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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,966 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,966
Reviews: 2,644
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 845 | 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 onewetpaw
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's Duvel. There's not more to add. I'm reviewing this just as a exercise in describing this one.

A- Rather understated. The first whiff I get reminds me of a light Chardonnay. Then I pick up some cloves and perhaps a whisp of pepper.

A- Light golden, straw colored with a large white head and belgian lacing on the glass.

F- Clove are present along with some background peppery spice. I get a touch of hot alcohol at the finish.

M- Light with a intense prickly sensation on the tongue from the high carbonation. Cleansing the palate rapidly is another feature of the high carbonation.

O- Extremely drinkable and subtly complex. It's a style onto itself and a great style at that.

Photo of HollandTunnels
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of yamar68
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my very favorite beers and I’ve always put off reviewing it, fearing that I just won’t do it justice. Well, I don’t plan on doing it justice now either, this beer is a must try. You’ll just have to experience this sacred nectar for yourself.

Poured from 330ml bottle to snifter: The beer pours a perfect gold with a swelling, soft white head that fills the snifter, and then recedes gradually to a healthy dollop. Constant, needlepoint beading that doesn’t let up. The beer smells just wonderfully bright and clean, fresh. All kinds of inviting esters and clove. Some light pepper and fruit, crisp sweet grain. The taste is equally impressive. Just the right touch of spice to complement everything found in the nose. The Belgian yeast really comes to the forefront - the pinnacle of the beer I think. It’s perfectly carbonated with a nice dry, slightly spicy finish. This beer is, overall, nearly without flaw.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MichaelDobbins
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Aschap
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Metal4Breakfast
2.25/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of MrMichael
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color with a thick head

There is a malt scent that I notice in a lot of Belgians, but something else in the background that I can't put my finger on

As I was taking the first sip, I was getting a flavor and smell that was all Pilsner. As soon as it hit my tongue, it turned into something else. Something spicy and a little bit bitter.

Those tiny, sharp bubbles of Belgian beer are here, and they are quite welcome and refreshing

This beer is excellent. It's interesting, flavorful, and refreshing

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeously hazy straw color, with about three fingers of thick, luxurious, pillowy white head.

Smell: Tons of citrus fruits, pineapple, orange, lemon, bit of grassiness, and a great bready yeast note, with a slight kiss of clean alcohol.

Taste: Nice bitter spice from the hops, good amount of citrus notes in the taste. Has a very dry, almost Champange taste to it on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A nice crisp medium body that encourages you to take another sip time and again.

Overall: Simply a world class brew. This beer gets a lot of praise, but it is certainly deserving of such accolades. This is for sure in my top 5 beers. Almost the perfect brew IMO.

Photo of duracell
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 330mL bottle into a tulip glass. Best before 08/2014.

A - Bright light yellow color, very clear, showing an active carbonation. Pouring the yeast turns the color into a cloudy yellow. The snow-white head is very generous, fluffy, with a excellent retention. Good lacing on the glass.

S - Very complex smell! Malt is dominant but I pick out a lot of aromas besides: candy sugar, yeast, spices, pepper, apricots, apple, dry fruits. The whole blend is extremely inviting!

T - I'm slightly disappointed by the taste. It's not as complex as the smell, though it's much better than the average. It reveals malt, plums, spices throughout, but the most remarkable thing is this distinctive taste which appears in the middle, something close to caramelized apple (I'm not quite sure...).

M - Medium to full bodied, this beer is very crispy on the palate and the high carbonation is slightly over-powering in my opinion. Sugar is well balanced by the hop. Good warming touch and very dry mouthfeel at the end.

O - A classic Belgian Pale Ale, very easy to drink and full of complexity. A must in the Belgian landscape and on the shelves of any beer enthusiast!

Photo of Louski
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 25oz bottle into oversized tulip

Appeared a bright, transparent gold with about 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Smelled of light citrus, apple and malt with a sweet undertone. Taste was spot-on for a Belgian Pale Ale. Very crisp, clean flavors with hints of apple, pear and light citrus. Great mouthfeel as it left you with a refreshing taste. Overall, a great beer that I will certainly have again. This one sets the standard for this style. Plus, it paired very well with all of the meat I was being served at the Brazilian Steak House.

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of intensify
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the signature Duvel glass. Apparently I did not get the perfect pour but I was pretty close to the "recommended" pour. Anyhow, poured the trademark big head which was soapy and fizzly. Honey colored body with some yeast present as I did decide to pour the settlement in. I feel as the beer is not complete without it! Smells of strong character malts followed by a wave of corn, banana, biscuit and sweet cane sugar. Tastes of banana, yeast, a biscuit with a slight hop finish. The mouthfeel was almost like drinking a soda. Fizzling sensation throughout the whole drink but somehow it works out. Very well balanced belgian ale.. i want more!!

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,966 ratings.