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Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of morimech
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a tremedously thick and foamy white head that had excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left down to the very bottom of the glass during consumption.

The smell is mainly fruity. Grapes, apples, and pears combine for a sweet aroma. Slight spice like scents of cloves is also detected.

The flavor is, what can I say, unbelievably good. Light fruit flavors like apples, pears, and white grapes combine with yeasty spiciness to make a wonderful flavor profile. Some alcohol is detected to let you know that this is a strong ale indeed.

It has a light body with ample carbonation. Perhaps a little too much carbonation. Finishes dry with some fruit and alcohol aftertaste.

The high ABV cuts down on drinkability along with the high price. An extravegant and rare purchase for me.

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

Poured out into my Duvel tulip (of course!) a hazy gold with a huge, fluffy white top that did fade out eventually but could be summoned back with a swishy-swish or two. Great lacing; one of the most appealing brews visually, especially when poured into its own glassware.

The nose on a Duvel is fantastic: sweet malt, pine, and fruit up front with a back end of honey and bit of mustiness. It's a gorgeous, very bright and crisp nose. And the taste is just as solid -- the benchmark Belgian pale, all birght citrus up front with strong hints of pine and spices on the end; a very very clean, smooth, and bright taste that manages to be light and strong at the same time.

8.5 alcohol, but you wouldn't know it -- the mouthfeel is a bit thin and too bubbly for me, but it makes the brew easier to drink. Awesome drinkability and overall an outstanding, world-class beer.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Highly carbonated with a billowing pure whit massive head retention. Man, I wish I had a Duvel glass. Absolutely golden yellow taste. Incredibly clear and gorgeous

S- Complex nose with some spicing and malts. A get a slight bubblegum favor along with a nice ester smell from the yeast.

T- Very complex and delicious. The balance on this beer is ridiculous! Stunningly balanced between the spices and malts. It's stunning how the high alcohol is completely disguised by this easy to drink beer. This beer is almost perfect in all aspects for a beer and for its style

M- Very smooth and sits delicately on the palate.

D- Incredibly high. I literally could drink gallons of this until I pass out.

Overall- What a great beer. Easily one of my top 20 to 25 beers I've ever had. I enjoy so many aspects of this beer and highly recommend it to anyone. It's complex yet approachable. It's easy to like as a beginner but has enough going on to be equally appreciated by a any drinking veteran.

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

Appearance - If you dont pour slow you will for sure have a glass full of head. Bottle states " Pour Unhurriedly." Boy is that an understatement. Very nice strong head, reminded me of the meringue on a lemon meringue pie. Color was a hazy golden color.

Taste - Smooth, no bitterness at all. Very floral in taste. Best part is that the taste stays with you for a long period.

Aroma - Very Sweet Smell.

Mouthfeel - Gives a clean fresh feeling after impact. Mouth feels super clean.

Overall - Funtastic beer. Really great ale. World Class.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Light, cloudy yellow colour, probably the palest beer i've seen to date. Slight orange tint. Topped with a lumpy white two-finger head. Simply beautiful.

S- Soft spice, slight citrus (orange peel) character. Sweet malt backbone.

T- Extremely soft citrus and slightly spicy in nature. Yeasty notes in the background with a little hint of pilsner-like malt.

M- Aggressive carbonation. Definitely more carbonation than I was expecting but I suppose the notation of 'bottle conditioned' makes up for that. Smooth and creamy on the palate.

O- I can easily say that Duvel is one of the best beers that i've tried. It's not only a great looking beer, but it is a pleasure to the nose and palate. Two thumbs up. Totally recommend that anyone who comes across Duvel to try it.

Post Bottle Note: This beer is deceptively strong. Tread carefully, beer bros.

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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 Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bierman2000 - poured from two 11.2 oz brown stubby bottles w/ freshness dating of 10/2010 into my Caracole and La Fin du Monde tulips so I could enjoy both bottles at different temps.

Deceanted slowly as directed
A - A pristine golden w/ nonstop currrents of bubbles riding the liquid to the snow white head. The head is frothy and whipped w/ a gentle mousse-like smooth texture that is satiny visually under the light.

S - The aroma is both nutty w/ a subtle fruit element that is a yeasty ester w/ traces of Belgian funky character and the spice note is hinted at in the aroma.

M - The strong ale dances as it hits the tongue and with its highly carbonated essence spreads out w/ a dry texture that is preceded by a creamy quality in the feel. Mildly warming w/ a very faint sweet element and hop spiciness.

T - This ale's flavor is both dry w/ the hop and yeast notes rushing forward and a toasty grainy malt that fits perfectly when nestled whithin the other ingredients company. It tastes sweet and creamy w/ a hint of alcohol w/ a fruity tartness that only presents itself momentarily so more hops and spice can be noticed. The crisp malt keeps a central role in the flavor as a fonundation w/ a very pleasant dry malty and spicy blend of flavors. The warming boozy taste is gradually more noticeable, but barely. I found the fuit to be gentle, melon like in the taste w/ such condensed and focused, excellent clean notes in the flavor profile.

D - Very pleasant, legendary in the realm of 'Devil' beers. It took a lot less time to drink 22.4 oz than I would have imagined while reviewing. That is a nice quality considering it is 8% strength. I like the balance of subtle malt, hops and yeast that seems refreshing colder, yet more focused and less disjointed whe it opens up. The aroma and sweetness blossum at closer to 55 degrees and is more pleasant to my taste. A very fine compliment to my filet and asparagus, a second bottle seem mandatory practically.

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

The white foam whipped to a fine consistency across the surface, a maelstrom of tiny bubbles, cloudy dark straw yellow, yet allowing for visibility of the streaming beads. Focused penetrating power to the nose, lemon and white grapefruit citrus, onion skin, apple, pear and pomegranate fruit, fresh yeast yet to ferment, light mixed baking spices, hoppy without seeming caught in the "hops versus malts" dichotomy. Medium-bodied, with the firmness to appear denser and larger. The ginger, clove more evident here, teams up nicely with the lemon, grapefruit citrus. The carbonation nudges more than pushes. Apple, apricot, cherry fruit, more snap than juice. Allusion to honey, grain to granola flavors. While well-paced, there's also a creaminess to absorb any bumps in the road. Pulls it off without any noticeable effort.

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Photo of MV_CHI-NS
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very light jonquil/gold body with a crisp ivory head.

Aroma: A beautiful blend of light grains, yeast, and grass-notes.

Taste: Much like the aroma, but with an earthy backbone and almost citrus-like resolve in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A fair amount of carbonation, if not an ideal amount; very fitting for a strong ale.

Overall: We all know that 'Duvel' is one of those classics that work whenever and wherever; cool summer nights or by the fireplace in the dead of winter - a true classic. However, I felt that it was missing an extra...something. To be fair, I will stand behind 'Duvel' as one of the "can't-go-wrong" beers, but if only it had an extra bit of 'oomph'...

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Photo of chrisemmons123
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer many times here in the US and in Europe and it is always consistant and one of the best beers in the world. I have tried a lot of other beers that try to compare but this is truly a one in a million brews, very hard to find a better beer.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Sometime ads exaggerate how a beer looks in real life. This beer is beautiful! A clear golden yellow sits underneath a huge frothy head. Wonderful head retention and amazing lace.

S: A light floral aroma with hints of lemon, apple, and pear. Also getting some grassy & peppery notes.

T: The initial taste is sweet acidic flavor, then goes into a short bitter phased, followed by a cereal malty finish. A dry aftertaste with hints of doughy yeast. Flavors picked up throughout the beer are Belgian yeast, banana, herbs, & spices.

M: Light body with lively carbonation. Tickles on my tongue.

D: Must drink again. Must drink again. Must drink again.

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Photo of gonzo138
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- light and golden with a beatiful gigantic foamy head
S-nice and sweet, a little fruity as well
T- light crisp,slightly bitter with an alcoholic bite
M- very carbonated, tingles the palate a little
D- goes down easily, smooth taste for a strong ale

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

Poured into a stubby tulip glass at cellar temp. Best before: Sept. 2011.

A: Very impressive looking beer. Very rocky clean full 2 inch head which had great retention. A pale straw coloured beer with noticeable carbonation constantly feeding that massive head.

S: Very sweet, malt and hop flavours are perfectly balanced in the nose. Bready Belgian yeast is also a major player in the nose of this beer. Behind is a slight alcohol presence as well as freshly baked biscuits/white bread, and surprisingly a bit of bubblegum which I would expect to find in a Hefeweizen or Weizenbock.

T: Up front there was alot more hops then I expected. The hops were slightly bitter. Strong malt backbone and just a hint of that bubblegum I previously mentioned. Also, again, that sweet bready belgian yeast. Behind all of these well balanced flavours there is a very distinct estery taste (mostly apples).

M: Light body with very heavy carbonation. Every sip leads to a very foamy light, crisp and ever so slightly dry mouthfeel. No complaints in this department, its spot on.

D: Very drinkable for a Belgian strong pale ale. Although alcohol can be detected in the nose it is nowhere to be found elsewhere.

Overall an excellent beer, truly the best of the style. I'll be picking up more of this beer wherever I can find it. Cheers everyone!

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

pale, hazy, awesome/huge white head. leaves the coolest lacing as you drink it.

smells like bread, hops, fruit, pepper.

tastes as smells with a great taste on the palate.

mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, warming.

very drinkable.dangerous as hell. no wonder they call it the devil!

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

Pours a clear, pale gold with a big, billowy white head. The foam settles over time and creates irregular patterns on the glass. Aroma is sweet with Belgian pale malt, honey, and a hint of pepper and coriander or other light spices. The pale malt is really the showcase here, as it becomes more prominent as it warms. A big bouquet of bready malt and spicy yeast bursts from the suds. Flavors start sweet and go tart, flirting with metallic, coppery, before going bitter. The bitterness is a mix of malt and hops, as I get the pungent Belgian malt and the flowery, somewhat musky hops. I'm guessing of the noble variety. It starts very dry when sweet, but balances out towards the finish, although it is towards the dry end of the spectrum. The feel is very balanced as well. At times I thought it was watery, but then thought it was heavier on the tongue. I guess waffling between the two suggests this is about as balanced as you can get.

What can I say? This is Duvel, the epitome of Belgian pale beers. It's complex, it's thirst quenching, it's spicy and exotic. I could drink this all day, whether it's summer or winter. It's a great beer I will be going back to for years to come.

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Photo of scratch69
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Pale, hazy gold color wit a thick three fingered head. Thick patchy lacing.

Smell- Malt, spice, yeast, and apple.

Taste- Sweet malt flavor with some yeast and hops for balance. Nice tart finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Dry finish with a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall- Yum!! This is one of the best tasting beers that I have had. Each swallow made me look forward to the next. I definitely what some more of this.

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

Been five years since I've had one of these!

Poured into a tulip. Enormous white head, very thick with excellent retention, the thing lasts over a minute. The beer itself is a light straw color with very visible carbonation.

Nose is very yeasty up front. Some banana, some cloves, a bit of red fruit, a lot of pepper on the back end.

Sweet apples is the first thing I taste, much sweeter than the nose. Some banana bread, with sweet malts and spices on the back end. Bright, light mouthfeel, and it would be easy to mistake this for a less strong beer. This helps the drinkability a great deal--I could happily have several and not realize what I'd done until I tried to stand up.

I never regret having one of these. World class.

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Photo of sammy44
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever had. Looks exceptional with the huge white head over the golden body. Aroma was of citus and pine, a little weaker than some. Taste and mouthfeel both reminded me of dry champagne as there was definitely some fruitiness and tartness. For the mouthfeel the carbonation was off the charts reminding me of a drink from an old fashioned soda fountain. Finishes dry with a yeasty bread aftertaste. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: a cloudy light amber with a huge white frothy head that slowly dissapates throughout the drinking experience. It leaves behind a large amount of heavy gorgeous lacing that looks slightly like something my girlfriend would wear on my birthday.

S: over ripened orange and a malty quality that to me personally don't mix so well. Caramel apple finish off the barrage of smells that hit the nose. Don't get me wrong good smells but they really overly attack the nose in a way that's unbecoming.

T: the taste in no way resembles the nose. The smooth transition from light citrus in to pear and golden raisin like body. The bread mixed in from the malt give it a unique flavor with the pear and spice at the end.

MF: thick and creamy with a lot of effervescence and a nice astringent feel from the spiciness. The alcohol isn't noticeable really at all though if you really concentrate you can notice it try to linger in the after taste.

D: there's really no good reason to not buy this beer; (unless your not a fan of this style... But who isn't!) especially when its pretty readily available in a four pack that comes with a glass for a good price. A wonderful ale that has a lot going for it at a good price is a quick buy again.

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Photo of FatCaster
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh man. I'm a poor college student and this is an expensive beer. As I journeyed to the specialty beer shop trying to find a pack of these, I pondered at how much food money I'd be slappin' to get this. A few minutes and a decidedly slimmer wallet later, I had the Devil. Would it be worth it?

Just after pouring this cloudy liquid gold into a snifter, I realized...it was.

A--A golden yellow with that foamy white head you get by following the directions on the bottle. Thought it was just the condensation on the glass at first, but actually soft and cloudy.

S--Sweet and fruity, with a savory base, but if I had to pick a "low point" this would be it. Mind you that low point is still fantastic.

T--First sip told the whole story. This is what they serve for breakfast in Shangri-La. Sweet, crunchy, to a lingering fruity (apply?) aftertaste.

M--As it goes into your mouth, clouds of tiny bubbles rush around and leave a creamy, smooth and somehow still light and refreshing tingle. A bit of alcohol fumes just tickle the sinus cavities and remind you that you are communing with Beelzebub.

D--This is scary. I put down two of these heady brews at way too much a pop and was still ready for the other two. It's taking a lot of willpower to save the others for another good night.

All things considered, I'm still relatively new at the beer tasting game. However, I've found my high point. This is what the rest are going to get compared to, and I don't see how its going to be surpassed any time soon.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear pale gold color with a HUGE 1.5 to 2 inch head that fades to about 1 inch. Super perfect pillowy head and nice ring lacing. Probably the best head I have seen on a beer thus far in my beer drinking adventure.

S - Nice spices, peppercorns, subtle fruits, sweet malt.

T - Mainly sweet malts, very little bitterness, mild spices. Some subtle apple fruit taste shows through. A dry champagne like essence is present as well.

M - Perfect amount of carbonation made for small bubbles rising in my glass over the life span of this beer (which wasn't very long). Dry and crisp like champagne.

D - This is one of the best beers I have ever had. I have tried other beers in this same style but this is by far the best of the bunch. A remarkable beer that I will come back to for life.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a pale, straw looking yellow with a slight haziness. Good looking white bubbly and frothy head that remains and provides excellent lacing. Strong smell of pears, apples and a touch of alcohol. Definitely some sweetness going on in the nose as well, along with some fresh smelling Belgian yeast. Very smooth and creamy taste that combines well with notes of ripened fruit, yeast, and a touch of citrus. A fitting sweetness rounds out the brew, while a slight bitterness manages to massage the tastebuds, followed by a slightly dry finish. The moderate body, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, and matching carbonation blend nicely with the overall makeup of the beer, making this an exceptional beer with exceptional drinkability. Amazing...

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Photo of duffmanrob
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ive had this several times, but im finally getting around to reviewing it.

This is one of my favorite beers.

Poured out of a bottle into a duvel glass.

A. a crisp golden color with a very big head. The head stayed a good size until the end.

S. the smell up front was like a lager, very crisp. smelled yeast, bread, and a faint hop smell. very well balanced.

T. smooth taste, not too overpowering, bready taste, but with a small citrusy hop flavor.

M. awesome. a very crisp feel. the carbonation was perfect. didnt linger, and was very refreshing.

D. one of the most drinkable beers ever! over 8% so you have to be careful because i could drink it all day.

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Photo of seh410
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The beer itself is a cloudy opaque golden hue. It's topped by a thick, foamy, lacy white head - its so fluffy and white that it looks like meringue, like a beer baked Alaska. The thick head lingers, almost like foam on a cappuccino. It leaves lace on the sides of the glass and floats on the middle like melted whipped cream. It's fantastic looking.

Aroma: You can definitely smell the high alcohol volume → it's gives off a hint of sticky sweetness in the background. On second whiff, it smells thick almost... it has a very rich aroma with hints of banana (?) and citrusy spice

Taste: This is fantastic. Jumped to the top of my list after the first sip. It tastes full and rich and creamy but yet very light and refreshing. It warms in the mouth (that's the high alcohol content showing itself) and tastes of yeast with hints of fruit. SO good.

Mouthfeel: So creamy but also light and fresh. It feels good going down for sure.

Drinkability: Absolutely. I could easily polish off a couple of these (not that I'd want to or should with that 8.5% ABV). I've never come across a beer with this high volume that drinks so well.

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Photo of dogin26
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass (Of course)

Off white with a Super rocky head
Beautiful golden colour

Instantly i smell some citrus, lemons, limes and oranges. With that comes a few other tropical fruits.
The taste is glorious, Some nice limes with mangoes and bananas. very refined and very drinkable. Only a slight alcohol feel as this precious liquor slivers down your throat.

Quiet bubbly, but controllable. medium mouth feel but slides down like a light lager.

This is one fantastic beer that should be shared with funny friends and people who appreciate a good Beer. Also drink before you start on the tequila.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,759 ratings.