet and tart all the same, with yeast and alcohol following. Elegant hop balance keeps it from being cloying. The body is suprisingly light and delicate for a beer this strong. I'm suprised at how easily it goes down. Very enjoyable and displays plenty of unique character compared to other belgians I've had.

bulletrain76, May 11, 2009
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4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow, with a huge creamy white head. Massive. Bubbles rapidly rise from the middle of the glass. Great retention with lacing everywhere.

S - Delicious complex aroma. Citrusy (lemon & apple stick out) with some yeast, hops and spice.

T - Incredible. Up front are pleasant citrus notes, yeast, and toasted malts. The finish is spicy with a nice tart sweetness. Well balanced with just a bit of alcohol coming through and a hint of bitterness. Perfect taste.

M- Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Lively carbonation.

D - This might be my favorite beer ever. Provides an all around great drinking experience. The drinkability is high and the taste is stunning.

mooseo, Aug 25, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold into a cervoise glass.

A: Wow, poured as gently as I could, still got two fingers of bubbly white head with lots of lacing. Clear golden beer, intense carbonation flowing up from the bottom. Honestly I'd say the retention is a little too much, die down so I can drink you!

S: I just get straw and a bit of yeast. No off-smells but nothing special.

T: Very delicate and homogeneous, hard for me to pick out any individual flavors. A bit of apricot at the end of a sip as it dries. Clean aftertaste, nothing lingers.

M: Very carbonated, champagne-like. A bit much for my taste, but I guess correct for the style.

Overall: A good beer and a nice rite of passage I feel like I needed. I think Victory and some other American brewers have emulated it just as well though.

RichardMNixon, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Buckeye982, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

bcrossan, Jul 13, 2014
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,609 ratings.