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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
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world-class

6,398 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,398
Reviews: 2,578
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 246
Gots: 523 | 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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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
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

A: A rather murky straw colour with a HUGE, 3-finger head. I felt the pour was exceptionally slow, so I suppose it's just how it is.

S: Very mild, with not much of an aroma that I could find, honestly. Maybe the faintest citrus scent, but that's going out on a limb.

T: Citrus, also a bit buttery. Just a touch of a woodsy/earthy taste on my palate. Some bitter hops, and the slightest bit of alcohol - fairly well hidden and nice. A pleasant lingering taste in the mouth.

M: Pretty smooth. Not too carbonated, not too dry. I could almost stand for it to be a little more dry. Goes down fairly easy and light. Quite good.

D: Fairly high, though perhaps not up to the price that I found it for, especially in comparison to others I have had and enjoyed equally or more. I would certainly have it again, though, if the opportunity arose.

01-09-2008 02:36:31 | More by Proteus93
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Jameson480

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Appearance - Opaque golden with slight orange hues, poured into its special glass with thick head with rather large bubbles that stick to the edge of the glass, constant stream of bubbles from engraved "D" at bottom of glass

Smell - Slightly grassy, somewhat fruity sweet, hint of molasses

Taste - Crisp, taste leaves mouth rather quickly, cannot taste excess alcohol

Mouthfeel - Not excessively carbonated, easy to swallow

Drinkability - This is a reasonably strong (8.5%), easy to drink ale. Definitely recommended!

01-08-2008 04:32:24 | More by Jameson480
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Scoobydank

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12%

L:Bright golden yellow with a bright shiny white sparkling head that sticks to the glass. The foam crazy
S:I am picking up a lsight nutty smell, similar to a pils. Light citrus
T: Big lemon zest explodes right away and lingers through out
M: The fizz gives you a nice warm sensation
D: Its good, but a bit to pils like for me. Not a huge pils fan

01-04-2008 20:17:10 | More by Scoobydank
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foles

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

This is a crackerjack. The pour produces a puffy pure white head which settles a little like an ice cream! once it settles down the aroma is dry, with a light sweet lemon citrus aroma. The colour is dark lemon.

The mouthfeel & taste is similar, with less acidity and yeastiness than other belgian ales, and even than my previous memories of Duvel. This must of been a fresh one. I've always preferred freshness over aged beers, even for top fermented ales. The alcohol is well masked.

Not as complex as some of the others but certainly a masterful brew.

01-03-2008 21:02:35 | More by foles
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jpkoch1962

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -21.8%

I'm a heretic. The Duvel Belgium Strong Ale just doesn't do much for me. I've read plenty on this style -it's history, taste profile, as well as critics rave reviews. I finally broke down and purchased a 755ml bottle.

I will readily admit that Duvel is the class for its style. I just do not enjoy a skunky, very dry, tart ale.

Duvel poured a brilliant straw yellow. It was a very slow pour, and I allowed the head to slowly build. The carbonation was fantastic. A thick, long lasting white head built within seconds. The aroma was a tart apple smell very much like a white Riesling wine. As a matter of fact, the entire ale was quite dry, vinuous and tart. A definite sweetness was detected in the middle, but the skunky, apple esthers overpowered this beer, making it more of a wine than an ale. The finish was dry, with a lingering of juicy fruit and apples remaining.

I suppose this is the King of Belguim Ales, but it's not my cup of tea. A warning, the alcohol will hit the uninitiated. At 8.5% this ale is nothing to mess with

01-01-2008 23:59:59 | More by jpkoch1962
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

A slow pour produces a large foamy head. The beer is a beautiful golden color with continuous carbonation. The aroma is unique and yeasty with a sweet fruitiness and hints of tobacco. The beer lightly dances on the palate due to the high carbonation. The alcohol comes through along with some spice. The finish is dry and lasting. A very good and drinkable beer.

01-01-2008 14:47:56 | More by BeardedBoffin
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uconnalum2

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

I poured unhurriedly as the bottle suggested but still ended up with a massive four finger white frothy head. The body is a hazy golden yellow with active carbonation. The smell is sweet and fruity with a hint of alcohol. The taste is excellent. Citric, spicy and a little tart but perfectly balanced. The finish is dry. Mouthfeel is crisp and light yet it has a slightly creamy texture. Drinkability for this high of an ABV is simply outstanding. Only the effect of the alcohol will slow you down because it is well hidden in the taste. Overall, this is an outstanding beer. By far the best Belgian that I have had yet. It is similar to champagne in some ways but far, far better. If you need a beverage to celebrate with, use Duvel.

01-01-2008 02:42:35 | More by uconnalum2
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours gold with perfect head. I just just look at it and be happy enough.

Smeels mildly sweet, alcohol is there with slight yeasty tones.

Taste: I say goddamn!! Some fruit, some yeast, some alcohol, all perfect.

Feels light and crisp, invites more than a few drinks.

This is about as good as a beer can be. I understand why Michael Jackson (beer God) loved this brew. Some things are just that good and words don't do it justice. This devil is just that.

12-31-2007 20:41:26 | More by Homerbag
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deepsouth

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

i'm drinking this wonderful beer this evening out of a delirium noel glass as tis the season.

i have enjoyed a couple of these, but it was before i was rating, so here goes...

i have to restrain my tendency to pour aggressively with this one as i know what i'm getting into. instead, this beer was carefully poured into the glass and i still managed to get about two inches of creamy off-white head. high carbonation. this beer never stops bubbling. this is a great looking beer. this beer leaves lacing all down the glass. this is a beautiful representative of this style beer.

the smell is fruity, hoppy and yeasty it seems. i also smell a bit of spice. this beer smells great as well.

the taste is just as the smell. i notice the alcohol, but not as much as i thought i would. this is an easy tasting beer that goes down well.

i love the mouthfeel. the high carbonation is a real treat.

this is a very drinkable beer. deceptive. it drinks much lighter. these things could make short work of me, but since i don't drink to get tanked, it's a great one off beer for an evening. nice high alcohol content that serves as a good nightcap or would pair greatly with some grilled fish or even boiled seafood.

12-31-2007 02:36:50 | More by deepsouth
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

My, oh my. Pours a nearly clear golden/straw with huge white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the way down. On the nose you get a very sweet tone, alcohol, and the standard fruit. The taste is citric in style with a long lasting flavor. It stays constant and does not morph into anything else less desirable. I just have to give it a 5. Mouthfeel is terrific with a good combo of bubbles and flavor. This is easily drinkable in mass quantity. Outstanding brew.

12-30-2007 04:45:42 | More by RblWthACoz
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1fastz28

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%

poured a cloudy gold color with a huge white head, its cloudy head doesn't move at all. smell is alot like champagne, or a sparkling white wine, carbonation is everywhere and i assume thats what i'm smelling. taste is good, but not fantastic like i've read. maybe since i dont have a real duvel glass, i've heard that it helps. it has a sweety fruity taste to it, and some distinct yeast flavors, its a good beer, but i wouldn't call it great. maybe i got a bad apple

12-29-2007 00:04:50 | More by 1fastz28
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Monsone

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

Reviewed from notes
A - Pours soft yellow with a froamy white head

S - Smells citrus and spice with yeastiness.

T - Citrus and spice with yeasty, bready malt. Much like it smells. Slight tartness, like Granny Smith apples maybe.

M: Thin, crisp carbonation.

D: Drinkable standard Belgian. Decent while not great.

12-28-2007 20:49:39 | More by Monsone
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n0315

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance and smell are great. Nice head that stays and a VERY nice yellow with small but constant bubbles.

champagne taste but still a very crisp and clean taste. I dont see a white ale getting better, to be honest.

A VERY drinkable beer that I would like to drink many more if not for the near $7 a bottle price. Beautiful. I think I have to have a bottle or two of this alwys read for drinking.

12-28-2007 17:29:33 | More by n0315
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joepais

Maine

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

750 Bottle into Duvel glass poured clear gold. (LOL what a head) the cork came off on its own, safe to say some carbonation (the steam of bubbles coming from the center of the glass is wonderful) Spice fruity (yeast) aroma film head .Citrus and malty sweetness crisp dry finish Crisp mouth feel reminds me of a champagne. The Alcohol is well hidden and very drinkable

12-27-2007 04:26:05 | More by joepais
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a snub nosed 11.2% bottle, this BSPA pours mostly clear with a rich golden color. Attractive, uniform rising bubbles are visible. The frothy, highly effervescent head stand bubbly, tall, and holds very well when decanted roughly. Soapy, spotted lace clings to the glass and the head rejuvenates with a simple swish.

A bit sweet and very yeasty on the nose. Some light honey and fresh, toasty wheat. Plenty of lemon, coriander, and clove provide citric tang and spice. A hint of banana and grassy notes as well.

Formidable and very bright in flavor. Boisterous but still crisp/bright. Spicy and a bit sweet with buttery wheat, doughy yeast, clove, coriander, citrus (lemon), sparkling apple juice, a hint of booze, tart berries, banana, fresh cut grass, and a hint of bubblegum. Pungent and big flavored not to mention very complex. Lots of big Belgian character. Some more yeasty/starchy fruit lingers through the finish.

Again very bright and crisp on the palate with high carbonation. A bit of booze warmth arises especially as the brew warms a bit. Semidry finish with a starchy film that lingers on the tongue (not as bad as it sounds, just reminds you that your drinking a big wheat beer that's all). Very complex and probably the best beer of its style. Tasty is an understatement.

12-24-2007 01:36:06 | More by letsgopens
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therica

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

My rating is based on the warning that you'd better let this stuff set for at least 5-10 minutes after pouring, or you'll burn out your nostrils with a biting gas, and your throat as well.

Pour it slowly- as the bottle say, "Pour Unhurriedly."

A= nearly clear-yellow, immediate massive head at least equal to the fluid. The head gradually settles, forming chunky thick islands of foam that look like half-melted marshmallows.

S= nice, inviting, florals, evidence of the hops-bitters, slight reminder of lemonade, some bubblegum scent after it's been sitting for 10 or more minutes. Very Belgian-Ale typical. Whiffs of strong alcohol.

T= a little watery for my taste, and yet it rates so highly. Lots of sour-bitter hops, florals, typical trademark Belgian flavor, evidence of its 8.5%ABV alcohol on the tongue.

M= a bit more alcohol-burn than I like, and aftertaste more reminiscent of wine-sour than hops-bitters. A little more watery and lacking balanced flavor and bouquet than I'd like, afterwards.

D= as far as alcohol, not very drinkable in quantity, and for my own personal tastes, there are many other Belgian's that I'd prefer if I were going to knock off a quantity of 8.5%ABV beers.

I've had this in Belgium, where I noted a malt scent and slight sweet hints in the nose, possibly a taste of cardamom, and how it seemed to change character in the taste as it sat, over time.

12-23-2007 19:17:06 | More by therica
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HopGoblin

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

Sampled from a 750ml bottle. Pours golden with a huge extremely white three finger head. The nose is a bit funky with aromas of butter and candy. This beer is incredibly smooth, crisp, and clean with flavors of lemons and pears. Very balanced, not too hoppy, no to malty, quite refreshing. Drinkablity of this beer is good, however be weary it does sneak up on you. Its called Duvel for a reason.

12-21-2007 04:55:03 | More by HopGoblin
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SMark

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

I poured this beer from a 330ml brown bottle at 55° into a balloon wine glass. A thick 2 ½ fingers plus white foamy head resulted with nice Brussels lace being left when it dissipated. The coloring was clear and golden with nice carbonation being held under the foam. A best consumed by date was on the back label.

A clean, bitter, off aroma which I credit to the yeast was easily detectible. The beer turned more fragrant and heady with each additional smell.

There was a good mixture of sweetness and bitter with the initial taste. A slight candy sugar lingered in the background.

A musty taste which was not offensive and I lack better descriptors seemed to prevail. There were also a lot of intangibles for me lurking in the background. A slight taste of coriander and citrus fruit was detected with subsequent tastes and swishing in the mouth.

This is another enjoyable beer to be savored and not consumed at the pace of a lighter, refreshing beverage. Take your time with this one and see what else is there to enjoy.

12-18-2007 21:18:39 | More by SMark
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

From an 11.2 oz bottle which came in a $13.99 four-pack gift-set which included a unique Duvel glass, this beer pours a beautiful golden color with almost non-stop carbonation and a foamy head with serious staying power... After hearing so much about this beer, I was definitely impressed with the appearance... The aroma is so intricate and complex that it is hard to describe... somewhat fruity with a smell of bananas... Taste is equally complex with a nice, pepperish sting to it... The mouthfeel is good, somewhat acidic... and due to the hefty alcohol percentage, wouldn't want to down too many of these bad boys in one night... a distinct alcohol taste is definitely present, and the beer contains a white-wine character... Definitely an interesting brew, though the price is pretty steep... Wouldn't advise to drink too many of these in one setting, best enjoyed occasionally... Recommended...

12-15-2007 23:18:51 | More by dsa7783
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Bassetdawg

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle from Kappy’s

Appearance: huge, beautiful fluffy white head, with excellent retention and fine lacing.
Beautiful light golden color.

Aroma: honey with apple and a hint of clove and pepper.

Taste and Mouthfeel: a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A clean, crisp taste, a perfectly balanced strong pale ale.

Drinkability: This is an amazing beer. It is incredibly drinkable – a perfect treat.

12-14-2007 03:33:02 | More by Bassetdawg
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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%

Served from a unique 330ml brown stubby bottle into an over-sized wine glass. BB 05 2010.

A- Murky golden/yellow color and one of the nicest heads ive ever seen on a beer. Very fluffy white head remains and leaves excellent lace mainly in part due to very good retention.

S- Lots of spice and yeast, fairly fruity as well, with mineral aromas characteristic of a pilsner, interesting.

T- Very tasty!! Flavors of fruits up front, green apples, pears, some citrus and lemom. Flavors of yeast and clove caress the tongue, followed by spicy hops midway resembling Saaz hops. Bitter dry finish is surprisingly spicy. Alcohol is hidden, but not unnoticeable.

M- Magnificent! Very smooth with incredibly good carbonation. Effervescent.

D- Fairly good considering the ABV.

Overall I will be grabbing more of this for sure. Awsome beer and one of my favorites. Good for special occasions, just take it easy because the alcohol can creep up on you. Recommended.

12-12-2007 23:26:15 | More by drinkininthewood
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Stagi

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Nice gold color with a nice thick head with plenty of lacing.

some spices accompany fruit and malt is also present.

Malty is the first thought that comes to mind, but as you get to the end, it smooths out nicely. I would say the carbonation makes it seems there is more alcohol than what you actually taste.. Great finish.

The malt and alcohol come to the tongue first, followed by the carbonation. Tough to swallow with the first sip, but becomes great as you drink.

I believe I will be drinking another and buying more in the future.

12-11-2007 00:35:08 | More by Stagi
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

yes, this baby is available in china, in the better restaurants and bars. in some specialty stores, you can even get two-packs that include a complimentary duvel glass.

and that's how i came to review it here, with a proper glass to pour into...

lovely gold color, with two inches of foamy, creamy head which barely even shrinks, leaving behind lots of lacing. one of the more beautiful sights to behold on this earth.

nose is flowery, fruity (pear? apple?), and spicy, with some malt background and yeastiness.

pale malts and prominent hops dominate the first sip, but give way to other complexities as you continue. the zestiness of the hops seems to prepare one for the sweet fruit notes that follow, but once again give way to the clean finish thanks to the pleasant bitterness. the high alcohol is not really all that subtle however.

very smooth, a slight astringency probably from the noticeably high alcoholic content. carbonation is lively but not overdone.

all in all, a great experience.

12-08-2007 11:27:20 | More by tai4ji2x
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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