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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,823 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,823
Reviews: 2,614
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 296
Gots: 714 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

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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Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my snifter at cellar temperature.

Duvel has a head is like no other head I've ever seen. It's like the head has a mind of it's own (pun intended), as it forms a four-finger-plus mountain of firm, white foam which rises well over the rim of the glass, yet somehow doesn't overflow. Over the next 10 to 20 minutes, it proceeds to meld into a variety of strange shapes which vary each time I have this beer. Also, clumps of foam stick tenaciously to the top of my snifter long after the main mass has died down. The body is a bright golden straw color that is clear at first, but it gets hazy as one's refills reach deeper toward the bottom of the bottle, which is how your senses will start to feel at that point from the deceptively high alcohol content.

The smell is of sweet white bread, resiny green grapes, and tart granny smith apple. A nice combination.

Tastes yeasty! The fruity tartness from the smell is here too, reminding me a bit of white wine. But this is a beer. The hops make that clear. There are definitely a subtle hops taste and bitterness, though it's a different kind of hoppiness than what an IPA has. I believe these are what people call "noble hops." They are indeed refined, but I prefer to call them "aristocratic hops." No trace of alcohol, by the way.

The carbonation is high, but it's not as carbonated as the humongous head woulda made me think. It feels light, crisp, and sprightly.

Duvel may be standard-setting as a Belgian strong pale ale, but it's also unique. Easily my favorite European beer.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,823 ratings.