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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,966 Ratings
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100
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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
Belgium

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 plfahey
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow-golden in color with good clarity. Enormous, fluffy, densely packed white head which forms a rocky, tight (yet still large) cap of foam as it collapses. Amazing belgian lace on the glass. Truly one of the most beautiful pours in beer.

Aroma-Most prominent is the yeast character, with light, spicy phenolics and some fruity pear and earthy yeast notes. Lightly sweet bready pils malt presents as well along with some perfumy alcohol. Light floral hopping. Pleasant and very clean.

Flavor-Just the faintest bit of malt sweetness with notes of fresh hay and sourdough up front which fade quickly to strong, spicy yeast phenolics. There's just a hint of estery fruit in the mid-palate, along with pleasant spicy/floral hop flavors. Hop bitterness is moderately low and the finish is quite crisp and dry with slight peppery alcohol and earthy yeast character which carries into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with very high, effervescent carbonation and a bit of carbonic bite. Alcohol is not hot, but leaves a pleasant warmth on the palate.

The benchmark of the style for all Belgian Golden Strong, this beer doesn't miss a beat. It's exemplary in all categories, and just generally kicks ass. Always a treat, and one I don't enjoy often enough.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of madeofsteel
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just picked up a gift set with the giant tulip glass. Never had this one before, and I hear so many good things about it, so here goes.

A - Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass, pours a golden color with hints of amber, cloudy, and about 3 fingers worth of very foamy head. Great retention, awesome lacing. Plenty of carbonation. In short, it's gorgeous.

S - Kind of bready and yeasty. Notes of banana with some very subtle (not at all bad) alcohol smells.

T - Very sweet, like a wheat beer. The yeast is very noticable, and the banana from the nose is present, but only slightly. Kinda hoppy finish brings a very nice balance to it.

M - Very bubbly. Almost too much for my taste. Alcohol burn is somewhat noticable, but only near room temp. Very, very dry finish, like champagne or white zin.

O - I can see why this beer is so popular, but it's hard to justify $17 for a 4-pack for anything other than special occasions. That being said, I know I will buy this beer again because it is just plain great, and if High Life hadn't bastardized the concept, I would declare it's the beer equivalent to champagne.

Photo of WesM63
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Stella Tulip

A: Clear Golden with a decent 3 finger gold tinted head. Decent lacing.

S: Apples and slightly hoppy.

T: Sweet dry, apple-ish with hoppy taste and a spicy finish. Almost wine/champagne like.

M: Medium body with loads of carbonation.

O: Not what i was expecting from a Belgian (expecting a quad). Overall, pretty good, i was pleasantly surprised the more i drank. Although the thing i found odd was the more I let it sit, the better it tasted. Not sure if they're all like this or just the batch i got. Either way, worth trying if you haven't. I'd buy again when the mood strikes.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Raebies
2.91/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a crisp apple smell almost like a cider. Nicely carbonated and pours a big frothy head. Golden yellow colour with lots of bubbles. It tastes a bit like champagne. Tangy. Actually a lot like white wine.. without so much of the sweetness. The 8.5% ABV has no where to hide, it's right up front. I would use this beer as a wine substitute in seafood recipes.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of CincyTK
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle best before 05 2014 into a Duvel twolip.
Beautiful golden color with a big white head. Lots of bubbles racing to the top. Splotchy lacing stays behind. Head sticks around for the ride.
Smells sweet and spicy with apples, banana, yeast, and grass/funk.
Has some spicy yeast to the taste. There is more going on that I can't really pick out, but I just know I like it. So smooth and crisp. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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