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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,521 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,521
Reviews: 2,589
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 251
Gots: 579 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -12%

nbanyard87, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

BrewmanCapote, Mar 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

elglueckert, Mar 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

CoryR, Mar 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

TheGoldenGod, Mar 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

DaveSchultz, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

fredmugs, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Crystal clear yellow with big white head. Carbonation is incredibly low.
S: Yeasty with some critus, maybe lemon, notes on the background.
T: The citrus on the smell can be tasted as well but there's some spiciness too.
M: Light but with a heavy end to it.
O: I've had a lot of Duvels before this one and I do think they were better than this one. I'm afraid this Duvel didn't get very well with the cellar.

joaopmgoncalves, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

DiscLizard, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It comes in a hazy yellow and a bit of green. Almost like a champagne with its carbonation. It comes in a huge huge head that does not go away from the bottle conditioning.

Fresh citrus smelling of orange, but big Belgian yeast, bready, and malt. It’s so fresh smelling.

Quite complex beer. It jumps out at you with a bit of hop. There a vibrant yeasty bready malt. However, it isn’t heavy. It’s weird to have something very carbonated and refreshing, but remind me of bread. What keeps it vibrant however is the fruitiness in there. The lemon and banana reminds me a bit of hefeweizens, but it has some more punch, spice, and breadiness to it.

The finish has a bit of stank and booze. It’s quite a lovely beer.

I taste tested this with La Chouffe and I would say I prefer that one.

dar482, Mar 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Mervjahn, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

kell50, Mar 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

JulianB, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

aranton, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Mattyb79, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 01/2015
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Duvel's flagship beer is an excellent BSPA. In summary, if you the idea of a pilsner on steroids that's been fermented with Belgian yeast sounds appealing to you, this beer, and the style in general, are something you must try. The beer is simultaneously filling and refreshing as it masks its alcohol content with ease. Flavors include pilsner malt, Belgian yeast and its byproducts, dried hay, and satisfying hop bitterness.

Pours a 2.5cm head of small, white bubbles, which gradually coalesce into larger bubbles, giving the appearance of a white sponge, as the head very slowly breaks down to a thick lacing atop the body of the beer. Lacing is very good, thick washes in a variety of patterns adorn the insides of the glass. The body itself is a transparent golden color, with light bringing out bright yellow hues. Carbonation is quite active and plentiful, rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is crisp, fairly clean, and primarily light and sweet. The pieces are of pilsner malt, light lemon, pineapple, lightly flowery European hops, and Belgian yeast byproducts. Good, though I perhaps enjoyed De Proef's take on the style more, which included a bit of one or more Brettanomyces strains to increase fruit-like esters and add further complexity.

Note: I don't recommend adding the yeast, despite the desire to see what it's like. It simply seems to dilute the aromas/flavors.

Front of palate is of bright, somewhat sweet pilsner malts with a pleasant spiciness from hop usage. Mid-palate is where the full flavors appear, like a strong Belgian pilsner. I find sweet pilsner malt that's been bittered substantially by European hops, with additional characters of dried hay, slightly medicinal phenols, and granny smith apple. Back of palate finds sharp bitterness, slight ethanol, and sweetish malts. Aftertaste is of lingering pilsner malt with slight graininess, sharp bitterness, and Belgian yeast notes.

Beer is medium bodied with medium-high levels of carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly fizzy, but quickly becoming smooth and foamy. Closes quite dry, somewhat astringent, with little residual stickiness lingering across the palate.

falloutsnow, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

CDCNAM, Mar 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

tonton, Mar 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

AlecBurtness, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of DenverLogan
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a corked bottle into a mid-size Duvel tulip glass.
Modest cork pop.
Pours a clear light yellow with big initial head.
Aroma of hay, powder sugar, candy sugar, light spice.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of rich malts, white and black pepper, funky fruit rind, light honey, spicy esters from the yeast., field straw hops. A big and bold beer that makes me think of a Stella Artois gone wild with mild steroids and minerals, a touch of spice and challenging yeast.
I can't say how many decades I've been tasting this brew, but it's many. The brew has changed over the years, and a corked bottle can be quite different from draft or small bottles (or the huge bottles). Generally respectable and gotta love the new marketing effort with designer glasses.

DenverLogan, Mar 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

thegerm87, Mar 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

user785335, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Poupae, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Slyguy
4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I honestly could not describe this ale in a way that is sufficient to acknoledge the exceptional taste of this beer.

This beer have a very rich and sharp taste that cannot be compared to anything else, it is the standard of the belgium ales and maintains the top place of most beer advocates.

The substantial head and odour immediately draw you in and the first taste, you will realize how much you have missed. I could not recommend a better brew than this impressive ale from this Belgium brewery.

Slyguy, Mar 23, 2013
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,521 ratings.