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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,974
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 850 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

September 11, 2014

11.2 oz bottle, tulip glass (not the Duvel one)

A – Golden, straw. Big, foamy white head, at least two inches. Head fades away very slowly. Extremely clear, very much like a golden pilsner.

S – Very spicy, some mild fruitiness, esters. A little bit of alcohol, a touch of something like raisins. Hay.

T – Tons of carbonation and maltiness, light toasty flavors. A bit of a dusty flavor, like an old but well-kept house. Some fruitiness from esters. Maybe a touch of lemon, and spicy, peppery notes. Some acidity in the balance.

M – Again, very highly carbonated. There’s acidity and bitterness very much up front but it is wiped out by the bubbles. Really very palate-cleansing. Dry finish, leaves you ready for the next sip.

O – Duvel’s reputation precedes it, so it’s hard to separate that out when evaluating. Luckily it lives up to the hype. An incredibly refreshing ber, with complex flavor and aroma profiles, that can also knock you on your ass if you aren’t paying attention. Fantastic.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of punkrkr27
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, clear, yellow pour with a massive, rocky, white head. The aroma is floral, funky, and yeasty with some light citrus, apple, fresh bread dough, and faint candi sugar. The classic Belgian esters and very subtle in the nose also. The flavor is very herbal, floral and citrusy upfront with some light fresh bread and soft banana/clove esters rounding out the middle. The finish is lightly yeasty with just a touch of sweet candi sugar to balance it all. The body is very light, and refreshing with lots of tingly carbonation.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet.

Sunshine yellow, bright light with a huge towering rocky head. Two inch thick and sustainable head. Nice thick lace. The total appearance looks like lemon merang pie.

Smell is juicey ripe friut and spicey hop; peppery.

Taste is a creamy buttered biscuit with marmalade and spicey pepper in the finish.

This is outstanding! I am very pleased.

Photo of aristeros
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been five years since I've had one of these!

Poured into a tulip. Enormous white head, very thick with excellent retention, the thing lasts over a minute. The beer itself is a light straw color with very visible carbonation.

Nose is very yeasty up front. Some banana, some cloves, a bit of red fruit, a lot of pepper on the back end.

Sweet apples is the first thing I taste, much sweeter than the nose. Some banana bread, with sweet malts and spices on the back end. Bright, light mouthfeel, and it would be easy to mistake this for a less strong beer. This helps the drinkability a great deal--I could happily have several and not realize what I'd done until I tried to stand up.

I never regret having one of these. World class.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Estarrio
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale blonde color. The head is white, frosty, persevering and reminiscent of a white water rafting experience. They are not kidding when they tell you to pour unhurriedly!

The aroma is subtly sweet, floral, and fruity with a slightly citrus feel. The esters mix well with candied sugar, doughy yeast and acidic citrus notes.

Taste is sweet at first of light fruit, champagne and coriander. This quickly mixes with a contrast of equal warm alcohol and slightly bitter hops. The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of all the flavors combined. Lots of esters, candied sugar and earthy yeast qualities throughout.

This light bodied, well-carbonated brew is a pleasure to sip.

This is one of the defining Belgian strong pale ales and it is easy to see why.

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4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A--Pours a massive volcanic head, better measured in hands than fingers, that's pure fluffy white with lots of loose bubbly sheeting leaving cotton candy lacy all down the glass as the head won't quit through the tasting. Body is pure tawny, a little more brown than a pilsner and clear as stained glass with a nice bubble thread percolating from the bottom "D" in the glass. This beer seems alive.

S--Tons of yeast, smells like dough, like a proof starter for a fancy breadloaf. I also caught some lemon astringency that clarified and stung the yeast, followed by some fresh hoppy bark that cut into my nosehairs. Strap in, kiddies.

T--Doesn't disappoint. This is like beer that goes to 11. Every aspect--the yeast, the malt, and the hops--is on overdrive, and somehow doesn't compete or crowd out. Everything compliments, and there is nothing but pure fermented grain coming through here. The yeast really assaults you at first with that Belgian glory of musty citrus, and the backend of the hops smacks you with dry like a cold wet fish you can't get off the line. To push the metaphor, this puppy don't let you off the hook. Malt vertebrae keep everything from teetering wildly off course.

M&D--I hate carbonation. I like a beer that tastes like a door after you remove the hinges--a thudding flatness. But the devil won me over, as the bubbles make it more champagne-like than astringent. Absolutely refreshing and absolutely drop you on the floor potent at the same time. Not many beers can say that--this is a creeper not to be trifled with, and more or less embodies this website's injunction to "respect beer." Good God does damnation taste fine.

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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best before 05/2014.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale gold with a huge fluffy white head. The head drops to about a quarter inch within a minute and then holds. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Bursting with fruity, estery aromas. Really accentuates the Belgian yeast well. There's a bit of tartness to the smell, almost a sour green-apple, along with some clove. The smell is very clean despite all of the esters.

Taste: Similar yeast-dominated flavor profile. Very fruity, with the same subtle tartness that I picked up in the aroma. A little bit of bready maly balances out the yeast, but it's barely apparent beneath all of the yeast character. Once again, I'm extremely impressed by how clean the flavor profile is - I often find Belgians come off a bit messy due to too much going on with the yeast, but this is perfectly crisp and clean.

Moughtfeel: Light, very dry, extraordinarily crisp. Very thirst-quenching and near-impossible to put down.

Overall: I'll admit the Belgian pale ales are not near the top of my list of favorite styles, but this is a damn-near perfect example of the style. Extremely flavorful, quite complex, yet very clean. Similar to champagne in many ways (although I'd take Duvel over most any champagne in a heartbeat).

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of blackc5
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an their 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a glossy golden yellow with quite a thick, cloud-like head. Easily 2 and a half fingers despite a careful pour. Medium lacing.

S - Lots of fruitiness right off the bat, bready maltiness, and you can definitely catch the alcohol right there on the nose.

T - Quite complex with great threads of fruit, bready yeast, sweet malt and just a touch of proper bitter twisting through it. The fruit is mainly citrus with a bit of tart apricot, yet also some sweet peach. Quite perfectly balanced between all of the flavors going on. That said, perhaps just a bit mellow yet for my taste, but that is not a knock on this most excellent beer. Sometimes mellow is exactly what you want.

M - High carbonation and a dry finish. Some bubbling action like champagne almost. Very nice.

D - Sky high. Too easy to drink as it is so smooth and balanced. The 8.5% is very well hidden even though you do catch in in the aroma. That said, it is best enjoyed as a sipper.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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