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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,973
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 326
Gots: 851 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of hagbergl
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

About time I've reviewed this classic and classy Belgian ale. I had it on draft at the University of Chicago Pub in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

Appearance (4.25/5): Duvel has that class golden ale look–beautiful clear golden/pale yellow body with a massive three-finger head of pillowy white. Looks luxuriant.

Smell (4/5): Hoppy, very clean, crisp and beautiful light candy-like pale maltiness. Yeasty, though not strongly so. A subtle grassy/herbal noble hop presence is noticeable, though it is pretty subtle and combines well with the yeast and malt characters.

Taste (4.5/5): Clean hoppiness from the grassy, herbal, and lightly citric hops and lightly musty yeast dominate the flavor. This is certainly not a sweet Belgian pale ale. Very well balanced, Duvel is only modestly hop-forward. Its flavor is extremely refreshing and you don't notice any of the alcohol in the flavor, which is impressive considering this an 8.5% ABV beer. This is a sure sign of masterful brewing.

Mouthfeel (4.75/5): A nearly champagne-like medium-high carbonation gives this brew a really nice pop on the tongue. This beer is medium-light bodied, so the relatively high carbonation really adds a nice dimension to the beer. The mouthfeel on this beer is impeccably pulled off. The combination of hoppy-yeasty flavors with the champagne-like carbonation mesh really nicely.

Overall (4.5/5): Duvel is considered a classic for a reason. It has a wonderfully balanced sweet-bitter flavor profile that is boosted by the excellent mouthfeel and never reveals the high alcohol content. Here is a Belgian beer that is more accessible than most, but its accessibility does not make it any less of a class act. Excellent.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MaximalC
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a mountainous, craggy white head. The aroma smells mildly of apple, pear, and trace amounts of hops. The massive head tempers only slightly as you drink, maintaining itself like a champ. The first thing I notice upon tasting is the intense carbonation, whose prickliness near singes the tongue (though not in a bad way). The flavor is sweet and juicy up front, similar to the aroma, while some bitterness presents on the back end. There is an almost honey-like sweetness that melds with the apple and pear notes. A strong sense of apple peel becomes increasingly evident as it warms, and a slight spiciness begins to manifest in the finish. Hops are tastefully integrated, just enough to lend some balance and complexity. As the session continues, alcohol becomes more present in the aroma, though not so much on the palate, which is impressive for the ABV. Swaths of lacing cling to the glass as the beer recedes. This is a crisp and refreshing brew indeed, and not short on flavor. Hard to find fault here in any regard, and pretty much the grandest head you'll find in a beer. A real winner.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of wingman14
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with some haze and a huge frothy white head. Big inviting smell, the yeast is dominating, but smells great. Some peppery clove smells come through with some subtle fruit notes.. The taste is dominated by the yeast no one unique flavor come out of the yeast, but some spice and malt in there as well. This is a medium bodied beer, which adds to the beer, nice blend of all elements. This is the best aspect, every flavor seems to be in just the right proportion to every other flavor. Overall a good beer, nothing overpowering, can't really tell its a higher ABV. Definitely worth checking out.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ColSanders123
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a mostly clear golden color. Has a nice head that becomes kind of bumpy, and recedes to a thin layer that stays with the beer. A bit of lacing but not much.

Smell – Yeast, spices, and a touch of lemon.

Taste – The taste is dominated by a spice I can’t quite place, but that I’m not real fond of. It’s kind of a bitter pepper taste. Also, a hint of cider.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, good carbonation, and smooth. .

Drinkability – This is a highly drinkable beer. It goes down very easy for 8.5% abv, although the spice could be better.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before 06 2014

A: Pours a mostly clear light yellowish gold with a real puffy 3 finger white head. A lot of visible carbonation rising quickly to the surface. Head slowly becomes rockier and sinks over the course of 5 minutes. Leaves a lot of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: First I get some light belgian yeast, and a mild malt aroma. Has some light fruit qualities as well banana, grape, peach. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

T: Similar to the smell, has some belgian yeast but then some crisp hops make an appearance. There are certainly some smooth pale malts in there evening it out. Alcohol is more in the front than back. Ends with a nice belgiany banana.

M: Pretty high in carbonation, crisp, light bodied and pretty refreshing. Quite drinkable for 8.5%

Overall always a great beer to have. Hard to turn on down. Tasty, strong and easy to enjoy a few in a row. Always a point of comparison for the belgian style.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,973 ratings.