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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,818 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5818
Reviews: 2552
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%


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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Sigmund

Norway

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like most belgian ales more heavily carbonated than I appreciate, otherwise this is an excellent beer! Dangerously drinkable - hence the name.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2002 05:53:57 | More by Sigmund
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psugrad98

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beer to be quite pleasant, with a soothing aftertaste. Like drinking fine brandy or wine. Dark reddish in color, with a moderate head. Spicy indeed, with somewhat floral tones. Alcohol taste comes through, and makes for a nice finish. Drink this one slow!!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2002 06:04:02 | More by psugrad98
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mickeymac

California

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a nice looking beer with a big white head. It's got a pretty good spicy smell and a somewhat sweet taste with spicy undertones. I found the flavor and smell of alcohol to be surprisingly high for 8.5%. It seems less noticeable in other Belgians with a higher alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2002 21:36:04 | More by mickeymac
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esprit

United States

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Even if you don't like Belgians or appreciate the style, if you love beer (I do!) you cannot help but exclaim that this is one of the world's truly brilliant concoctions. Flavour, flavour , flavour, aroma, aroma, aroma, head, head, head and finish, finish, finish....without question one of the world's most perfect brews!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 16:34:57 | More by esprit
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inebrius

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A skeptic no longer! From the sheer beauty as it rest's to the citrusy spice nose. From the blend of slight sweetness to a tart bite and finally bitter, but a clean sort of bitter, as if the carbonation had swept the bitterness away. Yes it's lively, for sure, full lively not harsh lively. Nary a hint of alcohol. I am possessed! Duvel; how can you be so bubbly and so smooth? Duvel; I love you!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2002 08:11:25 | More by inebrius
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Duvel is legendary...the name, and especially its appearance. Beautiful thick Belgian head, and a strong yeasty smell. Extremely strong stuff that will knock you on your ass if you have too many. Too spicy and yeasty to drink many of them anyway, but great to get that big bottle every now and then to enjoy a truly renowned beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2002 13:18:04 | More by IrishRedRock
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mophie

Delaware

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In many ways, this beer sets the standard for Belgian strong ales. Golden, bubbly, spicy, intoxicating brew! I love this beer. However, if given a choice between this and a beer such as Victory's Golden Monkey or Unibroue's Don de Dieu, the latter beers will win. Hopefully, I will never be in a situation where I will have to choose one over the other!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2002 21:32:31 | More by mophie
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proc

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where are those crazy monks who brew this stuff? I want to party with those guys. Duvel is a very fine beer. Is it my favorite Belgium? No, but it is good. Hints of fruit in the taste and nice, warming alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2002 06:57:43 | More by proc
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A second bottle-fermentation, so charged up, foamy medium-bubbled head, misty champagne color and bubbly upcharge. Astringent aroma with a malt background. Light vinous flavors and swallows with a lot of carbonation. There's a slight hoppy cut to the initial flavor and in the mid-mouth feel. There's a lot of sparkling wine-like flavor. It is interesting. A modern classic, finely brewed -- but not for my normal tastes. Tart and bready at the same time. But I found it to have a higher than expected drinkability. This brew is beautiful in a Duvel glass, there's that central geyser of carbonation charging up from the center and a head as rocky as a bowl of popcorn

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2002 08:22:48 | More by ADR
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DrewS

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After a long time I finally tried this out. Let me tell you I was not disappointed. I must admit, Belgian style beers are not my all time fav, but I do enjoy them, and this one in particular. It poured out a nice light yellow color, reminiscent of champagne. A light pillowy head formed at the top and appeared almost meringue-like but not super creamy. The aroma was light and spicey with some subdued yeast. Had a pleasantly light, citrus and spice flavor with a light alcoholic echo in the background, almost unnoticeable. Nice effervescence, dry,slight yeast, and nice warming after effect. Slightly bitter aftertaste, but nice. Great Belgian!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2002 18:35:05 | More by DrewS
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jackndan

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Absolutely beautiful beer. Hazy, golden yellow with a classic dense thick white head. A full inch and a quarter over the rim of the glass without any spill. Duvel has a very pronounced, fruity aroma, lemons and pears. The first bottle I had, I did not realize that there was some yeast in the bottle (although I love the yeast). The beer is very refreshing, and very fruity. Somewhat dry finish, very pleasant. For a beer with this amount of alcohol, I do not get the alcohol warmth from other high octane beers.Looks great, smells good, very drinkable, but to me it misses the essence of a good beer. Great for its style, but it ain’t my style. Addendum: more than a slight hangover the next morning.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2002 19:48:44 | More by jackndan
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My initial impression is that this beer is overrated. That said, it's still pretty good. I am unclear on the delineation between a tripel and this style; no matter. Prolific frothy head, very pale; vaguely reminiscent of Aying's Jahrhundert although milkier and lacking the lager characteristics. Also a hidden spice but this is very subtle. It is an unseasonably hot and humid day today, and this seems to be affecting the beer in positive ways. It is crisper, more refreshing. This is the 3rd bottle of a 4 pack and the most enjoyable so far. The first 2 (and this one, to a lesser extent) had vague euro-skunky characteristics, much like Heineken. Expiration date is 5/04 so that can't be it. I wonder if this is a slightly off batch since I've recently had Victory Golden Monkey and Unibroue Eau Benite, and greatly prefer them both to this world-class, top-rated brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2002 14:55:39 | More by Thrasher
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mattmaples

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what the style is all about, strong but easy to drink. With its sweet, fruity, spicy flavors, wonderful head and high Belgian level of carbonation makes for one perfect package.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2002 10:45:18 | More by mattmaples
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hot damn. I see this is rated tops on the site, and I can't argue.
Wonderful looking with a pillowy head that lasts the entire way down. The cloud-like head is amazing. I want to fall asleep upon it. Impressive beyond words.
Hits the nose with a bready spicyness and dusty pineapple..
Spicy and immense on the tongue, yet with nary a hint of it's ABV. Frighteningly easy to drink. Peppery and a touch tart (via green apples and pineapple) on the palate. Bready backing with a well hopped finale. Styrian Goldings work their drying magic Highly charged-up, at first, but it just gets better as it sits, as the delightful flavors are brought out more and more.
I never would tire of this. Recommended to the fullest

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2002 03:05:28 | More by cokes
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have finally found one of the nectars of the Gods! Duvel is fabulous. From it's cloudy apperance to it's peppery spice taste this brew is dangerous to drink. At 8.5% it will rock your world in a hurry.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2002 05:44:46 | More by Reverand
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marc77

California

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy straw hue. Great head and retention. Very well carbonated. Pear - like, estery, black pepper like aroma.
With a spritzy mouthfeel, Duvel is deceivingly light, but has a myriad of flavors. It's got a bit of alcohol warmth and a nice touch of clove in the finish. Duvel's a wonderfully complex beer, is one of my very favorite Belgian beers, and is WAY too drinkable for the alcohol content. Be sure to try this one in the 11 ounce bottle-- I had several of the large bottles flat.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2002 22:41:53 | More by marc77
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its good, but perhaps a bit overrated, great appearnce, nice flavour, bitter finish, all good things, but just lacked something.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2002 18:30:37 | More by rastaman
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Duvel Beligian Ale-Nice fogged, hazy, peach color. Fruity & complex but very balanced... Very fine brew! Don't drink to many, 8.5 abv. will make you see double. Price for a case around Philly will leave you crying & asking were is all my money! It's between $45-50 a case!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2002 15:51:19 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Jordan

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely carbonated (quite a spectacle), head froths so easily and endures long long after initial pour. Super pale yellow, almost white. Mellow spices on the nose, a typical belgian scent. Initial shock comes when the razor sharp bittersweetness hits your tongue, follows through with a spicey almost hot notes. The flavor penetrates deep into the palate, leaving a long aftertaste. A sharp tangy crisp mouthfeel. Would be quite the summer refresher beer, despite the 8.5% ABV. Always wanted to try this infamous brew, was worth $9 for the four-pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2002 03:58:13 | More by Jordan
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QXSTER1

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Giant rocky white head that lasts forever and laces the obligatory Belgian Chalice. Fruity malt in the nose followed by a deceptively smooth taste for the alcohol content. Spicy malt followed by a long dryish hop finish. Lovely to watch the champagne like bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass as I savor this first class Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2001 20:18:41 | More by QXSTER1
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mmthompson33

Kansas

4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer deserves its place in history. Just the right mix of hops and sweetness for a crisp, clean flavor that somehow hides its devilish alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2001 00:01:32 | More by mmthompson33
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BKotch

Texas

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What can I possibly say? This is a world classic, one of the greatest beers brewed, bar none. You've got to drink this one in the proper glass if you want to contain the massive head. Fruity and complex in a clean, delicate way. More than 750 ml and I'm down for the count.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2001 14:43:11 | More by BKotch
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John

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Outstanding brew. Remarkable fruity flavor imparted by the yeast. I prefer to let this warm a bit and let some of the carbonation dissipate before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2001 09:08:28 | More by John
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Brent

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice and peppery. So smooth and mild, I can't believe it has an abv of 8.5%. Wait, what's that buzzing sound I hear? I guess I can believe it.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2001 23:46:34 | More by Brent
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AaronRed

New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I reviwed this a year ago and felt tit was time for an update. Poured into the glass with a big rocky and creamy head. Clear- doesn't look strong. Spicey smell- almost like wine. Taste is smooth and crisp, but dry. Some flowery taste as well. So drinkable, it's scary.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2001 17:24:46 | More by AaronRed
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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