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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 2,726
Hads: 7,547
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.39%
Wants: 406
Gots: 1,347 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale | 8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of trumick
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden color with a huge head that stays forever. The lacing stuck to the entire glass for the duration. The head looks like a fluffy cloud after the beer sits a while, nice.

Smell is of wheat, banana, yeast and slight alcohol.

Taste is very nice, clove, banana, lemon, yeasty, with a slight bitter, dry, hop finish. My,my,my this is lovely.

Mouthfell is great smooth, velvety, (did I say the most smooth and refreshing beer ever) medium bodied with excelent carbination, small bubbles.

Drinkability is incredible, I could put these away all night. The alcohol is nicely balanced with the malt and hops.

This is the best example of this style that I have tried. Duvel is smooth and deceiving. This beer will sneak up on you and kick you in the arse. It is sooo smooth and tasty, you won't notice the alcohol until the Duvel boot is planted forcefully on your backside.

Great, Great Beer!!!!

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Photo of bashiba
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutly stunning Golden Yellow with a huge pillowy white head that seems to linger forever, and leaves tons and tons of thick white lacing all the way down the side of the goblet. Maybe one of the best looking beers I have ever poured.

Smelled of a heavy honey and citrus flavors with a nice creamy maltiness coming through.

Tasted as it smelled with a heavy sweet honey malt flavor mixing well with a zesty citrus and wheat flavors that is quickly balanced nicely by the decent earthy hops.

Mouthfeel was very creamy and pleasant which lends to a very good drinkability on this yummy belgian.

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Photo of twilight
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential Belgian Beer. Yes, it's way too commercial and too popular, but, really, there's a reason for that. It embodies all the characteristics of Yum City. The pour into its own tulip is a golden body with a thick pillowy head even with a slow, unhurried pour. I love making it froth and almost escape from the glass. Huge, thick feathery down lacing along the glass. Scent is sugar and spice and everything nice. Well, just spice and sweetness wafting forth. Taste is a bomb of spiciness and bitternessa dn finishing off slightly bitter with a warm sweetness and ending with the hops. I have to mark down mouthfeel only because the bubbles are occasionally intrusive. They fill the mouth and you really have to fight them to taste the beer and then it's over and you have the nicest hops and spice coating your tongue... I really could drink this all night. Bring a couple of four packs or a few 750's and you've got the perfect night.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this once before and was unimpressed. But then I had it in the proper galss and it made a world of difference.

Duvel pours a beautiful cloudy yellow colour with a huge head. It looks like someone dropped a big chunk of merengue in my beer. I had Mike Meyers come over to make fun of it so it would cry itself to sleep on it's huge pillow.

You'd think that this would make it difficult to drink, but when you use the correct glass, the head moves back into the bulbous part, revealing a nice fruity, wheaty brew.

Still not amazing, but much, much better than drinking it out of a normal chalice.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I poured this into my Duvel goblet "Trusty", it poured a nice honey/gold color w/ a nice large foamy head that SLOWLY dissipated, and appears to be a medium to full bodied beer.

UPon smell, I had a hard time distinguishing anything major, but I found it to be malty w/ a slight belgian fruitiness (if that makes any sense)- citrus maybe.

Taking the first sip, I caught some pale malts w/ honey, and even some light hops flavor w/ some fruitiness that I was not able to distinguish what fruit it was. However, great flavor!

Mouthfeel- the carbonation stings the front of your tongue right away, and the body is more medium than it looked. This even left a pretty pleasant aftertaste. I had 2 bottles due to how drinkable it was!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhhh Duvel... one of my favorite beers of all time. I cant believe I never got around to reviewing it yet.

It pours a cloudy glowing gold color with torrents of multi-sized bubbles racing to the top. The head is a sight to behold. Its enourmous and lasts forever. It has big bubbles at the base and mocroscopic bubbles at the top that make it look like vanilla ice cream, truly remarkable. It coats the glass with loosely formed rings of thick lace.

The aroma is a delicious blend of bready malts, citrus, floral hops, green apple skins and candy sugar. Theres also an incredible yeast smell thats spicy and typically Belgian. The taste is remarkably hoppy and also very citrusy and malty. Its reminiscent of Orval. The hops are grassy and herbal and the malt has a great perfumey character. The flavor is very full and rounded.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. The finish has an alcohol kick and then a prolonged, intriguing green apple tartness mingled with hoppy bitterness and Belgian yeast. This beer is close to perfect, everyone should try it.

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Photo of dgallina
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, cloudy yellow with a very substantial white head which slowly subsides into lots of clingy lacing. Aromatic and appetizing, with plenty of hop flower smell backed by alcoholic spice and yeasty notes. Mellow, subtle, and rounded flavors. The floral and hop bitterness are intertwined and constantly vying for your attention. Very well balanced with neither flavor over-powering the other. A great dry finish which leaves you wanting more. Lovely creamy, yet carbonated body. Very light and easy to drink despite the 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy pear gold with very active fine carbonation. The head is simply a marvel to behold; pure white, whipped cream thick, rocky with endless retention. It leaves little foam "icebergs" after a while, although a quick swirl will instantly bring back a perfect head. Wow. Needless to say, leaves thick lacing on the glass wall. For this style, it's just flawless.

Smell: If you had to bottle "Belgian Ale" fragrance, this would be your first choice. Billowing waves of scent first reveal sharp citrus/lemon, pear, and a bit of spiced apple. The "meat" of the scent is an herby, yeasty spiciness with strong notes of clove. As it warms, a caramel maltiness makes itself known.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is suprisingly light and crisp, given the big ABV. The flavor starts spicy, with the usual corriander/clove mix. The body is all sweet candi sugar and caramel malt. The finish sours up with a combination of citrus and bittering hops. Good stuff.

Drinkability: Insanely drinkable for such a big beer. Light, crisp, but also quite complex and flavorful. Really hard to beat.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden champagne color with a huge rocky white head. lots of carbonation. the head lasts and lasts. I could look at this forever.

Aroma: champagne like with some peppery spiciness and some malt in the background. pretty good.

Taste: astringent hops with a good malt backbone that provides a nice texture and good bitterness. Dry, bitter aftertaste with a nice alcohol presence. Wonderfully crisp, bitter, and smooth.

Mouthfeel: crisp but not thin. carbonation is prickly and does a great job.

Drinkability: 8.5% hardly noticeable. I'll definately have another.

Notes: This is a quite enjoyable brew that I could drink every night. I love the hops. The bitterness is just wonderful.

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Photo of rousee
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure blonde gold -honey color with an extremely appealing degree of murkiness. You can almost see the other side of the glass, yet you can't-like a mirage in the desert. Pours one of these fluffy lemon-merengue pie type heads and settles within a few mins. to a speckling of foam on top. Fabulous thick lace is left on the side of the glass with nice consistent rings.

Lemon, honey, sour apples and some maltiness are the things I am getting on my nose when I take a whiff. Very clean and some grassines too.

Taste is just amazing. There is some tart chalky fruitiness up front. It has some stickiness but finishes light and dry. The alcohol is not very strong tasting and this comes in at 8.5%. This is a testament to the expertise of these people. They own Ommegang and I have been buying Ommegang stuff cuz it was 1/2 the price. There's a reason this stuff costs more..(besides being imported)

Mouthfeel is great-Kinda dry but satisfying, warm and clean.
Drinkability -I need to make sure I never have more than 2 or 3 of these bomber bottles laying around or I will simply have to drink them all.

Extra note: Strikes me as being very versatile in combination with a wide variety of food.

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Photo of alexgash
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black bottle version, aged for atleast 1 year. Humungus, cumulonimbus powder white head over a bubbly, golden straw body. WOW! Smells of tangy, fruity malt, sour apples, light barnyard funkiness. Yeast. Hoppy oil scent as well. Taste and Mouthfeel: tangy, acidic, champagne-like--dry, bubbly. Sweet/sour apples, alcohol, yeast, some farm residue, banana. Delicious! Ample bitterness. Finish is bitter with lingering alcohol and sweetness. A classic that I look forward to having many more times.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing practically jumped into me Duvel glass all by itself, filling up with about ½ DUVEL and ½ cloud like pillowy snow white head that popped and stuck to the glass as it dissipated. Slightly hazy light straw hues with a fountain of beading bubbles erupting from the etched calligraphy D from the bottom of the glass. (A must have for any beernut.) After a minute or so to settle, the second pour went thru the four inch meringue clouds. A perfect pour that left stratus lace and a mini volcano of puffy capping throughout the pour that is fueled with effervescent bubbles.. This might be the most ever written about the appearance since Bells Sparkling Ale.

Belgian yeast strand aroma.

Yeasty bready doughy taste. Peppery awl-kee-hawl esters abound with some JuicyFruit gum A bit vanilla bean malts ease up and a short sticky bread pudding aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied. Rock solid carbonation that won’t quit a bit and is in it to win it.

8.5 % ABV is scary due to the simple delight of the brew.

Last swigs: So the hunter has become the hunted. Duvel is a Belgian institution inunto itself. Now, so many other Belgian styled American beers more readily available at more affordable prices have surpassed this offering in many ways. Special t’anx to BA Shapudding for the DUVEL glass. Truly, proper glassware is essential to enjoyment. I have a bomber in the cellar that will be excitedly opened at a later date to do an update. Reminds an awful lot of Lucifer. Changes as it warms.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A blonde yellow beer pours with fluffy head floating on top (like an icecream float). There is a lot of carbonation in this beer.

Smell is dry with a pilsner element to it.

The taste is a mild blend of malty smooth flavors that smooth into a bitter taste. It turns on itself and ends with a sweet, fruity finish.

Watch out - this beer is contagious. One will not cut it. Buy 4 or 8.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow with a mountainous fluffy white head. Chunks of lace left in it’s wake.
Aroma is kind of grainy, kind of yeasty.
Flavor is kind of lemony, kind of apple, sweet/tart,
A crisp refreshing brew. The alcohol kind of sneaks up on you, the 8.5 isn’t real noticed until you about finish the bottle.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Beer puored a cloudy bright golden, rich frothy head, that left soft peaks, all the way to the bottom, thousands of tiny bubbles rushing to the top, just like champagne.
smell:complex fruity aroma, citrus
taste:delicious, and hard to describe, I definitely taste, some sort of citrus, lemon meringue aftertaste, a bit peppery,somewhat dry finish, but refreshing and wet also, just delicious.
mouthfeel:light and bubbly, I can feel the bubbles dancing all over my tongue, leaves a slight coating on the tongue, which is pleasant.
drinkability: Awesome stuff! This must be what set the standard for this genre, it's got it all, not a good session brew, but perfect for a special occasion, I could drink a bottle of this every week! Highly recommended!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Duvel pours a cloudy yellow with hints of orange and an incredibly massive foamy head. I was pouring slowly and the head simply erupted. Looks nice in the glass...almost the same as on the bottle...and it's not going anywhere. The smell has a spicy peppery hint to it along with a nice pale malt profile. Hints of alcohol and floral hops come through in the nose.

The first taste is wonderfully smooth with a nice malt profile and hints of peppery spice. There are some light citrus tones as well...and as I drink some nice lacing begins to build up on my glass. Hops balance out the brew well. The yeast seems to impart a sort of outdoor/earthy flavor on my tounge as well. Overall good flavor on this one.

The mouthfeel is good, but there is a bit too much carbonation for me here. Seems a little too fizzy going down. Otherwise it is very smooth. Drinkability is good as well and I could see myself having a few of these.

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Photo of travolta
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle; corked.

I will start with the head. The head from this beer is white, tiny bubbles producing a very foamy froth. Lacing is all over the glass and retention, well, you could die waiting for this ale to fall asleep. The color was a straw yellow. At first it was champagne white, but the more you pour, the darker it gets. As it sits, the head will get rocky. Colorado has nothing on Duvel.

When I brought my nose to the rim of the glass I was greeted pleasantly by my new friend. I smelled pineapple, dry crackers, and tiny bits of lemon holding up the rear. I could also smell spring water. I may be crazy, but when I picture standing next to a clean stream or spring, this would be what I would smell.

Crisp. The tiny bubbles excite and awaken your tongue from its usual slumber. Do not swallow to early, for the bubbles will fight you all the way down. The taste is buttery, slight lemon and alcohol. Some freshly baked crackers, or light wheat bread.

A VERY drinkable beer. One of the many things that draw me to this beer is that the novice and the expert can with some patience enjoy it. Few beers offer such calm complexity.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have heard so many good things about this one that the anticipation was heavy. The beer label says to pour carefully and to take your time, which is what I did, being that it is bottle fermented. It pours a very pale amber, straw color with a good deal of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. By pouring slowly, I was able to create a perfect head, about an inch thick, a white, rocky froth. Belgian lace is all over the glass from the beginning to end.

The aroma is distinct, an alcohol tinged banana coconut smell. Hard to pinpoint, though. The taste is faintly alcoholic and yeasty. It leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. This is a distinct and unique beer that has few equals.

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Photo of jahsausage
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying this beer again after about 5 years, back then me and a friend drank it out of a bottle and complained. This time around I poured into the closest glassware I could find to the one pictured and it came out a nice "hazy lager" colour with a pure white head that refused to go away. This time around I can certainly appreciate the taste a lot more, it is definitely a "yeasty" beer which can scare a lot of people off. The taste is probably the best i've had in this range of alcohol strength, how the hell do those belgians manage to hide that alcohol taste? it continues to amaze me.

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Photo of stjarnflikka
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off is the pour wich is an enjoyment in itself. The beer bears a golden colour and is quite "fuzzy". Its not clear and bears traces of yeast. With a little aid from the special glass the bubbles create a wonderful fountain from the center bottom swirling up to the high, high foam mountain wich is snow-white.

The aroma bears a strong fruity and yeasty smell with an underlying tone from the alcohol. Its fresh and distinctue.

The taste hits you quite aggressive and is clearly malty and fruity with an underlying citrus-smell. After a while you get a dominating sweet and malty taste with finishes off as quite dry and somewhat alcoholic. Surprisingly the alcohol does'nt take over or anything like that, good and bad (depending on how many you drink ;p)

Some people seem to think that the taste is too powerful and the 8,5% should say: "dont drink more than one!" but i totally disagree. I can sit and sip at these little suckers all evening and all night long. The perfect belgian ale and it beats any other beer in this family.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $9.99 for a 4-pack of 11.2 oz bottles.

Nice meringue-like head floating on top of clear yellow beer. Very clear, no yeast. Tastes great, your standard belgian - nothing special but nothing lacking. Nice and creamy, yet not too filling. Very nice. This is a great session beer if you can afford it. I'd like to find it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This came in a corked 750ml bottle. After finally wrestling the cork out of the bottle I poured this into a snifter where a huge fluffy white head formed that peaked over the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color. The head gradually collapses into a rocky cavernous landscape with chunks of lace strewn about the glass. The second fill of the glass the body was much murkier. The aroma had hints of apple with a spice and yeast notes present as well. The spice was the main contributor to the smell as this warmed to room temp. A bit of malt sweetness is the first thing you taste before the spice comes in and sticks around though the finish. This has a very clean and crisp taste that has a strong bready and yeasty presence. Mouthfeel on this is medium to full with a very filling quality about it even when you take a small sip. Drinkability is perfect, I could drink this all day or until I hit the floor as the 8.5% does not show at all. Great beer that everyone should give a try if they haven’t already.

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Photo of mudhoney
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip glass this beers appearance is highly impressive.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a super frothy white head that lingers for the duration.

The aroma screams spices. Not much fruity aroma detected at all.

The flavors are malty and citrusy. Honey, lemon, and a hint of pepper that warms the beer well with each drink.

The mouthfeel is robust and definitely not shy with a lingering spicy taste.

A very strong beer not intended for session drinking but a good choice for a belgian ale nonetheless.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Newly sampled after purchased from the bar-car on the Eurostar from Brussels to London... Small bottle with a white label and red lettering.
Medium-to-pale golden and clear, Duvel has lots of bubbles rising topside. It was topped by a huge, billowy, white, marshmallow-like head. The initial head/bier ratio was about 2:3. The fluffiness lasts and lasts, to the last drop, and lacing is top-shelf! A lovely sight!! Nose exhibits some bready malt along with a spicy/peppery character. The body of Duvel was medium, yet it had a prickly feel due to the abundant carbonation. Taste produces a sort of bready/crackery malt giving a smidge of sweetness to the palate, and even a hint of tartness. Then comes the pepper and spice notes for a lovely finish. Yeasties poured in at the end of the session clouded things up yet added more spicy aspects. I can also feel the "heat" a bit as it descends. Much better than my last experience, especially while zipping through the English countryside. Prosit!!

overall: 4.2
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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(Original review of 16MAR02). Had this from an 11.2 oz bottle. I like strong Belgians, Dubbels, Trippels, but, frankly, I was not impressed by this. Light golden-straw color; a bit hazy, with a big whipped-cream head. Nose was spicy, yeasty, even salty. Medium body, but a bit prickly on the tongue. More spiciness in its flavor, slight fruitiness, crisp and ends dry. Not bad, but not my top bier. But everyone has different tastes, right? I respect others opinions, so let's move on and drink some more.... (4.0/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5 = 3.60)


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Photo of Pegasus
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy brassy golden in color; yields a massive snow-white head when poured properly into a Duvel tulip chalice. The head is remarkably persistent, there is a profusion of thick sticky lace, constantly renewed by the slow-rising streams of carbonation. Great clumps of foam linger to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Densely spicy, with strong clove notes, earthy yeast notes, and bread malt.

Taste: Begins with a slightly sweet malt note and green apple peel, towards the middle of the taste, bread and yeast notes dominate, finishes with a wave of mild and warming alcohol

Mouth feel: Slightly tingling carbonation combines with a rich and full feel.

Drinkability/notes: A ubiquitous classic, the fact that Duvel is so readily available may cause one to hold it in contempt, resist this temptation. A remarkably elegant beer that compares quite well to champagne. I suspect that the experience is greatly enhanced by the use of proper glassware. This is a beer that is not to be missed.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.