Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,831 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,831
Reviews: 2,618
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 299
Gots: 728 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this beer at Top Hops, having never tried this before. Although it packed quite a punch, this was a great Belgian Strong Pale Ale once I was able to get past the sweetness in the taste and the booze that was the undercurrent beneath everything else. It was never overtly present and the beautiful appearance and complex light fruit flavors hid it well, leading to the "Devil" in this beer that eventually made its presence felt!

The pour to this was wonderful, as the golden hue, strong head, and sheets of lacing combined for a pleasing effect. I even swirled in the yeast on the bottom, as it slowly settled into the beer like the downdraft during a thunderstorm. The aroma could have been a bit stronger, as the alcohol and sugar combined for a acrid sharpness. They weren't as strong in the taste, as apple, pear, grass, straw, and clove could all be felt in sip after sip. Banana and bubblegum were in the back as this almost reminded me of a Witbier as the aftertaste set in. This was too strong and without the wheat but the appearance and notes of that style were enough to take this beyond a typical Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

That stylistic moniker was appropriate for this, as this was quite strong and took a while to fully enjoy and savor. Because the carbonation was so persistent and easily discerned, this felt like a champagne squared by the time I finished it off. Although this isn't a type of beer that I prefer, there's no doubt that this is the standard by with all other beers of this style are measured up against. Dancing with the Devil may not be for everyone but all beer lovers out to give this a try to see if they're up for handling it , since this is one brew that deserves a try by all.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,831 ratings.