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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,916 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,916
Reviews: 2,634
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 311
Gots: 793 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of mjtiernan
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a standard stemmed tulip. Best before 2/14.

A: Bottle states “Pour Unhurriedly”...you bet. A careful pour resulted in more than a three finger head. Large bubbles. Excellent retention. Lacing as good as I’ve seen on any beer. Body is crisp, golden and crystal clear. The champagne of beers? :)

S: Very forward Belgian yeast and light fruit. Banana, pear, apple and orange peel. You get a sense that there may be some sweetness here. Also some grassy hops and breadiness.

T: Starts slightly sweet and crisp but then becomes nicely bitter and dries out fairly quickly. There is some spice from the yeast and hops. Some banana. Some woody characteristics mid-palate right as the dryness sets in. Strong alcoholic and warming finish. You really get shot of pure alcohol flavor if you aerate this in your mouth a bit.

M: Light to medium body. High carbonation. The light body, crisp flavor profile and heavy carb make this very drinkable despite the very present warming alcohol. I kept checking the empty bottle hoping there would be more.

O: Such a delicious beer. It’s most devilish quality is that even though the alcoholic warmth lets you know you’re dealing with something powerful, the taste makes you dive headfirst into the deal anyway. A classic.

Photo of Bubbalito
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour = super light straw color, gold and almost clear. Massive head, looks like soap bubbling up. Head stays all over glass as it dissipates. Bubbles like crazy, almost looks like champagne.

Smell = like a moscato wine. Apples, grapes and pears. Just a little bit of alcohol in the background.

Taste = just like the smell, dry and fruity, not champagne dry, more wine dry. I even get a little banana flavor from the yeast.

Overall = unique to say the least. I liked it, definitely refreshing. Something to drink on a "Wine" occasion.

Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of wsantas
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Crafty Draught. Cumming, Ga

A: transparent gold. Slightly hazy. Good carbonation
S: pear, light, Belgian yeast
T: fruit, acid, dry after. Really balanced.
M: fizzy. Smooth. Crisp.
O: really liking the light belgian taste. Balanced and not over powering. A+

Photo of sbrotschul
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visiting my family in France, I picked up a few of these bottles, as I recognized the name but not the taste. Opening the bottle was a surprise -- it was like popping a champagne cork.

Appearance (3.5). Yellow, full of rising bubbles, a thick head that equaled the size of the liquid that stuck around while I consumed the product. Pouring the beer made me worry that it would overflow the glass.

Smell (4.0). Fruity, to the apple. If you smell too soon after the pouring, you’ll have a nose full of bubbles.

Taste (4.0). I first had the beer with a bland meal. The second time, I had it with sausage sandwich. It was a perfect complement.

Mouthfeel. (3.0). I’m not a fan of champagne, and the bubbles were a bit much at first. Perhaps I remember better the second bottle consumed, but it seemed to get better the longer it sat in the glass.

Overall (4.0).

*** I updated this review, as this beer has grown on me as I have tried and experienced other beers from Belgium. It is far better than I realized.

Photo of lsfrontman
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of sbvrt6913
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of haddyhustle302
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip, best by 12/24/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, pear, bready grain, grass, pepper, coriander, and yeast spices. Nice and clean aromas with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, biscuit, light tart grains, pepper, grass, coriander, herb, clove, and yeast spices. Fairly dry finish; with some lingering notes of light fruit, pepper, bready grains, and yeast spices for a bit. Great flavor balance, with a good amount of complexity. Medium body with high carbonation; and extremely smooth drinking for the level of alcohol with the prickly carbonation. Alcohol is completely hidden, which is surprising for 8.5%. Overall this is just a fantastic Belgian strong pale. Great balance, complexity, and smooth drinking; and also has the best glass in the beer world.

Photo of HotHands
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Duvel tulip, of course.

A - good thing I poured it in to a Duvel tulip because few glasses could contain the massive rocky head of foam that came forth. One of the most attractive looking beers I've seen.

S - Great smell of apples, pears, Belgian yeast, and candied citrus peel.

T - Follows the nose nicely with a nice crispness and a fair amount of alcohol. There is a light sweetness and overall everything is balanced nicely.

M - very crisp and dry with high carbonation.

Overall - It's a classic for a reason. This is a great Belgian pale that sets the standards for the others.

Photo of Jaybirdsbeer
2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of HamGlade10
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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