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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,518 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,518
Reviews: 2,589
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 249
Gots: 580 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

dmmcgove, Jan 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Lukafer, Jan 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

TheLargeMoose, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Kavon, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

BigCheese, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Rob315, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ObeMaltKinobee, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 cl bottel poured into my duvel glass

A - Golden straw body with a creamy, tightly-bubbled head that hangs around forever.

S - Gentle balanced aromas of malts, yeast and hops, with some fruity, apple notes.

T - Similar to the aromas, sweet fruity, apple-esque notes open, giving way to some yeast and malt notes. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, adding slightly to the mildly bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium, punchy carbonation with a gently lingering finish.

O - Overall, quite a nice one, though with the slightly high ABV

beerpirates, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

cacher77, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

beerhorn12, Jan 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

dabeers1013, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of mempath
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just reviewed Sloeber. first time i had ever had it. have had Duvel many times, but now's the time to review...the look is a 5 with that massive meringue head and clearish, barely hazy pale straw color. head doesn't retain quite like Sloeber, but much more clumpish. and just as beautiful to behold.

the nose is a bit more staid in it's yeastiness and malt presence than Sloeber (have to continue comparing because the Sloeber was nearly perfect). i actually prefer the Duvel's more conservative olfactory notes.

ok, the taste....interesting difference...much hoppier and tangier, but less creamy mouthfeel. a slow-motion dry finish does declare this the world class brew it's known to be. i actually prefer the flavor of Sloeber. Duvel seems 'heavier' but the mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected. the ABV factor is not as sly as expected. there are hints of some strength for sure.

no denying it, this is world class. but do compare to Sloeber.

mempath, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

cowineaux, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Mag00n, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of jkanavel
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow pilsener esque. Big rocky white head. Great head retention.

S: Spicy hops, lots of esthers. Some pineapple, white peach, alcohol.

T: Sweet malts and alcohol are my first impressions. That gives way to more bready biscuity malt flavors, as well as yeasty fruit flavors and spices. Finishes strong with a twinge of hops biting at the sides of your tongue.

M: Effervescent. Very bubbly and sharp, but medium bodied.

O: Not every bottle is consistent in my experience. This is such a familiar and special beer, but occasionally I'll open a bottle that seems a bit off. The hops are skunked, or maybe its gone stale or corked.

jkanavel, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Etan, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

blivingston1985, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

FalconA, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle, Duvel tulip, best before 11/27/13.

Sunshine pilsener yellow is the color of this vaunted tipple. The head is pure and white as wind driven snow and certainly rivals the best I've ever seen for longevity and pure volume clinging to the glass.

Gentle grainy pale malt, alcohol perfume, slightly funky and minty yeast, and faint herbal hop.

Yeast and herbal hop pick up, I find things rather minty and sweeter than the nose betrayed, honeyed pale malt. A bitterness struggles to be crisp, but it's too sweet in my opinion. I even taste a bit of skunk, but I don't see how this could be light struck; put it down to my taste buds interpretation of the yeast and hops. Wait, band-aid?

At first it was refreshing, but the body feels increasingly heavy as the carbonation fades too quickly.

This falls short for me. BSPA is a style I've been liking more and more lately, but this gold standard falls short for me. It looks amazing though.

brewerburgundy, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

heff316, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Stoffel, Jan 02, 2012
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,518 ratings.