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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,422 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,422
Reviews: 2,581
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 246
Gots: 536 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Served from a .33 L bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Best served before date 05/2009.

Appearance is absolutely gorgeous. Head is a thick, billowy white, and retention is out of this world. Carbonation is as lively as any I've ever seen, hue is a beautiful yellow gold, and lacing is thick and full. This is how God intended beer to look. For the record, after I had consumed the entirety of the beer, lacing remained on all sides of the glass, and the carbonation kept going until the bitter end.

Nose is airy and light, with the citrus (orange and lemon) and yeast sourness prevalent, and the floral crispness of the hops playing the subdued but nonetheless important part of second violin. Slightest hint of alcohol is present in the harmony.

Taste is indescribable, but I'll try for the sake of the review. It's so balanced, so damn smooth, with the tartness of the fruit and the sourness of the yeast and the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the grain and the spiciness of ... something, perhaps cloves, perhaps something else ... all playing off one another, no one overpowering any of the others, each making its own important contribution in concert with the others. The sourness of the yeast and sweetness definitely become more prevalent as this magnificent brew warms up.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, despite the carbonation, which isn't nearly as formidable once it's in your mouth as it appears it probably should be. The finish is outstanding.

Drinkability is superb, and I could finish a four pack easily if the diet I was currently on allowed for it. I'm writing this as I finish off the last few sips (carbonation is STILL going, and there's lacing three and a half inches up the sides of the glass - unbelievable!!), and the alcohol has definitely crept up on me by this point, but you definitely don't feel it until it's upon you. This sets a very high bar for other beers of the style, and I highly recommend this to anyone interested in exposing themselves to Belgian beer.

01-29-2008 21:43:50 | More by CrellMoset
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hustlesworth

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.4%

"pour unhurriedly"

it's been a long time comin.

A- most ridiculously excellent looking snow-white head forms with no effort at all. it's light, airy, and nerf-like and it rises out of the tulip glass and blooms into the shape of a fully blossomed rose. and that's only half the bottle. how can this beautiful thing be the devil? the pour with this beer is a process, and i respect that greatly. this head morphs in a psychedelic fashion into something that resembles the matterhorn, or the K-13 in asspen (for any south park fans) and as the foam sets, it becomes rigid and resilient and rubbery to the touch and leaves groovy geometric fractal patters of lace. body is a pale golden and clear initially, with many streams of tiny champagne bubbles replenishing what the laws of physics take away, then by the end of the bottle we have a beautiful hazy banana peel yellow, still with rising bubblies.

* a dented ping-pong ball size clump of lace is still clinging to the inside of my glass about 1/2in down from the lip...and i finished the beer 1/2 hour ago. i took digital photos, i wish i could post them somehow. i'd give duvel a 5.5 if it was possible.

S- sour belgian yeast and tart citrus, lemony candy, sour apple, pear, sour cherry candy, all in all a very aromatic citric acid. wildflowers, gardenia, and a tropical beach come to mind when taking in the spicy floral hops. pale malt and raw barley also, it is my understanding that the malt is steamed to retain the beer's pale golden color. white wine (reisling, spatlese), oranges and the smallest hint of clove become apparent as the devil warms.

T- ahh where to begin...bubblegum/banana and white pepper spiciness, alcohol hides well but can't escape my olfactory sensors! i know you're there. fine champagne, candied citrus, again almost unnoticeable clove, maybe some mace or nutmeg flavors as well, i'm not sure about anything right now. very belgian, very unique yeast taste is pungent but cleaner in the smell taste and feel than others such as orval. green apple, unripe pear, white grape, all sitting on a very pale, very light malt background. delicious. mildly bitter grassy floral hop finish fades away like a lucid dream.

MF- light, crisp, refreshing feels so much like a pils but most def is not! damn! ranges from tart and puckering to powdery to prickly, to juicy, transitioning flawlessly into an ultra clean finish. finnish! hah! it's beyond my conception at this time how a beer so light can be packed with so much flavor and alcohol.

D- i need to go get a snack and lay down. and then have another devil. i might have to edit this tomorrow with a fresh review. unless all 5's really is possible...it can't be.

01-28-2008 06:46:04 | More by hustlesworth
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thirtysixbelow

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

a - golden yellow color with a slight haze and a 2 finger white head. Watching the carbonation in this beer is amazing. Good lacing.

s - citrus, apple, yeast

t - citrus flavor with a slight spiciness. Some good hops to finish it off. Very well balanced.

m - the most carbonated beer I have ever had, it is alive!

d - A very interesting beer. The appearance of this beer is top notch. It looks so delicious. Great balanced taste.

01-28-2008 05:10:20 | More by thirtysixbelow
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iasanlee

Nebraska

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

A- Pours into a tulip a pale golden yellow with slight haze. Huge bright white head, and loads of chunky lacing.

S- Most noticeable is yeast. Citrus and spice.

T- Very crisp. Spicy, Sweet fruity lemon. Hop bitterness. One of the most balanced beers I have had.

M- Medium in body. Intensely delicate carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

D- If this was the only beer I could drink the rest of my life, It would be a great life.

01-28-2008 02:26:37 | More by iasanlee
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Duvel

· Appearance: Golden yellow with lively carbonation and a two finger frothy white head, subsiding into a medium lacing.
· Aroma: Lively yeast and nose tingling hops. Light citrus lemon and perhaps some spice.
· Taste: WOW, crisp, yeasty, and a hop aftertaste that encourages a second take. Similar to the aroma, there is a nice citrus flavor, maybe even ginger and a lighter spice. Also, a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish.
· Mouthfeel: This beer is ALIVE! Great carbonation, yet very smooth.
· Drinkability: Dangerous. Absolutely delicious and easy to drink. Many stories could be told with a Duvel in hand!

01-28-2008 02:23:47 | More by CHADMC3
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Scottsan

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

Got this in a "big" 25-ounce(ish) bottle.

Nice, pillow-y head (solid . . . and seemingly eternal). The appearance (pale golden yellow) and smell are very attractive. The mouthfeel is very light, as is the flavor . . . sweet up front and progressively more bitter at the finish.

I was really surprised by this . . . not really excited by the prospect of a Belgian beer (was a gift). I'd buy this in the future (should I see it).

01-26-2008 21:41:28 | More by Scottsan
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genog

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Stubby bottle pours into a tulip glass. Pours a bright golden color with plenty of building, and bubbling rocky, foamy white head. Smell is faint with citrus, with some Belgian spice in the background. Taste is crisp with some of the citrus coming through. Mouthfeeling is heavily carbonated making this a refreshing drink.

01-25-2008 14:30:56 | More by genog
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stimy

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

I drank this at a "The Belgian Beer Diaspora" beer tasting hosted by the late Michael Jackson at the National Geographic. The tasting involved pairing a number of Belgian beer styles with a Belgian and American interpretation of the style.

These are my tasting notes:

This beer had a huge white head. Champagne mouthfeel, very carbonated tasting. I'm not a huge fan of "champgney" beers.

01-24-2008 18:26:55 | More by stimy
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fank2788

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

11.2oz bottle dated best before May 2010 served in a snifter
Pretty exceptional in the glass this beer is bright clear yellow gold with a huge frothy head the volume of which is almost equal to the volume of the beer. The smell is dominated by lemon and pepper, delicate hoppy spice and ripe summer fruit. The taste is upfront peppery spice, some due to hops but a good deal of it is from the alcohol. Incredibly brash and right out in your face just under the pepper is a fair amount of sweet pale malt along with a lemony tart kick with a bit of yeast ester as well. This beer feels very lively in the mouth clean yet drying with a near stinging peppery bite that invites another sip almost slightly harsh but in a good way. Overall this is quite good definitely a style defining beer and world class by all accounts. A good choice to have on hand at all times for special occasions.

01-24-2008 01:29:06 | More by fank2788
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Natural510

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a pale golden color with loads of creamy head which stays in the glass.
Smells lemony & yeasty, tastes the same...goes down very smooth & crisp, almost like a lager. Very tangy.
The mouthful is excellent...the carbonation jumps around in the mouth, especially with a swish or two.
I recently tried St Bernardus Tripel, and this has similar qualities, but more subtle. It is not as tart, more smooth, and therefore a very drinkable brew.

01-22-2008 03:59:28 | More by Natural510
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beerbutcher

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

pours bright gold with a billowy two finger head of white suds.

aroma is distinctly belgian. there's a tangy fruit component to the slightly wild, spicey nose which i find especially peppery.. exhilerating.

taste- there's a judicious amount of hops, though their flavor is subdued, very spicy in style with a broad candied malt palate, some sweet ethanol and slightly fruity character. the carbonation is intense and adds a bit of a creaminess to the ale. drying up on the finish, but lingering on the palate with deft balance.

mouthfeel, the beer is somehow light, but lush. creamy and tender, yet iron hard. there's a great intensity at every point on the palate and for such a high grav brew it maintains it's drinkability with ease. all this is complimented by sublime complexity and nuance. drink duvel.

01-22-2008 02:52:14 | More by beerbutcher
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Served in my Maudite snifter. Poured the color of pale straw; ample light penetration, but somewhat murky. Voluminous white head (about three inches) with excellent retention and generous clumpy lacing throughout the tasting. Scent of belgian yeast, citrus and clove. Taste similar to nose. Lively mouthfeel and ample carbonation during the duration. Finish was crisp and clean with a bit of citrus that lingers in the mouth. Very refreshing, but deceptively so given the 8.5% abv. No wonder Duvel is considered to be the archetype of the style.

01-21-2008 18:34:24 | More by Jwale73
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Matty1918

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Chilled this bottle overnight in the fridge.

Poured it in my Trappist chalice slowly. A nice, creamy head developed over the golden colored ale.

A nice aroma of yeast and something sweet

Taste is of something sweet with a slight bitter finish

An overall good beer. Will try it again and again.

01-21-2008 18:29:15 | More by Matty1918
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a small stubby to a snifter, The liquid looks great yellow and sparkling with nice carbonation, the head is outstanding, big, smooth, fluffy, white, good retention and lots of lace.

The smell is sweet and delicious, yeasty but nice not over done.

The taste is great, fruity and sweet, mild citrus and berries, very good stuff.

The mouthfeel is also very good, great carbonation that picks right up with a few swirls of the glass and good body.

The drinkability is very good I see why this brew continues to get attention. Prosit, MK

01-20-2008 08:42:40 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Poured golden and very effervescent into my Duvel glassware. Head is white and billowy. Lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Slight alcohol, a little yeasty, also a bit of spiciness.

Taste: Initial carbonated twang. Sweet malts, Candi, citric/flowery spiciness also here. Beautiful texture and well-balanced flavors. Finish is very clean. The alcohol presence noted upon smell seems almost more muted in the tasting, though it is detectable.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, almost to the point of being creamy.

Drinkability: For a Strong Ale, very drinkable despite the ABV. The alcohol presence takes a seat to this beer's complexities.

Overall: Haven't had this in a while, but glad I came back. A real pleasure to drink. This kind of beer is one reason why I became an advocate for better beer.

01-20-2008 01:19:25 | More by coalcracker
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

From an 11.2oz bottle good til January 2010.

Pours a clear yellow with tons of head and lots of lacing. Not typically a fan of the pale yellow look, but this one had an amazing head and great retention. At a point, it looked like I had scooped out some whip cream and put it on top.

Smell is fairly sweet with a sharp citrus edge. Bit yeasty.

Strong alcohol taste that is accompanied by the citrus elements and a slight fruit presence, finishes with a pleasant sourness. Carbonation was a bit much for my mouth to handle though.

01-18-2008 18:24:23 | More by deltatauhobbit
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bort11

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

I have had a Duvel tulip for ages, and it seems about time to put a review in the books.

330 ml stubby bottle poured into the Duvel glass. The first thing that stands out is the huge meringue-like head. Even with a steady pour, it takes up the top third of the glass. It never really recedes at all, and large bands of foam stick to the glass with each sip. Color is a clear golden yellow. The etching at the bottom of the glass sends a column of bubbles through the center to the top.

Smell has a distinct Belgian yeast mustiness with a bit of cloves, apples and bananas. Tastes has more of the clove spiciness and a juicy fruit flavor. Mild hop bitterness finishes it out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body with a very crisp carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. I have to catch myself and try to slow down.

Duvel is an absolute classic!

01-18-2008 02:48:17 | More by bort11
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Zeckster

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a chilled, about 40 degrees, 330mL bottle into a chilled Duvel tulip glass.

Poured with a massively frothy head and a delightful golden color. The head left a light web like appearance on the glass as the beer was consumed.

It has a sweet citrus smell

There is a sweet citrus coupled with the taste of alcohol.

Loads of carbonation, I was afraid it would consume me when I pured it. Yet it was so very light.

I would certainly try this beer again. Although I think it would be a first beer selection.

01-17-2008 00:38:01 | More by Zeckster
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srroos

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Obviously the perfect glass for this beer!

A: Poured clear and golden with an absolutely massive head that just fits in the glass. Carbonation coming from the etched D at the bottom of the glass. Lots of lacing left on the glass as the head shrinks. Never had a beer look this good!

S: Sweet with citrus and alcohol notes.

T: More sweet with a bitter finish. Lots of tart citrus.

MF: Obviously very highly carbonated and light in the mouth despite the fairly high alcohol.

D: Very drinkable and flat out delicious.

Flat out excellent in every regard. If you see a Duvel Gift Pack, buy it. The beer plus the glass is an experience not to be missed!

01-15-2008 23:56:18 | More by srroos
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srandycarter

California

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Unfortunately, no Duvel glass. I will have to use the elongated Stone tulip.

A - Gold, straw color. Extreme careful slow pour still produced quite a head. White cloud of cotton it was. Lacing sudsy and persistent.

S - Grass, peppered pear and yeast. Belgian ale standard base.

T - Extremely carbonated - perhaps too much. Yeast, fruit, a little sour aspect and nice finishing bitter.

M - Medium to light body, fully coating, but just so darn fizzy.

D - I wouldn't purposely seek it out often, but if there were a few around, I wouldn't tire of them.

01-15-2008 04:23:40 | More by srandycarter
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williamherbert

New York

3.55/5  rDev -16.7%

Look is a bright straw-yellow color. Massive puffy head. Lots of tiny bubbles. Transparently clear. Looks frosty. Ice cream float head. Frosty lace.

Spicy Belgian ale semll mixed with a lagery aroma. Golden ale definitely present. Slightly sweet.

Sour and spicy taste like a typical Belgian Ale. Tastes like a sweet lager but with sour spices. The prototypical Belgian Ale.

Feels fizzy and sour. Bubbly. Leaves a sour film. Turns creamy at the end. A bit dry like white wine. It's a good, spicy drink. Bubbly and fizzy. Sour and pretty good.

01-15-2008 01:52:34 | More by williamherbert
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

The appearance was a light amber color, with a little cloudiness. Poured a somewhat thick head. The smell was very nice, featuring a citrus blend of pears, apples and possibly something else. The taste was nice, but not overwhelming. You can definitely pick up the sugar content in this, though it's not immediately apparent. In a way, it reminded me of a lager or pilsener. This had a medium range carbonation, giving it a good mouthfeel. This is a drinkable beer, though I'm not as enthusiastic as others on it. I'm not huge on pale ales generally, but I thought I'd give it a whirl.

01-14-2008 14:49:47 | More by avalon07
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MisterClean

California

2.78/5  rDev -34.7%

750 ml purchased from Cost Plus. Drink before date on label, with a cask-top. Had a nice pop, should be very fresh.

A - Pale, yellow pour with firm body, lots of dsh-soap colored head, with bits of clumpy proteins.

S - Apple, pears, ester, and almond immediately fills the nostril with delight.

T - Notes of anjou pear, ester, with little taste of pepper, and an earthy-hoppy finish.

M - Moderate-heavy carbonation, light note of alcohol on finish, and moderately sour. Almost feels like it should be classed as a lager based on color and carbonation (but not abv content).

D - Recommend drinking in small quantities as an appertif or with a fruit-based dessert.

As much as I enjoy Belgians, and especially golden ales (see Delirium and Damnation), I really did not care for this one due to the moderate sourness and earthy finish. :(

01-13-2008 20:16:56 | More by MisterClean
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nbree00

California

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours a beautifully clear golden color with a snow white head. Carbonation is excellent and the head actually hangs around for a fair amount of time. The smell is awsome, I get a dry lager sort of aroma. The taste is simply amazing, a hint of sweetness up front with just the right amount of spicy earthiness and a dry incredibly refreshing finish, making particularly drinkable. Highly recommended!

01-12-2008 23:14:58 | More by nbree00
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PhageLab

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

A legendary beer poured into a legendary glass - the Duvel tulip. I've been drinking Duvel for many years, so by no means is this new to me, but I have taken my time getting around to reviewing it.

A - Perfect presentation. Cloudy golden concoction with a yeasty tornado swirling upwards to the massive head of froth. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Apricot and other citrus notes blend with a yeasty haze that fills the aroma.

T - Elegant and balanced, this brew is a cut above most others. Coriander, citrus, spice, and yeast shine through, though I am most certain there are flavors present I'll never even taste. Complexity is outdone only by the flavor itself.

M - Medium bodied, great warming and sticky feel. Perfect carbonation level.

D - Amazing, though you couldn't down a case, this is certainly a celebration brew, as well as a relaxation brew, and most definitely a perfect dinner brew. Recommended of course.

01-11-2008 14:52:59 | More by PhageLab
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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