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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,376 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,376
Reviews: 2,578
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 244
Gots: 512 | FT: 4
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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.

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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a very slightly hazed but bright gold color with a a cap of frothy and prickly white bubbles, great retention and sticky lacing. Scent is light and dances around watery fruit, fresh grain and belgian yeast. Taste brings a touch more umph but still pale... light fresh grains, watery fruit like apple, belgian yeasts that dont overpower. Lighter side of medium bodied, prickly carbonation that doesnt diminish taste, slightly dry. Very very good stuff, could be drank all day with no regrets.

09-09-2010 02:42:11 | More by rfgetz
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

I finally got my hands on a bottle of Delerium Tremens and tried it last night, really enjoyed it. Then I noticed that Duvel is king of the BSPA category, a full 10 spots above DT. Duvel? Really, Duvel??? The stuff I see at the grocery store all the time and have always discounted because it's so widespread? Sheesh, how long have I been walking right past this stuff and not given it due respect?! Right under my nose this whole time??! OH THE INJUSTICE, HOW IT HURTS!!

So I drove down this evening to the grocery store at the bottom of the hill and picked up a 750mL bottle for $9.99. Best before Nov.19.2012. Remove the crown, twist, POP, into my favorite tulip it goes.

First pour, although less than moderately rigorous, gives a giant frothy 4" of white head atop a tiny 1" of effervescent mostly-clear pale yellow brew. I carefully feed it a little more and the foam rises a full 1" above the lip of the glass without falling. This is going to take a while.

At first the smell is big skunk. Crap. Maybe I should have pulled a bottle from the back of the open-faced beer cooler (this one was front and center, and I doubt this gets much circulation). But the skunk gradually fades a bit and a mix of other things starts to emerge.

On the tongue the robust carbonation is very bright but not harsh. Feel is moderately thin, not much body, so it's the carbo that is keeping it from being watery. Taste is a bit sour with overly-ripe lemon rind, significant (but not over-powering) skunk, mellow rounded cinnamon and clove spices enhanced by a bit of alcohol.

Overall I'm seriously underwhelmed, especially given all the anticipation. I strongly suspect that this is a semi-bad bottle, especially because 10 minutes after finishing it the skunk is still lingering on my palate. Certainly will get another from a different source and update this review if warranted. :/

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Update 27th October 2010:

Got another bottle from a different store (and pulled it from the back of the shelf where it was out of the light). Best by 14/02/13. Appearance and feel are the same. A little skunk in the nose and taste but not as much as I remember from last time and it fades almost completely. This is totally different from last time. The sourness is gone, it's a much nicer rounded Belgian Pale Ale... light honey, warm cinnamon and clove, a little citrus hop. Similar to before in substance, but overall much nicer this time around. Changed as follows. Smell: 3.0 to 4.0, Taste: 3.0 to 4.5, Drink: 3.5 to 4.0.

09-08-2010 02:07:03 | More by BeerNinja007
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured properly into a Duvel tulip. You'd assume either i'm the man to have a Duvel glass, or this is one of the 4 Duvels that came with the glass in the gift-pack...(the latter).

Appearance:
Given that the pour looks identical to what is considered "correct," including a towering head from the Duval logo up to the brim and a golden, relatively clear brew beneath, I'd say this is a beautiful beer. There is ample lacing and the head remains intact through most of the drink. An improper pour (from experience) has made an iceberg head phenomenon (?). The beer looks lively and very well carbonated. Plumes of bubbles rise from the stem where the Duval "D" is engraved.

Smell:
The smell is that of a good Belgian ale. I actually performed a nasal rinse in preparation for this beer (no lies). There is well placed spice, notes of citrusy hops and a typical sour Belgian funk. I can almost smell a whiff of lavender that's relaxing enough to permit falling into a deep sleep.

Taste:
So good. It tastes like liquid gold Belgian ale. My favorite part about this beer, which is why I give it such acclaims. It tastes floral, rich, yeasty, smooth, sweet mixed with a sour/bitter aftertaste. Which is how flavors should transition down the tongue. With the abv at a staggering 8.5% I am almost reminded of weak chardonnay. I could see this pairing with both good friends and good foods.

Mouthfeel:
Bubbly, thanks to to the bottle conditioning and double fermentation at the brewery, as well as refreshing. For a golden ale this is more dense than usual, but still a bit watery for my liking. Hiving experience in brewing my own pilsner, this beer possesses deep complexity and the mouth approves.

Drinkability:
Definitely drinkable year round and may become a new bar favorite. Pace yourself because this is almost too easy to drink. I would have another for sure, I'm super satisfied with the purchase.

09-07-2010 04:31:30 | More by ThePorterSorter
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faroutadventure

Washington

4.9/5  rDev +15%

A= Pours a beautiful white head. Carbonation , with rolling bubbles. Clear , clean looking.

S= Fresh , fruity, clean smell. Invites a sip.

T= Very smooth, easy, clean, finishes smooth.

M= Lots of body with a full mouth feel.

D= Invites you for more, but be careful with an 8.5% alcohol. It is wonderful.

09-05-2010 23:06:09 | More by faroutadventure
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

330ml bottle poured into a mug.

A - Poured a clear yellow with a big bubbly head. Head slowly dissipates and decent lacing is produced.

S - Sweet, grass, fruity (citrus, bananas, apricots, peaches, pears) and a hint of spiciness.

T - Similar to the aroma. Sweet, malty, lots of fruity sourness and a bitter bite in the finish with a hint of booze. Well balanced flavours and the alcohol is almost entirely masked.

M - Good carbonation, full bodied, smooth, bit sticky, tangy and crisp finish.

D - The flavour and mouthfeel combine to give this beer very good drinkability. Quite enjoyable and satisfying.

09-04-2010 14:36:49 | More by decimator
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Nose is full of citrus...peppery spices...and some yeast as well.

Pours a bright golden color with a fair head.

Carbonation is very high. Mouthfeel pretty heavy. Citric tartness hits the palate first...followed by an assertive yeasty taste that dominates most of the body of the beer, along with some peppery as well. Alcohol is slightly noticeable on the finish, but for the ABV it's very minor and hidden...hops somewhat minor but certainly present to finish the beer off on a fairly dry note, along with some more tart citrus.

This is the definitive beer of the style...very drinkable, straight forward and delicious. It's really impressive how drinkable this beer is for how heavy and high in alcohol it is.

09-04-2010 01:50:45 | More by NODAK
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +17.4%

750ml bottle into Bruery tulip. This is one of those iconic beers that it's almost impossible to believe that I haven't reviewed yet, much like Arrogant Bastard was not too long ago. Nice to finally sit down and make this one official.

Pours a quite-hazy pale straw, with a dense, rocky white head that towers above the rim of the glass as the beer is being poured. Once this one finally settles down to about 2 fingers, there are massive honeycomb-sheets of lacing, and the the bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass leave the sides of the head look like tiny, intricately stacked spheres that get progressively smaller from top to bottom. Stunning beer.

Nose is replete with a huge array of aromas - honey and white pepper, pears, just a bit of apple skin, just a bit of fresh-cut hay. What's amazing about this one is the clarity of each of these aromas - there's no sifting around through a set of muddled-together scents wafting about, these are beautifully clear and precise and distinct. A beautiful example of why yeast can be more important than any other ingredient in a beer.

Taste is world class as well. Lighter than the nose, starts off dry, white pepper and a bit of tangy yeast coming through, with the apples and pears coming through close behind. No honey sweetness here anywhere to be found, though a nice grassiness comes through in our first real glimpse of the hops. The finish carries a bit more pepper, light sourdough, bit of grassiness, and a kiss of lemon. Alcohol is barely there at all, only showing up just enough to add another wee layer of complexity. Absolutely beautiful beer.

Mouthfeel, not to be outdone by the other aspects, is as close to perfection as I ever expect to find. Light and delicate, yet with a creaminess from the persistent head, and just enough fullness from the suspended yeast that really, this beer is everything anyone could want it to be, and all at the same time.

I won't mince words with drinkability. Why bother? This beer is a masterpiece, in which every single characteristic is poured over until it's honed to perfection, and then all taught to dance together in perfect harmony.

My first perfect 5 rating.

Part of me wanted to deny it this, if only to say that I still hadn't rated anything a perfect 5. But honestly, with this bottle and at this moment, it was flawless perfection. At one point in my developmental craft-beer stages, Belgian Strong Pales were some of my least favorite beers, or at least so I proclaimed. Now, however, one sits perched atop my overall rankings ladder in a seat no other can lay claim to. What changes a couple of years can bring.

09-03-2010 01:12:53 | More by JohnQVegas
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

A- Pale gold with frothy head. Spirited carbonation. Bonus marks for the great lacing in my glass.

S- Citrus banana and spices. Floral notes as well. Some yeast aroma.

T- Sweet fruit. Apple, banana and pear. Good spices to fit the bill and notes of citrus in it as well. It also has it's share of yeast. A small amount of bitterness which doesn't stand up to the sweetness all that well. Of the spices I can make out just the faintest hint of cloves. A lot of depth to the taste. It sticks around for longer than most beers after it's been downed.

M- Very rich and smooth. Medium-full body.

D- Seemingly well hidden ABV. As it warms up, all the flavors come out, but there's a definite increase in the alcohol's kick at a certain point as well.

Recommended to try at midrange temperatures, but I found too cold, and I couldn't taste much, too warm, and the the alcohol came at you. There's a great point in-between where it really shines.

All in all an assertive BSPA with tons of flavor. Sadly it was a bit too sweet and spicy for my tastes, but for that reason I can understand why most other people would enjoy it.

09-01-2010 19:55:18 | More by BBP
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r0nyn

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle (courtesy of BA infi) into my La Fin Du Monde tulip.

Pours a hazy golden hue with a ridiculously fat white head that lingers for a good long while after the initial pour and leaves a great amount of lacing. Translucent and full of smallish bubbles, it looks almost like a hefeweizen. That's always a good thing in my book. Smell is full of subdued yeast and malts, along with some spiciness and citrus. Very familiar scent that's more than welcome.

Sweet malty kick to start things off, followed by the citrus-y esters and a bit of wheaty banana as well. Hops show up at the end with some light bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Alcohol is definitely present, as the warmth bookends the flavor experience. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a just-right amount of carbonation. Body is well-balanced. Finishes somewhat dry, but pleasingly so.

Drinkability is very good. The alcohol, while present, is never overpowering and serves to complement the rest of the flavor profile. A sipper to be sure, but it's quite tasty and you'll definitely enjoy drinking it. Crisp and refreshing, a fine example of craft brew.

09-01-2010 06:56:17 | More by r0nyn
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +15%

Appearance: Thick, light yellow. Fairly cloudy but not completely. Great foam and lacing. And I don't think I've seen so much carbonation in a beer. Outstanding!

Smell: Fruity, peppery, yeasty alcohol. I especially get bananas here but also a spicy zest as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Outstanding taste and mouthfeel. A great floral and citrus hops taste. Lots of bread and yeast as well. Very heavy, fruity taste and thick feel overall. I definitely get some more banana, but also other ambiguous fruits as well. Alcohol is definitely here. Also outstanding!

Drinkability: The taste and mouthfeel mesh together so well on this one and it's such a pretty beer.

Overall: One of the most outstanding beers on the market.

09-01-2010 05:30:15 | More by tjsdomer2
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a hazy pale yellow colour with a huge fizzy/foamy white head. I can make out an average amount of carbonation. There is a fair amount of lacing on the glass, and the head sticks around for a long time.

Smell - First off I notice a light apple juice like scent, also some floral notes. There is a medicine like smell and faint hops.

Taste & Mouth - Wow.. in a word - delicious. Not to mention that it hides the 8.5% alcohol very well. First off is a nice grainy bready taste, and some fresh fruit notes, followed by some light hops, and nice sweet and sour finish. It also provides a nice warming feeling in my chest.

Drink - A top notch brew. This will be become a staple in my beer fridge. It may be the perfect all around beer.

09-01-2010 01:13:14 | More by spinrsx
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domtronzero

California

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

A - Brilliantly clear golden yellow with a massive, rocky, frothy white head that lingers forever and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Light sweet pilsner malts and pear-like/apple esters. Slight citrusy aroma. Light spicy hops.

F/M - Pilsner malt candy sweetness, pear-like and light lemony/orange esters. Low spicy hops with a firm bitterness. Pleasant alcohol bitterness and perfumy flavors. Very dry with a very clean aftertaste. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

D - Excellent drinkability. Clean and dry and full flavored and it goes down so good. It hides the rather high alcohol very well.

08-31-2010 05:52:04 | More by domtronzero
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Jef59

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

330 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

Pours a deep golden yellow with a huge head that sticks with great, thick threads of lacing.

Smells of sweet fruit, alcohol, and nuts.

The taste is of bold malt and fruitiness. Has the banana-like characteristics of many of the best Belgian pales, except better. A distinct nuttiness is also very present.

Each sip hits the tongue more velvety than the next with the perfect amount or carbonation, and despite the strength of this beer it's deceivingly quaffable. A great brew!

08-30-2010 03:51:43 | More by Jef59
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montecristo2

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass from a 22 oz. bottle.

I wanted a Belgian beer today after a bunch of yardwork. I'm so glad I bought this!
Great head, thick and at least three and a half fingers tall.
Effervescent, golden colored brew.
Smells of slight banana, sweet yeast.
Tastes delicious-Sweetness turns slightly sour on the outsides of the tongue. Hops and yeast character- mostly yeast.
Great lacing on the glass.
Lots o' alcohol! But I love it and you don't even notice it...until it's too late! Hahahaha!

Definitely an exceptional purchase if you are looking for an awesome Belgian beer.

Cheers!

08-29-2010 23:27:27 | More by montecristo2
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btorsdog

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Hard to believe a small grocery near my house sells this for $9.99 all the time, great buy!
if you look up the word "beer" anywhere this is the picture that ought to be beside it! Golden Yellow with a slight haze to it but probably the best head ever, thick and dense, impressive!
Slightly "Grolsh" like with a touch of white peppery skunk to it, belgian scent comes through also!
taste is as gold as she looks ,slight bitter sting with a sweetening malt effect, so cleanly crisp at the end its almost frightening!
medium mouth with an effervescant thing happening, somewhat dry.
This is where the "Devil" comes into play with ya.So tasty but dry so you what more to quench that spot, Alcohol seems non-existant so you just keep pounding 'em down, Great Brew!!!!

08-29-2010 01:19:48 | More by btorsdog
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Whiteweasel

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Drank from a pint glass and poured from a bottle.

A: Pale yellow, not the greatest colour. Great head and incredible lacing though. The consistency is suprisingly clear.

S: Luxurious, with a plethora of fruits; grapes, peaches, strawberries, and bananas with a heaping serving of clove. Belgian yeast scent comes out beautifully.

T: Malty, sweet, complex and yeasty, all similar to a Chimay. Flavours are top notch. Like a fine wine; rich like a glass of brandy.

M: Harsh on the tongue, very carbonated, and very very boozy. Quite the number on the mouth, but in a good way.

D: This beer is so damn good, but its so alcoholic that its damn near impossible to stay sober after having more than 2 or 3.

08-28-2010 19:31:31 | More by Whiteweasel
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Vaison

Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Cloudy light yellow with a huge head that nearly towered out of the glass.

S: Immediately reminded me of a pilsner, perhaps it was the color that had me thinking that way. Smelled peppery and citric, perhaps lemon.

T: A slightly bitter hoppy start, with a fruity and citric rind middle with an alcohol push at the end.

M: Creamy head beginning, feels very light. Almost like an extra dry champagne with the way it dissipates.

D: Very easy to sip. Much lighter than the bold full taste suggests.

08-28-2010 02:15:09 | More by Vaison
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AgentMunky

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Translucent, hazy, golden, thick creamy head. Oddly clear in the center. This looks promising. Nice lacing.

S: Smells a lot like a pilsner, with some faint skunky notes and fainter spice. Pretty nice, but muddled and muted.

T: Scrumptious; exceeded my expectations. The main taste is refreshingly robust for a beer that looks so pale. There is a carbonated creaminess preceding a sharp spiciness. This spice, in turn, gives way to smooth estery malts which escort the remaining flavours -- fruit, yeast, through to the aftertaste. Aftertaste is light, ever-so-slightly dry, but with a stickiness in the back of the throat.

M: The initial mouthfeel is fizzy and encompassing, the creamy head filling the mouth. A balanced sharp-sweet effect simultaneously soothes and pricks the mouth. Very nice.

D: Drinkably smooth but still interesting. The alcohol is detectable. Not the *very* best BSPA I've ever reviewed (that honour goes to Unibroue's Don de Dieu) but Duvel is a better example of the style (indeed, probably the epitome of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale). Highly recommended; I will buy it again.

08-26-2010 01:06:59 | More by AgentMunky
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Sometime ads exaggerate how a beer looks in real life. This beer is beautiful! A clear golden yellow sits underneath a huge frothy head. Wonderful head retention and amazing lace.

S: A light floral aroma with hints of lemon, apple, and pear. Also getting some grassy & peppery notes.

T: The initial taste is sweet acidic flavor, then goes into a short bitter phased, followed by a cereal malty finish. A dry aftertaste with hints of doughy yeast. Flavors picked up throughout the beer are Belgian yeast, banana, herbs, & spices.

M: Light body with lively carbonation. Tickles on my tongue.

D: Must drink again. Must drink again. Must drink again.

08-25-2010 13:06:40 | More by BrewCrew2010
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eatabagofbooger

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from a 330ml bottle to a duvel tulip.

A: Clear golden color with the famous, huge, lush head

S: slightly sweet, slightly spicy. Very apetizing

T: everything that is in the nose and more. Spicy flavors mix with a banana like malt sweetness and a hint of hops in perfect balance

M: just right for a refreshing beer like this-not thick, but not too watery. Moderately high carbonation goes well with the spicy flavors

D: out of this world. I could easily sip one of these over the course of a couple hours or chug it in minutes-it's that good

08-24-2010 02:12:38 | More by eatabagofbooger
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scottfrie

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip! Been waiting a while to match this combination.

A: This beer has one of the most recognizable pours. When you say huge egg-whipped frothy white head, you automatically think Duvel. Head slowly receded into the bowl of the tulip forming an oily dollop of cream over the light golden liquid that stuck around until the last drop. Great head retention, amazing lace.
S: Sweet pears and apples amongst peppery Belgian spices. Slight apricot and nectarine.
T: Loads of Belgian spice with some fruit. Notes of clove, cardamom, pepper, banana, and herbal hops. There is an overall sweetness to the brew. Finish is lightly bitter. Aftertaste is full of banana and brown sugar. Light bubblegum and doughy yeast as well.
M: Full body with a rich flavor and soft carbonation. Alcohol is masked but lends some viscosity to the body. Mouthfeel is soft and a bit chewy. Perfect.
D: One of the classics. Everyone should try this beer. Even my non-craft drinking friends admit this beer is good. I could drink this again and again.

08-23-2010 02:59:33 | More by scottfrie
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Duvel (pronounced Doo-vle) is a beers which is synonymous among beer aficionados. It is a reference point for brewers and a staple for beer drinkers.

At the LCBO Duvel is available in 330ml short capped bottles for $3.10, and is 8.5% abv. It is also available elsewhere in 750ml corked bottles, and 1.5L Magnums as shown. All bottles are bottle conditioned. This beer is a Belgian Pale Ale, and should be served cold between 4 to 7C (39 - 45F); Moortgagte suggests 6C. This will allow you to enjoy the beers magnificent quenching and refreshing characteristics, and as it warms gently, added layers of aroma and complexity will show themselves.

One of my favorite things about the Duvel is its chalice, which was designed specifically for this beer. You will notice if you stand the bottle and glass next to each other that the glass is almost double the size of the bottle; this is no mistake. The Duvel should be poured slowly on a slight angle with the glass gently rotating upright and lifting the bottle higher so that just after halfway you are pouring directly into the beer. A large and mountainous head should form a pure white clouds with massive amounts of air pockets filling it.

The head should begin close to the middle of the gold Duvel logo, and should raise to the top of the glass' lip. This may seem like a large amount of head if you are used to drinking commercial beers, however this is the perfect amount of foam for a beer like the Duvel. Its natural carbonation is going to create a luscious head no matter what you do, it is filled with rich aromas and unique flavors, and the glass was also designed specifically to allow this to happen.

Moortgat also suggests leaving about one cm of beer in the glass so that you do not pour the sediment (yeast from the bottle conditioning) into your glass. This is a personal preference. Depending on the beer, the sediment can add funky earthy flavors to the beer, or can impart a light sour or tart sensation to the beer. Personally, I think its all just more flavor. There are a couple beers which I reserve the sediment and enjoy the beer clean, however I pour every last drop of Duvel into my glass.

The beer itself is golden straw yellow and completely transparent. A laser etched "D" inside the bottom of the glass creates ridges for bubbles to form, and a clean stream of carbonation pours straight up the middle of every properly served Duvel, helping the head stay where it belongs.

The nose is delicate and sweet, it has very soft floral aromas of fresh hops and herbs, tickling spices, ripe soft fruits like peaches, bananas and apple, and a purely Belgian yeast character. It doesn't pour at your with riches or power; the alcohol is not close to noticeable. The Duvel thus far is very delicate and pleasing, and shows characteristics which should prove to be exceptionally refreshing.

Tilt the chalice gently towards you and be delightfully treated to a smooth and effervescent beer gliding under the head into your mouth - the chalice was designed for a purpose. The Duvel first brings soft blond malt sweetness in a complex and round group of flavors. Light malts, sweet earth, yeast and fruits all show their presence on your tongue and gently into your cheeks.

Easily, light spice and precise carbonation begin to raise your taste buds to attention as the beers floats across your palate. More hints of candy sweetness and the lightest caramel show up on your palate, and soon floral hops bring quenching dry, but soft bitterness in to balance the experience. The mouthfeel is elegant, smooth, and very refreshing. A richly carbonated beer usually is aggressive, but the carbonation here is all natural and pairs with the beer's flavors effortlessly.

Once again, the soft and hugely aromatic characteristics of the beer have created something absolutely delightful. The alcohol is perfectly hidden by this beer's balanced and layered flavors, and a severely impressive overall experience. The finish is quick, quenching, and crisp with a sweetly citrus touch - think fresh green apples. It really is a beautiful beer experience, and very deserving of its reputation.

I do love the Duvel with earthy soft cheeses, lamb, salads of almost any variety, and even grilled foods like hamburgers and shish-kabob. But mostly, I enjoy the Duvel, outside, when its hot, and I need to be confidently impressed.

08-23-2010 00:06:36 | More by StephenRich
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gford217

Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

The look is virtually perfect for me. It's got a slightly hazy golden yellow body with an enormous fluffy white head that's fed by a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom. The retention is ridiculous with clumps of white foam lasting for the duration and leaving sheets of lacing. Beautiful pour.

The aroma is fresh and grassy with lightly floral hops and slightly earthy. Lemon zest with some pears and green apples mixed in.

The taste is wonderful as well. It's got an earthy hop and musty Belgian yeast presence up front which mixes perfectly with the sugar-coated pears underneath. The finish is dry, crisp and lightly tart and bitter.

The mouthfeel is effervescent with tons of carbonation. Smooth but crisp and very bubbly on the palate.

After the rare beers I've had from all over the place, it's refreshing to taste such a stunning beer that almost everyone can get. Rarity be damned, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. An absolute classic.

08-22-2010 22:28:47 | More by gford217
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RiverCityBrews

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance - pale yellow. Very faint light orange/brown underskin. Massive bubbly head that gets bigger after sitting for a bit.

Smell - Super sweet but not overwhelming. Faint cloves and citrus.

Taste - Bright asnd lingering sweet malt. Hops are calm.

Mouthfeel - Bubbly but not in a trashy miller high life type of way. Coates the tung but melts away soon enough.

Drinkability - I could drink just this all night. Doesn't sit heavy or get boring.

08-20-2010 02:48:12 | More by RiverCityBrews
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +4%

appearance: Wow, this golden beauty has the most amazing head. Massive and frothy, like a big beer bubble bath.
smell: Apple fruity with some subdued spiciness.
taste: More of the same. Some fruity sweetness with a dry, slightly hoppy finish. Very nice.
mouthfeel: Another treat...full and like a beer bubbly.
drinkability: For me, a wonderful treat but a little overwhelming to be a gulper.
Hmmm....the champagne of beers.

08-19-2010 22:44:51 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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