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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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7,013 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,013
Reviews: 2,656
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 339
Gots: 896 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

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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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Straw-colored, pale, clear, nice looking head.

Smell: I'm honestly not getting a whole lot out of this. I can smell the alcohol. It smells a little sweet and a little like nail polish remover.

Taste: Sweet followed by hoppiness. Bitter finish. Again, not getting a ton of flavor. Maybe my tastebuds are off tonight for some reason? It's not bad, but I don't have a lot to comment on.

Mouthfeel: Good. Growing carbonation that lingers on the tongue, otherwise smooth.

Overall: I don't know what's up, but I'm not terribly impressed by this oft-loved beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 07 2015. Today is 7/1/13.

A - Effervescent. Straw in color with a big thick white head. Very Clear. Looks like a Chardonnay with a head!

S - Grain and corn initially. Then light fruit notes of pear and apple. The more I smell, the more I notice the phenol tones.

T - Corn is the strongest flavor I get up front. Banana comes through with the yeast notes. The finish is aggressively bitter. The hops offer nothing in flavor but really hold this ale up for the finish.

M - HOT. Very carbonated. Slight 'slick' mouth feel.

O - I think my sample may have had a hard life in its journey between the brewer and my glass.

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11.2oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A: Brilliantly clear lemon yellow. Massive rocky white head retains very well at an impressive four fingers. Foamy clumps of lacing stubbornly grip the glass.

S: Pilsner malt lends soft bready and biscuit aromas and that bit of trademark sweetness. Yeast is distinctly Belgian. Chalky earth, very slightly clovey and medicinal, subtle white pepper. Hops lend grassy tones with a bitter herbal component. A perfect display of balance and what I will call 'simple complexity'.

T: Pilsner malt leads off with its distinctly sweetish breast and biscuit taste. A hefty dose of grassy and herbal European hops is a perfect foil to the malt base. Peppery and spicy yeast, lightly chalky too. High attenuation means this beer is very dry overall. Hop bitterness rules the back end and grabs the most attention on the finish, though some yeasty spice contributes too.

M: Light in body. Stiff bast of scrubbing carbonation. Creamy and airy. Very smooth.

O: This is one of the all time greats, a classic for the ages. An absolute must-try. There really isn't much to think about if you really dissect this beer, but its greatness is derived from its perfect balance and legendary drinkability.

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